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Ole Miss softball earns first NCAA tourney berth in program history

Ole Miss softball earns first NCAA tourney berth in program history

The Ole Miss softball team has had a phenomenal season—and it will continue with the program’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament.

(Click here for the complete NCAA tourney bracket.)

The tournament field was announced Sunday evening on ESPNU, and the Rebels were elated to find out they are one of the 64 teams who will be competing.

Ole Miss (39-20) is in the Norman Regional and will face Tulsa (35-19) Friday, May 20, at 5:30 p.m. (CT). The double-elimination regional also includes host Oklahoma (47-4), the No. 3 national seed, and Wichita State (35-19).

Head coach Mike Smith has led the Rebels to a number of superlatives this season, including:

  • School-record wins (39)
  • School-record for SEC regular-season wins (11)
  • First SEC Tournament win in program history (4-2 over Georgia)
  • Three top-20 RPI victories in the final three weeks of the regular season

SEC sends 11 teams to the tourney

Ole Miss is one of 11 teams from the Southeastern Conference to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Eight of the national seeds (Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Kentucky, LSU, Tennessee, Missouri, Georgia) are SEC teams–and the Rebels defeated four of these.

Television and ticket info

The Rebels’ game vs. Tulsa will air on ESPN3. All-Session tickets for the Norman Regional will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Monday morning on SoonerSports.com, and on the phone by calling 405-325-2424.

Tickets are $40 for reserved seating, $25 for general admission and $20 for youth (2-18) and Senior Citizens (55+).

Bracket info

The winner of the Norman Regional will advance on to Super Regionals, May 26-29, to face the winner of the Louisiana-Lafayette regional, which includes the No. 14 overall seed Ragin’ Cajuns, as well as Texas A&M, Texas and Boston.

(Feature image credit: Joshua McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics)

About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn's love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

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