As conference champions, Alabama State and Florida A&M have both earned automatic bids to the NCAA Division I Softball Championship. ASU will open in Gainesville against the University of Florida. FAMU gets to stay at home in Tallahassee to face Florida State.
Alabama State Lady Hornets
The NCAA Selection Show revealed that the Alabama State softball team will be headed to the NCAA Regional Tournament in a four-team grouping in Gainesville starting Friday with a match up against the nation’s two-time defending champions and overall No. 1 seed Gators at 2:30 ET/1:30 CT.
The game will air on the SEC Network.
Joining ASU and Florida will be two other teams from the Sunshine State: Central Florida and Florida Atlantic.
ASU was one of five teams from the state of Alabama to make the tournament.
The others were No. 4 Auburn, No. 6 Alabama, Jacksonville State and Samford.
Alabama State is one of five teams, who will be making their first appearance in the tournament joining Butler, Samford, Ole Miss and CSU Bakersfield.
“We’re just really excited about seeing our name flash up on the screen after playing a great weekend of softball in the tournament, ASU head coach Chris Steiner-Wilcoxson told WSFA sports reporter Maria Martin.
The 64-team field was selected from 283 NCAA Division I institutions sponsoring the sport of softball.
The Lady Hornets made school history after winning its first SWAC softball championship by defeating Texas Southern 18-8 in the SWAC Championship on Saturday in Irondale.
Florida A&M Lady Rattlers
The Lady Rattlers (27-28) earned the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) automatic bid after an 8-1 win over Bethune-Cookman in the conference title game. Florida A&M is making its 10th NCAA Postseason appearance since 1995 and seventh NCAA Regional appearance since 1999. The Lady Rattlers are making its first trip to the Tallahassee Regional.
Florida A&M will play host Florida State (48-8), the overall No. 8 seed and host institution, on Friday at 2:30 p.m. The Lady Rattlers and Seminoles are joined in Tallahassee by South Florida (44-14) and South Carolina (36-21).
The game is scheduled to be shown on ESPN3.
Florida A&M and Florida State twice this season with Florida State winning both games, 10-1 and 12-3.
The three-day regional in Tallahassee will be held on May 20-22 and will start with South Florida versus South Carolina at 12:00 p.m., followed by Florida State playing Florida A&M 30 minutes after the completion of the first game. The South Florida-South Carolina game will air on the SEC Network, while FSU-FAMU will be broadcast on ESPN3.
The double elimination regional will conclude on May 22 and the winner of the 2016 NCAA Tallahassee Regional will match up with the winner of the Lexington Regional in the NCAA Super Regional round on May 26-29. If Florida State wins its regional, it will host the Super Regionals.
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