Both SEC softball programs in MS found out their NCAA Tournament destinations on Sunday night.
This is Arkansas’ seventh regional in program history and the sixth time the Razorbacks will play in a regional at Norman.
Alabama is the only NCAA team that has made it to all twelve WCWS super-regionals but the year’s test, particularly with the Gophers in the grouping, will be stern.
Texas A&M will face Texas Southern in their regional opener Friday at 6:30 p.m.
McNeese will make its fifth overall NCAA Tournament appearance and second straight after winning its second consecutive Southland Conference Tournament with three run-rule victories.
The victor of this weekend’s regional will advance to the NCAA Super Regional round against the victor of the Los Angeles Regional, hosted by No. 5 overall seed UCLA.
OR played and beat Missouri, Kentucky and IL at tournaments in February and early March. The flames are 38-20 overall on the season with a 20-4 Horizon League record.
The Tigers can earn a third straight trip to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City without ever leaving home. They will open regional play in the Tallahassee bracket against a very tough Florida State team. The eight Bison tournament wins have come against Oklahoma (2009), Tulsa (2 / 2009), Hawai’i (2012), Auburn (2014), Fresno State (2015), BYU (2015) and Weber State (2016).
OR has never lost a regional game under White, who brings a 21-0 mark into his eighth NCAA tournament.
2015: In the Eugene Regional, the Bison beat Fresno State 4-0, lost to No. 1 OR 4-3, beat Brigham Young 7-0 and lost to OR 6-1.
MU’s top-10 wins were heavily emphasized by the selection committee and were central to the Tigers’ inclusion in the postseason. “We’ve got to play good softball to have an opportunity to play the other one”.