Alabama Crimson Tide softball will attempt to defend its national title as the No. 10 seed of the 2013 NCAA Tournament and will host the Tuscaloosa regional starting on Friday, May 13.
The Tide, who lost to eventual champion Florida in the second round of the SEC Tournament, hosts its ninth consecutive regional and eleventh overall. The Crimson Tide boasts 10 regional titles in its history, including eight straight since 2005. Alabama has a 38-9 overall record in regional play.
Alabama will host Sun Belt runner-up Western Kentucky, as well as conference champions South Carolina Upstate from the A-10 and Jacksonville State from the Ohio Valley. Alabama has already faced Jacksonville State earlier in the season, posting a 11-3 win. The games will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The first game on Friday will start at 3:30 pm between South Carolina Upstate and Western Kentucky. Following that will be Alabama and Jacksonville State, which is slated for a 6pm start. Saturday’s games are slated for 1pm, 3:30pm and 6pm starts. Finally, the championship series will be held on Sunday at 1pm, with an if-necessary game slated for a 3:30 pm start if the team from the winner’s bracket loses the first game.
The Southeastern Conference has 11 teams in the NCAA tournament, including seven that will host regionals with top seeds. Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, LSU, Kentucky and Texas A&M all will host regional action in their respective cities. Arkansas is going to be headed to the Norman regional with the No. 1-seeded Oklahoma Sooners. South Carolina will head to Austin as No. 4 Texas will play host to the Gamecocks, while Georgia is headed to Arizona with No.5 Arizona State. Mississippi State was the final SEC team to make the tournament and will travel to Mobile regional hosted by No. 13 South Alabama, even though the Bulldogs didn’t qualify for the SEC Tournament.
Tickets and information are available at RollTide.com or by calling 205-348-BAMA.
The winner of the Tucsaloosa regional will face the winner of the Knoxville regional, which includes No. 7 seed Tennessee, James Madison, Longwood and NC State, to face off in a best-of-3 Super Regional.
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