KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee earned a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Softball Tournament on Sunday night, meaning the Lady Vols are in position to host both regionals and super regionals.
Tennessee is making its 14th straight NCAA tourney appearance under co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly, and its the 13 consecutive year they are hosting an NCAA Regional.
TOP 8 SEED!!!! LET’S GO! 🍊🍊🍊🍊🍊 pic.twitter.com/6YVw2HEX75
— Tennessee Softball (@Vol_Softball) May 15, 2017
It’s the sixth time UT has been a top 8 seed in the NCAA Softball Tournament, and Tennessee is going after it’s 8th Women’s College World Series appearance.
The SEC placed all 13 of its teams in the NCAA tournament, the first time the league has done that and only the second time any league has done so (Pac-12, 2007).
Tennessee was one of eight SEC teams to earn a top-16 seed and thereby host an NCAA regional, joining Florida (No. 1), Auburn (No. 7), Ole Miss (No. 12), LSU (No. 13), Kentucky (No. 14) and Alabama (No. 16).
The Lady Vols (44-10) open the NCAA tourney at 7 p.m. (TV: ESPN2) against Big South Conference tourney champ Longwood (28-27) at Lee Stadium. Tennessee beat Longwood the last time the teams met two seasons ago, 2-0.
Big Ten at-large Ohio State (35-16) is the No. 2 seed in the Knoxville regional and plays No. 3 seed USC-Upstate (44-11) at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday (WatchESPN).
Tennessee eliminated the Buckeyes in the Knoxville regional last season before falling to Arizona in the Knoxville regional final.
If UT wins their regional this season, they will host a three-game NCAA Super Regional series against the winner of the regional at No. 9 Texas A&M.
The Lady Vols coaches and senior Megan Geer and junior SEC Player of the Year Meghan Gregg discussed Tennessee’s end of the season and the NCAA Softball Tournament draw.
Tennessee coaches Ralph & Karen Weekly and Lady Vols players Meghan Gregg and Megan Geer discuss NCAA Tournament
Posted by SEC Country on Sunday, May 14, 2017