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MSU Softball Ready for LSC Tournament

 

No. 3 Midwestern State begins its quest for a third Lone Star Conference title Thursday afternoon at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex in Durant, Okla.
 
The Mustangs are coming off of their fifth LSC North championship in eight seasons of existence and want to add to the collection of league hardware taking the crown in 2006 and 2007.
 
Midwestern opens the tournament against Texas Woman's University at noon Thursday and will either face the winner or loser of the Incarnate Word and East Central (Okla.) contest at 2:30 p.m.
 
The Lone Star Conference Championship is an eight-team, double elimination tournament featuring the top four teams in each of the North and South divisions. All games will be played at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex in Durant, Okla.
 
The winner claims the league's automatic bid into the NCAA II postseason tournament beginning next week at campus sites.

MSU Stays #3 in Latest NFCA Rankings

Midwestern State maintained its hold on No. 3 when the National Fast-pitch Coaches' Association released its weekly poll Wednesday morning.
 
The Mustangs closed the regular season at 44-8 after splitting a doubleheader with Cameron Saturday afternoon to claim its fifth Lone Star Conference North Division title in the last eight seasons.
 
The top five teams in the country remained the same with just a slight modification in order as Alabama-Huntsville topped the poll for the sixth straight week followed by North Georgia and MSU while Valdosta State (Ga.) moved back ahead of Rollins (Fla.) at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.
 
The Mustangs are one of eight teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the national poll joining No. 15 Emporia State (Kan.), No. 17 West Texas A&M, No. 18 Angelo State and No. 21 Nebraska-Omaha while Missouri Western, Southeastern Oklahoma State and Missouri Southern are all receiving votes.
 
Midwestern has carried a national ranking for each of the last 24 reporting periods dating back to the 2010 season spending 19 of those weeks in the Top 10.

MSU Still #1 in Region, Too

Midwestern State remains at the top of the South Central Region rankings in the final regular season release Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Softball Committee.
 
The Mustangs claimed their fifth Lone Star Conference North Division championship since adding softball prior to the 2004 season by gaining a split with Cameron last weekend.
 
Midwestern opens the LSC Championship tournament against Texas Woman's University Thursday at noon before either playing the winner or loser of the Incarnate Word and East Central (Okla.) matchup at 2:30 p.m.
 
The tournament is set from Thursday through Saturday at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex in Durant, Okla.
 
The Mustangs lead a strong contingent form the LSC as the league laid claim to six of the 10 spots in the ranking.
 
Angelo State (40-10) is at No. 2 followed by Emporia State (39-12), West Texas A&M (39-13), Nebraska-Omaha (39-9), Missouri Western (38-11), Southeastern Oklahoma (36-17), St. Mary's (35-19), Incarnate Word (29-21) and East Central (29-14).
 
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.
 
If the postseason started today, MSU would host West Texas A&M, Nebraska-Omaha and St. Mary's in one regional while Emporia State, Missouri Western and Southeastern Oklahoma would travel to Angelo State in the second regional.
 
The advancing teams battle in a best-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.
 
The NCAA II postseason field is set for release Sunday night via NCAA.com.

 

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