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Southeastern Oklahoma State Claims NFCA Division II Leadoff Classic Crown
TUCSON, Ariz. – On the final day of the NFCA Division II Leadoff Classic at the Lincoln Park North/South Complex in Tucson, Ariz., Southeastern Oklahoma State finished off an undefeated 6-0 run through the event by holding off West Texas A&M to claim the Gold bracket title, 3-2.
The Savage Storm held a tenuous, two-run advantage venturing into the last half of the seventh inning but watched as the Lady Buffs managed to load the bases with two outs. Facing a tough situation from the circle, SEOSU relief pitcher Mindy McElroy walked West Texas A&M’s Lacey Seidl to force in a tally and cut the gap to just a single run. That was as close as the Lady Buffs would get, however, as infielder Mercedes Garcia flew out to end the contest.
“We graduated eight starters and three pitchers from last season, and we were so disappointed to miss out on postseason play last year,” Southeastern Oklahoma State head coach Ron Faubion said. “Now we’re basically starting over this season with all new kids. To be able to play in an event like this against high-quality opposition and against so many high-level coaches and have this type of success is great experience for our young team.”
Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Jessica Simmons was selected as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, while Savage Storm teammate Jacee Bennett was named the Most Valuable Pitcher.
No. 16 Central Oklahoma wrapped up the Silver bracket crown by edging past No. 24 Dixie State in the semifinals (2-1) and then holding off a tough challenge from No. 8 Augustana, 5-4. No. 22 Abilene Christian knocked off No. 6 Minnesota State-Mankato in the semis (5-2) and Cal State San Bernardino in the finals (8-3) to take the Bronze bracket title. After opening its tourney run with a 0-2 record in pool play, No. 23 Molloy won its last four contests, including Sunday match-ups against Regis (Colo./6-2) and Missouri-St. Louis (2-1) to secure the Copper bracket championship.
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