NORMAN — The back-to-back defending national champion Oklahoma softball team (50-3, 18-0 Big 12) has earned the No. 4 overall seed in the 2018 NCAA Division I Softball Championship and will host an NCAA Regional in Norman beginning Friday, May 18.
Winner of seven straight Big 12 championships, Oklahoma has been a national seed for each of the past 12 seasons and will host a regional for the eighth year in a row.
The four-team, three-day event features Missouri (28-27, 6-17 SEC) facing Tulsa (33-23, 10-11 American) at 3:30 p.m. CT on Friday on WatchESPN before the Sooners take on Boston University (39-18, 15-3 Patriot) at 6 p.m. 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 Fayetteville Regional, hosted by Arkansas, 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 24 seasons at the helm of the program and in 25 straight seasons overall. Last season, OU became the fourth program ever to win back-to-back national titles. With four national titles 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 2018 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. 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.