OU Softball: Sooners named overall top seed ahead of NCAA Regionals | Sports

For the third straight year, Oklahoma is at the top heading into the NCAA playoffs.

The Sooners have been named the top seed overall and will host the NCAA Norman Regional Tournament this weekend. This is the third straight season the Sooners have entered the regional tournament as the No. 1 seed.

The Normandy region, which begins Friday, will include the Sooners, Texas A&M, Minnesota and Prairie View A&M.

The tournament opens with Texas A&M (29-26) taking on Minnesota (26-24-1) at 4 p.m. on ESPN2 before the Sooners (49-2) take on Prairie View A&M (20-27) at 6:30 p.m. which will stream online on ESPN+.

The winners of the two matches will face off in the first match on Saturday, with the winner advancing to Sunday’s final. The losers of Friday’s matches will face off in Game 2 on Saturday in a playoff match. Saturday’s third game will feature the loser of the day’s first game and the winner of the day’s second game.

The winner of Game 3 will advance to Sunday’s final with a if-needed rematch scheduled for later in the day.

The Normandy Region winner will advance to the NCAA Super Regional Round against the Orlando Region winner, hosted by 16-seeded Central Florida, the following weekend. The super regional winner will advance to the 2022 Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

The defending champion Sooners enter the NCAA region after splitting their two games in last weekend’s Big 12 Tournament championship, beating Iowa State 5-0 before losing 4-3 to Oklahoma State in the championship game.

The Sooners are seeking their second consecutive national title and sixth overall.

Jesse Crittenden is The Transcript’s sports editor and covers OU athletics. Contact him at [email protected] or 405-366-3580

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