In the same week the Southeastern Oklahoma State softball team (29-4) climbed to its highest national ranking and made its highest regional poll appearance, they will now have to play seven games in three day for the Lone Star Conference Crossover Tournament March 28-30 at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex.
The Savage Storm opens with Texas A&M-Kingsville at 11 a.m. on Friday, followed by Abilene Christian at 5 p.m.
Saturday will be a busy day for SOSU, opening with an 11 a.m. matchup with Tarleton State, followed by a 5 p.m. contest with No. 2 Angelo State and a 7 p.m. game with West Texas A&M.
Sunday the Storm will close the event with a noon contest against Eastern New Mexico and a 4 p.m. matchup with Texas Woman’s.
SOSU has posted a 12-0 record against team’s from the South Division and have faced five of the seven with only ASU and WTAMU left to play.
“I want to get better,” said head coach Ron Faubion when asked about what he wants out of this weekend, “That’s the reason you play the game. You want to get better and you want to try to maintain your regional ranking if you can.”
Not only will SOSU look to maintain its regional ranking, but it will also have the opportunity to improve upon it.
The Storm will play the top ranked team in the region in Angelo State as well as the No. 7 team in Abilene Christian.
SOSU is coming off a sweep of Texas Wesleyan in which they outscored the Lady Rams 25-0 in a pair of run rules.
The series included Marjorie Johnson tossing her third no-hitter of the season.
The series was the first action for SOSU since a March 13 double-header with Texas Woman’s, a 12 day gap.
Continuing to shake off the rust will be big for the Storm on the weekend.
“We’re fresh off a break,” said Faubion, “We’re still a long way from being back where we were before we left for the break.”
Where they are now includes three starters batting .400 or better, while four other hitters are above the .300 mark.
The Storm have outscored opponents 211-to-73 on the season, piling on 39 home runs and 200 RBI.
The big matchup of the weekend will feature a battle of top-10 teams when the Storm take on the Rambelles of ASU.
Angelo State is No. 2 in the nation and first in the region, with the Storm nipping at their heels at second in the region and No. 7 in the nation.
“You can’t worry about one game like that,” said Faubion, “If you play for one game then you’ll lose other games. It’s just like any other game, we’ve played bigger games than that here before.”
“It’s a big regional game,” continued Faubion, “Because they are ranked ahead of us. But all of these are regional games.”
In all, SOSU will face 16 players for different teams that are ranked in the top-five in a major offensive or pitching category, as well as two of the top-five hitting teams in the conference and two of the top-five pitching teams in the conference.