STEPHENVILLE – Fresh off their 30th win of the season, Tarleton Softball has checked in at No. 7 in the first NCAA regional poll that was released Wednesday afternoon.
 
With a record of 30-18 under first-year head coach Mark Cumpian, Tarleton is back in the regional rankings for the first time since the 2015 season when the TexAnns won their first region championship and advanced to the NCAA Super Regional Series for the first time in school history.
 
The top three teams in the region consist of familiar Tarleton foes as Angelo State, West Texas A&M, and St. Mary's occupy the top three positions of the poll. Colorado Mesa, Cameron, and Texas Woman's hold on to the No. 4, 5, and 6 positions ahead of the TexAnns while Lubbock Christian rounds out the key top eight spots in the No. 8 position. Texas A&M-Commerce and Metro State are currently on the outside looking in at No. 9 and 10.
 
Eight teams will represent the south central region in the NCAA playoffs, which includes the tournament champions from the Lone Star, Heartland, and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences as well as five at-large teams from those leagues. The top two seeds in the region will play host to a double elimination tournament, after which the winning teams from each location will meet in the Super Regional Series for the chance to play in the Women's College World Series.
 
The NCAA Softball Selection Show is scheduled for Sunday, May 7 at 10 a.m. on NCAA.com.