Auburn earns No. 7 national seed in NCAA softball tournament

Auburn earns No. 7 national seed in NCAA softball tournament

The victor of the Seattle Regional will move on to a super regional against the victor of the regional being hosted by Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Buccaneers - who went 4-0 this past week at the Southern Conference Championship in Chattanooga - earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The No. 7 national seed, Auburn is 28-4 at home this season and has advanced to the past two Women's College World Series.

"I really don't keep up on the rankings", senior outfielder Danica Mercado said, "but I know it felt like things were impossible a couple of weeks ago, but we got the ball rolling in the right direction".

The Bison have posted an 8-14 record in its seven previous NCAA Tournament appearances.

If the hosts advance, Auburn would face the victor of No. 10 Oklahoma's region, which also includes Tulsa, North Dakota State and Arkansas.

Oklahoma State (35-23, 12-6 Big 12) is slated to play FIU at 11 a.m. CT on Thursday.

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Dixie State, along with APU and No. 5-seed California Baptist, will represent the Pacific West Conference in this year's West Regional field, while the other three schools hail from the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

The Tigers (29-26, 7-16 SEC) counterbalanced coach Ehren Earleywine's worst season by record at Missouri with five wins over top-10 RPI teams and head to Eugene, Oregon, as the region's No. 2 seed.

Minnesota and James Madison not hosting one of 16 different regionals this weekend are severe injustices, in my opinion. Minnesota vs. Louisiana Tech is scheduled for 1:30 on Friday on ESPNU.

"It's going to be a good regional".

ASU softball is back in the NCAA Tournament and for the first time in three seasons, Arizona State will not be heading to the Baton Rouge Regional. For the first time ever, all 13 SEC teams will be participating in the NCAA Softball Championship tournament.

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. Florida State was seeded fourth and defending national champion Oklahoma 10th. "We are playing better softball than we have all year long and I think we're going to continue to improve on a few things this week and be ready to go".