Bama Softball Hosts Regional This Week

Alabama enters the 2008 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional as the No. 1 seed in the tournament and the No. 3 national seed after winning the SEC Western Division Championship with a 25-3 SEC record and a 51-6 overall mark.

Alabama will be looking for its sixth NCAA Regional Championship and its fourth straight after capturing regional crowns in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007. It is the sixth time in school history the Tide has been selected as a regional host with Alabama winning four of the previous five regionals at home.

Top-seed Alabama is joined by No. 2-seed Florida State, No. 3-seed Jacksonville State and No. 4-seed Chattanooga. The Crimson Tide opens the regional against Chattanooga at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Mocs are 41-20 on the year and qualified for the NCAA Tournament by advancing through the loser's bracket of the Southern Conference Tournament to earn the league's automatic berth.

Florida State is an at-large bid out of the Atlantic Coast Conference where they posted a 37-26 overall record. Jacksonville State is the third seed after winning the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament crown with a 10-1 win over Tennessee Tech in the tournament championship game.

Alabama is making its 10th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and boast a 23-9 record in regional action. The Crimson Tide own a 4-2 lead in the all-time series against Chattanooga and have an 8-0 edge in the Jacksonville State series, including a 6-2 win earlier this season. Alabama and Florida State have squared off four times on the softball diamond with each team capturing two wins. The Tide won last year's meeting in the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional by a score of 6-3.

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