Winona State Named Tournament Champ, but RMAC Schools Have Big Win Margin

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 22, 2009

COLORADO SPRINGS - Winona State was named the champion of the 2009 RMAC/NSIC Softball Crossover Tournament, which was held Friday through Sunday at both Mountain Lion Field and the Leon Young Sports Complex.

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference finished the tournament with a 32-22 against the Northern Sun Conference during the tournament. Since the two conference's comprise NCAA Division II's Central Region, the tournament will be instrumental in determining both regional rankings and berths in the regional postseason playoff tournament.

The Warriors finished the tournament tied with Wayne State, Metro State and Colorado State-Pueblo, each with a 5-1 record. Winona State won the tournament based on the first tiebreaker, which was the cumulative record of the opponents it faced during the tournament.

Winona State's opponents had a cumulative record of 22-14 in tournament play, just barely ahead of Wayne State's opponents at 20-16. The opponents of both Metro State and Colorado State-Pueblo had combined records of 13-23.

The all-tournament team, which will be comprised of 12 hitters and four pitchers, will be named Monday.

Below are the tournament records for each of the participating schools:
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Colorado State-Pueblo 5-1
Metro State 5-1
Colorado Mines 4-2
Mesa State 4-2
Regis 4-2
Fort Lewis 3-3
Nebraska-Kearney 3-3
Chadron State 2-4
UCCS 2-4

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Wayne State 5-1
Winona State 5-1
Concordia-St. Paul 3-3
Minnesota State 3-3
Minnesota-Duluth 2-4
Southwest Minnesota St. 2-4
Mary 1-5
St. Cloud State 1-5
Augustana 0-5

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