The Panhandle and postseason are becoming synonymous with USF softball.
The Bulls (40-17), who earned the American Athletic Conference’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid essentially by default, learned Sunday evening they’ll be making their fourth consecutive postseason trip to Tallahassee.
The Bulls, who have reached the postseason six of the last eight seasons, face South Carolina (36-17) in the opening game of the double-elimination Tallahassee Regional on Friday at noon.
The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
“So happy to be going to a place where our fans can come up and support us,” Bulls coach Ken Eriksen said. “We are familiar with the surroundings, so we aren’t going in with any kind of surprises.”
Reigning national champ FSU (51-8), the No. 4 overall national seed, plays Bethune-Cookman (26-29) Friday at 2:30 on ESPNU.
Florida (44-15) was selected the No. 5 overall seed and also will host a regional, opening Friday at 2:30 against Boston University (37-18) on the SEC Network.
The No. 1 AAC tourney seed, USF played only one game ― a six-inning, 8-0 romp of Memphis ― in the event before it was canceled due to inclement weekend weather in Houston. As the top seed still alive when the tournament was canceled, USF earned the automatic bid.
It fell to South Carolina, 8-1, on March 1 at home, but AAC Pitcher of the Year Georgina Corrick didn’t throw against the Gamecocks. The sophomore right-hander is almost certain to get the ball in Friday’s rematch.
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