NCAA softball: UF receives No. 2 national seed, to host regionals

Arnold Nichols
May 15, 2018

UIC makes its second straight appearance in the NCAA tournament after taking part in the NCAA Eugene Regional at OR in 2017. The Bulldogs have won a regional game in three of its last four trips but have never advanced to a Super Regional in the program's previous 13 tournament bids.

Sunday's regional championship will begin at 4 p.m. with the if-necessary second game set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Game 4: G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 2:30 p.m. No. 13-seeded Arkansas (39-15) faces DePaul (35-15) in the second game at that regional. The Columbia regional victor will face the victor of the Tempe regional.

The UNCG softball team will play SC at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Columbia, S.C., in its opening game of the NCAA tournament.

"But this is our third regional and the first two were not as great from BBN (fans) as SEC or Super Regional", Lawson said Monday.

Playing on their home course, the reigning national champion Sooners were the only team to shoot under par on day one.

Georgia is the No. 7 seed on Tennessee's side of the bracket and hosting a regional in Athens that includes Northwestern, California and Harvard. The first session will be open to those entering grades 7-8 and the second is for those entering grades 9-12.

"We've talked about that openly for a couple years, since we've thought that's been realistic", Smith said in April.

The Pac-12 appeared to get more respect from the NCAA Tournament committee than the SEC. Pioneers senior David Stover was named the 2018 ODAC Pitcher of the Year after going 10-2 with a save, a 2.23 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 72 innings pitched during the regular season. The victor will play the victor of Oklahoma and Boston, while the losers will meet in an elimination game.

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