TexAnns fall back to No. 5 in latest regional ranking

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STEPHENVILLE – Despite sweeping UT Permian Basin in the regular season finale, the No. 15 Tarleton TexAnns have fallen back one spot in the South Central Region rankings to No. 5.
With a record of 46-8 under second-year head coach Mark Cumpian, Tarleton currently boasts the fourth-highest win total among nationally-ranked teams but dropped one spot from last week’s No. 4 ranking.
The top eight teams in the poll reverted back to the same positioning of the original ranking two weeks ago, in which the No. 1 team in the NFCA National Poll – Colorado Mesa – occupies the top spot in the region 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).

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Regis (CO) and Colorado Christian round out the top eight spots at No. 7 and 8, respectively, while St. Mary’s and Texas A&M-Kingsville remain 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 at the expense of the lowest-ranked 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 of 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 heads to Angelo State this weekend to compete in the Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament. The TexAnns will open things with a showdown of the No. 5 and 6 teams in the regional rankings as Tarleton faces Cameron on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Mayer Field.
For the complete regional rankings from across the country, visit NCAA.com.

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