Northeastern A&M pulled down the No. 1 seed for the Region II softball tournament that begins Thursday in Oklahoma City at the Softball Hall of Fame stadium complex.

The Lady Norse, who finished the season winning 32 of their last 33 games, enter post-season play with a 45-5 record. They won the Bi-State Athletic Conference with a 24-2 record.

“We're playing well, NEO coach Eric Iverson said. “We went 24-2 in the region, so that bodes well. I like the fact that we've been consistent all year.

First-round pairings on Friday find NEO facing No. 8 seed Rose State and No. 4 Carl Albert battles No. 5 Eastern in noon games while No. 2 Seminole meets No. 7 Western and No. 3 Northern-Tonkawa squares off against No. 6 Connors State in 2 p.m. contests.

First-round losers play at 4 p.m. and the winners tangle at 7 p.m.

“We're swinging the bats well, Iverson said. “Our pitching has allowed us to breathe easier. Our defense has been solid, too. That's helped a lot.

“I hope we can stay focused and play to the best of our ability.

The Lady Norse finished second in the tournament a year ago, losing to Eastern State 9-7.

The win gave the Lady Mountaineers a second straight Region II crown.