Tide Softball Gets NCAA Regional
Alabama will open regional play at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, at the Alabama Softball Complex against Chattanooga. The opening game of the regional will feature Florida State and Jacksonville State at 4 p.m.
The Tuscaloosa and Chapel Hill regionals are the only regionals to begin on Thursday, May 15. ESPN2 and ESPN360.com will simulcast Saturday's championship round with the first game slated for 7:30 p.m. and the second game - if necessary - at 9:30 p.m.
Alabama finished the 2008 regular season with a SEC Western Division Championship and a 51-6 overall record, including a 25-3 mark in league play.
The third-ranked Tide is making their 10th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament under the direction of head coach Patrick Murphy. It is the fourth straight year Alabama has been a host site for an NCAA Regional and the sixth time overall.
The Crimson Tide has captured five NCAA Regional titles (2000, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007) and boasts a 23-9 record in regional play.
For ticket information visit RollTide.com or call the Alabama Ticket office at 205-348-BAMA (2262).
The winner of the Tuscaloosa Regional will play the winner of the NCAA Iowa City Regional, which includes top-seeded Long Beach State, Iowa, Missouri and Creighton in NCAA Super Regional play.
NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Schedule
Thursday, May 15
Florida State vs. Jacksonville State, 4 p.m. (Game 1)
Alabama vs. Chattanooga, 6:30 p.m. (Game 2)
Friday, May 16
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 2:30 p.m. (Game 3)
Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 5 p.m. (Game 4)
Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 7:30 p.m. (Game 5)
Sunday, May 17
Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5, 7:30 (Game 6) – ESPN2/ESPN360.com
(if necessary) Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 9:30 p.m. (Game 7)
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