Houston to Compete in NCAA Baton Rouge Regional

May 13, 2018

2018 NCAA Softball Championship Bracket
HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Softball team was selected as a No. 3 seed, joining host and No. 11 national seed LSU, No. 2 seed Louisiana and No. 4 seed Fordham, at the Baton Rouge Regional starting Friday, the Cougars learned Sunday night during the 2018 NCAA Softball Championship Selection Show.

The Cougars, under the direction of second-year Head Coach Kristin Vesely, enter the Regional with a 36-20 record and will face the Rajin' Cajuns at 3 p.m., Friday on ESPN3.

Houston, which finished American Athletic Conference play in second place with a 13-8 record, is 4-2 against Louisiana in the NCAA postseason, last facing off in the 2011 Austin Regional where the Cougars won 7-2.

The NCAA postseason berth is the program's eighth in program history and first since 2014.

All Session Books will go on-sale to the general public starting on Wednesday, May 16, at 8 a.m. CT. Tickets can be purchased through the LSU Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 960-8587 or (225) 578-2184. Tickets will also be available on their website at www.LSUtix.net. Everyone needs a ticket regardless of age. For more, CLICK HERE. For All-Session tickets, CLICK HERE.

Regionals for the 2018 NCAA Division I Softball Championship will be held May 18-20 on 16 campus sites. At each campus site, a four-team, double-elimination tournament will be conducted with the 16 winning teams advancing to the Super Regionals.

2018 NCAA Baseball Regional Host Sites:
• Eugene, Ore. (Oregon)
• Lexington, Ky. (Kentucky)
• Columbia, S.C. (South Carolina)
• Tempe, Ariz. (Arizona State)
• Seattle, Wash. (Washington)
• Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Alabama)
• Fayetteville, Ark. (Arkansas)
• Norman, Okla. (Oklahoma)
• Los Angeles, Calif. (UCLA)
• Tucson, Ariz. (Arizona)
• Baton Rouge, La. (LSU)
• Tallahassee, Fla. (Florida St.)
• Athens, Ga. (Georgia)
• Knoxville, Tenn. (Tennessee)
• College Station, Texas (Texas A&M)
• Gainesville, Fla. (Florida)

Super Regionals will be held May 24-27 on eight campus sites. At each site, two teams play in a best-of-three game format. The winners from each site advance to the NCAA Women's College World Series.

The WCWS will be held at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium - OGE Energy Field in Oklahoma City, Okla., across May 31-June 5/6. The eight teams will compete in a double elimination bracket with the final two teams then competing in a best of three format. This is the 37th annual NCAA Division I Softball Championship and the 28th time that Oklahoma City and USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium - OGE Energy Field will host this premier college softball championship event.

For the complete bracket, CLICK HERE.

Thanks to a record year for the Diamond Club, Houston Softball announced the addition of an LED, Daktronics video board (completed) and indoor practice facility as major upgrades to Cougar Softball Stadium.

According to Daktronics, the new outfield video board is the sixth largest at an on-campus softball stadium in the country and the second largest in the state of Texas. The board, which sits just beyond the left-field wall, stands 29-feet-3.1-inches tall and measure 24-feet-4.0-inches wide with 576 square feet of space (24-feet by 24-feet) for live video, instant replays, statistics and scoring information, graphics and animations, and sponsor messages. The display features a 13HD pixel layout for crisp, clear imagery for a great view from every seat at the stadium.

The indoor facility, which will replace the current batting cage down the right-field line, will measure 70-feet by 80-feet. The 5,600-square-foot space will feature five batting cages, measuring 60-feet long by 15-feet wide each, with retractable nets for the space to be used in a variety of ways. The facility will have a synthetic turf floor and will be temperature controlled.

In total, the two capital projects represent $1.2 million in upgrades.

The Houston Athletics Ticket Office is once again proud to offer the Shasta Pass for the 2017-18 season. For just $80, Cougar fans can purchase one Shasta Pass, which allows season-long general admission entrance to all Houston Volleyball, Soccer, Women's Basketball and Softball home games.

The Shasta Pass offers Houston fans a substantial saving as single-game tickets start at $5 for all four sports. To purchase a Shasta Pass, call 713-GO-COOGS or CLICK HERE.

Follow Houston Softball on Twitter and Instagram at UHCougarSB, and "Like" UHCougarSB on Facebook.

Fans can help support the Houston Softball program by joining the Diamond Club. To find out more information about the Diamond Club, visit UHCougars.com or call Cougar Pride at (713) 743-GoUH. For more information, CLICK HERE.



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