Lady Tigers will host regional

After finishing the regular season with the No. 7 overall NCAA RPI, the LSU softball team was selected as the No. 9 national seed in the 2008 NCAA Championships and will host the four-team regional against UL-Lafayette, East Carolina and Mississippi Valley State from Friday through Sunday at Tiger Park.

The Tigers (42-16), who received an at-large bid, will play the Delta Devils (28-26), the automatic qualifier from the Southwestern Athletic Conference, in the first round of the double-elimination tournament on Friday at 7 p.m. In other Baton Rouge Regional action, the Ragin’ Cajuns (46-12), the automatic selection from the Sun Belt Conference, will face the Pirates (36-28), an at-large bid recipient from Conference USA, on Friday at 4 p.m.
 
Ticket details will be released on Monday for all fans wishing to purchase tickets to the tournament. All of LSU’s tournament games will be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network in Baton Rouge on The X - 104.5/104.9 FM. The broadcasts can also be heard in the GeauxZone on LSUsports.net.
 
If the Tigers were to win their regional, they are paired against the winner of the Houston, Texas, Regional and would likely travel to face eighth-seeded Houston if the Cougars advance out of their regional. The winner of that Super Regional would advance to the Women's College World Series.
 
The top sixteen teams were each seeded and placed at one of the regional sites. Four teams will participate at each of sixteen regional sites in a double-elimination tournament. The sixteen teams advancing from regional competition will participate in a two-team, best of three super regional at eight sites the following weekend. The Women's College World Series, which begins May 28, will include the eight super regional winners.
 
Last season, LSU won the Palo Alto Regional, going undefeated in three games to advance to its second-straight NCAA Super Regional. The Tigers then traveled to Tempe, Ariz., to face Arizona State, the second-straight year LSU was forced to travel to Arizona for the Super Regionals. The Tigers were then swept in two games against the Sun Devils.
 
The Tigers were one of eight SEC schools that advanced to the NCAA Regional round, leading all conference for the most teams represented in the NCAA Tournament, followed by the Pac-10 with seven. Regular-season and SEC Tournament champion Florida earned the top overall national seed, while Alabama earned the No. 3 national seed. In addition, Tennessee was the No. 13 national seed and Georgia earned a No. 15 national seed. Mississippi State, Auburn and Arkansas also earned berths in the tournament.

Baton Rouge Regional Schedule
To be played at Tiger Park on the LSU Campus
All times Central and subject to change

DAY 1 - Friday, MAY 16
4 p.m. Game 1 UL-Lafayette vs. East Carolina
7 p.m. Game 2 No. 9 LSU vs. Mississippi Valley State

DAY 2 - Saturday, MAY 17
1 p.m. Game 3 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
4 p.m. Game 4 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
7 p.m. Game 5 Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3

DAY 3 - Sunday, MAY 18
1 p.m. Game 6 Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5
4 p.m. Game 7 Same as Game 6 (If necessary)

NCAA Softball Tournament Field 

Gainesville Regional - May 16-18 at Gainesville, Fla.
*No. 1 seed Florida (62-2) vs. Georgia Tech (31-29)
Central Florida (46-18) vs. South Florida (44-18)
 
Fresno Regional - May 16-18 at Fresno, Calif.
San Diego State (43-15) vs. California (40-24)
Sacramento State (32-19) vs. *No. 16 seed Fresno St. (51-11)
 
Baton Rouge Regional - May 16-18 at Baton Rouge, La.
*No. 9 seed LSU (42-16) vs. Mississippi Valley St. (28-26)
East Carolina (36-28) vs. La.-Lafayette (46-12)
 
Houston Regional - May 16-18 at Houston, Texas
Washington (28-23-1) vs. Texas (28-21-2)
Delaware State (29-23) vs. *No. 8 seed Houston (50-9)
 
College Station Regional - May 16-18 at College Station, Texas
*No. 5 seed Texas A&M (49-7) vs. Stephen F. Austin (36-23)
Louisiana Tech (35-27) vs. Auburn (37-20)

Amherst Regional - May 16-18 at Amherst, Mass.
* Massachusetts (36-11) vs. Princeton (25-22)
Lehigh (38-15-1) vs. No. 12 seed Stanford (46-12)
 
Knoxville Regional - May 16-18 at Knoxville, Tenn.
*No. 13 seed Tennessee (47-14) vs. Winthrop (36-17)
Louisville (30-21) vs. Virginia Tech (44-15)
 
Ann Arbor Regional - May 16-18 at Ann Arbor, Mich.
Notre Dame (37-20-1) vs. Kent State (44-10)
Wright State (33-24) vs. *No. 4 seed Michigan (48-6)
    
Tuscaloosa Regional - May 15-17 at Tuscaloosa, Ala.
*No. 3 seed Alabama (51-6) vs. Chattanooga (41-20)
Jacksonville St. (38-14) vs. Florida St. (37-26)
    
Iowa City Regional - May 16-18 at Iowa City, Iowa
Missouri (44-15) vs. *Iowa (40-18)
Creighton (43-15) vs. No. 14 seed Long Beach St. (39-15)    
 
Evanston Regional - May 16-18 at Evanston, Ill.
*No. 11 seed Northwestern (37-13) vs. Western Illinois (14-31)
Drake (29-24) vs. DePaul (48-16)
    
Tempe Regional - May 16-18 at Tempe, Ariz.
Mississippi St. (40-20) vs. Hawaii (38-18)
Stony Brook (33-21-1) vs. *No. 6 seed Arizona St. (56-5)
 
Hempstead Regional - May 16-18 at Hempstead, N.Y.
No. 7 seed Arizona (36-16) vs. Canisius (38-12)
Long Island (34-15) vs. *Hofstra (43-11)
    
Norman Regional - May 16-18 at Norman, Okla.
Arkansas (36-27) vs. Tulsa (34-23)
Oregon (33-27) vs. *No. 10 seed Oklahoma (43-12)
    
Chapel Hill Regional - May 15-17 at Chapel Hill, N.C.
No. 15 seed Georgia (43-22) vs. Campbell (41-23)
Brigham Young (42-18) vs. *North Carolina (50-10-1)
    
Los Angeles Regional - May 16-18 at Los Angeles, Calif.
Nevada (42-16) vs. Purdue (34-21)
Cal St. Fullerton (27-26-1) vs. *No. 2 seed UCLA (45-7)
 
* Hosting institution.


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