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Kentucky softball earns No. 14 seed, will host DePaul in NCAA opener

Herald-Leader Staff Report

Kentucky’s Meagan Prince, who had eight strikeouts, celebrated with Abbey Cheek after the top of the third inning against No. 3 Florida at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington on April 15.
Kentucky’s Meagan Prince, who had eight strikeouts, celebrated with Abbey Cheek after the top of the third inning against No. 3 Florida at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington on April 15.

Kentucky’s softball team earned the No. 14 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament when the field was announced on Sunday night.

The Cats (36-17) will face DePaul (29-21) in their Lexington Regional opener on Friday. The other matchup in Lexington has Illinois (37-18) facing Marshall (41-10).

UK announced that tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday.

The Southeastern Conference was well represented in the NCAA field with 13 teams.

Florida is the No. 1 overall seed for the third striaght year. In addition to Kentucky, other top-16 seeds included Auburn (7), Tennessee (8), Texas A&M (9), Mississippi (12), LSU (13) and Alabama (16).

The field also includes Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Missouri.

2017 NCAA Softball Lexington Regional

John Cropp Stadium – Lexington

Friday, May 19

Game 1 – Marshall vs. Illinois – Noon ET – ESPN2

Game 2 – DePaul vs. Kentucky – 2:30 p.m. ET – ESPN3.com

Saturday, May 20

Game 3 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – Noon ET – TV TBD

Game 4 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 2:30 p.m. ET – TV TBD

Game 5 – Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 – 5 p.m. ET – TV TBD

Sunday, May 21

Game 6 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 – Noon ET – TV TBD

Game 7 – (If necessary) – 2:30 p.m. ET – TV TBD

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