May 11, 2014
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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio University softball team's road to the 2014 NCAA Women's College World Series will begin just south of the state border.
The Mid-American Conference Tournament champion Bobcats (32-24) drew the Lexington Regional to open the 2014 NCAA Softball Championship and will battle No. 14 national seed Kentucky (44-15) -- the Southeastern Conference Tournament runner-up -- on Friday (May 16) at John Cropp Stadium to begin the double-elimination pod. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
Ohio and Kentucky will be joined in the Lexington Regional by Colonial Athletic Association champion James Madison (44-13) and Big East Conference champion DePaul (41-9). The Dukes and Blue Demons will compete in the regional opener on Friday at 5 p.m. ET. The winners of Friday's contests will meet in a winner's bracket final at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday (May 17), with an elimination game between Friday's losers beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET. The winner of that contest will play the loser of the winner's bracket final at 6 p.m. ET for the right to advance to the Lexington Regional Championship, which will be held on Sunday (May 17) at 1 p.m. ET. Should the team with no losses fall in that contest, a winner-take-all second championship game will take place at 3:30 p.m. ET.
The Bobcats are making their second NCAA Championship appearance in program history and first since 1995.
The NCAA Tournament is made up of a field of 64 teams -- including 32 conference champions and 32 at-large bids. The tournament begins with 16 four-team double-elimination regionals held at campus sites (May 16-18). The 16 regional champions advance to the best-of-three Super Regionals, which will also be held at eight campus sites (May 22-25). The eight Super Regional champions punch tickets to the 2014 NCAA Women's College World Series, which will run May 29 to June 4 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium - OGE Energy Field in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The winner of the Lexington Regional advances to a Super Regional against the winner of the Los Angeles Regional, which includes No. 3 seed UCLA, Southern Utah, Long Beach State and Notre Dame.
The No. 5-seeded Bobcats won their first-ever conference tournament championship and advanced to the national postseason tournament with a 4-0 victory over No. 2-seeded Buffalo last Saturday (May 10) at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio.
The Bobcats went a perfect 4-0 in the double elimination MAC Tournament, opening the week with a 2-1 victory over No. 4-seeded Kent State on Wednesday (May 7), followed by a 3-0 blanking of MAC regular season champion Ball State on Thursday (May 8). Ohio reached the MAC Championship for the second time in four years under sixth-year head coach Jodi Hermanek by way of a 2-0 triumph over Buffalo in the winner's bracket final.
Ohio will be squaring off with Kentucky for the seventh time all-time on Friday, with the last meeting between the two programs coming in a doubleheader in Lexington on April 4, 2006. The Wildcats swept the twin bill by scores of 7-0 and 3-0. Ohio's lone victory over Kentucky came on March 14, 1998 -- a 7-6 win for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats are 2-1 all-time against DePaul and 0-2 against James Madison.
Lexington Regional - May 16-18 - John Cropp Stadium – Lexington, Ky.
James Madison (44-13)
NCAA Lexington Regional Schedule
Friday, May 16
Game 1 – James Madison vs. DePaul - 5 p.m. ET
Game 2 – Kentucky vs. Ohio - 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, May 17
Game 3 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 - 1 p.m. ET
Game 4 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET
Game 5 – Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 - 6 p.m. ET
Sunday, May 18
Game 6 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 -1 p.m. ET
Game 7 – (If necessary) -3:30 p.m. ET
Reserved (sections B-F)
- All ages 2 and older: $30
- Age 1 and under free of charge
General Admission (sections A & G)
- All ages 2 and older: $20
- Age 1 and under free of charge
Based on availability, single session tickets will go on-sale Thursday, May 15 at 9:00 a.m. ET.
** Fans can purchase all-session passes starting Monday, May 12 at 9 a.m. ET online at UKathletics.com, in-person at the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office or over the phone at (800) 928-2287 or (859) 257-1818.