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SOFTBALL

No. 13 Lions fall in LSC Semifinal 8-0 to No. 10 West Texas A&M, await regional destination.

SAN ANGELO– The No. 13 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team lost 8-0 to No. 10 West Texas A&M in the semifinal round of the Lone Star Conference Tournament on Friday. The Lions fell behind early and could not recover.

The loss brings the Lions to 39-9 on the season and eliminates them from the LSC Tournament. The Lady Buffs improve to 39-10 and advance to the LSC Championship game for the fourth consecutive season.

The Lions will now await their South Central Regional rankings. The NCAA selection show broadcast is Monday at 9:00 a.m. Check with LionAthletics.com for all updates on Lion Softball.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Kinsie Hebler hit a double in the first inning.
– Baylea Higgs also had an infield hit.
– Katie Dean had a strikeout in the circle as she got the start. Selena Rima also made an appearance, giving up no runs in her one inning of action.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Hebler had a double for the Lions in the top of the first, but she was stranded. WT hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead after one complete inning.

The Lions were unable to get a hit in the second inning. The Lady Buffs brought five more runs across in the bottom of the inning, hitting two home runs to bring their lead to 7-0.

The Lions had a good chance for a run in the third inning. Higgs had a single, and a throwing error put her in scoring position. But a good defensive play by the WT pitcher robbed the next batter of a hit, and the Lions were held scoreless. The Lady Buffs scored again on a sacrifice fly and led 8-0 after three.

Neither team was able to score in the fourth inning. The Lions had one more chance in the fifth inning but were unable to score and the game ended.

 

SOFTBALL

No. 13 Lions pick up first-ever LSC Tournament win with 9-1 victory over A&M-Kingsville.

SAN ANGELO– The No. 13 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team picked up a 9-1 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville in the quarterfinal round of the Lone Star Conference Tournament on Friday afternoon. The Lions took an early lead and ran away with the game.

The win brings the Lions to 39-8 on the year and gives them their first win in the LSC Tournament in the program’s four-year history. The Javelinas fall to 29-26 eliminating them from tournament play.

The Lions will return to the diamond quickly as they will face the second seed in the tournament, West Texas A&M, today at 4 p.m. The game will take place at Mayer Field in San Angelo.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Jodie Hill hit a three-run homer in the third inning that broke the game open for the Lions. She also scored two runs.
– Ciera Nunez had three hits, scored twice and drove in three runs.
– Baylea Higgs had a two-RBI double in the second inning.
– Bri Sims drove in the first run of the game.
– Kayla Kilcrease had two hits and scored a run. Monica Cherry also scored two runs. Mariah Jameyson and Vanessa Muro also scored runs.
– Emily Otto pitched a complete game, recording five strikeouts against no walks to earn her 17th win of the year.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Otto had a strong start to the game, striking out two in the top of the first. Nunez and Higgs drew walks to put two runners on. Hebler then singled to load the bases. Sims came up and hit a single to drive in a run. The Lions weren’t able to bring any more runs across and led 1-0 after one complete.

Otto had two more strikeouts in the second inning. The Lions were not able to bring in a run in the second, and the game remained at 1-0.

The Javelinas had two singles in the third inning, but Otto was able to record another strikeout to get the Lions out of the inning with no damage done. The Lions then blew the game open in the bottom of the inning. After two quick outs, the Lions started to rally. Jameyson drew an intentional walk. Kilcrease hit a single before Hill hammered a pitch over the center field fence to give the Lions a four-run lead. It didn’t stop there as Muro hit a single and Cherry doubled. Nunez singled to drive in a run and Higgs hit a double to drive in two more. The Lions led 7-0 after three.

The next two innings were all about defense as neither team could get much going with their bats. Otto continued to pitch well, getting five fly outs in a row. The Lions had two base runners on in the fifth, but nothing came of it. The Lions led 7-0 after five complete.

The Javelinas got on the scoreboard in the sixth, hitting a home run to bring in a run. The Lions got the hits they needed in the bottom of the inning to finish the game out. Hill was hit-by-pitch and had two stolen bases as she swiped both second and third. Cherry also had a hit and a steal to put two runners in scoring position. They were both brought home on a walk-off single for Nunez, and the Lions won the game 9-1.

 

SOFTBALL

Jameyson named LSC Player of the Year. Six Lions win All-Conference, All-Academic, and Gold Glove Awards.

SAN ANGELO– The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team walked away from the annual Lone Star Conference softball championship banquet with a plethora of awards. Mariah Jameyson was named LSC Player of the Year, the first player in program history to receive such an honor.

Also, Jameyson and Ciera Nunez made the All-Academic team. Baylea Higgs and Emily Otto as Gold Glove recipients joined Nunez. Jameyson, Higgs, Nunez and Kinsie Hebler were named First Team All-LSC, the first time in school history that four players made it to the First Team. Otto was named Second Team All-LSC, and Kayla Kilcrease brought home Third Team All-LSC honors. All awards were announced Thursday by the LSC.

After receiving LSC Newcomer of the Year honors as a junior, Jameyson improved on her already stellar numbers during the 2018 campaign. The senior from Seattle, Wash. was a top-5 statistical leader in several categories and received national recognition several times during the season. She is currently a Top-25 finalist for the NFCA National Player of the Year and was a two-time NFCA National Player of the Week and a one-time Fastpitch News National Player of the Week.

Jameyson finished the regular season as the nation’s leader in on-base percentage (.644). She was second nationally in batting average (.542), slugging percentage (1.137) and RBIs (80), third in total bases (149), fourth in walks (39) and fifth in home runs (22). Jameyson’s .542 batting average was nearly .100 points better than any other player in the LSC and broke the single-season record set in 1997. Jameyson also had an on-base percentage more than .100 points higher than any other LSC player. She was also the only hitter in the LSC to finish the season with a slugging percentage over 1.000. Jameyson led the LSC in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBIs, hits (71) and walks (39). She had the game-winning RBI in 13 different games this season. It is the second All-LSC selection of her career and her first All-Academic award.

Higgs– a senior from Arlington– set career bests in batting average (.411), runs scored (50), hits (62), RBI (34) and doubles. She led the LSC in triples with five and was third in the conference with 26 stolen bases. She finished third amongst outfielders in both runs scored and batting average and was second in hits. As a defender, Higgs led the LSC with a perfect fielding percentage. She also robbed two home runs during the year and made numerous diving catches. It is the third All-LSC award of her career and her second Gold Glove award.

Nunez– a junior from Amarillo– set career highs in batting average (.375), runs scored (55), walks (36) and steals (44). Nunez led the LSC in stolen bases and finished fifth in the nation. She was also in the top 10 in walks and the top 20 in the country in runs scored. Nunez was second in the LSC in walks, third in runs scored and fourth in on-base percentage (.506). On defense, Nunez finished the season with a .986 fielding percentage with 65 putouts. She robbed one home run and made numerous diving catches throughout the year. It is the second All-LSC selection of her career, her second All-Academic award, and her first Gold Glove award.

Hebler– a sophomore from Cypress– improved her batting average (.414), home runs (15) and RBIs (56) from her freshman season and has received national recognition for her play. Hebler is a current Top-25 Finalist for the NFCA National Player of the Year award and was named Fastpitch News National Player of the Week. She finished in the top 20 in the nation in home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage (.814) and total bases (118). Hebler finished fifth in the LSC in RBIs, home runs, walks and on-base percentage and sixth in batting average. She had the game-winning RBI in 12 different games this season. It is the second All-LSC selection of her career.

Otto– a freshman from Richmond– had an impressive freshman season in the circle for the Lions. She set the single-season school record with 16 wins. Otto pitched a no-hitter against West Texas A&M, who was the best-hitting team in the nation at the time. She led the LSC with five saves and finished fourth in the league, holding hitters to a .211 average. Otto also finished in the top 10 in the league in ERA and strikeouts. She led all freshmen in every pitching category. She also finished the season with a perfect fielding percentage. It is the first All-Conference award of her career and her first Gold Glove award.

Kilcrease– a junior from Kerens– finished the regular season setting career highs in batting average (.292), hits (26), runs scored (26), doubles (5), home runs (8), RBIs (24), walks (14) and stolen bases (7). In the outfield, she recorded 44 putouts and two assists, helping throw out a runner at the plate to help the Lions to a win earlier in the season. Kilcrease hit .333 in LSC play with seven homers and 21 RBIs. It is the first All-LSC selection of her career.

The No. 13 Lions are the third seed in the LSC Tournament and will face Texas A&M-Kingsville in the first round of the single-elimination tournament. The game will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. Should the Lions advance, they would face No. 10 West Texas A&M, the second seed in the tournament, in the semifinal round. The championship game will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. All games played at Mayer Field in San Angelo.

2018 Lone Star Conference Softball All-Conference Awards
SPECIAL AWARDS
Player of the Year: Mariah Jameyson, A&M-Commerce
Pitchers of the Year: Brandy Marlett, Angelo State, and Jordan Withrow, Tarleton State
Academic Player of the Year: Jordan Withrow, Tarleton State
Freshman of the Year: Georgia Capell, Tarleton State
Newcomers of the Year: Tanna Huie, Tarleton State, and Rylee Willmon, Cameron
Coach of the Year: Travis Scott, Angelo State

FIRST TEAM ALL-LSC

 Name  School  Position  Year  Hometown
 Mariah Jameyson  A&M-Commerce  C  Sr.  Seattle, Washington
 Taegan Kirk  Angelo State  C  Jr.  Lubbock, Texas
 Kylee Moore  West Texas A&M  1B  Jr.  Van, Texas
 Erikka Burke  Eastern New Mexico  1B  Sr.  Elk Grove, California
 Bailey Wallace  Angelo State  2B  Jr.  Rockwall, Texas
 Brenna Busby  Cameron  SS  So.  Washington, Oklahoma
 Danae Bina  Angelo State  SS  Sr.  Marion, Kansas
 Tylia Sylestine  Texas Woman’s  3B  Jr.  Kilgore, Texas
 Ashley Hardin  West Texas A&M  OF  Sr.  Flower Mound, Texas
 Baylea Higgs  A&M-Commerce   OF  Sr.  Arlington, Texas
 Tanna Huie  Tarleton State  OF  Jr.  Paris, Texas
 Madison Greenwell  Angelo State  OF  Sr.  Flower Mound, Texas
 Ciera Nunez  A&M-Commerce  OF  Jr.  Amarillo, Texas
 Brandy Marlett  Angelo State  P  Sr.  Henderson, Nevada
 Jordan Withrow  Tarleton State  P  So.  Trenton, Texas
 Kilee Halbert  West Texas A&M  P  Sr.  Dalhart, Texas
 Morgan Hill  Angelo State  P  Sr.  Salado, Texas
 Kinsie Hebler  A&M-Commerce  DP  So.  Cypress, Texas
 Georgia Capell  Tarleton State  DP  Fr.  Midlothian, Texas
 Shayne Starkey  West Texas A&M  UT  Jr.  Denton, Texas

SECOND TEAM ALL-LSC

 Karina Rocha  Angelo State  UT  So.  Buda, Texas
 Courtney Barnhill  Angelo State  OF  So.  Lubbock, Texas
 Rylee Willmon  Cameron  P  Jr.  Luther, Oklahoma
 Callie Busby  Cameron  C  So.  Washington, Oklahoma
 Megan Durante  Tarleton State  1B  Sr.  Denton, Texas
 Karli Herron  Tarleton State  3B  Jr.  Hot Springs, Arkansas
 Meghann Wrinkle  Tarleton State  OF  Sr.  Lexington, Texas
 Nyka Wood  Tarleton State  C  Sr.  North Richland Hills, Texas
 Emily Otto  A&M-Commerce   P  Fr.  Richmond, Texas
 Roxy Chapa  Texas A&M-Kingsville  C  Jr.  McAllen, Texas
 Loren Kelly  Texas A&M-Kingsville  OF  Fr.  Rockport, Texas
 Hazel Puempel  Texas Woman’s  1B  So.  Tool, Texas
 Jordan Kisselburg  Texas Woman’s  C  Jr.  White Settlement, Texas
 Suka Van Gurp  West Texas A&M  2B  Jr.  Willemstad, Curacao
 Alyx Cordell  West Texas A&M  SS  So.  Canyon, Texas
 Kourtney Coveney  West Texas A&M  3B  Jr.  Katy, Texas

THIRD TEAM ALL-LSC

 Taylor Fogle  Angelo State  DP  Jr.  Pico Rivera, California
 Annie Combs  Cameron  3B  Sr.  Tuttle, Oklahoma
 Bethany Hines  Cameron  P  So.  Washington, Oklahoma
 Jennifer McElroy  Eastern New Mexico  UT  Fr.  Forney, Texas
 Amanda Thomas  Midwestern State  C  Sr.  Marble Falls, Texas
 Megan Rosewell  Tarleton State  P  Sr.  Ft. Worth, Texas
 Marisa Flores  Tarleton State  INF  Sr.  Keller, Texas
 Kayla Kilcrease  A&M-Commerce   OF  Jr.  Kerens, Texas
 Anastasia Leibas  Texas A&M-Kingsville  DP  Fr.  Del Valle, Texas
 Rachael Longoria  Texas A&M-Kingsville  3B  Sr.  Hutto, Texas
 Sarah Gilbert  Texas A&M-Kingsville  P  Sr.  Chipola, Florida
 Lindy Kennedy  Texas Woman’s  OF  Jr.  Mesquite, Texas
 Adrianna Berzoza  UT Permian Basin  2B  Sr.  Midland, Texas
 Allie Smith  West Texas A&M  DP  Sr.  Flower Mound, Texas
 Ariana Maldonado  Western New Mexico  OF  Jr.  Albuquerque, New Mexico

2018 LSC Softball Golden Glove Awards

 Name  School  Position  Year  Hometown
 Taegan Kirk  Angelo State  C  Jr.  Lubbock, Texas
 Emily Otto  A&M-Commerce  P  Fr.  Richmond, Texas
 Megan Durante  Tarleton State  1B  Sr.  Denton, Texas
 Marisa Flores  Tarleton State  2B  Sr.  Keller, Texas
 Danae Bina  Angelo State  SS  Sr.  Marion, Kansas
 Rachael Longoria  Texas A&M-Kingsville  3B  Sr.  Hutto, Texas
 Baylea Higgs  A&M-Commerce   OF  Sr.  Arlington, Texas
 Haley Boyett  Texas A&M-Kingsville  OF  Sr.  Waco, Texas
 Ciera Nunez  A&M-Commerce  OF  Jr.  Amarillo, Texas
 Ashley Hardin  West Texas A&M  OF  Sr.  Flower Mound, Texas
 Brooke Mangold  Angelo State  OF  Sr.  Castroville, Texas

2018 LSC SOFTBALL ALL-ACADEMIC AWARDS

 Player  Team  Yr.   Pos.  Major  Hometown
 Jordan Withrow  Tarleton State  So.  P  Kinesiology  Trenton, Texas
 Allie Smith  West Texas A&M  Sr.  DP  Broadcast Journalism  Flower Mound, Texas
 Ciera Nunez  A&M-Commerce  Jr.  OF  Human Performance  Amarillo, Texas
 Hazel Puempel  Texas Woman’s  So.  INF  Business Administration  Tool, Texas
 Lauren Lindgren  Midwestern State  So.  OF  Special Education  Denton, Texas
 Bailey Wallace  Angelo State  Jr.  INF  Exercise Science  Rockwall, Texas
 Megan Durante  Tarleton State  Sr.  INF  Kinesiology  Denton, Texas
 Mariah Jameyson  A&M-Commerce   Sr.  C  Kinesiology and Sport Studies   Seattle, Washington
 Kilee Halbert  West Texas A&M  Sr.  P  Nursing  Dalhart, Texas

 

WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD

Cheek leads four Lions in the running for points after the first day of the heptathlon at LSC Championships.

SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s track and field team have four student-athletes in a position to get points in the women’s heptathlon after the opening day of competition at the 2018 Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. (DAY ONE HEPTATHLON RESULTS)

Chelsea Cheek is in second place in the competition with 2,942 points through four events, thanks to personal bests in the shot put (10.32 meters, 33-10 ¼) and the 200-meter dash (26.31 seconds).

Jessica Clay is in fourth place with 2,846 points, setting a new personal best in the 100-meter hurdles (14.80 seconds).

Shanecia Baker is in seventh place with 2,694 points, and Karlee Young is in eighth place with 2,653 points.

The heptathlon competition wraps up on Friday with the long jump, javelin throw, and 800-meter run.

Also on tap Friday is the competition in the hammer throw, triple jump, pole vault, and shot put, beginning at 3:00 p.m. The finals for both the women’s and men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase are Friday, starting at 6:00 p.m., followed by preliminaries in other running events. The women’s 10,000-meter run final is at 8:35 p.m. and the men’s 10,000-meter run last closes out the day at 9:50 p.m.

 

TRACK AND FIELD

Obst, Henderson named LSC All-Academic.

RICHARDSON–Texas A&M University-Commerce track and field athletes, Florian Obst and Dylan Henderson, have been named to the Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track & Field All-Academic teams, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday.

Obst– a Master’s in Business Administration major from Emmering, Germany– was named the 2017 USTFCCCA Male Outdoor Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year last season. He was previously nominated LSC All-Academic during the indoor track and field season. He has been named to the Best in the Class list with a 4.0 GPA during the Spring 2017 semester and named to the Athletics Director’s record and the LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Obst has also logged more than 20 hours of community service. Also, Obst was the 2017 Outdoor Decathlon National Champion and is the defending LSC champion in both the outdoor decathlon and the indoor heptathlon. He has the top mark in the nation in the decathlon this season (7,681) and ranks in the top 20 nationally in the 110-meter hurdles (14.33) and long jump (7.36m).

Henderson– a Kinesiology & Sports Studies major from Duncanville– has received numerous academic honors during his time at A&M-Commerce and held the team’s top time in the 400-meter hurdles through the last week of the season. He was named LSC All-Academic during the indoor track and field season and named to the Best in the Class list, the Athletics Director’s list, the Dean’s List and the LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. He is also a member of the Leadership Team for A&M-Commerce’s Responsible Lions campaign– a student-led group focusing on student-athlete well-being. Henderson also attended the NCAA APPLE Conference in 2017.

The Lions will participate in the Lone Star Conference Championships in San Angelo this Thursday-Saturday.

2018 LSC OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD ALL-ACADEMIC AWARDS

MEN’S ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

Player Team Yr. Major  Hometown
Owen Hind West Texas A&M Grad MBA London, England
Harry Maslen Angelo State Jr. Chemistry Ilkley, West Yorkshire
Florian Obst A&M-Commerce Sr. MBA Emmering, Germany
Ezra Bagwell Eastern New Mexico Jr. Electronics Eng. Tech. Clayton, New Mexico
Dylan Henderson A&M-Commerce So. Kinesiology/Sports Studies Duncanville, Texas
Jacob Reid Angelo State Jr. Exercise Science Wall, Texas
Levi Britting Angelo State So. Biology Albany, Texas
Chevy Robertson Angelo State So. Physics Brownwood, Texas
Nicholas Dow West Texas A&M Jr. Finance Amarillo, Texas
Jacob Nava Lubbock Christian So. Finance Abilene, Texas
Jarred Elizondo Tarleton State So. Engineering Bandera, Texas

LSC Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Academic Player of the Year: Owen Hind, West Texas A&M

WOMEN’S ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

Player Team Yr. Major  Hometown
Kami Norton Angelo State Sr. Kinesiology Albany, Texas
Gretzel Jimenez Tarleton State So. Physical Therapy China Spring, Texas
Mercy Yermo Midwestern State So. Exercise Physiology Bandera, Texas
Jordan Nash Angelo State Jr. English Secondary Cert Grandview, Texas
Nele Heinrich West Texas A&M So. General Business Guben, Germany
Danee Bustos Eastern New Mexico Jr. Communicative Disorders Belen, New Mexico
Fatim Affessi West Texas A&M So. Psychology Geneva, Switzerland
Madison Thetford West Texas A&M So. Marketing Amarillo, Texas
Madeleine Maltais Texas A&M-Kingsville So. Civil Engineering Corpus Christi, Texas
Coley Norcross Eastern New Mexico Sr. Elementary/Special Educ Albuquerque, New Mexico
Amira Cunningham Lubbock Christian Jr. Exercise Science/Spanish Sandia Park, New Mexico

LSC Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Academic Player of the Year: Kami Norton, Angelo State

 

SOFTBALL

Lion Softball jumps to No. 4 in updated regional ranks headed into LSC Tournament.

INDIANAPOLIS– The No. 13 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team is ranked fourth in the NCAA South Central Regional rankings. The South Central Region consists of the Lone Star, Heartland and Rocky Mountain Athletic conferences. The rankings were released on Wednesday by the NCAA. It is the third release of the official NCAA rankings this season. Every regular season regional poll has ranked the Lions since the program’s inception in 2015.

A&M-Commerce is one of six teams from the LSC in the rankings. Angelo State is in the second spot, followed by West Texas A&M in third. Tarleton State is in the fifth slot, Cameron is in sixth while A&M-Kingsville is 10th. The tournament champions of the LSC, HC, and RMAC, as well as five at-large teams, will advance to the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tournament, set to begin May 10. The top two seeds in the region will host a four-team double elimination tournament, with the two winners meeting in the Super Regional Tournament the following week.

A&M-Commerce currently has a record of 38-8 and 23-7 in the LSC. The Lions finished the regular season in third place in the conference standings. The Lions have a current record of 10-7 against teams ranked in the South Central Region. The Lions swept Tarleton State, and A&M-Kingsville took two of three from Cameron and had a win over both West Texas A&M and St. Mary’s.

The No. 13 Lions are the third seed in the LSC Tournament and will face Texas A&M-Kingsville in the first round of the single-elimination tournament. The game will be at 11:00 a.m. in San Angelo. Should the Lions advance, they would face No. 10 West Texas A&M, the second seed in the tournament, in the semifinal round. The championship game will be on Saturday at 2″00 p.m. All games will be at Mayer Field in San Angelo.

The final edition of the NCAA South Central Region releases the rankings on Monday at 10:00 a.m.

NCAA DII South Central Region Rankings

as of May 2, 2018

 Pl.  School  DII Record  In-Region
 1.  Colorado Mesa  43-3  43-3
 2.  Angelo State  45-7  43-7
 3.  West Texas A&M  36-10  35-9
 4.  A&M-COMMERCE   38-8  33-8
 5.  Tarleton State  45-8  43-8
 6.  Cameron  30-17  30-16
 7.  Regis (Colo.)  35-17  35-17
 8.  Colorado Christian  40-11  40-11
 9.  St. Mary’s (Texas)  33-21  28-20
 10.  A&M-Kingsville  29-25  29-25

 

SOFTBALL

Softball sticks at No. 13 in NFCA Poll headed into LSC Tournament.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.– The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team is ranked 13th in the latest coaches poll released by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as announced Wednesday. The Lions stayed in the same spot from last week’s ranking. This season’s coaches’ poll nationally ranked the Lions now for 11 weeks.

The No. 13 Lions went 3-0 last week, sweeping Texas Women’s in the final series of the regular season. The Lions are one of four teams from the LSC in the national rankings. Angelo State is ranked sixth, West Texas A&M is ranked 10th, and Tarleton State is ranked 15th. North Georgia is the top-ranked team.

The Lions are also highly ranked in three other rankings. They are No. 3 in the current rankings done by Hero Sports, which also takes into account strength of schedule, offensive and defensive ranking. The Lions are ranked No. 7 in the Massey Ratings and are No. 5 in the rankings by Fastpitch News.

The No. 13 Lions are currently 38-8 with a 20-7 record in conference play, finishing in third place in the Lone Star Conference. They are the third seed in the LSC Tournament and will face Texas A&M-Kingsville in the first round of the single-elimination tournament. The game will be at 11:00 a.m. in San Angelo. Should the Lions advance, they would face No. 10 West Texas A&M, the second seed in the tournament, in the semifinal round. The championship game will be on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. All games will be at Mayer Field in San Angelo.

2018 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll – May 2 (Week 11) 

 Rank  Team  Points  Record  Previous
 1  North Georgia (15)  399  53-2  1
 2  Chico State (1)  384  47-3  2
 3  Colorado Mesa  369  43-3  3
 4  North Alabama  336  42-5  5
 5  Winona State  332  41-5  7
 6  Angelo State  330  45-7  6
 7  Southern Arkansas  304  49-7  4
 8  Palm Beach Atlantic  289  33-6  8
 9  Grand Valley State  262  35-7  10
 10  West Texas A&M  240  38-10  12
 11  Lenoir-Rhyne  238  42-8  9
 12  Concordia Irvine  214  44-12  16
 13  A&M-COMMERCE  200  38-8  13
 14  Augustana  168  37-11  13
 t-15  California Baptist  167  31-10  11
 t-15  Tarleton State  167  46-8  15
 17  Alabama-Huntsville  138  34-14  18
 18  Illinois Springfield  128  35-14  17
 19  Dixie State  120  36-8  19
 20  UC San Diego  95  34-15  21
 21  Georgia College  85  35-13  20
 22  Embry-Riddle  66  33-13  23
 23  West Virginia Wesleyan  64  37-10  22
 24  St. Anselm  45  36-9-1  24
 25  McKendree  20  37-14  25