NMSU softball heads to Arizona State for NCAA tournament

7 Pac-12 teams make NCAA softball field, 5 will host regionals

7 Pac-12 teams make NCAA softball field, 5 will host regionals

The Wildcats start play against St. Francis (PA) on Friday at 8:30 p.m. Mississippi State and North Dakota State will play the early game at 6 p.m. and represent the other two teams in Arizona's regional.

Regional, Drake (43-10) and BYU (35-20) are joined by Albany (30-24) and the No. 1 overall team in the tournament, OR (47-7).

The NCAA Tournament appearance is the 20th-straight for Alabama, having done so every year since 1999. Both of the games will be streamed live on the WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. Of the 13 SEC teams, nine are the top seeds and therefore hosts of their respective regionals.

The Wisconsin Badgers (28-21) hosted the Big Ten Tournament this past weekend as the league's No. 7 seed, defeating Purdue before falling in the quarterfinals to Minnesota.

Auburn will open play Friday at 11 a.m. CT against Kennesaw State. Alabama holds a 3-1 edge in the all-time series against Wisconsin, last facing the Badgers on February 15, 2009, an 8-0 Tide victory.

With a 13-11 record in Pac-12 play, Arizona finished fifth in the conference.

The two-time Northeast Conference champions enter postseason play riding the nation's longest winning streak at 19 games. Five players earned all-conference honors, including senior Alysha Everett who leads the team with a.304 batting average and 52 hits. New Mexico State fell 3-0 at Farrington Stadium and 5-1 in the regular-season finale at the NM State Softball Complex.

Along with winning the College World Series the past two years, the Sooners haven't missed the NCAA Tournament in 24 seasons.

The anxious wait, the conference record vs. RPI debate and all the speculation is over for Missouri softball; the Tigers have earned a bid for the 2018 NCAA tournament.

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