COLUMBIA — Missouri was named the No. 9 seed in the NCAA softball tournament by the NCAA Softball Selection Committee.
As the No. 9 overall seed, Missouri will host a regional for the fourth consecutive season. The Tigers are the top seed in the Columbia Regional, and their first game will be against Illinois State on Friday.
The No. 4 seed in the Columbia Regional, the Redbirds finished the season at 35-21 with a 18-8 record in the Missouri Valley Conference. They are coming off a conference tournament championship and are advancing to their third-straight NCAA Tournament.
The other two teams in Missouri's regional are the University of Massachusetts (38-11, 19-0 Atlantic-10 conference) and DePaul University (35-20, 14-8 Big East) from Chicago.
As the No. 9 overall seed, the Tigers were one seed short of being a team that would host both a regional tournament and a super regional tournament.
Despite Missouri finishing second in the Big 12, third and fourth place finishers Texas and Texas A&M received higher seeds being selected as No. 6 and No. 8 seeds, respectively. Both teams were ranked higher in the RPI poll. Texas was ranked No. 5 and Texas A&M was ranked No. 9, while Missouri was No. 14.
The top eight seeds, which can all host super regionals if they advance, are California, Alabama, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Florida, Texas, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
Tickets for the Columbia Regional go on sale Monday.