Clemson softball vs. UNC Wilmington: Live score updates from NCAA Tournament Regional

CLEMSON – Another milestone for Clemson softball.

The program, in its second full season of existence, is hosting an NCAA Regional at McWhorter Stadium. The Tigers ( 39-5, 14-10 ACC) begin the tournament with a noon game Friday against UNC Wilmington (32-13, 11-7 Colonial Athletic Association). That will be followed at 2:30 p.m. by Louisiana (45-11, 23-4 Sun Belt) against Auburn (39-15, 11-13 SEC).

Clemson made it to the ACC championship game for a second straight season, losing to Florida State, but still got a No. 10 overall seed in the 64-team NCAA Tournament.

"We're super-excited to be hosting our first NCAA Regional," Clemson coach John Rittman said. "Our team has worked extremely hard for this opportunity. We just want to put on a great show for our fans. ... It's a great opportunity to showcase not only our team but our facility, the fans and our great community here at Clemson."

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Friday's winners will play 1 p.m. Saturday for an automatic berth in Sunday's noon championship. The second game Saturday is a 3:30 p.m. loser's bracket game, followed by another elimination at 6 p.m.

"Playing on senior day, we were hopeful that we would be able to come back here. And we get to play here again," said Clemson graduate student Marissa Guimbarda, a transfer from Furman. "Were ready to leave it on the field and show what we've got."

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