Kentucky Earns No. 9 National Seed in NCAA Tournament

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2016 NCAA Softball Lexington Regional | http://www.ukathletics.com/page/ncaa-softball-lexington-regional-05-04-2016

John Cropp Stadium – Lexington, Ky.

Friday, May 20
Game 1 – Illinois vs. Utah – 3:30 p.m. ET – ESPN3, Watch ESPN app, ESPNU Whip Around
Game 2 – Kentucky vs. Butler – 6 p.m. ET – ESPN3, Watch ESPN app, ESPNU Whip Around

Saturday, May 21
Game 3 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – 1 p.m. ET – ESPN3, Watch ESPN app, ESPNU Whip Around
Game 4 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET – ESPN3, Watch ESPN app, ESPNU Whip Around
Game 5 – Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 – 6 p.m. ET – ESPN3, Watch ESPN app, ESPNU Whip Around

Sunday, May 22
Game 6 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 – 1 p.m. ET – ESPN3, Watch ESPN app, ESPNU Whip Around
Game 7 – (If necessary) – 3:30 p.m. ET – ESPN3, Watch ESPN app, ESPNU Whip Around

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky softball team earned the No. 9 overall seed nationally in the 2016 NCAA Softball Tournament on Sunday night, it was announced. The No. 9 slot in the tournament is Kentucky’s highest-ever seed, and with it, comes hosting a regional this weekend at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington.

The Lexington Regional will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at JCS, with Kentucky welcoming in the Utah Utes, Illinois Fighting Illini and Butler Bulldogs for the double-elimination regional this weekend.

Game times have not been set, and neither have any television assignments. That information will be released at a later time early this week, and will be made available on UKathletics.com. Kentucky will play Butler on Friday night with Illinois facing Utah in the other match-up.

Tickets will go on sale Monday morning at the Joe Craft Center ticket office on online at UKathletics.com/tickets. Fans can find all Lexington Regional information at Tourney Central here: http://bit.ly/1Wz6V2u.

Kentucky played Utah earlier this season, winning on a walk-off passed ball in the bottom of the seventh over the then-No. 22 ranked Utes at Farrington Stadium in the Kajikawa Classic out in Phoenix. UK has not played Illinois or Butler this season.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Southeastern Conference will be sending a league-record 11 teams to the tournament. The SEC earned eight national seeds, as SEC regular season champion Florida (53-5) earned the national No. 1 seed and SEC Champion Auburn (49-9) earned the No. 4 seed. Alabama (46-12) is the No. 6 national seed, while Kentucky (43-12) is the No. 9 seed. LSU (45-15) is the No. 10 seed, and Tennessee (41-14) earned the No. 13 seed. Missouri (39-14) earned the No. 15 seed, while Georgia (40-17) rounds out the list as the No. 16 seed.

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