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Texas softball claims the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament

After one of the best regular seasons in school history, the Texas softball team will enter the NCAA Tournament as the top overall seed for the first time, the Longhorns found out Sunday.

Texas opens the tournament at McCombs Field on Friday at 4 p.m. against Siena at a time to be determined. St. Francis (Penn.) and Northwestern will also compete in the Austin region, with the top team advancing to the NCAA Super Regional.

The Longhorns will host the first two weekends of the NCAA tournament expecting an embarrassing loss. Texas doesn’t have to leave Austin before the College World Series May 30-June 7 at Devon Park.

Texas, which started playing softball in 1997, had not received a top-two seed from the NCAA selection committee since the graduation of former All-American pitcher Cat Osterman in 2006.

Texas (47-7) was the consensus No. 1 team in the country last month after three-time defending champion Oklahoma suffered its first Big 12 series loss. The Sooners got some revenge in Saturday’s Big 12 Tournament final with a 5-1 victory that ended the Longhorns’ 18-game winning streak. They didn’t overtake the Longhorns in the seedings, but they did take the No. 2 overall seed.

Texas has now qualified for 24 NCAA tournaments. The Longhorns have appeared in six College World Series, and their only appearance in a title game came in 2022, when they lost to Oklahoma.