Virginia Tech’s softball team, fresh off their second straight ACC Championship, will play in Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament. The Hokies will participate in a four-team regional with host Tennessee, Louisville, and Winthrop. Play begins this Friday, May 16th.
Tennessee (47-14) is the top-seeded team in the regional, with the Hokies (44-15) the #2 seed, Louisville (30-21) the #3 seed, and Winthrop (36-17) the #4 seed. The Vols are the #13 seed overall in the tournament, which seeds 16 teams out of 64-team field. VT had hoped to host a regional this year for the first time ever, but the Hokies didn’t quite make it. Tech was #22 in the RPI.
The format is double elimination, meaning a team must lose twice in order to be eliminated. Tech will play Louisville on Friday at 2:30 p.m., and Tennessee will play Winthrop in the second game Friday.
Louisville finished fifth in the Big East with a 12-8 mark, and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals where they fell 2-1 to eventual tournament champ DePaul.
According to the NCAA website, Game 3 of the Knoxville Regional will be televised on Saturday, May 17 at noon on ESPN2. It will also be available on ESPN360. Weâ€™ll know after Fridayâ€™s games whether or not the Hokies will be playing in that time slot on Saturday.
Other ACC schools involved in postseason play are North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Florida State.