NORMAN — The eight-time defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma softball team (49-2, 18-0 Big 12) has earned the No. 1 overall seed in the 2019 NCAA Division I Softball Championship and will host an NCAA Regional at Marita Hynes Field beginning Friday, May 17.
Oklahoma has been a national seed for each of the past 13 seasons and will host a regional for the ninth year in a row. This is the second time in program history that the Sooners have been the top-seeded team, also earning the No. 1 spot in 2013.
The four-team, three-day event features Notre Dame (36-16, 12-2 ACC) facing Wisconsin (40-12, 12-2 Big Ten) at 6 p.m. CT on Friday on ESPN before the Sooners take on UMBC (30-22, 7-11 American East) at 8:30 p.m. CT Friday on ESPN2.
Friday's winners will square off in the first of three games Saturday, while Friday's losing teams will face off in an elimination game for game two of Saturday's tripleheader. The loser of Saturday's first game will take on the winner of the day's second game in an elimination game later Saturday night. The winner of Saturday's final game will take on the winner of the day's first game on Sunday with an if necessary rematch scheduled for later on Sunday.
The winner of this weekend's regional will advance to the NCAA Super Regional round against the winner of the Evanston regional, hosted by Northwestern, the following weekend with the ultimate goal of reaching the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma has made the NCAA Tournament in every year of head coach Patty Gasso's 25 seasons at the helm of the program and in 26 straight seasons overall. Last season, OU reached its 12th WCWS in program history and reached the national semifinals. With four national titles (2000, ’13, ’16, ’17) Oklahoma trails only UCLA (11) and Arizona (8) for most in NCAA history, and no other team has more than two.
A limited number of all-session general admission tickets for the 2019 NCAA Softball Norman Regional go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. online and over the phone at (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-GoOU.
All-session general admission tickets are $20 for adults and $15 youth/senior citizens (ages 2-18; 55+). Each day of the regional is considered one session and a session ticket is good for all games in one day. OU students will have to purchase an OU student ticket for this event as it is an NCAA sponsored tournament.
Single-session tickets, if availability remains, will go on sale the first day of the tournament at the Oklahoma Softball Complex box office. Single session tickets are $10.
Orders will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability.
Check back with SoonerSports.com later for the full schedule with game times and TV information.