The UAH softball team will begin its 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance when the Chargers open play in the NCAA Division II South 1 Regional on Thursday in Tampa, Florida.

The Chargers, who are the No. 4 seed after capturing the Gulf South Conference Tournament for the ninth time, open up against No. 4 seed Mississippi College with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. CT. The other South 1 Regional first-round game matches No. 8 seed Tuskegee University against No. 1 seed University of Tampa.

The South 2 Regional begins on Thursday in Saint Leo, Florida. West Alabama, the No. 6 seed, plays No. 7 seed Auburn-Montgomery at noon CT and the second game matches No. 2 Saint Leo against Nova Southeastern.

The winners of each South Regional will meet next week in the NCAA Super Regionals.

UAH has won the South Region four times in the extraordinary coaching career of Les Stuedeman. The most recent title came in 2011. Stuedeman, the only UAH softball head coach in the program's 28-year history, captured her 1,200th career win in early March. This year's team is 44-9 overall and was 25-4 in Gulf South Conference regular season play.

Outfielder Kinley Adams (.439, 65 hits, 38 RBIs), second baseman Lawren Hayes (.418, 76 hits, 12 doubles, seven triples) and pitcher Katie Bracken (18-1, 1.67 ERA, 147 strikeouts) were UAH players selected on the all-region team.

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