Plant City, Fla. - Northeastern A&M's 10th-ranked Lady Norse will make their seventh appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I National Fast Pitch Softball Tournament today at the Plant City Softball Complex.
Plant City Stadium, a typical mid-1980s spring training facility, saw a decade of use by the Cincinnati Reds.
When they pulled out, another taker didn't come along, and the city offered the complex for use by the International Softball Federation.
The ISF converted the fields for use in softball, giving the place an unusual look for a former baseball stadium.
Making their second trip to the national tournament under the direction of coach Eric Iverson, Lady Norse enter the 16-team double elimination tournament with a 50-5 overall record.
The sixth seeded Lady Norse squared off against No. 11 seed Georgia Perimeter College of Decatur, Ga., at 1 p.m. today in the first round. The Lady Jaguars are 38-17 on the season.
Since the creation of a NJCAA national tournament in 1977, the Lady Norse have made six previous appearances under three different coaches.
Traveling to Kissimmee, Fla., for the 2000 NJCAA national tournament, Iverson guided the Lady Norse to a third place finish and a 50-9 overall record.
Demonstrating why they had won 10 national championships and why they entered the tournament ranked No. 1, Central Arizona College gained a 7-1 victory over the third-ranked Lady Norse in the loser's bracket finals.
The Lady Norse finished second in the nation during the 1995 season under coach Woody Morrow when the tournament was played in Hutchinson, Kan.
NEO defeated Central Arizona 3-2 in the first championship game, but dropped a 7-0 decision in the second title contest to finish with a 52-5 overall mark.
Morrow guided the Lady Norse to a third place finish in the tournament in 1992 after NEO lost 8-1 to Crowder, Mo., in the loser's bracket finals. The Lady Norse posted a 48-12 season record.
During Morrow's second year as head coach in 1990, the Lady Norse finished second in the tournament after having to play four games in 10 hours.
Central Arizona gained a 10-1 victory in the title game as the Lady Norse finished with a 55-8 record.
Under the direction of coach John Kurtz, the Lady Norse finished fifth in the 1982 national tournament played in Rockford, Ill.
NEO's appearance was marred by the theft of all the players' equipment from underneath the bus prior to the start of the tournament.
The team, forced to play with rented equipment, finished the season with a 23-15 overall mark.
First-year head coach Tim Livesay guided the Lady Norse to the second round of the 1979 national tournament played at Meremac College in St. Louis, Mo.
The Lady Norse compiled a 12-12 record during their first full year of intercollegiate competition.
Game 1 - Chattanooga State, Tenn., vs. Louisburg, N.C., 10 a.m., Stadium
Game 2 - Texarkana, Texas, vs. Western Texas, 1 p.m., Field 1
Game 3 - Chipola, Fla., vs. Crowder, Mo., 10 a.m., Field 3
Game 4 - Otero, Colo., vs. Butler, Kan., 10 a.m., Field 4
Game 5 - NEO vs. Georgia Perimeter, 1 p.m., Stadium
Game 6 - Eastern Arizona vs. Lincoln Trail, Ill., 1 p.m., Field 1
Game 7 - North Idaho vs. McLennan, Texas, 1 p.m., Field 3
Game 8 - Miami-Dade, Fla., vs. Wallace-Hanceville, Ala., 1 p.m., Field 4
Game 9 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 5, 5 p.m., Field 3
Game 10 - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 7, 5 p.m., Field 4
Game 11 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 5, 5 p.m., Field 1
Game 12 - Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 7, 5 p.m., Stadium
Game 13 - Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 6, 7 p.m., Field 3
Game 14 - Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 8, 7 p.m., Field 4
Game 15 - Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 6, 7 p.m., Stadium
Game 16 - Loser Game 4 vs. Loser Game 8, 7 p.m., Field 1
Game 17 - Loser Game 14 vs. Winner Game 11, 11 a.m., Stadium
Game 18 - Loser Game 10 vs. Winner Game 15, 11 a.m., Field 3
Game 19 - Loser Game 13 vs. Winner Game 12, 11 a.m., Field 4
Game 20 - Loser Game 9 vs. Winner Game 16, 11 a.m., Field 1
Game 21 - Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 13, 1 p.m., Stadium
Game 22 - Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 14, 3 p.m., Stadium
Game 23 - Winner Game 17 vs. Winner Game 18, 1 p.m., Field 3
Game 24 - Winner Game 19 vs. Winner Game 20, 1 p.m., Field 4
Game 25 - Winner Game 23 vs. Loser Game 22, 5 p.m., Stadium
Game 26 - Winner Game 24 vs. Loser Game 21, 5 p.m., Field 1
Game 27 - Winner Game 21 vs. Winner Game 22, 7 p.m., Stadium
Game 28 - Winner Game 25 vs. Winner Game 26, 9 a.m., Stadium
Game 29 - Winner Game 28 vs. Loser Game 27, 11 a.m., Stadium
Game 30 - Winner Game 27 vs. Winner Game 29, 1 p.m., Stadium
Game 31 - If necessary, 3 p.m., Stadium