NORMAN, Okla. -- The defending national champion Oklahoma softball team (45-10, 16-2 Big 12) has earned the No. 7 overall seed in the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship and will host an NCAA Regional in Norman beginning on Friday.
The four-team, three-day event will feature Hofstra (33-13, 11-4 Colonial) facing Texas A&M (35-20, 9-15 SEC) in a first round game at 5 p.m. before Oklahoma takes on Bryant (32-20, 13-3 NEC) at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. Both games will be shown on ESPN3.
Friday's winners will square off in Saturday's first of three games, while Friday's two losers will face off in an elimination game later that night. The loser of Saturday's first game will take on the winner of the day's second game in an elimination game. 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. A full schedule for all three days is below.
Oklahoma, which claimed its 11th Big 12 title this season, has met Bryant once before. The Sooners defeated the Bulldogs, 4-1, March 8, 1992. OU is also 0-1 all-time against Hofstra and 45-30 all-time versus Texas A&M. Last season, Oklahoma swept Texas A&M in the NCAA Super Regional, winning 10-2 in six innings and 8-0 in five innings.
The winner of this weekend's regional will advance to the NCAA Super Regional round against the winner of the Knoxville Regional the following weekend with an ultimate goal of reaching the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma has made the NCAA tournament in every each of head coach Patty Gasso's 20 seasons at the helm of the program. Last season, Oklahoma was a perfect 10-0 in the postseason en route to the program's second national title.
All-session tickets for the 2014 NCAA Softball Norman Regional are on sale online at www.SoonerSports.com and over the phone beginningat 8 a.m. Monday morning at (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-GoOU.
Prices are $40 for reserved all-session tickets, $25 for general admission adult all-session tickets and $20 for general admission youth (2-18 year old, OU student & senior citizen 55 years and older) all-session tickets. Each day of the regional is considered one session and a session ticket is good for all games in one day. Children under one year of age are admitted free. 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 not go on sale until the first day of the tournament at the Oklahoma Softball Complex box office beginning at 3:30 p.m. Single session tickets are $15 for reserved tickets, $10 for general admission adult tickets and $8 for general admission youth/OU student/senior citizen tickets.
Orders will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability.
|Game 1||Friday||Hofstra vs. Texas A&M||5 p.m.|
|Game 2||Friday||Oklahoma vs. Bryant||7:30 p.m.|
|Game 3||Saturday||Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2||1 p.m.|
|Game 4||Saturday||Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2||3:30 p.m.|
|Game 5||Saturday||Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3||6 p.m.|
|Game 6||Sunday||Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5||1 p.m.|
|Game 7||Sunday||Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary)||3:30 p.m.|