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Softball Broncos are top seed in MAC Tourney

May 8, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's softball team won the Mid-American Conference regular season championship, the MAC West Division title and capped one of its best regular seasons ever with an 8-2 victory over the University of Toledo at WMU's Ebert Field this past weekend.

"We played all 22 players on our roster, which will be a huge plus for us going into the MAC Tournament," said coach Kathy Leitke, whose team took three of four games during the weekend.

WMU finished the regular season with a 31-13 overall mark and, by virtue of its 18-4 league record, is the top seed in the MAC Tournament, which will be played at Currie Stadium in Midland, Mich., Thursday through Saturday, May 10-13.

This is the second year of an expanded eight-team field in the MAC Tournament, which will be played in Midland for the first time. The eight tournament teams are: WMU (MAC 18-4); Kent State (16-5); Bowling Green (16-6); Central Michigan (13-7); Eastern Michigan (14-8); Akron (13-9); Northern Illinois (10-12); and Ohio (7-15), which edged out Miami University on tiebreakers for the eighth seed.

First round pairings, Thursday, May 10
No. 3 Bowling Green vs. No. 6 Akron, 11 a.m.
No. 2 Kent State vs. No. 7 Northern Illinois, 1:30 p.m.
No. 4 Central Michigan vs. No. 5 Eastern Michigan, 5 p.m.
No. 1 WMU vs. No. 8 Ohio, 7:30 p.m.

The championship game is slated for Saturday, May 13, at 3 p.m. The tournament champion receives the league's automatic berth in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

UPDATE (May 15, 2006)--Following victories in the first two rounds of the MAC Tournament, the Broncos lost, 2-1, to Kent State University in the championship game. Despite a 34-win season, including a victory over defending national champion University of Michigan, WMU was not awarded an at-large berth in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, (269) 387-4138, daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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