Lady Vols host NCAA Regional for 14th straight season

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St. Anselm* (39-10-1) v. LIU Post (38-17).

Tennessee softball received the No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament, a surprising development.

The winners of the Norman Regional and Fayetteville Regional will face off in the NCAA Super Regional round. Last season, Alabama tied for third at the Washington (Sammamish) Regional to advance to the NCAA Championship, where it finished 17th. North Central will enter with an overall record of 28-12.

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

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USC went 25-2 at Beckham Field in the regular season.

The Irish are 5-8 in the past 13 games, while the Wolverines have lost four of their past eight games and fell 7-0 to Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. From March 16-31 this season, NDSU played nine straight games against tournament teams. That includes No. 2 Florida, No. 8 Georgia, No. 9 SC and No. 10 Tennessee.

Georgia is the No. 7 seed on Tennessee's side of the bracket and hosting a regional in Athens that includes Northwestern, California and Harvard. "They see their potential and I think they're ready to do something big". It is home of the Duluth Huskies of the Northwoods League as well as the Saints. That included a runner-up finish to Florida in 2014.

"Getting a national seed goes back to our body of work", said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. "It will provide an fantastic venue not only for the student-athletes who will be competing, but also for their fans who will be supporting them and filling the seats". Start time for Thursday's opening round contest has yet to be determined. The loser of game 3 and the victor of game 4 will play at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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