Lady Vols host NCAA Regional for 14th straight season

Auburn head coach Mickey Dean works out on the first day of fall softball practice Wednesday Sept. 27 2017 in Auburn Ala

Auburn head coach Mickey Dean works out on the first day of fall softball practice Wednesday Sept. 27 2017 in Auburn Ala

With that, the Wildcats will host the 2018 NCAA Softball Regionals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at John Cropp Stadium.

Auburn (40-15) and Kennesaw State (39-15) are the other two teams in the Tallahassee Regional and will begin the day with a game at 12:00 p.m. There they open with Minnesota at 8 p.m. CST. Both games will stream on the WatchESPN app.

The victor of OU's regional will then face the victor of the Fayetteville Regional.

Wichita State comes into the Fayetteville Regional with a 30-21 mark, having fallen to sixth-seeded Tulsa in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference championship tournament. If the Sun Devils win their region, they would host a super regional. Nine of the 16 host sites are from the SEC including 2017 national runner-up Florida, who is the No. 2 seed this season. The SEC led the way with 13 entrants.

SC is into the Big Dance for a sixth straight season. The Gamecocks finished 33-23 overall.

The Tigers last faced Florida State on June 5, 2016, in the College World Series in Oklahoma City, defeating the Seminoles 8-7 in eight innings.

Alabama softball's streak of hosting an NCAA regional continues.

The Pac-12 appeared to get more respect from the NCAA Tournament committee than the SEC. We thought we might be a 9 seed, but 10 is great. "But we've been on the road for the last five years for the NCAA tournament". We had that a year ago in our first game.

Carolina has yet to advance past the regional round in Smith's seven-plus seasons.

Harvick wants more • Kevin Harvick had just taken the checkered flag for the fifth time this season, wheeled his vehicle into Victory Lane and bathed in another confetti shower when he lamented what could have been.

Kentucky and Illinois-Chicago did not meet during the regular season.

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