The American Athletic Conference announced tonight that the softball tournament has been canceled due to the horrendous weather that impacted Houston over the weekend. As a result, no tournament champion will be crowned and USF softball earns The American’s NCAA Tournament auto-bid as the top remaining seed.
The 2019 #AmericanSB Championship will not be completed due to a continuous pattern of inclement weather in the Houston area.— American Softball (@American_SBall) May 12, 2019
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“First and foremost, our thoughts are with all of the people in the greater Houston region who are dealing with this extreme weather,” said American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco. “We regret that our student-athletes were not able to enjoy a traditional championship experience this season, but the safety of our student-athletes remains our first priority.”
The Bulls beat Memphis early Thursday morning and were scheduled to play Wichita State, but they sat through two days of rain-outs before the conference decided to pull the plug on the tournament.
This will be USF’s third NCAA Tournament appearance in four years and 13th overall. Tulsa and Houston may also find themselves in the tournament when the field is announced tomorrow.
It’s an unfortunate way to end the conference season and WSU fans are understandably big MAD about likely missing their shot at a tournament bid due to the cancellation.