STEPHENVILLE – Fresh off their 40th win of the season, Tarleton Softball has checked in at No. 5 in the first NCAA regional poll that was released Wednesday afternoon.
With a record of 40-8 under second-year head coach Mark Cumpian, Tarleton is back in the regional rankings for the second straight season.
The No. 1 team in the NFCA National Poll occupies the top spot in the region as Colorado Mesa sits atop the ranking with a 37-1 record in NCAA Division II and regional record while five Lone Star Conference teams hold the next five spots – West Texas A&M (2), Angelo State (3), Texas A&M-Commerce (4), Tarleton (5), and Cameron (6).
Regis (CO) and Colorado Christian round out the top eight spots at No. 7 and 8, respectively, while Lubbock Christian and St. Mary’s are on the outside looking in at No. 9 and 10. A Heartland team is guaranteed a place among the top eight as the conference tournament winner will get an automatic berth into the national tournament in place of the lowest at-large seed.
Eight teams will represent the South Central region in the NCAA playoffs, which includes the tournament champions from the Lone Star, Heartland, and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences as well as five at-large teams from those leagues. The top two seeds in the region will play host to a double elimination tournament, after which the winning teams from each location will meet in the Super Regional Series for the chance to play in the Women’s College World Series.
The No. 1 seed in the rankings will play host to the No. 4, 5, and 8 teams while the No. 2 seed will host the No. 3, 6, and 7 teams.
Tarleton will head to Midwestern State this weekend for a three-game series with the Mustangs in Wichita Falls.
For the complete regional rankings from across the country, visit NCAA.com.