The 2013 Southland softball title race enters its final weekend as a three-team race.
The front-runner, McNeeseState (36-13, 17-5) travels to NichollsState while the two teams still in the hunt, NorthwesternState (35-11, 16-6) and Sam Houston (31-20, 16-8) meet head-on Saturday in Natchitoches, La.
The series begins on Saturday at one o'clock at the Lady Demon Diamond.
All three games will be broadcasted on the Demon Sports Network, flagshipped by 100.7 KZBL FM in Natchitoches.
Last weekend, the Demons split a pair of games with Southeastern Louisiana, dropping game one 3-2 and later fought back for the 4-1 victory in the second game of the twinbill. The Bearkats picked up their fifth series win in a row, sixth of the season, with two wins over Southland league leader McNeese State.
Two-time Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week Kylie Roos (13-3) leads the NSU pitching staff with 121 strikeouts in 120.0 innings. The Celina, Texas, product boasts a 1.23 ERA as she leads the Southland and ranks 12th nationally.
Shelby Lancaster (11-7) sports a 2.96 ERA, allowing 178 hits and 78 runs, 60 of them earned, in 142 innings in the circle for SHSU.
For the Lady Demons, Brianna Rodriguez leads from the plate, averaging .384, followed by Tara McKenney with a .375 average.
SHSU's Hillary Adams leads the SLC and the Bearkats with 47 RBI. Adams has produced 51 hits this season, including 10 homers and four doubles.
Tori Benavidez leads Sam Houston with 68 hits, second in the Southland, averaging .412 from the plate.
McNeese, NorthwesternState and Sam Houston all three already have clinched berths in the post-season conference tournament.
In conjunction with the Southland Conference, NorthwesternState will host the Southland Conference softball tournament May 9-11, also at Demon Diamond.
The tournament will be sponsored in part by the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission. Shops, restaurants and other attractions are waiting for visitors in the Natchitoches historic district.
All tournament games will be streamed through the Southland Conference Digital Network, and the championship game will be broadcasted on ESPN3.