Vanderbilt will be a No. 2 seed in the Louisville regional. Other teams in that region include No. 1 seed Louisville, No. 3 seed Illinois State and No. 4 seed St. Louis.
The winner of the Louisville region will face the winner of the Norwich (UConn) regional in the Super Regionals. The Norwich region includes of No. 1 seed Florida State and No. 2 seed Connecticut.
Louisville, who ended Vanderbilt's season last year, finished their season 48-12 (21-6 Big East). The Cards won the Big East regular season title but fell to St. Johns in the conference tournament. Vandy beat Louisville, 11-10, on May 11 in a 17-inning marathon. Jason Esposito's walk-off homer ended the game.
Illinois State, of the Missouri Valley Conference, has a 31-24 (15-6) record. ISU finished their regular season tied with Witchita State. However, during the regular season Wichita State defeated the Redbirds in 2-of-3 games in a series at ISU to win the regular season title. But in the conference tournament title game ISU defeated WSU, 17-8, to get the NCAA bid. Vanderbilt will face the Redbirds on Friday 1 p.m. CST. The Commodores defeated ISU, 9-2, during the regular season.
St. Louis, the No. 4 seed, finished their regular season 33-27 (15-12 Atlantic 10). The Billikens finished fourth in their conference but then defeated conference regular season champion Charlotte twice in the conference tournament to earn a trip to Louisville. Charlotte had swept the Billikens during the regular season.
Other SEC schools making the tourney included Alabama (No. 2 at Atlanta, Ga.); Arkansas (No. 1 at Fayetteville, Ark.); Auburn (No. 1 at Auburn, Ala.); Florida (No. 1 at Gainesville, Fla.); LSU (No. 2 at Los Angeles, Calif.); Mississippi (No. 2 at Charlottsville, Va.); South Carolina (No. 1 at Columbia, S.C.).
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