May 11, 2014
The University of Louisville softball team will travel to Tucson, Ariz., to face LSU in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 16 at 8:30 p.m. (EDT). Host Arizona earned the overall No. 11 seed in the tournament and will play Boston University in the other first round game. The regional will continue through May 18 with all games being televised on the ESPN family of networks. Louisville's game against LSU will be shown on ESPN.
The winner of the Tucson Regional will advance to a Super Regional to play the winner of the Lafayette Regional which features the overall No. 6 seed Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas, Mississippi State and Texas Southern.
The winners will meet at 4:30 p.m. Saturday while the losers of the first two games will play at 7 p.m. Saturday's final game will take place at 9:30 p.m. and will feature the loser of the 4:30 game versus the winner of the 7 p.m. game. Sunday's regional final will be played at 4:30 p.m. with the if-necessary game following at 7 p.m.
May 16-18 at Tucson, Arizona
No. 11 seed Arizona* (41-13) vs. Boston U. (35-19)
Louisville (36-20) vs. LSU (35-22)
All games played at Arizona's Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium
All times Eastern
Friday, May 16
Game 1 - Louisville vs. LSU - 8:04 p.m.
Game 2 - Arizona vs. Boston University - 11:04 p.m.
Saturday, May 17
Game 3 - Winners of games 1 and 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Game 4 - Losers of games 1 and 2 - 7:00 p.m.
Game 5 - Loser of game 3 vs winner of game 4 - 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 18
Game 6 - Winner of game 3 vs. winner of game 5 - 4:30 p.m.
Game 7 - Rematch of game 6 - If necessary - 7 p.m.
The Cardinals (36-20) are making their 11th straight NCAA tournament appearance after earning the American Athletic Conference's automatic bid after a 3-2 win over UCF in the league's championship game Sunday afternoon in Houston.
No. 23/25 LSU (35-22) earned an at-large bid after advancing to the semifinals of the SEC Championship. The Tigers are making their 16th NCAA appearance and have been to the Women's College World Series three times, most recently in 2012.
Host, ninth-ranked Arizona, earned the overall No. 11 seed after posting a 41-13 record and a 14-10 mark in the Pac-12. The Wildcats are making their 28th NCAA appearance and have won the national title eight times, most recently in 2007.
Boston University (35-19) is making its fourth NCAA appearance in six years after winning the Patriot League tournament to earn the league's automatic bid.