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Arizona earns No. 14 overall seed in NCAA Softball Tournament, will host Regional

The Wildcats are in line to face UCLA in Super Regionals

Photo courtesy Arizona Athletics

To no one’s surprise, the Arizona Wildcats softball team has made the NCAA Tournament for the 32nd year in a row.

The 2018 bracket was revealed Sunday and Arizona earned the No. 14 overall seed and will host the Tucson Regional — a four-team, double-elimination tournament— starting Friday.

Joining UA in its regional are St. Francis (PA), Mississippi State, and North Dakota State.

Mississippi State and North Dakota State will play at 6 p.m. MST on ESPN 2 on Friday. Arizona and Saint Francis (PA) meet at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN3 in the nightcap.

Friday’s winners will play at 2 p.m. on Saturday while Friday’s losers will play at 4:30 p.m. in an elimination game. The loser of game 3 and the winner of game 4 will play at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Sunday’s regional championship will begin at 4 p.m. with the if-necessary second game set to begin at 6:30 p.m

The winner of Tucson Regional will advance to Super Regionals where they will likely face the UCLA Bruins, the No. 3 overall seed, in Los Angeles.

UCLA swept Arizona in Tucson earlier this season, outscoring the Wildcats, 24-12. The two schools are longtime rivals and powerhouses but have never met in Super Regionals.

Arizona went 40-14 this year, including a 13-11 mark in the Pac-12, which was good for fifth in the conference.

Arizona has won 11 of its last 12 heading into the postseason, though it dropped its regular-season finale to Stanford in Palo Alto on Saturday.

Like UCLA, Oregon (1), Washington (5), and Arizona State (8) are also Top-8 seeds and on track to host Super Regionals, barring any upsets.

Arizona’s 32-year streak of making the NCAA Tournament is the longest in the nation, but the eight-time national champions are still searching for their first Women’s College World Series appearance since 2010.

The road to Oklahoma City begins Friday.