WACO, Texas — The Baylor softball team (36-16) secured its eighth-straight NCAA Tournament bid, heading to the College Station Regional, hosted by the No. 15 seed, Texas A&M (40-16).
The Lady Bears open the bracket playing a familiar foe, paired with McNeese (40-19) in the opening game of the weekend on Friday, May 18, at 3:30 p.m. CT at Davis Diamond. The Lady Bears have won two of three games over the Cowgirls in the 2018 season.
The Aggies and Prairie View A&M (20-21) close out the first day of play, set for a 6 p.m. CT start.
ESPN 3 and the Watch ESPN app will carry every game throughout the tournament, with select games to be aired on ESPN, ESPN 2, and ESPN U.
Baylor's all-time record in the NCAA postseason is 45-28 and all 73 games have been under head coach Glenn Moore.
This marks the 13th appearance for Baylor overall in the NCAA Tournament and eighth-consecutive selection. The Lady Bears have advanced to at least a Super Regional round six times and are 31-11 all-time in the first round.
Texas A&M is one of nine SEC teams to secure a hosting bid, with four of those in Baylor’s quarter of the bracket (No. 2 Florida, No. 7 Georgia, No. 10 Tennessee). The Aggies have lost their four games in a row after sweeping Auburn, closing the regular season being swept by Alabama and losing in the first round of the SEC Tournament to Mississippi State.
Baylor has faced Texas A&M in postseason play in College Station once before, failing to advance out of the Aggies’ regional in 2013.
McNeese earned the Southland's automatic bid with a 4-2 win over Nicholls on Friday to win its third-straight Southland Conference Tournament title and third-straight NCAA Regional Appearance. BU beat the Cowgirls, 7-1, in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Feb. 16 earlier this season, going on to split a midweek two-game set in Waco on April 10-11.
Prairie View A&M won six-straight elimination games in the SWAC Softball Championship, including three on Saturday, to win the program’s first championship since 1998.
Oklahoma claimed the No. 3 overall bid, with Oklahoma State heading to the Fayetteville Regional paired with No. 13 Arkansas, and Texas landing a spot in the Seattle Regional, taking on No. 5 Washington.
Baylor Softball NCAA Postseason Notes
LAST NCAA TOURNAMENT:
2017, Waco Regional, Tucson Super Regional (Arizona), Women’s College World Series (Oklahoma City)
LAST NCAA SUPER-REGIONAL:
2017 - Baylor advanced from the Waco Regional to the Tucson Super Regional, coming back from a 1-0 deficit to the No. 2 seed, Arizona, to win back-to-back wins in dramatic fashion.
LAST NCAA WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES:
2017 – Baylor went 0-2 in the WCWS, falling to the eventual two-time champs, Oklahoma, and closing the season with a loss to Oregon for the second-straight season.
Baylor's all-time Postseason Record (NCAA):
Baylor's all-time First-Round Record:
All-Time Baylor Postseason Appearances:
2004 - Waco Regional
2005 - Auburn Regional, Waco Super Regional
2006 - Corvallis Regional (Oregon St.)
2007 - Hempstead Regional (Albany), Waco Super Regional, WCWS
2009 - Waco Regional, Ann Arbor Super Regional (Michigan)
2011 - College Park Regional (Maryland), Athens Super Regional (Georgia), WCWS
2012 - Lafayette Regional (Louisiana-Lafayette)
2013 - College Station Regional (Texas A&M)
2014 - Waco Regional, Athens Super Regional (Georgia), WCWS
2015 - Lafayette Regional (ULL)
2016 - Eugene Regional (Oregon)
2017 – Waco Regional, Tucson Super Regional (Arizona), WCWS
Pre-Glenn Moore Postseason Appearances:
1979 - SWAIAW Regional Tournament, 0-2 (Head Coach: Olga Fallon)
1980 - AIAW Regional Tournament, 5-1; AIAW Nationals, 0-1 (Head Coach: Bob Brock)
1981 - AIAW Regional Tournament, 4-0, AIAW Nationals, 0-2
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