Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Wildcats selected to host NCAA regional, 14 seed in tournament

Wildcats selected to host NCAA regional, 14 seed in tournament

For the 14th-straight season, Alabama softball has earned a top-16 national seed and will host an NCAA regional as the No. 12 overall seed, welcoming Wisconsin, Oregon State and Middle Tennessee State to Tuscaloosa. Friday's winners will play at 2 p.m. on Saturday while Friday's losers will play at 4:30 p.m.in an elimination game. Live audio of all LSU softball games is available free at www.LSUsports.net/live and in the LSU Sports Mobile App.

2017-At Norman, Okla: 3-2 win over eventual national champion Oklahoma, 2-1 loss to Tulsa, 10-2 loss to Oklahoma.

The victor of the regional in Tucson will move on to a Super Regional against the victor of the regional being hosted by UCLA. He coached James Madison to the Regionals the previous five seasons and helped lead the Dukes to a Super Regional in 2016. The Super Regional is a best two-of-three format with the victor advancing to the eight-team Women's College World Series, scheduled for May 31-June 6 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Arkansas enters postseason play with a 39-15 record. We had that past year in our first game.

For Dean, this will be his 11th appearance in an NCAA Regional and his first with the Tigers.

"We've talked about that openly for a couple years, since we've thought that's been realistic", Smith said in April.

This is the fifth straight year, and 14th time overall, the Hornets have reached the NCAA Tournament.

Missouri would play the victor of Oklahoma and Boston if it advanced past Tulsa.

The Wisconsin Badgers (28-21) hosted the Big Ten Tournament this past weekend as the league's No. 7 seed, defeating Purdue before falling in the quarterfinals to Minnesota.

Tickets: All session booklets for the regional are $40 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at gamecocksonline.com or through the Carolina ticket office at 803-777-4274.

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