SEC tourney champ Ole Miss begins NCAA journey in Oxford Regional

SEC tourney champ Ole Miss begins NCAA journey in Oxford Regional

SEC tourney champ Ole Miss begins NCAA journey in Oxford Regional

The NCAA Softball tournament kicks off on Thursday.

Missouri made the field Sunday for the NCAA Division I softball tournament for the 11th straight season.

This is the 19th straight NCAA tournament appearance for the Tide.

"It's exciting to host and its fun not to have to travel and play in front of our fans", head coach Beth Torina said. I think we'll go to work and try to put together our game plans for New Mexico State. The silver lining? Last year, 16-seed Georgia knocked out Florida 2-0 in the Super Regional Series in Gainsville.

It marks the 18th consecutive season that the Noles have reached the regional round and they are one of nine schools to make the NCAA tournament every year since 2000.

U-M was upset by Michigan State, 5-4, on Friday in the Big Ten tournament in Ann Arbor, ending a 36-game home winning streak. There is no possible excuse for Minnesota not hosting a regional. The RPI heavily weights the SEC and Pac-12 - understandably so - leaving Minnesota ranked No. 12 in the RPI as of last week. "Three losses, that's just unbelievable". Senior pitcher Sara Groenewegen is a top 10 finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year and has a 30-2 record with a 0.59 ERA and 280 strikeouts over 190.0 innings pitched.

It's extremely hard to be on the road as much as they were, playing the type of teams that they played, and go 21-2, before playing their Big Ten schedule, against quality programs like IL and MI, and go 54-3. "If we can compete with them, we can compete with anybody". The first game features American Athletic Conference champion Tulsa (39-15) and Southeastern Conference member Arkansas (31-22) at 11 a.m. CT Friday on the SEC Network. Under Candrea, the Wildcats have won 27 regionals and eight national championships. The Sooners will face the victor of the Tulsa and Arkansas game if they beat NDSU.

"Everything in our league is big", Stuedeman said. "Everybody on the team trusts all three". Bears will be heading to Auburn, Alabama this weekend for the Auburn Regional that will consist of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, East Tennessee State Bucs, and (of course) host Auburn Tigers in addition to Cal.

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