Drake softball reaches NCAA Tourney — SPORTS SHORTS

Grant SmithMay 15, 2018

The victor advances to the eight-team NCAA DII national championship May 24-28 at the Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, VA, hosted by the Mountain East Conference and the City of Salem.

Should Beverly Smith's club advance, it will play in the super regional round - May 24-27 - at a site to be determined. Joining Kentucky in the Lexington Regional will be Illinois-Chicago, Notre Dame and No. 16 MI. Concordia-Chicago is now ranked No. 10 by D3baseball.com and was No. 1 in the most recent publicized regional rankings.

Florida State is playing in its 13th consecutive NCA Regional, and a Top 5 finish in the Norman Regional would allow FSU to extend its longest active ACC streak of seven consecutive NCAA Championship Finals appearances.

NCAA Tournament committee chair Natalie Shock, from Central Arkansas, said that's not necessarily the case.

This is the fifth straight year, and 14th time overall, the Hornets have reached the NCAA Tournament. That tied a Big 12 record, set a year ago.

They will face Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) champion University of Dubuque. The NCAA Tournament bid is just the second in program history. One of the eight Big 12 teams that qualified for the postseason is the Sooners' in-state rival, Oklahoma State. The Rams finished second in the conference. The Royals entered the MIAC Tournament as the No. 2 seed and went undefeated to capture an automatic qualifier into the regional. OU was also a top-4 seed in 2016 when it won the Women's College World Series as a No. 3 seed.

All-session ticket books for the regional are $40 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. today at gamecocksonline.com or through South Carolina's ticket office at (803) 777-4274.

Wade Stadium was built in 1941 and holds 4,200 people. "Vic (Draper) and I played at Florida State two years ago. To be a 10th seed in the country, we're proud of that", said co-head coach Ralph Weekly.

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