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Softball faces Yale. Credit: Patrick Hulce , Patrick Hulce, Patrick Hulce

Penn softball couldn’t be happier to hit the road.

The Quakers (30-18) will travel to College Station, Texas, to battle Texas A&M (39-15) in the first round of Penn’s first ever NCAA Tournament Friday at 6 p.m. Eastern time, in a game that will be aired on ESPN2.

Penn finds itself in the NCAA regional round after defeating Dartmouth in the Ivy League Championship Series, May 4-5. In the NCAA regional round, the nation’s top 16 teams each host a four-team, double elimination tournament, with the winner moving onto Super Regionals.

Texas A&M boasts a 26-5 home record this season compared to just 6-8 on the road. Penn, meanwhile, went 9-5 on the road in 2012-13. The Aggies’ NCAA berth marks their 12th straight, all under coach Jo Evans.

Arizona and Baylor will be the other two teams playing in College Station over the weekend.

The Penn softball team held an official NCAA Selection Show viewing party Sunday night and celebrated together in the men’s basketball locker room suite at The Palestra after the pairing with Texas A&M was announced.

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