Softball to Host Regional

The University of Alabama softball team was awarded the No. 11 seed for the 2007 NCAA Division I Softball Championships and will host Tennessee Tech, California and Florida State in one of 16 regionals this weekend May 18-20.

The Crimson Tide was selected to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth straight season. This will be the fifth year they have hosted a regional and third straight season. They have a 12-2 record at home in the regionals, including 10 straight wins and three regional championships. Alabama is 51-7 on the season and has a 35-1 mark at home.

Alabama will square off against Tennessee Tech at 6 p.m. on Friday. The Golden Eagles have a 48-17 record on the season and won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. They were 20-5 in their conference and are 28-15 away from home.

The first game of the regional will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday with Cal taking on Florida State. The Golden Bears are 33-30 on the year and went 7-14 in the Pac-10. They have a 25-23 record outside of Berkley. The Seminoles are 44-23 overall with a 13-7 mark in the ACC. They have played 28 games away from home with a 14-14 record.

The first game on Saturday will feature the winners of the opening day's games. The contest will start at 11 a.m. and will be televised by ESPN2. The following two games are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday's game will start at 1:30 p.m. with a game at 4 p.m. if necessary.

Tickets for the NCAA Regional are now available for purchase by logging on to , by calling 205-348-BAMA or at the ticket windows in Coleman Coliseum. Starting at 12:00 noon on Friday, fans can purchase tickets at the Alabama Softball Complex. All-session adult passes are $25 and all-session youth passes are $15. Single session passes are $10 for adults, $6 for youth and $3 for students.

Arizona is the top seed in the tournament with a 39-12-1 record. Northwestern received the second seed and his followed by Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Tennessee to round out the top five. Seven SEC schools were selected to the tournament.

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