Last updated: May 07. 2014 11:21AM - 246 Views
By HAROLD HARMON Sports Writer



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Win or lose, LadyStorm softball seems to end up in Minnesota for the NCAA Division II Regional tournament. Coach Ron Faubion’s team earned an at-large berth in the Central 2 Regional in Mankato, Minnesota.


Should be another tremendous experience for the “student athletes.” At least, that’s how it was explained to me after Southeastern met all hosting criteria last year in wins and ranking, etc.


Next time you’re reasonably sober, please tell me how early May in Minnesota – for an outdoor sport – is a better experience for student athletes than Oklahoma.


The LadyStorm will open the Central 2 Regional tournament at 11 a.m. Thursday against host Minnesota State-Mankato.


Emporia (Kansas) State will take on Central Oklahoma at 1:30 p.m.


Thursday’s first- and second-game winners will meet at 11 a.m. Friday with first- and second-game losers playing at 1:30.


The loser of the winner’s game and the winner of the losers’ game are scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday. The championship game is set for 11 a.m. Saturday with the if-necessary game slated for 1:30.


There will be no local broadcast. Storm fans will be able to catch the action on the internet by going to the GAC’s web site at www.greatamericanconference.com and following the prompts.


The LadyStorm will take the field with a 38-17 record against Mankato’s 43-11. Emporia State opens tournament competition at 46-12 against Central Oklahoma’s 40-15.


Winner of the Central 2 regional will move on to the Super Regional at a site to be determined.


The LadyStorm can claim the regional title with three wins on three separate days, which is by far the easiest way to get there.


Wouldn’t it be neat if SE and UCO traveled something like 300,000 miles to play in the finals?

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