INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- On the eve of the 2014 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Softball Championship, the Lady Railsplitters bounced into the top-10 in the NCAA Southeast Region poll. Lincoln Memorial chimed in at No.8 in the most recent edition of the rankings, which were unveiled by region officials on Wednesday.
The Lady Railsplitters (26-15, 12-8 SAC) used a 23-15 record against in-region foes to break into the Southeast Region poll at the conclusion of the regular season. Lincoln Memorial boast six wins versus teams currently ranked inside the top-10 in the region poll, headlined by an 8-6 win over top-ranked North Georgia and a 6-2 win over second-ranked Anderson. The Lady Railsplitters also added two wins over No.9 Columbus State as well as wins versus No.4 Lenoir-Rhyne and No.10 Carson-Newman.
Despite losing the doubleheader against Wingate - the final regular-season SAC series - to rain and an opportunity to bolster its region resume against another quality opponent, Lincoln Memorial set the program record for regular season South Atlantic Conference wins with 12. For that effort, the Lady Railsplitters earned the five seed for the upcoming 2014 Food Lion SAC Championship, which is being hosted in its entirety at Lincoln Memorial University's Dorothy Neely Field.
The Lady Railsplitters were one of five SAC teams represented in the Southeast Region poll as the league co-champions Anderson and Lenoir-Rhyne are ranked second and fourth, respectively. Wingate is No.5, while the Carson-Newman Eagles are No.10. The remainder of the poll is comprised of Peach Belt opponents as North Georgia is first, Armstrong Atlantic is third, USC-Aiken is sixth, Georgia College is seventh and Columbus State is ninth.
Eight teams from the southeast region, comprised of Conference Carolinas, the Peach Belt Conference and the South Atlantic Conference, earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The three tournament winners receive automatic bids, while five at-large bids remain up for grabs.
The Lady Railsplitters are set to open the Food Lion SAC Championship at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 24 against the Tusculum College Pioneers at Dorothy Neely Field.
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