The University of West Florida softball team will host an NCAA South Regional this week. The Argos are in the tourney for the 12th time in program history and begin play Thursday when they battle Claflin in a 2:30 p.m. game.
Mississippi College and Valdosta State will play in the second game. The winners move on to play at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the double-elimination tournament. The championship game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.
Saint Leo is hosting the other half of the South Regional. North Alabama, Alabama-Huntsville and Lee are all in that bracket. The winners of the two regionals advance to the super regional the following week.
West Florida is in the midst of one of its best softball seasons in program history. The Argos are 40-13 and ranked No. 10 in the nation under head coach Melissa Paul, who has guided her team to back-to-back 40-win seasons. It’s the first time since 2005 the Argos have been a No. 1 seed in a regional and the first time since 1998 that they have hosted a regional tourney.
Navarre grad Callan Taylor plays for West Florida and is having a remarkable freshman season. She is batting .287 in 52 games and has tallied 35 hits while knocking in 27 runs.
South Regional Bracket
Game 1: West Florida (40-13) vs. Claflin (33-18), 2:30 p.m.
Game 2: Mississippi College (34-18) vs. Valdosta State (37-17), 5 p.m.
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 2:30 p.m.
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. winner Loser Game 2, 5 p.m.
Game 5: Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 (Championship): Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5, 2 p.m. Note: A second game will be played if the Game 3 winner loses Game 6.