INDIANAPOLIS (GoThunderWolves.com, Apr. 14, 2014 ) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolf softball team is ranked tenth in the initial set of NCAA Division II South Central Regional rankings, which will eventually determine the at-large selections and seedings for the NCAA Tournament.
The rankings were released by the NCAA Division II Softball committee and will be updated on each of the next two Wednesdays before the final tournament selections are announced on May 5.
The Pack, who have a 20-17 overall and in-region record, are one of three Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in the top-10 rankings from the region, made up of teams from the RMAC, Heartland and Lone Star Conferences. A total of eight teams from the regiona will be selected for the NCAA Tournament, including each conference's tournament champion, who will receive automatic bids.
Metro State (22-10), which currently leads the RMAC standings with a 16-7 RMAC record, is in the No. 5 spot while UC-Colorado Springs (22-12, 18-9 RMAC) is ranked ninth. The Mountain Lions are in third place in the RMAC standings while the Pack are tied for fourth with Chadron State in the tight conference standings with a 17-9 conference record.
Elsewhere in the regional rankings, West Texas A&M leads the way. The Lady Buffs are 40-4 overall and are ranked first nationally by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Their LSC rival Angelo State (35-9) is ranked second in the region and seventh in the NFCA Poll and is followed by Heartland Conference-leading and No. 11 St. Mary's Texas (37-8).
The ThunderWolves play at Adams State (21-20, 19-12 RMAC) in a 4-game series on Friday and Saturday and then return home to the Rawlings Complex to close out the regular season against Metro State on Apr. 26 and 27.