Postseason softball is returning to McCombs Field.
The NCAA announced on Sunday night that Texas will be the ninth overall seed for its postseason tournament. Making their 15th consecutive appearance in the softball showcase, the Longhorns will host Texas A&M, Sam Houston State and Houston in a regional that is set to begin this week. The winner of UT’s regional will face the survivor of a regional featuring No. 8 Alabama, Alabama State, Arizona State and Lipscomb.
A regional was last played at Texas in 2013. The Longhorns will open this week’s double-elimination competition at 4 p.m. on Friday against a Sam Houston State team it beat 9-1 in February. Texas A&M and Houston will battle at 1 p.m.
Texas has sold out its last four home games.
Under new coach Mike White, Texas is enjoying its most success since it reached the Women’s College World Series in 2013. Texas was ranked sixth when the NCAA revealed its most-recent RPI rankings on May 6. The Longhorns were recently eyeing a top-eight seed, which would put them in line to potentially host a super regional.
Texas, however, lost both of its games at the Big 12’s tournament over the weekend. UT is 1-6 against top-ten teams in the aforementioned RPI rankings, 8-11 against top-20 squads and 11-12 against top-30 programs. Texas finished third in its conference’s regular season standings.
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