No. 12 Lady Roadrunners Open Conference Tournament Thursday

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AC Enters as East Zone’s No. 2 Seed

Following a 37-win regular season and a long stint in the national rankings, the Angelina College Lady Roadrunner softball team – currently ranked 12th in the nation – will look to book a ticket to Utah when the Region XIV Conference Tournament opens on Thursday.

The Lady Roadrunners enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed in the East Zone and will take on Lamar State College-Port Arthur at 12:30 p.m.

The double-elimination tournament will take place at the San Jacinto College campus located at 13375 Beamer Road in Houston. The current schedule has the second round slated for Friday, the third round on Saturday and the championship decided on Sunday. However, the schedule could change according to inclement weather in the forecast.

At stake for the tournament champ is a berth in the NJCAA Division I World Series in St. George, Utah from May 18-21. The Lady Roadrunners in 2014 became the first Texas team to win the national title and the first Angelina College team to claim a national championship.

The seedings for this weekend’s tournament are as follows:

South Zone: #1 Galveston (46-10), #2 Blinn (35-16), #3 Lamar State-Port Arthur (28-26) and #4 San Jacinto (32-23).

East Zone: #1 Tyler (53-2), #2 Angelina College (37-18), #3 Navarro College (32-18) and #4 Paris College (36-18).

Thursday’s schedule:

  • Game 1, 10 a.m., #3 Navarro vs. #2 Blinn;
  • Game 2, 12:30 p.m., #2 Angelina College vs. #3 Lamar State-Port Arthur;
  • Game 3, 3 p.m., #1 Tyler vs. #4 San Jacinto;
  • and Game 4, 5:30 p.m., #4 Paris vs. #1 Galveston.

A win on Thursday puts the Lady Roadrunners playing the winner of Game 4 at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. A loss will have AC facing the loser of Game 4 at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

Live updates will be available on Twitter by following @ACAthletics. Game stories and photos will be posted on the Angelina College web site (www.angelina.edu/athletics) and on the AC Facebook page in addition to Twitter updates.

Additionally, the Premier Sports Network will be live-streaming all games at psnsports.com.

For further tournament information, including directions and updates, visit the San Jacinto College Softball web page at http://www.sanjacsports.com/softball-tournament.

The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.

Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

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