Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Alabama softball: Tide will host regional for 14th straight season

Sooners and Cowboys Lead NCAA Men's Golf Regionals Alabama softball: Tide will host regional for 14th straight season
Elias Hubbard | 15 May, 2018, 16:17

There was no doubt the UCLA Softball team was heading to the post-season, the question was "what will their path look like?"

Tennessee was one of nine SEC teams to earn a top 16 seed and regional host site - a new NCAA record.

Illinois-Chicago earned an automatic bid to the NCAA field by winning the Horizon League Tournament for the second year in a row.

Carolina will welcome UNCG, Liberty and Hofstra to the regional this season.

The Wildcats finished the regular season at 40-14, with a 13-11 record in Pac-12 play.

It's the first time that OH has played in the NCAA Tournament since 2014, which is also the last time the Bobcats won the MAC.

Arizona also received a top-16 seed, coming in at No. 14, and will host a regional. OU will play Boston University at 6 p.m. CT on Friday, May 18 on ESPN2. The Super Regional is a best two-of-three format with the victor advancing to the eight-team Women's College World Series, scheduled for May 31-June 6 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Joining Kentucky in the Lexington Regional will be Illinois-Chicago, Notre Dame and No. 16 MI.

North Dakota State is making its ninth trip to the NCAA tournament over the past 10 years. The other game is host Alabama (33-18), No. 12-seeded overall, against Middle Tennessee (39-20). Sunday night they anxiously watched the selection show to see which regional they'd be assigned to.it was announced that the Flames would open regional play in.

Notre Dame and ACC champ Florida State are the only ACC teams in the field.

In the Central Region 1 tournament at Winona, MN, last week, Minnesota-Duluth beat Arkansas Tech 2-1 before the Lady Bulldogs were knocked into the loser's bracket with a 1-0 loss to Emporia State.

That will mean that for the Lady Vols to return to the Women's College World Series, their path could take them through an NCAA Tournament Super Regional at Georgia. The Lady Vols rebounded to close the regular season with four straight series victories. Carsyn Gordon was selected to the Second Team.

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