BIRMINGHAM, AL (WIAT) - The defending National Champion in softball, Alabama will host a regional as the No.10 overall national seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Crimson Tide finished the regular season 42-13, 13-11 in the SEC.
Alabama will lead off with OVC Tournament Champion Jacksonville State (30-25, 11-10). Western Kentucky (41-16) from the Sun Belt will play South Carolina Upstate (41-10) in the other half of the Tuscaloosa regional. The Tide beat the Gamecocks earlier this season in Tuscaloosa 11-3. Games begin at 3:30 Friday in Tuscaloosa with WKU and SC-Upstate leading off, Alabama and JSU will follow at 6 pm.
Alabama is making its 15th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Softball Tournament.
The Conference USA regular season champion, UAB Blazers (37-16) also made the field of 64. They will travel to play in the Louisville regional hosted by the 15th seeded Cardinals (46-11). UAB will face UCLA (37-18) in their first game.
A NCAA record 11 of 13 SEC teams made the field of 64. Play begins Friday May 17th.
|Norman Regional – May 17-19 at Norman, Okla.|
|No. 1 seed Oklahoma* (47-4) vs. Marist (30-24)|
|Fordham (35-21) vs. Arkansas (34-18)|
|College Station Regional – May 17-19 at College Station, Texas|
|Baylor (39-15) vs. Arizona (32-24)|
|Penn (30-18) vs. No. 16 seed Texas A&M* (39-15)|
|Baton Rouge Regional – May 17-19 at Baton Rouge, La.|
|No. 9 seed LSU* (40-14) vs. Central Connecticut State (35-13)|
|Northwestern State (40-13) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (43-13)|
|Ann Arbor Regional – May 17-19 at Ann Arbor, Mich.|
|California (36-17) vs. Central Michigan (33-18)|
|Valparaiso (34-25) vs. No. 8 seed Michigan* (45-10)|
|Tempe Regional – May 17-19 at Tempe, Ariz.|
|No. 5 seed Arizona State* (45-10) vs. San Jose State (42-15)|
|Georgia (38-19) vs. San Diego State (35-18)|
|Lexington Regional – May 17-19 at Lexington, Ky.|
|Notre Dame (43-13) vs. Virginia Tech (35-19)|
|Marshall (35-20) vs. No. 12 seed Kentucky* (38-18)|
|Mobile Regional – May 17-19 at Mobile, Ala.|
|No. 13 seed South Alabama* (45-7) vs. Mississippi Valley (24-26)|
|Mississippi State (32-22) vs. Florida State (41-16)|
|Austin Regional – May 17-19 at Austin, Texas|
|Houston (40-18) vs. South Carolina (32-23)|
|Army (35-24) vs. No 4 seed Texas* (44-8)|
|Eugene Regional – May 16-18 at Eugene, Ore.|
|No. 3 seed Oregon* (46-9) vs. BYU (33-20)|
|North Carolina (39-19) vs. Wisconsin (42-11)|
|Lincoln Regional – May 17-19 at Lincoln, Neb.|
|Stanford (37-19) vs. Tulsa (42-14)|
|UNI (26-24) vs. No. 14 seed Nebraska* (40-13)|
|Washington Regional – May 17-19 at Seattle, Wash.|
|No. 11 seed Washington (38-15) vs. Portland State (25-29)|
|Minnesota (35-17) vs. Hawaii (43-11)|
|Columbia Regional – May 17-19 at Columbia, Mo.|
|Hofstra (43-11) vs. Oregon State (33-22)|
|Stony Brook (35-23) vs. No. 6 seed Missouri* (35-11)|
|Knoxville Regional – May 17-19 at Knoxville, Tenn.|
|No. 7 seed Tennessee* (44-10) vs. Longwood (35-17)|
|James Madison (41-15) vs. North Carolina State (33-18)|
|Tuscaloosa Regional – May 17-19 at Tuscaloosa, Ala.|
|Western Kentucky (41-16) vs. S.C. Upstate (41-10)|
|Jacksonville State (30-25) vs. No. 10 seed Alabama* (42-13)|
|Louisville Regional – May 17-19 at Louisville, Ky.|
|No. 15 seed Louisville* (46-11) vs. IPFW (32-14)|
|UAB (37-16) vs. UCLA (37-18)|
|Gainesville Regional – May 17-19 at Gainesville, Fla.|
|South Florida (43-14) vs. Georgia Southern (32-28)|
|Hampton (33-24) vs. No. 2 seed Florida* (52-7)|
|* Indicates host institution|
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