SE Softball Set for Super-Regional

After posting a dramatic run as the seven seed through its sub-regional, Southeastern is now set to open play in the Central Super-Regional May 16-17 in a best-of-three series against Augustana in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Fridays' single game is slated for a noon first pitch, with game two set for a noon start on Saturday with an "if necessary" game to follow at 2:30 p.m.

On the line is a trip for the winner of the series to the NCAA Division II Championship Finals in Salem, Va., May 22-26.

The Savage Storm entered the NCAA tournament as a seven seed and knocked off host and second-seeded Minnesota State-Mankato in the first round, followed by a win over Central Oklahoma.

SE dropped its first opportunity to win the sub-regional title to Emporia State, but rebounded in the "if necessary' game to top the Hornets 6-2 and advance.

The trip to the Super-Regional is the second for the Storm since the tournament switched to the regional/super-regional format in 2009.

During the first season of the format, SE ran through its sub-regional as the No. 2 seed and host before dropping two games to Angelo State in San Angelo, Texas.

This season's club is led by a foursome of All-Central Region honorees, with first team selection and Great American Conference Player of the Year pacing the offense to the tune of a .413 batting average with 19 doubles, two triples, 59 runs scored and 34 stolen bases.

She is joined on the offensive side by Laramie Beal and Haley Strawn who were each second team honorees. Beal leads SE in home runs with nine and is hitting .389 with 46 RBI, while Strawn is second in homers with seven while hitting .356 with 39 RBI.

Sydney Kramer also checks in with a .381 average along with a team-high 51 RBI.

Mindy McElroy was the league's Pitcher of the Year and a second team All-Central Region pick in the circle after posting a 27-10 record with a 2.59 ERA. She has tossed 221.1 innings in her 42 appearances, 35 of which have been starts, with 16 complete games and five shutouts.

The Vikings advance as the No. 4 seed after winning three-straight games, including two victories over top-seeded Winona State in Winona, Minn.

AC features six hitters with averages better than .300, highlighted by Lindsay Spanton who is hitting .372 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI.

Jenelle Trautmann leads the team in home runs and RBI with 18 and 56, respectively.

Trautmann also paces the pitching staff with a 27-6 record and a 2.42 ERA in 41 appearances with 30 starts and 179.0 innings pitched.

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