Arizona Wildcats softball: UA to host LSU, Louisville, Boston U. in NCAA regionals

2014-05-11T20:18:00Z 2014-05-11T20:34:14Z Arizona Wildcats softball: UA to host LSU, Louisville, Boston U. in NCAA regionalsJon Gold Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona softball team will host a regional in next weekend’s college NCAA softball playoffs, with a bracket including LSU, Louisville and Boston University.

The Wildcats, who finished 41-13 and 14-10 in the Pac-12, are a No. 11 seed, making hosting a super regional unlikely even if they advance. The regional begins Friday at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Ninth-ranked Arizona will look to its conference-leading offense to lead the way against a strong group of competition, as LSU is ranked No. 23 after finishing the regular season at 35-21 and 13-11 in SEC play and the Cardinals and Terriers are no slouches, either.

Louisville won the American Athletic Conference softball championship with a 14-7 conference record (36-20 overall) and Boston won the Patriot League title with a 13-5 conference record (35-19) behind a balanced pitching staff led by Melanie Russell (12-3, 2.09 ERA).

"We have some formidable opponents …" UA coach Mike Candrea told the Star tonight. "LSU, Louisville, Boston – the one thing you have to realize is, with parity around country, people are here for a reason. We have to take care of our business.

The Wildcats will be boosted by a return to Hillenbrand, where they went 28-2 behind an offense that led the country with 95 home runs, 16 more than second-place Georgia, and in runs scored per game at 7.78.

Read more in Monday's Arizona Daily Star

Contact reporter Jon Gold at jgold@azstarnet.com or at (520) 573-8013. On Twitter: @TheCoolSub

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