OKLAHOMA CITY After almost a week of on-again, off-again rain, the sixth ranked Northeastern A&M Lady Norse will battle 13th rated Seminole State College today at 5 p.m. for the Women's Division I Region II Tournament at Oklahoma City University's Ann Lacy Stadium.

Coach Eric Iverson's two-time defending Region II Champion Lady Norse advanced to the championship game with a 2-1 victory over Connors State College last Sunday in the loser's bracket finals at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The Lady Norse enter the title game with a 53-5 season record.

Second-year head coach Kristina McSweeney's Seminole Belles have won all three games in the regional and are 48-10 on the year. The Belles defeated Connors 4-1 in last Sunday's winner's bracket finals.

The Belles opened the double-elimination tournament with a 1-0 win over Rose State College. After defeating Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa 11-0 in five innings, the Belles advanced to the winner's bracket finals.

Should NEO win the first game, an 'if necessary' contest will be played at 7 p.m.

Winner of the regional advances to the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship, May 14-18, at St. George, Utah.

During the regular season, the two teams split the four-game series. When the series began in Miami on April 7, the Belles won 10-8 before the Lady Norse gained a 9-4 win. Traveling to Seminole on April 23, the Belles won 8-0 before dropping a 6-4 decision in the nightcap.

"We searched all over trying to find a place to play," Iverson said. "With the Big 12 Tournament scheduled to start today at the Hall of Fame Stadium, we couldn't finish by our May 9 deadline.

"OCU attempted to host the Sooner Athletic Conference championship last Monday, but rain forced cancellation of the championship game between the OCU Stars and Lubbock (Texas) Christian College," Iverson said. "OCU was declared the winner because the Stars were undefeated.

"Coach McSweeney and I both want the Region II Championship determined on the field," Iverson said. "We think we can get that done today."

Monty Franks, 542-5533, ext. 3054

monty.franks@miaminewsrecord.com