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Huskies softball to host regional for third year in a row

Huskies softball to host regional for third year in a row

Last season, Alabama tied for third at the Washington (Sammamish) Regional to advance to the NCAA Championship, where it finished 17th.

The NCAA Tournament appearance is the 20th-straight for Alabama, having done so every year since 1999. But, if Mississippi State can claim enough wins to take the regional, then they'll advance on to the Super Regional Round.

Sunday's regional championship will begin at 4 p.m. with the if-necessary second game set to begin at 6:30 p.m. The Seminoles will face off against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks on Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. EST. All 13 teams from the Southeastern Conference qualified for the tournament for a second straight year. The team would then face the victor out of the College Station Regional. Senior Lee Hodges and junior Davis Riley, both of whom earned first-team All-SEC honors and are ranked among the top 20 golfers in the nation, lead the way.

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An early exit in the Big Ten tournament made things uncertain, but Ohio State got what they wanted with a selection to the NCAA softball tournament.

The host school for the regional is No. 10 Tennessee. USC narrowly missed that accomplishment, but the SEC was represented by Florida (No. 2) and Georgia (7). Randolph-Macon earned the top seed in the Holly Springs (North Carolina) Regional, while Virginia Wesleyan is the No. 4 seed in the York (Pennsylvania) Regional. Behind Lizzie Annerino's 4 2/3 scoreless innings in relief, the Terriers (39-18, 15-3 Patriot) stunned OU in its first game of the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, New Mexico. North Central and Dubuque will follow at 3 p.m. and the nightcap will feature UW-Oshkosh vs. Bethel at 7 p.m.

USC went 25-2 at Beckham Field in the regular season.