2014 NCAA Tournament Bracket (PDF) | Southland Softball Weekly Release (PDF)NATCHITOCHES, La. – Northwestern State will head to the Waco Regional in Waco, Texas to face No. 13 Baylor at 7 p.m. Friday evening in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.The Lady Demons (30-20) and the Bears (42-13) are joined by Houston (32-21) and Tulsa (50-7) in the three-day, double-elimination style bracket whose winner advances to the NCAA Super Regionals the following weekend. All games will be played at Getterman Stadium.The NCAA Tournament bracket was announced Sunday evening on ESPNU. The Lady Demons earned the program’s fifth tournament berth, and second in a row, after defeating top-seeded McNeese State 11-0 (five innings) Sunday morning in the Southland Tournament championship game. Baylor ended the season with a split with Big 10 Conference foe Texas in Austin, Texas, also on Sunday.Houston and Tulsa will begin tournament play at 4:30 on Friday with the winner of both games advancing in the winner’s bracket for a noon match-up on Saturday. The losers of each game will face each other on Saturday at 2:30. The winner of the loser’s bracket game (game five) will play again at five o’clock with the loser of the winner’s bracket noon game. The championship game is set for one o’clock on Sunday, with a 3:30 final contest, if necessary. About BaylorBaylor finished the season at 42-13 and placed second in the Big 12, the second-highest finish in league history for the Lady Bears other than their 2007 Big 12 title. Baylor earned a No. 13 seed after going 13-9 against Top 40 teams in the NCAA RPI and 5-6 vs. nationally ranked teams. Baylor’s all-time record in the NCAA postseason is 28-18 and the Lady Bears are 8-5 all-time in NCAA Tournament games played in Waco. This marks the ninth appearance for Baylor overall in the NCAA Tournament and fourth consecutive selection. About Houston Houston earned one of the 32 at-large bids to the 2014 NCAA Tournament and will face Tulsa in the opening game at the Waco Regional. This is the fourth-straight year Houston has played in NCAA postseason and the seventh time in program’s 14-year history. The Cougars finished the season fourth in the first year of the American Athletic Conference that saw half of their league advance to an NCAA Regional. About TulsaTulsa will make its seventh appearance in the NCAA Softball Championship when it faces off against Houston in the Waco Regional at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 16 in Waco, Texas. The 19th-ranked Golden Hurricane (50-7, 19-4 C-USA) earned an automatic bid to the tournament after winning the Conference USA Championship on Saturday. Tulsa is making its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA regionals. All seven appearances have come since 2006.
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