SEC Tournament champion Ole Miss and Mississippi State both earned trips to the NCAA Softball Regional. Ole Miss earned a No. 12 national seed and will host an NCAA Regional.
▪ The Rebels will play Southern Illinois at 8:30 p.m. Friday night.
▪ MSU will play BYU in the Salt Lake City Regional at 5 p.m. Thursday night in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Ole Miss earned the SEC’s automatic berth into the field of 64 by winning the conference tournament. The Rebels beat MSU, Alabama, top-ranked Florida and LSU for its first-ever softball crown.
Other teams in the Oxford Regional are North Carolina and Arizona State, who play at 6 p.m. Friday. The Oxford Regional is paired against the UCLA Regional. The winners would advance to a Super Regional on Memorial Day weekend.
Former Harrison Central High and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College pitcher Kaitlin Lee leads the Rebels, earning Tournament MVP honors in a 5-1 finals’ victory over LSU. Lee pitched every inning of the SEC tournament, the first pitcher to do so since Alabama in 2010.
If the Bulldogs win, they will face the Utah-Fordham winner. Utah is the 11th national seed.
Other SEC teams chosen to host regionals were seventh-seeded Auburn, No. 8 seed Tennessee, No. 9 seed Texas A&M, No. 13 seed LSU, No. 14 seed Kentucky and No. 16 Alabama.
Thirteen SEC teams earned NCAA Tournament bids, the most ever from one conference.