The Big Ten tournament didn't go exactly like the Ohio State softball team wanted, but it will now get another chance to make good on a season with missed opportunities.
Florida, the SEC regular season and tourney champion, will play Bethune-Cookman at 7:30 p.m. Friday after Ohio State opens against South Florida at 5 p.m.in the double-elimination tournament. The Badgers (28-21) had a lower RPI (46) than Nebraska entering the Big Ten Tournament, but the Badgers won eight of their final 12 games, including a sweep of Nebraska in Lincoln.
This marks the eighth time in school history the Gamecocks have hosted a regional and the first time since 2002 the Gamecocks have been the top-seeded team. Arizona State (43-11) is No. 8 and playing a regional at home in Tempe.
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The Sun Devils are the eight overall seed, while Arizona is the 14th overall seed. The team would then face the victor out of the College Station Regional.
The No. 2 seed is Florida (50-8). Those best-of-three tourneys will each send a team to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.