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Lion Softball jumps to No. 4 in updated regional ranks

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The No. 13 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team is ranked fourth in the NCAA South Central Regional rankings.

The South Central Region consists of the Lone Star, Heartland and Rocky Mountain Athletic conferences. The rankings were released on Wednesday by the NCAA. This is the third release of the official NCAA rankings this season. The Lions have been ranked in every regular season regional poll since the program’s inception in 2015.

A&M-Commerce is one of six teams from the LSC in the rankings. Angelo State is in the second spot, followed by West Texas A&M in third. Tarleton State is in the fifth slot, Cameron is in sixth while A&M-Kingsville is 10th. The tournament champions of the LSC, HC, and RMAC, as well as five at-large teams, will advance to the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tournament, set to begin May 10. The top two seeds in the region will host a four-team double elimination tournament, with the two winners meeting in the Super Regional Tournament the following week.

A&M-Commerce currently has a record of 38-8 and 23-7 in the LSC. The Lions finished the regular season in third place in the conference standings. The Lions have a current record of 10-7 against teams ranked in the South Central Region. The Lions swept Tarleton State and A&M-Kingsville took two of three from Cameron and have a win over both West Texas A&M and St. Mary’s.

The No. 13 Lions are the third seed in the LSC Tournament and will face Texas A&M-Kingsville in the first round of the single-elimination tournament. The game will be played at 11 a.m. in San Angelo. Should the Lions advance, they would face No. 10 West Texas A&M, the second seed in the tournament, in the semifinal round. The championship game will be played on Saturday at 2 p.m. All games will be played at Mayer Field in San Angelo.

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The final edition of the NCAA South Central Region rankings will be released on Monday at 10 a.m.

NCAA DII South Central Region Rankings
as of May 2, 2018

 Pl.  School  DII Record  In-Region
 1.  Colorado Mesa  43-3  43-3
 2.  Angelo State  45-7  43-7
 3.  West Texas A&M  36-10  35-9
 4.  A&M-COMMERCE   38-8  33-8
 5.  Tarleton State  45-8  43-8
 6.  Cameron  30-17  30-16
 7.  Regis (Colo.)  35-17  35-17
 8.  Colorado Christian  40-11  40-11
 9.  St. Mary’s (Texas)  33-21  28-20
 10.  A&M-Kingsville  29-25  29-25

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