Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State softball teams earn NCAA postseason berths

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (multiple) - Alabama Softball earns No. 8 national seed, qualifies for 21st-consecutive NCAA Tournament

For the 21st-consecutive season, Alabama softball will play in the NCAA Tournament. The Crimson Tide earned a No. 8 national seed in this year’s field of 64 and will host Arizona State, Lipscomb and Alabama State this upcoming weekend in Tuscaloosa.

NCAA Regional action at Rhoads Stadium begins Friday, May 17 at 3 p.m. CT with Arizona State facing Lipscomb, followed by Alabama vs. Alabama State at 5:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU. Tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) and via www.RollTide.com/tickets.

The winner of the Tuscaloosa Regional will match up against the winner of the Austin Regional, featuring No. 9 Texas, Houston, Texas A&M and Sam Houston State.

Alabama has qualified for the NCAA Tournament every year since 1999 and has earned a top-16 national seed 17 times, including a streak of 15-straight years starting in 2005. The Crimson Tide is 56-9 (.862) all-time in NCAA Regional play and has won every Regional round since 2005, the longest active streak in Division-I softball. Alabama has not lost a game in regional play since 2007, a streak of 37-consecutive games, and is also the only team in Division-I softball to play in every Super Regional round since its inception in 2005.

Alabama is the Southeastern Conference regular-season champion, owning a 52-7 record. The Tide is 23-3 at home this season, including a 5-0 mark against ranked opponents at Rhoads Stadium.

Arizona State enters the tournament with a 33-18 record, including a 13-11 mark in Pac 12 play. Alabama has faced the Sun Devils 10 times in program history, winning six. The two teams last met in 2012 in the Women’s College World Series, with the Tide winning 2-1. Arizona State previously traveled to Tuscaloosa in 2005 for NCAA Regionals, with Alabama winning the lone meeting 3-1.

Lipscomb earned the ASUN conference’s automatic bid for winning the league tournament, owning a 41-13-1 overall record. Alabama is 7-1 all-time against the Bisons, last meeting in 2017 in Florence, Ala., a 5-0 Crimson Tide victory. Lipscomb last traveled to Tuscaloosa for the 2015 Easton Bama Bash, a 6-1 UA victory.

Alabama State enters the NCAA Tournament with a 24-23 mark, earning the SWAC’s automatic bid. Alabama and Alabama State have met just once in 2004, with the Tide defeating the Hornets 10-0 in Tuscaloosa.

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NCAA Softball Regional returning to Oxford

For the second time in program history, the Ole Miss Softball Complex will play host to an NCAA Regional, with the Rebels being selected as the No. 11 overall seed in the 2019 NCAA Softball Championship on Sunday.

The Rebels will host No. 2 seed Louisiana (50-4, 25-0 Sun Belt), No. 3 seed Southeast Missouri State (45-16, 17-5 OVC) and No. 4 seed Chattanooga (37-15, 11-7 SoCon). Louisiana and SEMO will open the regional on Friday at 3:30 p.m. CT, with Ole Miss taking on Chattanooga later that night at 6 p.m. CT.

The Rebels will be competing in their fourth straight NCAA regional, the only four tournament appearances in the history of Ole Miss Softball. The Rebels hosted their first ever regional in 2017, hot off of the program's only SEC Tournament Championship, claiming three straight games to advance to a Super Regional.

Ole Miss sits at 37-17 on the season, garnering a 13-10 record in SEC play to finish fifth in the league, the highest finish in program history. Of the Rebels' 37 wins, 12 came against ranked teams.

For the third consecutive season, all 13 teams from the SEC received a bid to the NCAA Tournament, with Florida, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee and Kentucky joining Ole Miss as regional hosts.

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Bulldogs secure 15th NCAA Tournament bid; earns Seattle Regional berth

For the seventh time in the last eight season and the 15th time overall in program history, Mississippi State softball (33-21) is NCAA Tournament bound as the Bulldogs' road to Oklahoma City begins in the Seattle Regional.

MSU will open the double-elimination regional on Friday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. CT against Seattle at the Husky Softball Stadium. Along with the Bulldogs and the Redhawks, the Seattle Regional features the host team of Washington, which earned the third overall national seed, and Fordham. The two squads will round out the opening round of play on Friday at 9 p.m. CT.

State earned the two seed in the Seattle Regional, marking the second consecutive season for head coach Vann Stuedeman's squad to earn the two-seed ranking at a regional site.

The Bulldogs first game of the regional will be aired national on ESPN3, which can be accessed online through WatchESPN or the ESPN app. Television assignments for the remaining games of the regional will be announced later this week.

The winner of the Seatte Regional will advance to Super Regionals to the face the winner of the Lexington Regional, hosted by No. 14 Kentucky. Also competing in the Lexington Regional is Toledo, Illinois and Virginia Tech.

State is making its 15th NCAA Tournament appearances in its 23rd season as a member of the Southeastern Conference and holds a 14-28 overall record in the postseason. All 15 appearances have come since 2000. MSU has won at least one regional game in four of its last five NCAA Regional appearances and is aiming to make its first NCAA Super Regional appearance in program history.

In their last NCAA Tournament appearance, the Bulldogs trekked to Tucson, Arizona, advancing to the Tucson Regional finals. It marked the first time since 2005 that Mississippi State had competed for a NCAA Regional championship. State fell to tournament host No. 10 Arizona by a 4-3 final.