LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 14 seeded Kentucky Wildcats will host the 2019 NCAA Softball Regionals for the fourth season in a row, as the Wildcats will welcome Virginia Tech, Illinois and Toledo to the Bluegrass for the three-day with one team advancing to Super Regionals.
Kentucky’s run in the NCAA Tournament begins on Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET against the Toledo Rockets, who won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament this past weekend as the No. 7 seed. In the Noon ET game, Virginia Tech will face off against Illinois.
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All games of the Lexington Regional will be available on ESPN3 and the ESPN app with Dave Baker and former Florida Gator All-American Francesca Enea on the call from John Cropp Stadium. Whip-around coverage will be available on ESPN Bases Loaded from all 16 host sites throughout the weekend.
Virginia Tech won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship and earned an at-large bid. Illinois also earned an at-large bid out of the Big Ten.
Each regional follows a double-elimination format with at least three wins required to get to the NCAA Super Regionals.
Kentucky faced Illinois in the opening game of the 2019 season, falling 9-8 in an extra-inning game which featured an international tiebreaker. The Wildcats did not face Virginia Tech or Toledo in the regular season. UK has hosted VT for a Regional, with the Hokies forcing the 2013 Lexington Regional to a game seven before the Wildcats advanced to the Tempe Super Regional.
2019 NCAA Softball Lexington Regional
John Cropp Stadium – Lexington, Ky.
Friday, May 17
Game 1 – Illinois vs. Virginia Tech – Noon ET – ESPN3
Game 2 – Toledo vs. Kentucky – 2:30 p.m. ET – ESPN3
Saturday, May 18
Game 3 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – Noon ET
Game 4 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 2:30 p.m. ET
Game 5 – Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 – 5 p.m. ET
Sunday, May 19
Game 6 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 – Noon ET
Game 7 – (If necessary) – 2:30 p.m. ET
*** Times subject to change for TV
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