by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
INDIANAPOLIS - The Georgia College & State University softball team (31-22) slid to fifth in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll maintaining an invite to the NCAA Tournament.
With eight teams going to the regional tournament, the Bobcats kept their hopes of a curtain call alive with a fifth place rank. They have a regional record of 27-19, have spent the last four weeks in the No. 4 slot and are likely to make a trip to the NCAA tourney.
Three automatic bids to the region tourney go to the three conference tournament champions with two of those bids already claimed. North Georgia took the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) title last weekend and sits atop the region rankings, while Queens University of Charlotte won the Conference Carolinas tournament this weekend as well.
The third automatic bid belongs to the winner of South Atlantic Conference (SAC) tourney, which began today (April 23) and will conclude with the championship game on Sunday (April 26). With two SAC squads sitting in the No. 3 and No. 4 positions, things look good for Georgia College.
Along with the Bobcats, the regional tournament will consist of at least three other PBC teams with a possibility of a fourth team. North Georgia snagged an invite with their conference championship, while USC Aiken sits comfortably in the No. 2 slot and Augusta State University claims sixth in the regional poll. Francis Marion University sits on the bubble in No. 7, hoping either Lenoir-Rhyne University or Wingate University takes the SAC title.
The official 2009 NCAA Tournament selections will be announced Sunday, May 3 as the Bobcats vie for their fourth-straight trip to the NCAA tourney.
Visit www.gcsuBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement.