One day after being crowned Big Ten tournament champions, the Nebraska softball team knows its NCAA tournament fate. The Huskers will head to Stillwater to face North Texas on Friday at 5 p.m. CT.
📅 May 20-22
(7) @CowgirlSB@HuskerSoftball@MeanGreenSB@FordhamSoftball#RoadToWCWS pic.twitter.com/OKeh2QwiiV
— NCAA Softball (@NCAASoftball) May 15, 2022
This is Nebraska’s first NCAA tournament appearance since the 2016 season. It comes on the heels of the Huskers winning their first Big Ten tournament title, as well as their first conference tournament title since claiming the Big 12 title in 2004. Nebraska was already expecting a trip to the NCAA Tournament prior to Saturday, but was able to clinch the conference’s automatic bid with the win over Michigan.
Coach Rhonda Revelle—who has now taken Nebraska to the NCAA Tournament 21 times—spoke through tears following the game on Saturday.
“I’m just really grateful for this moment, to share with them,” Revelle told the Big Ten Network post-game. “It didn’t just start today. It started way back.”
Revelle has spoken about the energy this team has had a number of times this season, adding that something clicked from March forward. She hoped the team would take what it had learned into the Big Ten tournament and the Huskers delivered.
But as Nebraska said itself after the announcement, there is still work to do.
been a great ride,
but there's more work to do. pic.twitter.com/L8r5jTsBo5
— Nebraska Softball (@HuskerSoftball) May 15, 2022
No. 7 Oklahoma State—who is set to host the regional—will face Fordham on Friday at 7:30 p.m. CT. Both games can be streamed on ESPN+.
Erin is the Deputy Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist for Hail Varsity. She has covered Nebraska athletics since 2012, which has included stops at Bleacher Report, Cox Media Group’s Land of 10, and even Hail Varsity (previously from 2012-2017). She has also been featured on the Big Ten Network, NET’s Big Red Wrap-Up, and a varsity of radio shows nationwide. When not covering the Huskers, Erin is probably at Chipotle.