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GIROUARD IS SEC HONOR COACH: So far, Yvette Girouard's first season at LSU has been an unqualified success. Girouard, who guided the Tigers to their third consecutive Southeastern Conference regular season championship after coming over from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, has been named Southeastern Conference coach of the Year. Girouard is a two-time national coach of the year and has made 10 NCAA Regional and three World Series appearances.

SEC TOURNEY ON SATELLITE: The 2001 Southeastern Conference Softball Tournament will be on the satellite. For those who have satellite technology available, here are the coordinates for each day:

BIG 12 TITLE GAME ON FOX: The Big 12 Conference championship game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net on Saturday, May 12, at 3 p.m. CDT. Conference regular season champion Nebraska and defending Women's College World Series champ Oklahoma are the top two seeds in the event which will be played at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

C-USA TOURNEY ON THE BIRD: The Conference USA Television Network will air the C-USA Softball Tournament Championship Game on May 12 at 2 p.m. EDT. The satellite coordinates are SBS6, Transponder 5. Don Russell will call the play-by-play, and Cheri Kempf provides analysis. The University of Louisville's official website, will have updated box scores and recaps throughout the entire tournament. DePaul and Southern Mississippi are the No. 1 and 2 seeds respectively.

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HUMBOLDT STATE ON THE AIR AND ON THE INTERNET: The Humboldt State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and KATA 1340-AM. ESPN Radio will bring listeners, both locally and globally, this weekend'sNCAA Division II West Region. Softball Championships from UC Davis, it was announced by HSU and NCC Radio today. The first broadcast is set to start with a pregame show at 9:45 a.m. PDT Friday morning, when the Lumberjacks take on Cal State Stanislaus. Every Lumberjack contest will be on the air live with a 15-minute pregame show. Listeners can tune in on the radio at KATA 1340-AM and also listen live on the World Wide Web through 1Jacks WebCast. HSU Sports Information Director Dan Pambianco will call the play-by-play from LaRue Field at UC Davis.

GOOD SEED/BAD SEED: Being a No. 1 seed should give a team an advantage, but that hasn't necessarily been the case in the last three years of the Division II championship. Four of the eight No. 1 seeds won their regions in 1998, the first year the tournament field expanded from 24 to 32 teams. Only two No. 1 seeds advanced to the nationals in 1999 and only three No. 1's advanced last year -- a total of nine No. 1 seeds in three years. Eight No. 2 seeds -- including four in 1999 -- have gone on to the nationals in the last three years. Five third-seeded teams and two No. 4 seeds have won their regions.

STREAKS: Coker College  enters the Division II South Atlantic Regional with the nation's longest winning streak, having won 37 consecutive games. The Cobras are one win away from tying their school-record of 38 consecutive wins and three wins away of tying the Division II record of 40 consecutive wins, set by Kennesaw State in 1995.

MIAA MAKES IMPACT: In its first year in the North Central Region, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association placed two teams in the Division II regional tournament. No. 3 seed Missouri Southern State and No. 4 Truman State will represent the MIAA in postseason play. Prior to this year, the MIAA was in the South Central Region.

MAVERICK HR WATCH: Mesa State has already become the first Division II team to reach the 80-home run and 90-home run marks in a season. The Mavericks have a shot at becoming the first Division II team to hit 100 home runs in a season. Mesa State, the No. 2 seed in the South Central Region, enters Division II tournament play with 96 home runs. Mesa State has six players in double- figures in home runs, led by Kelly Adams with 21 homers, tops in the nation.

TIME MARCHES ON: The teams that played for the NCAA Division III national championship two years ago, Simpson (Iowa) and Chapman (California) did not receive postseason bids this year. Simpson won Division III national titles in 1997 and 1999 while Chapman posted runnerup finishes at nationals four times in the last five seasons after winning the national championship in 1995.

DUTCH/TULIPS HIGHLIGHT WEEKEND IN PELLA: Central College is making its 16th consecutive trip to NCAA Division III regionals but the Pella, Iowa, school hasn't hosted a regional since 1993. Central coach George Wares has coached in more postseason games (89) than any active Division III head coach. Central is 59-30 in those games, winning national championships in 1988, 1991 and 1993. It'll be a big weekend in Pella: also scheduled is the Pella Tulip Festival, which annually attracts thousands to the city loczated southeast of Des Moines.

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