For the 14th straight season, Texas is heading to the NCAA tournament.
Texas was one of 64 Division I softball teams placed in the NCAA’s postseason, the organization revealed during an ESPN2-televised show on Sunday night. Washington (44-8) is set to host UT’s regional, which will feature the Longhorns (32-24), Minnesota (39-15) and Boise State (40-14).
Washington is the tournament’s fifth overall seed.
TEXAS SOFTBALL IS IN!!! We're heading to the Seattle Regional to play Big 10 champion Minnesota! pic.twitter.com/9XjMhL6I0w
— Texas Softball (@TexasSoftball) May 14, 2018
Texas will meet Minnesota in its tournament opener at 8 p.m. CST on Friday. The regional round uses a double-elimination format.
Even though it hasn’t missed the postseason since 2004, Texas last advanced to a Super Regional in 2013. That year also marked UT’s last appearance in the College World Series. Last season, Texas was the runner-up in a regional hosted by Texas A&M.
With four all-conference honorees on its roster, UT finished fourth in the Big 12’s standings this spring. The Longhorns, however, won a bronze medal at this weekend’s Big 12 tournament. Boasting the nation’s 39th-best RPI, Texas will enter the postseason with a 2.49 ERA and a .269 batting average.
Texas has lost the only two games it has played against Minnesota, both of which were staged at McCombs Field in 2017. UT has never met Boise State on a softball field before. The Longhorns dropped to 7-17 in their all-time series with Washington after this February’s 2-1 loss to a Huskies team that was the nation’s top-ranked program at the time.
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