The University of Kentucky softball team was awarded the opportunity to host an NCAA Tournament softball regional during Sunday night's selection show, but the path to the super regionals will not be an easy one for the Wildcats.
LSU will take on Fordham at 5:30 p.m. CT Friday evening, with Houston and Louisiana-Lafayette playing in the first game of the regional at 3 p.m.
The Broncos (40-14) won the Mountain West Conference title. Nine of the 13 SEC teams are regional hosts.
PVAMU defied the odds, winning six consecutive elimination games in three days, including three on Saturday, to win the SWAC Softball Championship at Alabama State. That was their seventh OVC Tournament championship and they are the first team to win three straight since Tennessee Tech in 2005-07. The team would then face the victor out of the College Station Regional.
In the Central Region 1 tournament at Winona, MN, last week, Minnesota-Duluth beat Arkansas Tech 2-1 before the Lady Bulldogs were knocked into the loser's bracket with a 1-0 loss to Emporia State.
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Oregon, Florida, UCLA, Washington, Florida State, Georgia and Arizona State grabbed the other spots in the coveted top-8 national seeds.
The state of Arizona will be the setting as Mississippi State and Ole Miss each venture west to play softball in the desert to open the NCAA Tournament this weekend. By earning a top-eight seed, they won a home regional and, if they advance, a home super regional. The freshman has led FSU all year, with his 70.50 scoring average leading the team while sitting as the second lowest year-long average in program history.
"We've seen all four teams", senior Courtney Shea said. The Ragin Cajuns finished the 2018 regular season with a 38-14 overall and were 21-6 in the Sun Belt, finishing second behind Texas State.
"We played them (Fordham) several years ago", said Torina. Individual session tickets went on sale Sunday at 11 p.m. on ticketmaster.com for $15.