NCAA sends Vanderbilt to Louisville regional

Despite reports by some experts that Vanderbilt would be heading to Connecticut for the NCAA, the Commodores have been assigned to the Louisville regional for second consecutive year. [UPDATED]

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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