Softball Maintains No. 6 Spot in the NCAA Regional Rankings
May 1, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Although the Sailfish softball regular season wrapped up a week ago the team is still keeping their eye on the weekly NCAA regional rankings which continue to place them at No. 6 in the South Region. This position further solidifies the team’s chances of making the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history when the field is announced on Monday, May 5th at 10 am.
The Sailfish first made the NCAA Tournament in 2010 when the team advanced to the sub-region championship game before eventually being defeated by No. 2-ranked Valdosta State University. VSU would go on to finish as the National runner-up at the Division II College World Series.
Palm Beach Atlantic has a season record of 30-14 while compiling a solid 22-12 in-region record during the course of the 2014 season.
The top-3 of the South Region rankings remain intact from the previous rankings with the University of Alabama-Huntsville claiming the No. 1 spot followed by the University of Tampa at No. 2 and Valdosta State at No. 3. Rollins College and the University of North Alabama have flip-flopped in the order with RC staking claim at No. 4 and UNA at No. 5.
Nova Southeastern jumped into the No. 7-spot in the rankings this week followed by the University of West Florida, Saint Leo University and Delta State University rounding out the top-10.
The top-8 teams in the region are awarded selections to the NCAA Regional Tournament with four teams each selected to a pair of different playing sites which will be announced on Monday. The three conferences occupying the South Region (Gulf South Conference, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Sunshine State Conference) will each reach receive an automatic bid with the remainder of the five selections coming as at-large bids.
Tuskegee University claimed the SIAC conference tournament title last weekend while the Gulf South Conference tournament will take place over the next several days to decide their automatic qualifier. The Sunshine State Conference does not utilize a conference tournament format however the regular season title was split between Tampa and Rollins. UT earns the SSC’s automatic qualifier to the regional tournament thanks to a season series win over Rollins.