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Morningside 2-0 at GPAC softball tourney; NW & Dordt eliminated

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Morningside went 2-0 at day one of the GPAC softball tournament. Morningside went 2-0 at day one of the GPAC softball tournament.
Morningside, the number one seed at the 2014 Great Plains Athletic Conference  Softball Championship, went 2-0 to advance to the winner's bracket championship on Friday in Hastings, Nebraska. The GPAC regular season co-champions this year, Northwestern, were eliminated, after going 0-2 on the opening day.

The Red Raiders fell in the opening round, 2-0, to Doane. The two squads entered the top of the seventh tied up, 0-0, but Doane was able to plate a pair in the top of the inning and then hang on for the win.

Concordia bounced back to eliminate the Red Raidersn, with an 8-4 victory in the elimination contest. Dakota Wesleyan moved on to day two action, defeating Dordt 8-2 in the other elimination game.

Morningside belted five homeruns in a 10-0 victory over Dordt in their first game and then defeated the host team, Hastings, 8-6 to remain perfect in tournament play. The Mustangs will face Midland, who had wins over Concordia (9-1) and Doane (2-1) respectively.
 
Morningside has earned the number one seed and league's first automatic NAIA National Championship Opening Round berth.  The Tournament Champion will gain the second automatic berth for the GPAC in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round.  If Morningside wins the tournament the tourney runner-up will gain the second automatic berth.  The top eight teams for the regular season have qualified for the conference tournament.  The GPAC tie-breaker procedures were used to break ties in the standings.
 
2014 GPAC Softball Championship
Smith Softball Complex – Hastings, Nebraska
May 1-3, 2014

Day One -Thursday, May 1, 2014
(Games 1 - 8)
Game 1-
Field 1, 2:00 pm
(1) Morningside 10,  (8) Dordt 0 (5 inn.)
Game 2-
Field 4, 2:00 pm
(4) Hastings 10, (5) Dakota Wesleyan 2 (6 inn.)
Game 3-
Field 3, 2:00 pm
(6) Midland 9, (3) Concordia 1 (5 inn.)
Game 4-
Field 2, 2:00 pm
(7) Doane 2, (2) Northwestern 0
Game 5-
Field 4, 4:00 pm
(5) Dakota Wesleyan 8, (8) Dordt 2 (elimination game)
Game 6-
Field 3, 4:00 pm
(3) Concordia 8, (2) Northwestern 4 (elimination game)
Game 7-
Field 1, 4:00 pm
(1) Morningside 8, (4) Hastings 6
Game 8-
Field 2, 4:00 pm
(6) Midland 2, (7) Doane 1

Day Two - Friday, May 2, 2014
(Games 9-13)
Game 9-
Field 1, 2:00 pm
(7) Doane (29-16 Overall, 10-10 GPAC) vs. (5) Dakota Wesleyan (21-17 Overall, 11-9 GPAC) (elimination game)
Game 10-
Field 2, 2:00 pm
(4) Hastings (24-21 Overall, 12-8 GPAC) vs. (3) Concordia (28-13 Overall, 12-8 GPAC) (elimination game)
Game 11-
Field 1, 4:00 pm
(1) Morningside (28-11 Overall, 15-5 GPAC) vs. (6) Midland (22-19 Overall, 11-9 GPAC) (winners bracket championship)
Game 12-
Field 2, 4:00 pm
Winner 9 vs. Winner 10 (elimination game)
Game 13-
Field 1, 6:00 pm
Loser 11 vs. Winner 12 (loser's bracket championship)

Day Three - Saturday, May 3, 2014
(Game 14) (Game 15 if needed)
Game 14-
Field 1, NOON
Winner 11 vs. Winner 13 (Championship #1)
Game 15-
Field 1, 2:00 pm
(Championship #2 - If Needed)
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