NDSU Softball headed to Minneapolis Regional

NDSU Softball headed to Minneapolis Regional

Minnesota finished the season No. 8 in the RPI rankings, and with the toughest schedule in the country.

The Tallahassee Regional champion will square off against the victor of the Stillwater Regional in the Super Regional round, with the latter regional being hosted by Oklahoma State, and includes BYU, Tulsa and Arkansas. The Sooners lead the nation in ERA, home runs per game and batting average. Missouri is 3-16 all-time against UCLA, most recently losing 11-3 in six innings February 22 at the Mary Nutter Classic.

Reigning national champion Florida State (51-8), the only other team to beat Oklahoma this season, is the No. 4 seed.

Alabama State enters the NCAA Tournament with a 24-23 mark, earning the SWAC's automatic bid. Meghan King, who won both games of the championship series a year ago in Oklahoma City, led the Seminoles with a 29-5 record and a 1.36 ERA.

Washington (45-7), the runner-up a season ago, is seeded third this year.

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The Tigers were the lowest-seeded team to make the SEC Tournament semifinals last week. The two teams last met in 2012 in the Women's College World Series, with the Tide winning 2-1. Alabama (52-7) was ranked fourth in the most recent Softball Top 25, and Florida was ranked 11th. Of the Rebels' 37 wins, 12 came against ranked teams.

The Seminoles have faced a total of 13 teams in the 2019 NCAA Tournament field, posting a combined record of 18-7, including wins over No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 5 Florida and No. 6 Arizona (twice).

The double elimination regional will conclude on May 19 and the victor of the 2019 NCAA Tallahassee Regional will match up with the victor of the Stillwater Regional in the NCAA Super Regional round on May 23-26.

Could the Noles continue the streak of back-to-back national champions?