Hampton University’s softball team opens NCAA tournament play Friday against No. 2 overall seed Florida on Friday in the Gainesville Regional.
The Lady Pirates (34-24) won the MEAC tournament title for the first time since 1996, defeating rival Norfolk State in the championship game Saturday at Ormond Beach, Fla.
Florida (52-7) won both the Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament titles. The Gators are ranked second in one poll, third in another and were No. 2 in last week’s softball Ratings Percentage Index. HU was No. 204 in the latest RPI.
Hampton won 15 of its final 18 games. Freshman Taylor McCoy was named the tournament’s most outstanding player. Sophomore Jailynn Jackson, the MEAC’s Pitcher of the Year, was named the tournament’s outstanding hurler.
Before the SEC tournament, Florida was ranked sixth nationally in team ERA (1.64), fourth in fielding percentage (.979) and 13th in scoring (6.61 rpg).
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