Tide Hosts NCAA Champions Regional

Call it "Champions Regional." Four softball teams that won conference championships will play in the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional, headed by Southeastern Conference titlist and host Alabama.

Alabama earned the number two national seed for the second straight season and is the top seed in the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional, which will begin Friday at Rhoads Stadium. It is the only one of the 16 NCAA regional tournaments to have all four participants their conference champions.

The Crimson Tide won both the Southeastern Conference regular season and the SEC Tournament. Georgia Tech won the ACC tournament and is the number two seed in Tuscaloosa. South Alabama upset nationally ranked Louisiana-Lafayette in the Sun Belt tournament and is the number three seed. Tennessee-Martin won the Ohio Valley regular season and tournament titles and is the number four seed.

The Crimson Tide (50-7) will open regional play at 6 p.m. CDT Friday against UT-Martin (39-20). South Alabama (39-15) and Georgia Tech (36-21) open the tournament at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

NCAA Regional tournaments are double elimination.

On Saturday, games will get underway at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The championship game will go at 1 p.m. on Sunday with the "if necessary" game getting underway at 3:30 p.m.

Alabama faced both Georgia Tech and South Alabama away from Rhoads Stadium during the 2012 regular season, coming away with wins in both games.

The second-seeded Tide is making its 14th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament under Coach Patrick Murphy. It is the eighth straight year Alabama has been a host site for an NCAA Regional and the 10h time overall.

The Tide has captured nine NCAA Regional titles (2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011) and boasts a 35-9 record in regional play and a 54-28 record in all NCAA tournament games.

The winner of the Tuscaloosa Regional will play the winner of the Louisville Regional, which includes Louisville, Kentucky, Valparariso, and Michigan, in NCAA Super Regional play.

If Alabama wins the Tuscaloosa Regional, the Super Regional will also be at Rhoads Stadium.

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