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UK softball earns NCAA bid

Kentucky's softball team earned its first NCAA Tournament berth Sunday night when it was announced that the Wildcats had earned an at-large bid.

UK will play Brigham Young in the Columbus, Ohio, regional, which is Friday through Sunday at Ohio State. The 11th-seeded Buckeyes will open against Canisius.

The field of 64 will be pared to 16 regional champions, with the survivors advancing to one of eight best-of-three super-regionals.

Louisville also earned a bid and will host a regional, although Arizona is the seeded team (ninth). The Cardinals will play Purdue, with Arizona taking on Tennessee-Martin.

UK basketball coach John Calipari was among a crowd of well-wishers that joined the team's selection show gathering at a local restaurant.

UK (32-21), which upset seventh-ranked Georgia 2-0 before falling to No. 5 Alabama 2-1 in extra innings in the SEC Tournament, knew it was likely to receive an NCAA bid, thanks to an RPI of 21.

The SEC got nine teams in the tournament, led by No. 1-seeded Florida. Alabama (the fourth seed), Georgia (sixth), Tennessee (13th), Arkansas, Auburn, Louisiana State and Mississippi State also made it.

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