Utah Softball earns NCAA tournament spot

INDIANAPOLIS – Coming off a stretch in which they won 13 of their last 16 regular season games, including a streak of four straight wins over ranked opponents, the University of Utah softball team earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament’s Durham Regional and will first game play tournament game against South Carolina on Friday.

This is the program’s 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and marks back-to-back seasons in which the Utes have reached the national stage. It also marks the sixth time in school history that Utah has earned a tournament bid in consecutive campaigns.

Utah is 33-39 all-time in the NCAA tournament and 29-24 in the regional round. These include Utah’s three-game regional sweep last season, when they disposed of Southern Illinois and Ole Miss at Dumke Family Softball Stadium, starting a run that culminated in the program’s fifth trip to the Women’s College World Series. The Utes have also won their regional tournament in each of their last three postseason trips.

Utah’s NCAA Tournament begins Friday at 10 a.m. MT, when they will try to avenge a loss they suffered against South Carolina in February. The Duke Blue Devils will serve as regional hosts and they will open the competition against the Morgan State Bears.

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