OU softball: Sooners earn No. 1 seed in NCAA Softball Tournament

Shay Knighten

Courtesy Ty Russell OklahomaShay Knighten's Sooners take a 39-game winning streak into the NCAA tournament

The top-ranked Sooners (49-2) bring a 39-game winning streak into the tournament, which is a Division I single-season record and eight wins shy of the 47 consecutive games Arizona won across the 1996 and 1997 seasons.

Regional play begins May 17. Overall, the Wildcats have the seventh lowest ERA as a group, and are holding opposing teams to a .183 batting average!

Oklahoma's most recent loss came on February 22 to UCLA (46-5), which got the No. 2 seed on Sunday.

The Gophers were led all season by Amber Fiser, named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and one of four Minnesota players to earn All-Big Ten First Team honors. 8 national seed in this year's field of 64 and will host Arizona State, Lipscomb and Alabama State this upcoming weekend in Tuscaloosa.

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Washington (45-7), the runner-up a season ago, is seeded third this year.

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.

Saturday, May 18Game 3 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 - NoonGame 4 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 - 2:30 p.m.Game 5 - Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 - 5 p.m. Although they won the most recent encounter with the Tide, the Gators were swept in three games by Alabama last month in Gainesville. Of the Rebels' 37 wins, 12 came against ranked teams. If the Gophers lose, they will still have a chance to advance as the tournament is double-elimination.

The Tallahassee Regional champion will square off against the victor of the Stillwater Regional in the Super Regional round, with the latter regional being hosted by Oklahoma State, and includes BYU, Tulsa and Arkansas. The 2019 national champion will be crowned June 4 or 5.

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