Oklahoma headed into Sunday's selection show knowing it wasn't likely to be sent on the road again. By earning a top-eight seed, they won a home regional and, if they advance, a home super regional. It's the second time teh Ducks, who won the Pac-12 title for the fifth time in six seasons, received the top seed (2014). Should Mississippi State lose to North Dakota State, the Bulldogs will get the loser of the Arizona and St. Francis matchup.
This regional won't be any easier. Georgia will play Harvard Friday at 2:30 p.m., EDT, on the SEC Network.
Winning the first NCAA Tournament game in program history is the first goal for OH, but not the only one. All of these teams are very good and we're familiar with these teams.
It's also Alabama's 20th straight regional appearance in the 22-year history of the program, all coming under head coach Patrick Murphy.
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Carolina has yet to advance past the regional round in Smith's seven-plus seasons. Lowary transferred before last season, and Conrad joined the Sooners this summer.
Kentucky (31-19) enters NCAA Championship play after losing in its first game of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championship tournament, 3-1 to Arkansas, in Columbia, Missouri. The Super Regional is a best two-of-three format with the victor advancing to the eight-team Women's College World Series, scheduled for May 31-June 6 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Shenandoah, ranked 18th in the D3baseball.com/NCBWA poll, was selected for the Mid-East Regional hosted by Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. Arizona went 0-9 against #1 seed OR, #3 seed UCLA, and #5 seed Washington.
Illinois-Chicago earned an automatic bid to the NCAA field by winning the Horizon League Tournament for the second year in a row.