Softball Earns NCAA Regional Berth
UPDATE: Game times have been changed by ESPN3
BATON ROUGE - The LSU softball team will face off versus Texas State, the Southland Conference champion, as part of four-team regional hosted by No. 8 national seed Texas A&M held from Friday to Sunday at Aggie Softball Complex. Every pitch of the NCAA College Station Regional will be carried live online at ESPN3.com.
LSU (34-22, 15-13 SEC) secured its 14th NCAA Regional appearance highlighted by a pair of trips to the Women's College World Series during the 2001 and 2004 seasons. The Tigers also garnered two NCAA Super Regional runs in 2006 and 2007.
"It's definitely a big honor to be chosen among the 64 teams in the NCAA Tournament field," head coach Beth Torina said. "Our players have earned it with their body of work and what we've accomplished already this season. We're excited to go to Texas A&M, and our players are looking forward to the challenging weekend ahead."
LSU picked up an at-large nod after a sixth place finish in the SEC standings. The Tigers are one of nine teams chosen from the SEC which matches a league record set during the 2009 season. The Pac-12 and Big 12 conferences garnered eight selections into the NCAA Field of 64.
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 31, will include the eight super regional winners.
Ticket information for the NCAA College Station Regional will be announced Monday by Texas A&M.
Every LSU postseason game will have live audio and live stats available inside the Geaux Zone on LSUsports.net. The games also will be carried live on Country Legends 104.9 FM in the Baton Rouge area with Patrick Wright and Matt Dunaway set to call the action.
Fans can follow every pitch of LSU softball this season via live in-game updates on LSU softball's social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball and @lsu_softball on Twitter.
NCAA College Station Regional - All Games Live on ESPN3.com
Friday, May 18
Game 1: LSU vs. Texas State - 4 p.m.
Game 2: No. 8 Texas A&M vs. Bethune Cookman - 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 19
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner - 1 p.m.
Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser - 4 p.m.
Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner - 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 20
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner - 1 p.m.
Game 7: Rematch if necessary - 4 p.m.
2012 NCAA Softball Championships
Berkeley Regional - May 18-20 at Berkeley, California
No. 1 seed California* (50-4) vs. Iona (35-24)
Boston (40-14) vs. Arkansas (27-26)
Seattle Regional - May 18-20 at Seattle, Washington
Texas Tech (40-15) vs. Maryland (34-20)
Harvard (33-13) vs. No. 16 seed Washington* (36-17)
Columbia Regional - May 18-20 at Columbia, Missouri
No. 9 seed Missouri* (43-12) vs. Illinois State (35-21)
Massachusetts (38-11) vs. DePaul (35-20)
College Station Regional - May 18-20 at College Station, Texas
LSU (34-22) vs. Texas State (38-15)
Bethune-Cookman (30-29) vs. No. 8 seed Texas A&M* (39-16)
Gainesville Regional - May 18-20 at Gainesville, Florida
No. 5 seed Florida* (46-11) vs. Florida Gulf Coast (37-22)
UCF (39-17) vs. South Florida (45-11)
Los Angeles Regional - May 18-20 at Los Angeles, California
Florida State (46-14) vs. San Diego State (30-22)
Hofstra (38-13) vs. No. 12 seed UCLA* (36-18)
Tucson Regional - May 18-20 at Tucson, Arizona
No. 13 seed Arizona* (35-17) vs. North Dakota State (37-20)
Notre Dame (38-14) vs. Hawaii (44-7)
Norman Regional - May 18-20 at Norman, Oklahoma
Oregon State (34-21) vs. Tulsa (41-12)
Lehigh (40-17) vs. No 4 seed Oklahoma* (45-8)
Tempe Regional - May18-20 at Tempe, Arizona
No. 3 seed Arizona St.* (46-7) vs. LIU Brooklyn (25-33)
Long Beach State (28-23) vs. Syracuse (40-14)
Lafayette Regional - May 18-20 at Lafayette, Louisiana
Stanford (38-17) vs. Baylor (33-20)
Mississippi Valley State (34-17) vs. No. 14 seed Louisiana-Lafayette* (49-4)
Eugene Regional - May 17-19 at Eugene, Oregon
No. 11 seed Oregon* (39-15) vs. Portland State (27-23)
Mississippi State (33-22) vs. BYU (43-13)
Austin Regional - May 18-20 at Austin, Texas
Auburn (33-21) vs. Houston (34-22)
Northwestern (27-27) vs. No. 6 seed Texas* (42-10)
Knoxville Regional - May 18-20 at Knoxville, Tennessee
No. 7 seed Tennessee* (46-10) vs. Miami (OH) (40-18)
UAB (37-20) vs. Virginia Tech (40-19)
Athens Regional - May 18-20 at Athens, Georgia
North Carolina (41-13) vs. Georgia Southern (42-18)
Coastal Carolina (43-18) vs. No. 10 seed Georgia* (41-15)
Louisville Regional - May 18-20 at Louisville, Kentucky
No. 15 seed Louisville* (53-3) vs. Valparaiso (42-17)
Kentucky (29-28) vs. Michigan (39-15)
Tuscaloosa Regional - May 18-20 at Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Georgia Tech (36-21) vs. South Alabama (39-15)
UT Martin (39-20) vs. No. 2 seed Alabama* (50-7)
* Indicates host institution