Softball to Host NCAA Regional as No. 11 Overall Seed

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Carolina will welcome UNCG, Liberty and Hofstra to the regional this season.

Pacific University is playing host to the Stockton Regional, which features No. 1 seed and sixth-ranked LSU, followed by the No. 2 seed and seventh-ranked Crimson Tide. Following that game, at about 2:30 p.m., No. 1 seed Kentucky (31-19) plays No. 4 Illinois-Chicago (33-19). "We've had 24 games to prepare to be in a regional, super regional and World Series".

MI (43-11) is playing in the NCAA for the 23rd straight year and split games with Notre Dame (32-21) during the season.

The Emporia State Hornets baseball tam won 10 of its final 13 games and secured the eighth seed in the NCAA Central Regional Tournament.

The Division I tournament bracket was released late Sunday night with Tennessee (45-12) earning the No. 10 overall seed. MI has reached the NCAA tournament in each of the past 24 seasons, advancing past the regional round on 18 occasions while winning the 2005 NCAA Championship.

Bowlers put Ireland in a strong position on day two
And when he had last man Tim Murtagh caught at short leg, Ireland were 31 runs shy of the follow-on avoidance target of 161. The hosts picked up two wickets in successive balls in the morning session, to leave Pakistan shocked on 13-2.

Notre Dame and ACC champ Florida State are the only ACC teams in the field. 19/20 Wolverines in February at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Tallahassee, Florida, marking the second straight season the Irish have downed MI during the event.

Jacksonville State earned their tournament spot by winning the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

Regional, Drake (43-10) and BYU (35-20) are joined by Albany (30-24) and the No. 1 overall team in the tournament, OR (47-7). LSU owns a 14-9 record against ULL. The Irish are 3-2 against the Flames all-time in the NCAA Championship. Dubuque was the regular season and tournament champions of the IIAC to earn the automatic qualifier.

Shenandoah's Woolford, Michael Bugonowicz (pitcher), Chase Smallwood (catcher), Robbie Marcelle (infielder), Luke Nussman (infielder) and Nick Goode (outfielder) all made the ODAC all-tournament team, and Hornets second baseman Tristan Baker was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

The Big South Championship win also proved to be historic.