CHAPEL HILL – North Carolina will face Wisconsin in Eugene, Ore., this Thursday in the first round of regional play as the Tar Heels enter NCAA Tournament play for the 11th time in 13 years.
UNC faced Wisconsin earlier in the season in a 4-2 loss at the Lousiville Classic. The No. 3 seed Ducks will also play BYU on Thursday.
“We are very excited about making to the NCAAs in Oregon,” head coach Donna J. Papa said. “The coaching staff and players are looking forward to competing. This was one of our season goals giving us the opportunity to make it to the next level. It is great for our program and our conference as well to have four teams in.”
The 2013 NCAA Division I Softball Championship begins Thursday with four-team, double-elimination play at 16 regional sites. The regional winners will advance to super regional competition for a best-of-three series May 23-26 at eight campus sites. The remaining eight teams will advance to the Women’s College World Series, a double-elimination tournament May 30-June 6 at the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.
UNC (39-19) advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament this past weekend. Four ACC squads will advance to the NCAA tournament: Florida State, NC State, Virginia Tech and North Carolina.