Four ACC Softball Teams Earn NCAA Bids
Sunday May 12, 2013
May 12, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Four Atlantic Coast Conference teams were selected to the 64-team field of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship, which gets underway May 16 and runs through June 6. NC State, which earned the league’s automatic bid, will be joined by Florida State, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
NC State (33-18) will be in the Knoxville Regional and will face James Madison in the first game. The Wolfpack, which won the second ACC Championship in program history and is riding a 12 game winning streak, will also be joined in the regional by seventh-seeded Tennessee and Longwood. NC State is making its third appearance in the tournament and first since 2007.
Florida State (41-16) earned its 14th consecutive bid and will play in the Mobile Regional. The Seminoles, who won the ACC regular season title, will face Mississippi State on Friday at 4:30 on ESPN3 with the winner taking on either 13th-seeded South Alabama or Mississippi Valley State. Making their league-leading 26th appearance in the tournament, Florida State has 50 wins in the event.
North Carolina (39-19) will travel to Eugene, Ore., where it will join Wisconsin, BYU, and third-seeded Oregon in regional play. The Tar Heels are making their 11th appearance in the tournament and will face the Badgers in the opening game.
Virginia Tech (35-19) is making its sixth appearance in the tournament and second in a row. The Hokies will face Notre Dame in the first game of the Lexington Regional on Friday at 5 p.m. on ESPN3, and will be joined at the regional by 12th-seeded Kentucky and Marshall.
The ACC has had at least four teams earn tournament bids in seven of the last nine years.
The 2013 NCAA Division I Softball Championship begins Thursday with four-team, double-elimination play at 16 regional sites. The regional winners will advance to super regional competition for a best-of-three series May 23-26 at eight campus sites. The remaining eight teams will advance to the Women's College World Series, a double-elimination tournament May 30-June 6 at the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.