COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M softball team begins its postseason run at the NCAA Norman Regional hosted by No. 7 seed and defending national champion Oklahoma May 16-18, the NCAA softball selection committee announced Sunday. The Aggies will join Hofstra, Bryant and the Sooners at the four-team regional, which will be broadcast live from the OU Softball Complex on ESPN3.
Texas A&M (35-20, 9-15 SEC) earned an at-large bid for their 13th-straight and 25th-overall NCAA Tournament appearance. The Aggies will face Hofstra (33-13, 11-4 Colonial) in the first game of the regional at 5 p.m. CT Friday. Oklahoma (45-10, 16-2 Big 12) and Bryant (32-20, 13-3 Northeast) will play Friday at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Hofstra earned an at-large bid to its 15th trip to the NCAA Tournament, and is just two years off of the program’s first-ever Super Regional appearance after winning the 2012 Los Angeles Regional title. Bryant is an automatic qualifier after the Bulldogs won their first Northeast Conference title this weekend to appear in the team’s first-ever NCAA Regional. The Sooners also earned an at-large bid after claiming their 11th Big 12 crown.
Texas A&M and Hofstra have never met in the history of the two programs, and the Aggies are also strangers to the Bryant Bulldogs. Oklahoma and Texas A&M are former conference foes, and also met in the NCAA Tournament last season when the Sooners swept the Aggies to win the Norman Super Regional on their way to a national title. OU holds a 45-30 all-time record over A&M.
All-session tickets for the 2014 NCAA Softball Norman Regional are on sale online at www.SoonerSports.com and over the phone beginning at 8 a.m. Monday 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.
The Southeastern Conference led all leagues with 11 teams selected to the championship tournament. The Big Ten and Pacific-12 Conferences each placed five teams in the championship tournament.
The Division I softball championship sets a field of 64 teams. Thirty conferences were awarded automatic qualification, and the remaining 34 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket. The top 16 teams were seeded nationally.
Team pairings were determined by geographical proximity, with the exception that teams from the same conference were not paired during regional competition, when possible.
The regional winners advance to super regional competition for a best-of-three series May 22-25 at eight campus sites. The remaining eight teams advance to the WCWS, an eight-team, double-elimination tournament. The championship final will be a best-of-three-series. The WCWS will be conducted May 29-June 4 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
All of Texas A&M's postseason games will be broadcast live on either 95.1-3 The Zone HD or Sports Radio 1150 AM, and all can be heard via AggieAthletics.com and RadioAggieland.com. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.
NCAA Norman Regional (All times CT)
Friday, May 16
Game 1: Hofstra vs. Texas A&M – 5 p.m. on ESPN3
Game 2: No. 7 Oklahoma vs. Bryant – 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3
Saturday, May 17
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner – 1 p.m.
Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser – 3:30 p.m.
Game 5: Game 4 winner vs. Game 3 loser – 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 18
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner – 1 p.m.
Game 7: Rematch if necessary – 3:30 p.m.
*Game times are subject to change.