MSU Softball: Mustangs Fall to #3, Gain 1st-Place Vote

Midwestern State regained a No. 1 vote, but slipped to No. 3 in the National Fast-Pitch Coaches' Association Division II Top 25 as released Wednesday morning.
Alabama-Huntsville (35-1-1) maintained its hold at the top by claiming the other 15 first-place votes, while North Georgia (47-9) took over the No. 2 position.
The Mustangs are coming off of a 3-2 week as MSU gained a series split with Texas Woman's University before taking two of three from Central Oklahoma last weekend to move to 41-6 on the season.
Midwestern can clinch its fifth Lone Star Conference North Division championship with wins in three of its final six regular season games beginning with a three-game set Thursday and Friday at East Central (Okla.).
The Mustangs are one of eight teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the national poll joining No. 11 Nebraska-Omaha (34-6), No. 14 Emporia State (31-8), No. 17 Angelo State (35-8) and No. 23 West Texas A&M (32-12) while St. Mary's (Texas), Missouri Western and Southeastern Oklahoma State continue to receive votes.
MSU has carried a national ranking for each of the last 22 reporting periods dating back to last season spending 17 of those weeks in the Top 10.

MSU Maintains No. 1 Spot in Regional Rankings

Midwestern State retained its edge by holding on to the top ranking in the South Central Region Wednesday afternoon as released by the NCAA Division II Softball Committee.
The Mustangs advanced to 41-6 after claiming wins in two of three games last weekend against Central Oklahoma and have won 14 of their last 17 games.
Midwestern leads a strong contingent from the Lone Star Conference as the league laid claim to six of the nine spots in the ranking.
Emporia State (Kan.) (31-8) leaped over Angelo State (35-8) into the No. 2 position as the Rambelles dropped a weekend series at West Texas A&M to fall to No. 3.
WT (32-12) used the momentum to power ahead one place to No. 4 and is trailed by No. 5 Nebraska-Omaha (34-6), No. 6 St. Mary's (33-16), No. 7 Southeastern Oklahoma (33-17), No. 8 Central Oklahoma (23-22), No. 9 Missouri Western (29-8) and No. 10 Incarnate Word (24-20).
The top eight teams advance to the 2011 NCAA Division II South Central Regional which will be played in two four-team, double elimination tournaments at campus sites during the weekend of May 13-15.
The advancing teams in a best 2-of-3 super regional at the site of the highest remaining seed on May 21-22 for the right to play in the 2011 NCAA Division II Softball Championships to be held from May 26-30 at Moyer Complex in Salem, Va.
Midwestern State and East Central meet in a three-game series this week in Ada.
The teams play a single game Thursday at 3 p.m. before finishing the set with a doubleheader Friday at 1 and 3 p.m.