April 26, 2007
PENSACOLA, Fla. - As the final weekend of the regular season approaches, West Florida is still alive for a berth in next month's Gulf South Conference Tournament. West Florida (29-22, 9-9 GSC) will be on the road at North Alabama (31-16, 10-7 GSC) and Alabama-Huntsville (39-13, 12-7 GSC) this weekend for their final six games of the regular season.
West Florida is currently tied with West Georgia for the fourth and final post-season seed from the GSC East Division. West Georgia will complete their regular season on Friday at West Alabama. West Florida is looking for their 13th consecutive GSC Tournament berth. The Argonauts have never missed the tournament since entering the conference prior to the 1995 season.
The following is the playoff scenario for West Florida this weekend:
If West Georgia sweeps West Alabama, West Florida needs to go at least 5-1 to win a playoff berth or 4-2 to tie.
If West Georgia splits with West Alabama, West Fla. needs to go at least 4-2 to win a playoff berth or 3-3 to tie
If West Alabama sweeps West Georgia, West Florida needs to go at least 3-3 to win a playoff berth or 2-4 to tie.
The tie breakers are: (1) head-to-head record; (2) record against highest seeded team not involved in the tie and continue until the tie is broken; coin toss by the commissioner.
West Florida is coming off a 2-2 record last weekend against West Georgia and West Alabama. Taren Walton (Pensacola, Fla./Daytona Beach CC) tossed two complete game shutouts for the Argonaut wins: a 2-0 victory over West Georgia, and a 1-0 triumph over West Alabama.
North Alabama, who is currently in third place in the GSC East Division, is ranked eighth in the latest NCAA Division II South Region poll. The Lions are coming off a double header sweep over Albany State on Monday.
West Florida holds a 45-6 advantage in the all-time series, but North Alabama split a four-game regular season series in Pensacola last season. The Lions have not defeated the Argonauts in Florence, Ala. since Apr. 6, 1996.
Friday's double header will be the make-up games for the double header that was rained out in Pensacola on Apr. 1. Even though the double header will be played at North Alabama, West Florida will be the home team on Friday. First pitch of Friday's double header is set for 5 p.m. CST, while Saturday's first pitch is set for 1 p.m. CST. West Florida will finish the season on Sunday at Alabama-Huntsville.