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Schutt Sports/Division II Leadoff Classic - Day One

Schutt Sports/Division II Leadoff Classic
Pool Standings (Through Games of March 3)

Pool 1
Kennesaw State                     2-0
St. Edward's                       2-0
Abilene Christian                  0-2
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville     0-2
Pool 2Cal State Bakersfield        2-0
Texas A&M-Kingsville               2-0
Oklahoma Panhandle State           0-2
Southern Indiana                   0-2

Pool 3 
Texas Wesleyan                     2-0
Southeastern Oklahoma State        1-1
West Florida                       1-1
Emporia State                      0-2 

Pool 4
UC Davis                           2-0
St. Mary's (TX)                    2-0
Central Oklahoma                   0-2 
Wayne State (MI)                   0-2

Pool 5
Texas Woman's                       2-0
Central Missouri State              1-1
Delta State                         1-1
Ferris State                        1-1

Pool 6
Tarleton State                      2-0
California (PA)                     1-1
Regis                               1-1
Southern Arkansas                   0-2

Day One Notes

Nine Teams Remain Unbeaten: After one day and 24 games, nine teams remain unbeaten in tournament play. Three pools feature match-ups of unbeatens in Saturday's final round of pool play: Pool 1 (Kennesaw State vs. St. Edwards), Pool 2 (Cal State Bakersfield vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville) and Pool 4 (UC Davis vs. St. Mary's).

Weather Forecasters Miss the Target: Friday's weather was supposed to be partly cloudy with highs in the mid-60's. Partly cloudy was accurate, but temperatures never got much above 50 degrees and gusting winds kept a chill in the air the entire day. Hot chocolate was a top seller at the concession stand.

Unranked Teams Hang Tough Against Ranked Teams: Three teams ranked in the top 10 in the NFCA Preseason Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll suffered losses to unranked teams in day one of the Schutt Sports/Division II Leadoff Classic. No. 4 West Florida fell to Texas Wesleyan (2-1), No. 5 California (PA) lost to Tarleton State (3-0) and No. 8 Ferris State lost both of its opening day games (6-1 to Delta State, 2-0 to Texas Woman's). California and Ferris State are both playing their first games of the season at this weekend's tournaments.

Call Them "Cardiac Kennesaw": No. 3 Kennesaw State enters Saturday's pool play with a 2-0 record, but the Owls could easily be 0-2. Kennesaw State trailed Abilene Christian 1-0 heading into the seventh inning, but Audra Thomas' grand slam home run capped a five-run seventh to lead Kennesaw State. KSU needed extra innings to defeat SIU-Edwardsville, scoring the game-winner with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.

Tough (Seventh Inning) Luck for Abilene Christian: Abilene Christian took a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning in both of its games Friday, but ended up losing both games. Kennesaw State scored all five of its runs in the seventh in ACU's first game, then Texas Wesleyan scored both of its runs in the seventh inning in ACU's nightcap.

Bracket Play Begins Saturday: After the conclusion of the 12:30 p.m. (CST) games, seedings will be determined for the Gold, Silver and Bronze Brackets. Bracket play begins Saturday at 3 p.m.

Long Day's Journey Into Night: Saturday's play begins at 8 a.m. (CST) with seven sets of games (four at a time) scheduled during the day. Thefinal set of games is scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m.