Alabama and Auburn softball heading to NCAA tournament

Aubrey Yates
May 15, 2019

Fresh off a HUGE series win over then No. 3 ranked UCLA (46-5, 20-4), the Wildcats certainly capped their regular season in a big way, but now the stakes get even higher, as the Wildcats will prepare for postseason play.

The program has a 43-24 all-time record at regionals, and made the championship game of last year's Norman, Okla., Regional. The Tigers finished with a 14-10 record in the league and garnered seven All-SEC honors. A No. 7 in the conference tournament, Missouri lost 3-0 to Auburn in the first round Wednesday. The Gophers hosted an NCAA regional at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in 2002 when there were only eight host sites not based on top seeds and were the No. 16 overall seed in the 2014 tournament.

The Rebels will be competing in their fourth straight NCAA regional, the only four tournament appearances in the history of Ole Miss Softball. The Tide have the most wins of any team in the tournament.

The Noles hosting the regional is favorable.

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The double-elimination regional round begins Thursday and concludes Sunday. The Noles have not faced anyone from their regional bracket this season with the regional victor taking on the victor from the Stillwater Regional headed up by No. 13 national seed Oklahoma State. Tech will first play the Fighting Illini at noon ET on Friday on ESPN3.

North Dakota State head coach Darren Mueller echoed those sentiments.

The double elimination regional will conclude on May 19 and the victor of the 2019 NCAA Tallahassee Regional will match up with the victor of the Stillwater Regional in the NCAA Super Regional round on May 23-26. Also competing in the Lexington Regional is Toledo, Illinois and Virginia Tech.

The Sooners will host a regional for the ninth consecutive season. In 2006, the Tigers advanced to the regional championship but fell to Arizona, 4-2.

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