The Augustana softball team will open NCAA Division II Central Region play Friday at 11am, against fellow Northern Sun Conference member Minnesota State in Mankato.

The Vikings are the sixth seed in the double elimination event, which also features Winona State and Southeastern Oklahoma.

Augie (33-14) split two games with Minnesota State (38-10) during the regular season.

Minot State, Ft. Hays State, Emporia, and Central Oklahoma will play in the other half of the bracket in Hays, Kansas.