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Tiger softball No. 1 in first region rankings

By The Hays Daily News

The Fort Hays State University softball team, ranked No. 18 in NCAA Division II, was named the top team in the first Division II
Central Region rankings released Wednesday.

Fort Hays is 32-4 in regional competition, carrying a 35-7 overall record.

The Tigers and Southeastern Oklahoma State, from the Great American Conference, are the top two teams in the region. Southeastern Oklahoma is ranked No. 4 in the nation and stands 36-7 overall.

Fort Hays State has eight more games remaining on its schedule before the MIAA Tournament in Overland Park. Four of those eight games are this weekend on the road with doubleheaders at University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., and Southwest
Baptist (Mo.) University in Bolivar, Mo.

The top eight teams in each region qualify for the Division II national tournament.

For more on the Tiger softball team, see Thursday's HDN.

Below is the full list of rankings, released Wednesday afternoon.
REGION/RANK    SCHOOL    OVERALL DII RECORD    DII IN-REGION RECORD
CENTRAL REGION            
1    Fort Hays State    35-7    32-4
2    Southeastern Oklahoma    36-7    35-7
3    Minnesota State-Mankato    25-7    18-4
4    Central Oklahoma    33-7    30-6
5    Winona State    20-6    16-5
6    Augustana (S.D.)    22-8    15-6
7    Minot State    21-5    14-4
8    Missouri Western State    29-11    25-9
9    Emporia State    27-12    27-12
10    Truman    21-13    21-13