May 13, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Fresh off its fifth consecutive Big Ten championship, the No. 22-ranked University of Michigan softball team earned the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament and will participate in the Louisville Regional along with the host and No. 15 seed Cardinals, Kentucky and Valparaiso as announced by the NCAA on Sunday night (May 13).
Michigan (39-15) will take on Kentucky (29-28) on Friday (May 18) at 4:30 p.m. in the first game of the regional. Louisville (53-3) and Valparaiso (42-17) will follow at 7 p.m. Each game of the Louisville Regional will appear live on the ESPN family of networks.
The regional is a double-elimination format, with the winner advancing to a Super Regional against the winner of the Tuscaloosa Regional, which includes No. 2 seed Alabama, Georgia Tech, Tennessee-Martin and South Alabama. The Super Regional, slated for May 24-27, is a best two-of-three format with the winner advancing to the eight-team Women's College World Series, scheduled for May 31-June 6 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
U-M squared off against both Louisville and Kentucky this year, knocking off the Wildcats (3-0) in a neutral site game and falling to Louisville (2-1) at the Cardinals' Red and Black Tournament. It is the second consecutive year that Michigan and Kentucky have squared off in the postseason as the Wildcats eliminated Michigan in last year's Ann Arbor Regional.
The Wolverines (39-15) are making their 18th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the 20th in program history.
LOUISVILLE REGIONAL SCHEDULE
Friday, May 18
Game 1 -- Michigan vs. Kentucky, 4:30 p.m.
Game 2 -- No. 15 Louisville vs. Valparaiso, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 19
Game 3 -- Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 4 -- Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 5:30 p.m.
Game 5 -- Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 8 p.m.
*Saturday's games will appear on ESPN
Sunday, May 20
Game 6 -- Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary) -- Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 3:30 p.m.
*Games on Friday and Sunday will appear on ESPN2/ESPN3
Adult All-Session $25.00
Child All-Session $15.00
Student/Senior All-Session $15.00
Adult Single Session $10.00
Child Single Session $7.00
Student/Senior Single-Session $7.00
Group and berm: $5.00 Single Session only
Due to the state high school track and field championships in session through Saturday at the adjacent Cardinal Park Stadium, free parking will be available at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. A free shuttle service to Ulmer Stadium and back will run beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday, with pickup at the bus terminal on the southeast side of the stadium. For Sunday's championship game(s), fans are encouraged to use the nearby parking garage and surface parking as there will be no shuttle service that day.
Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423