INDIANAPOLIS (GoThunderWolves.com – May 1, 2014) — The Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves moved up one spot to ninth in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Rankings but will need a very strong performance in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament if they are going to qualify for the NCAA Tournament field, which will be announced via an online selection show on www.ncaa.com on Monday (May 5) morning at 8 a.m. Mountain Time.
The Pack had been tenth in each of the first two sets of regional rankings but moved up one spot after taking 3 of 4 from then fifth-ranked Metro State to close out the regular season. Meanwhile, UC-Colorado Springs lost all four games of their regular-season ending series home series to Regis and fell back a spot to 10th.
Metro State dropped to seventh but still leads the RMAC contingent in the rankings that will eventually determine the at-large qualification spots and seeding for the regional portion of the NCAA Tournament, which begins on Friday, May 9.
Eight teams from the region will receive bids, including the champions of the RMAC, Heartland and Lone Star Conference Tournaments, who all receive automatic spots.
The Pack, who hold 26-19 overall and in-region records, are the second seed in the RMAC Tournament that gets underway Thursday at Colorado Mesa University's Softball Field in Grand Junction. They face Regis in the opening round at 1 p.m.
West Texas A&M, which continues to top the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II poll, continues to lead the regional rankings and will host the 6-team, single-elimination LSC Championship this weekend.
They swept a 4-game series against Angelo State (Texas), which continues to be second in the regional rankings last weekend, improving to 50-4 on the year. Angelo State, which is 37-14 overall and 36-14 in in-region contests, is the second seed in the LSC Championship, and like West Texas A&M receives a bye into the semifinal round.
St. Mary's (Texas) won the Heartland Conference's regular season title and is hosting the 4-team double-elimination conference tournament that gets underway Thursday in San Antonio, Texas. The Rattlers are 39-12 in NCAA Division II play and 38-12 in regional games.
St. Edward's (Texas), which is the second seed in the Heartland Conference Tournament, is the only other team from that conference in the regional rankings. The Hilltoppers, who are 27-21 in Division II games and 25-19 against regional foes, are ranked sixth.
Texas Woman's and Cameron (Okla.), who both hail from the LSC are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. Cameron, the fifth seed in the LSC Championship, will face fourth-seeded Midwestern State, ranked eighth in the region, in the quarterfinal round on Friday.