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Ole Miss Earns No. 12 National Seed, Host NCAA Regional

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Coming off its first SEC Tournament Championship in school history, No. 18 Ole Miss has earned the No. 12 overall seed in the 2017 NCAA Division I Softball Championship and will host an NCAA Regional in Oxford beginning Friday.
The Rebels (40-18) are making their second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance following last season’s runner-up finish in the Norman Regional.
Ole Miss welcomes Arizona State (30-20), North Carolina (38-19) and Southern Illinois (33-22) to the Ole Miss Softball Complex for the four-team, three-day event. The Sun Devils and Tar Heels kick things off Friday night at 6 p.m. on ESPN, before the Rebels take on the Salukis of Southern Illinois in the nightcap at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN3.
Friday’s winners will square off in the first of three games Saturday, while Friday’s losing teams will matchup in an elimination for game two of Saturday’s tripleheader. The loser of Saturday’s first game will take on the winner of the day’s second game in an elimination game later Saturday night. The winner of Saturday’s final game will take on the winner of the day’s first game on Sunday with an if necessary rematch scheduled for later that day.
Ole Miss, winners of four-straight heading into regional play, has faced Southern Illinois seven times previously with a 2-5 overall record, the last meeting coming back in 2005. The Rebels are 0-3 against Arizona State with the last meeting coming in 2015, and 0-2 against the Tar Heels, with both those games coming back in 2004.
The winner of this weekend’s regional will advance to the NCAA Super Regional round against the winner of the Los Angeles Regional, hosted by No. 5 overall seed UCLA.
All-session ticket books go on sale Monday at 8 a.m. CT. An extremely limited number of reserved chair back seats as well as general admission tickets are available. The priority deadline to request tickets based on your priority point total is Monday at 5 p.m. Reserved individual game tickets will go on sale pending availability on Tuesday at 8 a.m. CT. All books for the NCAA Oxford Regional are good for all six games, and for game seven, if necessary.
Prices are $25 for reserved chair back all-session tickets, $20 for general admission all-session, and $15 for general admission student tickets. Individual game tickets are $10 for reserved chair backs, $7 for general admission and $5 for students (college aged or younger).
Tickets can be purchased by visiting OleMissTix.com, or by calling the Ole Miss Athletics Ticket Office at 662-915-7167.
2017 NCAA Oxford Regional Schedule
Game 1: Friday – Arizona State vs. North Carolina | 6 p.m. | ESPN
Game 2: Friday – Southern Illinois vs. Ole Miss | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Game 3: Saturday – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 | 1:30 p.m. | TBA
Game 4: Saturday – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 | 4 p.m. | TBA
Game 5: Saturday – Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3 | 6:30 p.m. | TBA
Game 6: Sunday – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 | 1:30 p.m. | TBA
Game 7: Sunday – Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 | 4 p.m. | TBA
For all Ole Miss Softball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball, on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball and on Instagram at Instagram.com/olemisssoftball. Fans can also follow head coach Mike Smith on Twitter at @msmithsb16. Additionally fans can get a behind the scenes look at Ole Miss Athletics on Snapchat under the handle, @WeAreOleMiss.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

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