IRVING, Texas (UT-Tyler Sports Information) - The University of Texas at Tyler softball team was declared the winner of the 2009 American Southwest Conference Championship on Sunday morning by virtue of a tie-breaker that was enacted due to unplayable conditions in the Irving area.
UT Tyler and Louisiana College were in the middle of the title game on Saturday when the game was suspended due to inclement weather. Play was scheduled to resume on Sunday afternoon, but due to overnight rains in the Metroplex all area fields were deemed unplayable and unsafe.
"Efforts were made to locate a playable field and complete the suspended title game, but heavy rains produced by the severe thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and overnight saturated fields in the Dallas-Fort Worth area," said ASC Commissioner Amy Carlton.
"Student-athlete safety issues coupled with a threat of more wet weather Sunday morning and soggy field conditions slow to improve within the available time frame moved the Conference, in consultation with both head coaches, to cancel the remainder of the tournament."
With the tournament officially over, a tiebreaker was set in-to-motion. The tie-break system was set and approved by all ASC coaches prior to the season.
The first tie-breaker was all head-to-head competition that had occurred between the two teams during the regular season and during the ASC tournament. UT Tyler won four of six meetings with the Lady Wildcats during the year and thus was awarded the title according to ASC regulations.
After the announcement, the ASC office announced the 2009 All-ASC Tournament team. Senior Kate Bell (Forney, Texas), senior ‘Roo Richardson (Platteville, Colo.) and sophomore Whitney Wyly (Hardin, Texas) were all named to the team, while sophomore Stacy Shepherd (Houston, Texas) was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
The Patriots will now wait until Monday morning to learn their regional destination, as well as their first opponent, when the selection committee announces the field for the 2009 NCAA Division III Softball National Championship tournament.