Day One Of Lafayette, La. Regional Set At Lamson Park
The Lafayette, La. NCAA Softball Regional gets underway on Friday at Lamson Park with two games on the schedule.
The regional is a double-elimination format, with the finals scheduled for Sunday.
Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajun softball team, the #13-overall national seed, is the top-seed in the tournament, followed by the Baylor Bears, the Mississippi Bulldogs, and the Weber St. Wildcats.
After the top-seed in each regional, there are no official 2-4 seeds, however most would agree that Baylor is the #2-seed, with Mississippi St. the three-seed, and Weber St. the four-seed.
Louisiana, who won the regular season Sun Belt Conference Championships, will go into the regional with an overall record of 39-9.
The Cajuns, who qualified for the Women's College World Series last year, are entering their 25th regional in the last 26 years, and will be hosting a regional for the third time since the Super Regional format began in 2005, including the third time in the last four years.
Louisiana is ranked 11th, nationally, in the latest USA Today/NFCA top 25 poll.
Baylor brings in a record of 38-15 into the regional. The Bears finished tied for second in the Big XII Conference this year, with a 12-6 record.
Baylor, a Women’s College World Series qualifier last year, will be participating in their 10th regional in program history.
Mississippi St. will enter the regional with an overall record of 39-15, including a 10-14 league mark, which placed them in a tie for tied for ninth in the SEC. The Bulldogs will be making their 12th regional appearance.
Weber St. is currently 35-17, after qualifying for their first-ever regional appearance by winning the Big Sky Tournament.
The first game on Friday will feature Baylor taking on Mississippi St. at 5:30 pm.
That game will be followed by a match-up between Louisiana and Weber St. at 8 o’clock.
The two winners will meet in a winners bracket game on Saturday at 3:30 pm, while the two losers fall into an elimination match-up at 6 o’clock on Saturday.
The championship game is slated for Sunday at 6 o'clock, with an if necessary game at 8:30 pm.
The complete tournament bracket is below:
Friday: 5:30 pm—Game 1—Baylor vs. Mississippi St.
Friday: 8 pm—Game 2—Louisiana vs. Weber St.
Saturday: 3:30 pm—Game 3—Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Saturday: 6 pm—Game 4—Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Saturday: 8:30 pm—Game 5—Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Sunday: 6 pm—Game 6—Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5
Sunday: 8:30 pm—Game 7—Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary)
Get more information on the Lafayette, La. Regional here.
View the complete NCAA softball bracket here.