LSU draws No. 9 seed, will host C. Connecticut

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Bianka Bell and No. 9 seed LSU will host  Central Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA softball tournament. Louisiana-Lafayette will face Northwestern State in the other first-round game at Tiger Field. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Bianka Bell and No. 9 seed LSU will host Central Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA softball tournament. Louisiana-Lafayette will face Northwestern State in the other first-round game at Tiger Field.

Northwestern State, ULL complete regional at Tiger Park

The LSU softball team earned the No. 9 national seed in the NCAA Championships and will host a four-team regional that features Louisiana-Lafayette, Northwestern State and Central Connecticut State running Friday to Sunday at Tiger Park.

LSU (40-14, 15-8 Southeastern Conference) earned its 15th NCAA regional spot. The Tigers reached the Women’s College World Series in 2001, 2004 and 2012. The Tigers are one of 11 SEC teams in the tournament.

The regional winners will advance to best-of-three super regionals May 23-26. The Women’s College World Series begins May 30.

Season-ticket holders will have until noon Tuesday to reserve their seats. Ticket information for the public will be announced Monday.

LSU postseason games will be carried on KYPY-FM, 104.9.

NCAA Baton Rouge Regional

Friday

Game 1: Louisiana-Lafayette (43-13) vs. Northwestern State (40-13), 3 p.m.

Game 2: No. 9 LSU (40-14) vs. Central Connecticut State (35-13), 6 p.m.

Saturday

Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, noon

Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3 p.m.

Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 6 p.m.

Sunday

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.

Game 7: Rematch if necessary, 4 p.m.

OTHER REGIONALS

Norman, Okla.: No. 1 Oklahoma (47-4) vs. Marist (30-24); Fordham (35-21) vs. Arkansas (34-18)

College Station, Texas: Baylor (39-15) vs. Arizona (32-24); Penn (30-18) vs. No. 16 Texas A&M (39-15)

Ann Arbor, Mich.: California (36-17) vs. Central Michigan (33-18); Valparaiso (34-25) vs. No. 8 Michigan (45-10)

Tempe, Ariz.: No. 5 Arizona State (45-10) vs. San Jose State (42-15); Georgia (38-19) vs. San Diego State (35-18)

Lexington, Ky.: Notre Dame (43-13) vs. Virginia Tech (35-19); Marshall (35-20) vs. No. 12 Kentucky (38-18)

Mobile, Ala.: No. 13 South Alabama (45-7) vs. Mississippi Valley (24-26); Mississippi State (32-22) vs. Florida State (41-16)

Austin, Texas: Houston (40-18) vs. South Carolina (32-23); Army (35-24) vs. No 4 Texas (44-8)

Eugene, Ore.: No. 3 Oregon (46-9) vs. BYU (33-20); North Carolina (39-19) vs. Wisconsin (42-11)

Lincoln, Neb.: Stanford (37-19) vs. Tulsa (42-14); Northern Iowa (26-24) vs. No. 14 Nebraska (40-13)

Seattle: No. 11 Washington (38-15) vs. Portland State (25-29); Minnesota (35-17) vs. Hawaii (43-11)

Columbia, Mo.: Hofstra (43-11) vs. Oregon State (33-22); Stony Brook (35-23) vs. No. 6 Missouri (35-11)

Knoxville, Tenn.: No. 7 Tennessee (44-10) vs. Longwood (35-17); James Madison (41-15) vs. North Carolina State (33-18)

Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Western Kentucky (41-16) vs. S.C. Upstate (41-10); Jacksonville State (30-25) vs. No. 10 Alabama (42-13)

Louisville, Ky.: No. 15 Louisville (46-11) vs. IPFW (32-14); UAB (37-16) vs. UCLA (37-18)

Gainesville, Fla.: South Florida (43-14) vs. Georgia Southern (32-28); Hampton (33-24) vs. No. 2 Florida (52-7)