Softball Earns No. 4 National Seed

Shay Knighten

Courtesy Ty Russell OklahomaShay Knighten's Sooners take a 39-game winning streak into the NCAA tournament

NCAA Regional action at Rhoads Stadium begins Friday, May 17 at 3 p.m. CT with Arizona State facing Lipscomb, followed by Alabama vs. Alabama State at 5:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU.

After the first six top seeds were unveiled, the Gophers erupted into cheers after learning that they would be the No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Drake plays Georgia at 6:00 p.m.in the other half of the Minneapolis regional bracket.

Making their ninth appearance in the NCAA tourney, the Hokies (45-9, 20-4 ACC) will play from Friday-Sunday, along with Toledo (29-26, 10-9 MAC) and IL (32-23, 9-14 B1G). It's the first home regional for the Gophers since 2014.

Right fielder Maddie Houlihan said Minnesota was beaming with pride after learning its NCAA tournament. After the draw was announced, pitcher Meghan King said the Seminoles are going to need more of the home crowd juice again come Friday. "We're so proud to represent this school and represent this state".

If Minnesota beats North Dakota State, it will face the victor of the Drake and Georgia matchup on Saturday.

For the third consecutive season, all 13 teams from the SEC received a bid to the NCAA Tournament, with Florida, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee and Kentucky joining Ole Miss as regional hosts. We competed against the best of the best.

"I feel like we really took our game to a new level last week", said Ashlee Swindle.

The top-ranked Sooners (49-2) bring a 39-game winning streak into the tournament, which is a Division I single-season record and eight wins shy of the 47 consecutive games Arizona won across the 1996 and 1997 seasons. Each week, the coaches talk about the current state of the Seminole softball team, chat about NCAA softball from around the country, and have a lot of fun along the way.

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