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Virginia Softball earns second-ever NCAA tournament bid, first since 2010

For the first time since 2010 and only the second time in program history, Virginia softball is going to the NCAA tournament. UVA (32-18) has earned an at-large bid to the 2024 NCAA Softball Championship and will head to the Knoxville Regional, hosted by No. 3 overall seed Tennessee.

The Cavaliers meet Miami (Ohio) on Friday at noon (ESPN+) in their first game at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. The third-seeded Volunteers host Dayton in the second game on Friday at approximately 2:30 p.m. The winners and losers of these two matches will face off on Saturday as the regional double elimination plays out over the course of the weekend until only one team remains to advance to the Super Regional round of the tournament.

2024 NCAA Softball Tournament – Knoxville Regional
3. Tennessee (40-10)
Dayton (33-19)
Miami (OH) (48-7)
Virginia (32-18)

Interestingly, both of Virginia’s all-time NCAA Tournament appearances have sent the Cavaliers to Knoxville. In 2010, UVA earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid, suffering an 11-2 loss to Tennessee and a 7-4 loss to Louisville in the Knoxville Regional.

Virginia finished fourth in the ACC after being picked to finish ninth in the preseason coaches poll. The Cavaliers won seven of their eight ACC series, with all eight series coming down to a rubber match Game 3. Two of those series wins came against then-No. 3 Duke and then-No. 11 Clemson. UVA’s 32 wins this season are the most by the program since that 2010 campaign. Virginia went 15-9 in ACC play to earn the No. 4 seed in the ACC Tournament, its highest seed since achieving the No. 2 seed in 2010. UVA went 6-1 in neutral field games and 13-11 in road games this year. season.

Eden Bigham and Jade Hylton were selected to the All-ACC First Team and Shelby Barbee was named a Third-Team All-ACC selection. Bella Cabral was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team.

Virginia and Miami (Ohio) have met 11 times before, with UVA holding a 7-4 lead in the all-time series dating back to 1986. The Cavaliers won six of the first seven meetings, but the RedHawks have won three. last four, including the most recent meeting, which was played in 2006.

Miami is 48-7 this season and captured its third consecutive Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship to secure a bid to the NCAA Tournament.