By LARRY VAUGHT
During an appearance on WLAP Sunday Morning Sports, Kentucky softball coach Rachel Lawson worried that an opening game loss to LSU in the SEC Tournament might cost her team a chance to host a NCAA Tournament regional.
However, No. 11 UK (43-11) was the No. 9 seed in the tourney in pairings announced tonight and will host Butler (28-22) on Friday. The other paring has Illinois (35-21) going against Utah (32-19)
It is the Kentucky’s seventh straight NCAA appearance. Florida was the No. 1 overall seed in the tourney and SEC Tournament champion Auburn No. 4.
Lexington Regional tickets for UK students will be free. All-session tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday, and will be available at UKathletics.com/tickets.