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

Posted May 15, 2018

Arizona will host an NCAA Softball Championships Regional Friday through Sunday, May 18-20, at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium.

The Bulldogs are the No. 2 seed in the Tucson Regional and will play North Dakota State Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 while the third-seeded Rebels take on Long Beach State in the Tempe Regional Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

The Spartans (46-11) won the Southern Conference tournament in Greensboro on Saturday, clinching the program's second NCAA tournament bid, after finishing first in the regular season. Baylor plays McNeese State in its first game of the College Station Regional, with 15-seed Texas A&M as the host, and Oklahoma State plays DePaul in the first round of the Fayetteville Regional, which is hosted by 13-seed Arkansas.

The Emporia State Hornets baseball tam won 10 of its final 13 games and secured the eighth seed in the NCAA Central Regional Tournament. The team would then face the victor out of the College Station Regional.

The Sooners (50-3) learned they would be one of the top-4 seeds 30 minutes before the selection show when the NCAA Softball Twitter account unveiled the top-4 seeds in alphabetical order.

The Super Regionals consist of a total of 16 teams at eight locations, all playing a best-of-three series for the right to advance to the national championship.

Arizona State is one of the biggest surprises this season as they were picked to finish sixth in the preseason Pac-12 poll and have been led by a strong offensive lineup and ace G Juarez.

Bethel will be another team making its first NCAA Regional Tournament appearance.

The Flames will play Friday against Hofstra at 5 p.m.

The Bulldogs, who were selected as a No. 7 seed in the tournament, will face Harvard on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and the victor of Cal-Northwestern should they advance.

After a successful season, the Mississippi State softball team now knows where they'll be in postseason play.

"We've seen all four teams", senior Courtney Shea said. Individual session tickets went on sale Sunday at 11 p.m. on ticketmaster.com for $15.