Watch: Washington softball walks out in protest of NCAA Tournament seeding
The Huskies have one of the best pitchers in the country in Gabbie Plain. Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire

Washington’s softball team was not at all happy with its seeding in the NCAA Tournament.

Sunday marked the NCAA Tournament selection show for softball. The Huskies went 41-11 in the regular season, finished second in the extremely difficult Pac-12 at 18-5, but got seeded No. 16. That puts them in line to visit No. 1 Oklahoma in the Super Regional should both schools advance.

Take a look at Washington’s reaction to their seeding:

Yeah, they were not happy.

With their strong Pac-12 record, the Huskies were actually ranked No. 16 in the RPI. However, Arizona and Arizona State both were seeded higher in the NCAA Tournament despite having worse overall and conference records.

Oregon got snubbed even more. Despite finishing third in the Pac-12 and No. 15 in the RPI, the Ducks did not even get a top 16 seed. They will have to visit their former coach Mike White in the Texas regional. It’s hard not to wonder whether the state of Oregon’s restrictive fan policy played a role in the snub as a possible regional host.

Kentucky, meanwhile, got to host a regional as the No. 14 seed. The Wildcats were only No. 18 in the RPI and finished tied for fifth in the tough and deep SEC.

The tournament did Washington no favors. But the Huskies do have one of the best pitchers in the country in Gabbie Plain. If she handles most of the innings in the postseason and is on top of her game, the Huskies will be able to compete with anybody, including Oklahoma.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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