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Head Coach Alison Sellers-Cook's Badgers head to the Sooner State
Head Coach Alison Sellers-Cook's Badgers head to the Sooner State
Softball - Tue, May. 6, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On Tuesday night, the Spring Hill College softball team learned that it will be the No. 1 seed at the Oklahoma City University site of the NAIA Softball National Championship Tournament's Opening Round and will face the No. 4 seeded MidAmerica Nazarene University Pioneers (26-13) at Ann Lacy Stadium on Monday at 3 p.m.

MidAmerica Nazarene earned an automatic bid to the field of 40 as the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Runners-Up.

The other participants at the Oklahoma City site will be the host and 2nd seeded Oklahoma City University Stars (49-11) and the 3rd seeded Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes (38-7). The 16th-ranked Oklahoma City squad reached the tournament with an automatic bid after winning the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Championship while the 25th-ranked Kansas Wesleyan team was the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season Champion.

Spring Hill came out of the losers' bracket to win the Beaufort, S.C., Opening Round Tournament last season with a 4-1 record en route to a Runners-Up finish at the NAIA Final Site.

The Opening Round field is comprised of 32 automatic qualifiers and eight at-large berths. Automatic qualification is given to conference regular-season champions, regular-season runners-up, tournament champions or tournament runners-up depending on the league. Conferences with 10 or more members earned two automatic qualifiers and conferences with less than 10 landed one auto berth. At-large teams were determined using the final regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The softball opening rounds will be contested from May 12-14 at 10 various sites with four teams playing in a double-elimination format at each location.

The 10 Opening Round champions will punch their ticket for the 34th annual NAIA Softball World Series in Columbus, Ga., from May 23-29, 2014.

This year will mark the fifth trip to the NAIA National Tournament for the Badger softball team. Spring Hill holds an overall 10-8 record in the event with a 2nd place finish in 2013 and a 3rd place finish in 1999.

In this week's Top 25 Coaches' Poll, the Badgers (40-12) lost 11 votes from the prior week's numbers for a total of 448 votes but remained at the No. 7 position.

Four other Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) teams joined SHC in the Top 25 as Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) fell one spot to No. 3, William Carey University raised one slot for a tie at No. 10, Belhaven University stayed at No. 15 and Brenau University climbed one rung to No. 21. The University at Mobile also received 15 votes.

The NAIA poll is voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independent and unaffiliated groupings.