Herd Draws Wildcats in NCAA Regonal

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Herd Draws Wildcats in NCAA Regonal

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall (35-20) heard its name announced on ESPNU in the revealing of the NCAA regional tournament bracket on Sunday. The Thundering Herd learned it would be facing No. 12 Kentucky (38-18) in Lexington, Ky. on Friday at 7:30 p.m. This is the softball team’s first regional bid in program history.

This will be the 12th meeting between Marshall and Kentucky, with the Wildcats holding a 9-2 advantage over the Thundering Herd. The two teams last met at the UK softball complex on April 9, where the Herd – who took a 3-1 lead in the top of the seventh – lost by one run after a walk-off single concluded the game at a score of 4-3. Kentucky, then No. 20, was one of two ranked teams the Herd faced this season, along with conference foe Tulsa, who was No. 17.

Four teams of Conference USA received a regional bid – Marshall, Houston, Tulsa and UAB. Houston (40-18) will face South Carolina (32-23) in Austin, Texas. in the No. 4 Texas regional. Tulsa (42-14) will play Stanford (37-19) in the first round of the No. 14 Nebraska regional in Lincoln, Neb., and UAB (37-16) will face UCLA (37-18) in the No. 15 Louisville regional in Louisville, Ky.  

Ticketing information for the contest will be posted on Monday. The game will be on ESPN3 and broadcasted by WMUL 88.1.

NCAA Printable Bracket

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