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Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:26 pm

No, this isn’t a weather column.

It’s what most of us are worried about right now, but we figure you’ve heard enough about games or events being postponed that we would spare you more of the same in this space.

Instead, let’s stop and think about what the University of South Dakota softball team is doing so far in 2013.

Most of you might not even ever think about Coyote softball, but you can’t overlook the facts: USD has an overall record of 25-12 and sits 8-1 in the Summit League — good for third place.

USD has 18 games remaining (including a rescheduled doubleheader with Creighton at some point), with 15 of those against conference teams. Barring some major meltdown, the Coyotes look like a post-season team.

Four teams advance to the Summit League Championships, set for May 9-11 in Fargo, N.D. The winner of the league crown earns an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Of course, that’s a long way down the road for USD, and the Coyotes would eventually have to topple 4-team defending champion North Dakota State.

One thing playing in USD’s favor for a potential title, though? Fourth-place Omaha, at 27-5 and 5-1, is ineligible for the Summit League tournament, and therefore the Coyotes would only have to avoid falling two spots in the standings.

Picked sixth in the pre-season poll after winning just 16 games last year, USD is already exceeding expectations this season. The Coyotes are set to host pre-season No. 2 Fort Wayne for a 3-game series this weekend in Vermillion, but of course we’ll wait out what happens with the field conditions.

There, I talked about weather.

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