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2004 NFCA/Schutt Sports Division II Leadoff Classic-Day One

Nineteen teams, including six 2003 NCAA regional participants, will play 
in the 2004 NFCA/Schutt Sports Division II Leadoff Classic. The 
tournament is set for March 5-7 at Southwest Park in Irving, Texas. 

The field also includes 2002 national champion St. Mary’s (Texas) and 
Wayne State (Michigan), both of which ended their season at the 2003 
national tournament. Angelo State, Southeastern Oklahoma, Western New 
Mexico and defending Leadoff Classic champion Texas A&M Kingsville join 
the Rattlers and Warriors as 2003 postseason teams. 

Texas A&M-Kingsville, led by the tournament’s 2003 Most Outstanding 
Player Robyn Jensen, defeated St. Mary’s 3-2 in last year’s Leadoff 
Classic final. Wayne State won a 10-inning thriller over Washburn to 
capture the Silver Bracket while Abilene Christian took the Bronze 
bracket with a 3-2 win over Cameron. All six bracket finalists return to 
the 2004 tournament. Also returning will be Central Oklahoma, St. 
Edward’s, Oklahoma Panhandle State, Eastern New Mexico, Emporia State 
and Incarnate Word, as well as tournament co-host Texas Woman’s 

Newcomers to the 2004 field are Central Missouri State, New Mexico 
Highlands and first-year program Midwestern State. The tournament 
format features five pools. Four pools will have four teams while 
one pool will feature three teams. The teams in the three-team pool 
will play a wildcard game against another opponent, which will count 
toward their pool record. As in past Leadoff Classics, the top team 
in each pool, along with three at-large teams will advance to the 
Gold Championship. The remaining second place teams, in addition to 
six at-large teams will match up in the Silver Championship. A 
different format will be used for the Bronze Championship. The 
remaining three teams will play a round-robin. 

Games begin Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. Bracket play will be Saturday at 
4 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and Sunday at 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 12:30 
p.m. and 2:45 p.m. For a complete schedule and up-to-date results, click