Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Prairie View A&M to face Texas A&M in NCAA softball regional

Prairie View A&M to face Texas A&M in NCAA softball regional

The Arizona Wildcats softball team will host a regional at Hillenbrand Stadium for the second year in a row.

The Seminoles will face off against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks on Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. EST.

Meeha Nelson (15-10, 2.50 ERA) and Mariah Mazon (11-16, 2.92) are the top pitchers for the Beavers, who finished 9-14 in the Pac-12 Conference. Texas plays Minnesota in the first round of the Seattle Regional, with fifth-seed Washington as the host.

Liberty earned its first at-large bid for the NCAA Softball Tournament for the first time since 2011, with a Big South Championship win. The Columbia regional victor will face the victor of the Tempe regional.

Along with winning the College World Series the past two years, the Sooners haven't missed the NCAA Tournament in 24 seasons.

Arizona State (43-11), a team Tennessee beat 7-4 in the season-opening tournament on the Sun Devils' campus back in February, was awarded the NCAA Tournament No. 8 seed.

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And it looked destined for a rubber match if Craig Kimbrel could convert a five-out save for the first time in his career. The over has cashed in three of those games, compared to five that have gone under against left-handed starting pitchers.

Coach Mickey Dean said he won't be discussing respect, or lack of respect, with his team during the coming days.

The OU women's golf team, ranked 20th in the country, is also in the NCAA postseason, one of 18 schools taking part in the University of Texas Regional in Austin.

"We've seen all four teams", senior Courtney Shea said.

Despite a hard run through the SEC, a late-season surge propelled Alabama softball will host its 14th consecutive regional next weekend. All of the top-8 seeds will have the opportunity to host super regionals should they advance out of the first weekend.

This is South Carolina's 21st NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.

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