The Murray State softball team will travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for its first-ever NCAA Regional appearance, the governing body announced Sunday.
Murray State was given the three-seed in the regional round and will face Pac 12 stalwart Stanford in their tournament opener Friday at 5:30 p.m. Host and No. 6 national seed Alabama will kick-off the regional earlier in the day at 3 p.m. against the champions of the SoCon Chattanooga.
The Racers will enter the regionals as one of less than 20 teams nationally to amass 40 wins on the year, marking their most successful season to date. MSU won both the OVC regular-season and tournament championship this season, the first in program history for each. Individually, the Racers took home a program-high seven All-OVC accolades. In addition Hannah James and Kara Amundson were named as Pitcher and Coach of the Year, respectively.
Friday's game will not be the first time that the Racers have met the Cardinal, as the two teams met in Fullerton, California in an early-season tournament in 2011.
The Tuscaloosa region will be played in a double-elimination format with two games scheduled for Friday, three for Saturday and the championship and if-necessary game scheduled for Sunday. The winner of the Tuscaloosa Regional will advance to the super regional round to take on the winner of the Knoxville Regional.