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Softball Broncos are MAC Champions

by Mat Kanan

April 9, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of MAC champion WMU softball team.
MAC Champions!
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's softball team has won the Mid-American Conference championship for the fourth time in program history and first since 2006.

WMU closed out the regular season Sunday with a 2-1 loss at Miami University, but had already clinched the regular season conference title with a 5-2 win at Miami one day earlier. WMU advances as the No. 1 seed in the MAC Tournament at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio. The Broncos' first tournament contest is Wednesday, May 11, at 1:30 p.m. against No. 8-seeded Kent State.

"These kids made a major statement early in the season to make a mental change to our game. I really believe the Missouri Tournament was our turning point. Everyone got on board as a unit, and you don't win championships unless you play as a unit," said coach Kathy Leitke. The Broncos have claimed three of their four regular season titles during Leitke's 11 years as head coach.

WMU was 20-27 overall for the regular season and 14-6 against MAC opponents and has now registered at least 20 wins in a season for the ninth time under Leitke and the 27th time in program history.

Depending on the outcome of Wednesday's tournament contest, WMU will face either No. 4-seeded Ball State or No. 5 Eastern Michigan at either 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12. The MAC tournament champion earns the conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

The MAC will provide live stats for all tournament games, which can be followed through

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