For the fifth time in school history, Tarleton is headed to the national playoffs after earning the No. 7 in the South Central Region 2 Tournament Monday morning.
"We're excited to be given the opportunity to continue our season," said head coach Mark Cumpian, who became the first rookie coach in Tarleton history to qualify for the NCAA regional tournament in a debut season as head coach. "Our girls worked very hard to get here. We have the opportunity and now it's up to us to go make something of it. Every team we face from here on out is going to be very talented, but we're pretty good too. It's time to get after it and compete."
The regional tournament in softball accepts the top eight teams from the Lone Star, Heartland, and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences, including the tournament champions from all three leagues. The eight teams are split between two host sites for a double elimination tournament with the winning team from each site advancing to the best-of-three Super Regional Series for a trip to the NCAA Division II College World Series.
The TexAnns are headed back to Canyon, where Tarleton squares off with West Texas A&M in the opening round of the Region 2 tournament. The Lady Buffs earned the No. 2 seed. The rest of the Region 2 field includes a matchup with St. Mary's and Texas Woman's.
Meanwhile, the Region 1 field includes Angelo State, Colorado Mesa, Cameron, and Lubbock Christian. Angelo State is the host site and No. 1 seed in the region.
Tarleton put together its playoff portfolio with a 35-20 record, including an 18-12 mark in Lone Star Conference action with series wins over the region's top two seeds - Angelo State and West Texas A&M. The TexAnns took two of three against the Rambelles and Lady Buffs in Stephenville under first-year head coach Mark Cumpian.