The Truman softball team found itself ranked third in the first NCAA Midwest regional ranking, unveiled late Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II softball committee.
The Bulldogs (32-7), who last qualified for the NCAA tournament in 2005, were one of three Great Lakes Valley Conference teams to sit atop the Midwest region.
In a region comprised of teams from the GLVC, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, the Bulldogs trailed top-ranked Indianapolis and No. 2 Missouri-St. Louis as three of the GLVC's four representatives in the top eight.
Bellarmine sat eighth, bookending four GLIAC teams ranked fourth through seventh in this week's poll â?? Ashland, Saginaw Valley, Grand Valley State, and Wayne (Mich.) State.
The top eight teams qualify for the NCAA Midwest regional, which will begin on May 9 at two campus sites.
Seeds one, four, five, and eight will compete at one site in a double-elimination format, while seeds two, three, six, and seven will do the same at a second site.
Each sub-regional winner will advance to the Midwest super-regional the following weekend for a best-of-three showdown, with the advancing team moving on to the NCAA Div. II College World Series â?? held in Salem, Va., from May 22-26.
The NCAA will release its second of three weekly polls next Wednesday (April 23), with a final regular season release coming on Wednesday, April 30. The selection show will take place on Monday, May 5.
Under the direction of head coach Erin Brown, the nationally-ranked Bulldogs take to the road this weekend, beginning on Friday (April 18) for a key doubleheader at region-leading Indianapolis at 11 a.m. (CT).
Truman will close the weekend with a pair of games at Saint Joseph's (Ind.) on Saturday (April 19) at 12 p.m. (CT).
Courtesy Truman State University