Lady Tigers headed to Tucson Regional

Clyde Verdin
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After putting a cap on a strong end to the regular season, the No. 25 LSU Tiger softball team learned where it was headed on Sunday night as the NCAA announced the sites for the 2014 Division I Softball Tournament, as the team will travel to the desert and the Tucson Regional, where it will face the American Athletic Conference Tournament champion Louisville Cardinals at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3.

Coming in last week 20th in the RPI and with one of the toughest schedules in the country, the Tigers (35-22) received an at-large bid to the tournament and will be in the postseason for a ninth-straight season, which is currently the longest run in program history. LSU is heading to “The Grand Canyon State” for a regional for the fourth time in team history, returning to the site of the 2006 Super Regional clash against the Wildcats.

“Our team has worked hard all year to get to this point, and we will do everything we can to get them prepared for a tough challenge in Louisville and the regional field as a whole,” head coach Beth Torina said.

The Tigers will open the regional against a tough Cardinals squad that went 36-20 on the season and is coming off of a 3-2 win over the UCF Knights in the AAC tournament title game on Sunday. Louisville is in the tournament for the 11th consecutive year, as the clash between the two teams will be the third in the all-time series.

Earning one of the top 16 national seeds, Arizona, the No. 11 seed at 41-13 overall, will take on the Boston University, Terriers who claimed the Patriot League title and will be making its seventh NCAA trip in the night game on ESPNU at 10 p.m. The Terriers are 35-19 overall and had a PL record of 13-5.

The double-elimination format opening round will take place Friday-Sunday, May 16-18, at Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium in Tucson, with the winner of the four-team event advancing to the NCAA Super Regional round and will take on the winner of the Lafayette, Louisiana Regional and features No. 6 seed Louisiana-Lafayette, Mississippi State, Texas and Texas Southern.

NCAA Regional Pairings

All times Central

Friday, May 16

Tucson, Ariz.

LSU (35-22) vs. Louisville (36-20), 7:30 p.m. ESPN3

11 Arizona (41-13) vs. Boston U. (35-19), 10 p.m. ESPNU

Friday, May 16

Lafayette, La.

Texas (33-21) vs. Mississippi St. (38-19), 3 p.m. ESPN3

6 UL-Lafayette (44-8-1) vs. Texas Southern (31-18), 6 p.m. ESPN3