Tide Fourth Seed In NCAA Tourney

The Alabama softball team was awarded the No. 4 national seed and the top seed in the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional. The Crimson Tide learned it had been awarded its berth in the NCAA tournament while watching the nationally televised selection show Sunday night at the Alabama club house at the soccer stadium.

The Alabama team of Coach Patrick Murphy will open regional play at 6 p.m. CDT Friday at the Alabama Softball Complex against Mississippi Valley State (37-14). The opening game of the regional will feature Chattanooga (30-22) and Texas (38-18) at 3:30 p.m.

Alabama finished the 2009 regular season with a SEC Western Division Championship and a 47-9 overall record, including a 21-6 mark in league play.

The third-ranked Tide is making its 11th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. It is the fifth straight year Alabama has been a host site for an NCAA Regional and the seventh time overall.

The Crimson Tide has captured six NCAA Regional titles (2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008) and boasts a 26-9 record in regional play.

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The winner of the Tuscaloosa Regional will play the winner of the NCAA Knoxville Regional, which includes top-seeded Tennessee, Nebraska, James Madison and Jacksonville State in NCAA Super Regional play.

NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Schedule

Friday, May 15

Texas vs. Chattanooga, 3:30 p.m. (Game 1)

Alabama vs. Mississippi Valley State, 6:00 p.m. (Game 2)

Saturday, May 16

Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 1:30 p.m. (Game 3)

Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 4 p.m. (Game 4)

Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 6:30 p.m. (Game 5)

Sunday, May 17

Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5, 1:30 (Game 6)

(if necessary) Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 4:00 p.m. (Game 7)

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