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UCF softball will face Auburn in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional

UCF softball made its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, with the Knights set to face Auburn in the Tallahassee Regional on Friday (2 p.m., ESPNU).

It is the first time in program history that the Knights (30-23, 12-15 Big 12) have appeared in four consecutive tournaments. The team finished its first season in the Big 12 and was among the final four teams to make the tournament.

“It was honestly really nerve-wracking,” outfielder Chloe Evans said. “I had a lot of faith in this team and I just hoped that you know what we did this season and even though it was our first year in the Big 12, they would still pick us.”

Added first baseman Shannon Doherty: “I'm extremely grateful that we're in the final four and no one was left out, but I think it's definitely weighing on us and we need to put our foot down right now.” We can’t sit back.”

Host FSU was seeded 15th nationally and will host Chattanooga in the opening game.

It's been a season of ups and downs for UCF.

The Knights opened their first Big 12 schedule losing seven of their first nine games, but rallied to win eight of the next nine conference games. However, the team finished the season winning just two of its last seven games, capped by a 3-2 loss to Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament.

UCF was 5-11 in games decided in one go, including 3-7 in conference play.

“Some tears came to my eyes knowing that these women had worked so hard and had not benefited from the time and effort they put into this game,” coach Cindy Ball-Malone said of Sunday’s game Notice. “The schedule that we presented to them, not just the scheduled games, but the preparation in the weight room, in the classroom, in scouting, there's so much more to prepare for this year because there isn't There is a break.” You deserve it. They deserved it.”

This is Auburn's (27-19-1, 9-15 SEC) fourth meeting with UCF, and the Tigers hold a 2-1 lead in the series, including a 5-4 win over the Knights in the Tallahassee Regional earlier this year 2021.

Matt Murschel can be reached at mmurschel@orlandosentinel.com

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