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CU softball team takes big hurdle up LSC list

Rodney DeLong would love to be in Utah this week with the rest of his family to watch his sister Chelsea and her Seminole Junior College team play for a national championship, however, instead he's staying home trying to build his own championship team in NCAA Division II.

There were a few skeptics when Cameron hired the young high school coach just over a year ago to take over the school's struggling softball program that was ranked sixth in the preseason polls. But those skeptics are long gone now after he led the Aggies to their first NCAA Division II Tournament.

"I was really happy with the way things turned out," the former Cache and MacArthur prep coach said Wednesday afternoon. "We set some goals and did a pretty good job making those happen. We set a goal to win 30 games and we did that (they won 31). We also set a goal to finish in the top four in the conference and while we did get into position to do that, we settled for fifth.

"And of course we set a goal to make the NCAA Tournament and we accomplished that goal. Then to go down there and win a game, all of those things made us feel good about the direction we're headed."

So, just what does he need to take the program another step toward winning a Regional Tournament?

"We've got to get another good pitcher and we have a committment from one who if we get will be one of the best in the (Lone Star) conference next season," DeLong said. "We also have to get more offense, that's where we didn't have the edge against some of those great teams like Angelo State, WT (West Texas) and St. Mary's (which wound up winning the regional last week in Austin).

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