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May 12, 2014 12:44 AM by KVOA Sports

Arizona softball to host NCAA Regional

TUCSON - For the 28th consecutive season, Arizona will participate in postseason play. The University of Arizona will host an NCAA Softball Championships Regional Friday through Sunday, May 16-18, at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium.

Teams in the region include at-large selection from the SEC LSU, at-large selection from the American Conference Louisville, Patriot League champion Boston University and Arizona, an at-large selection. Arizona is the lone national seed in the region, at No. 11 overall.

The regional will be televised by the ESPN family of networks with Arizona's opening-round match-up with Boston University will be aired on ESPNU.

Game times Friday feature Louisville vs. LSU at 5:30 p.m. PDT, followed by Boston vs. Arizona at 8:00 p.m.

The winners will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, while the losers play at 4 p.m. The loser of Saturday's first game will take on the winner of game two at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday's first game will take place at 1:30 with the if-necessary game being played at 4 p.m.

Arizona is making its 28th consecutive appearance in the NCAAs, dating to 1987, head coach Mike Candrea's second year in Tucson. Candrea has won 24 Regionals and eight national championships.

Arizona has been an initial-rounds host 17 times, and Super Regionals six times. If the bracket holds up as seeded the Cats would head to Lafayette, La., to face sixth-seeded Louisiana Lafayette for Super Regionals.

Season ticket holders have until 3 p.m. on Monday, May 12 to purchase their seats, if available, and to make any seating request. Any remaining seats will be available to the general public beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 12. Visit the McKale Ticket Office, ArizonaWildcats.com or call 520-621-CATS to purchase tickets.

Ticket prices are as follows: $27 and $21 for all sessions for reserved and general admission, respectively. Single game prices are $10 for reserved seating and $8 for general admission. Single game tickets will go on sale Wednesday at 9 a.m. PDT.

The Oregon Ducks earned the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament.

The field also features No. 3 UCLA, No. 9 ASU and No. 12 Washington.

The championship will be three weekends of competition. Four teams will participate at 16 different campus sites in a double-elimination tournament. The 64-team field was selected from 293 NCAA Division I institutions sponsoring softball, with 32 receiving an automatic qualification and the other 32 earning at-large bids.

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