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Boston University to Face Louisiana-Lafayette to Open NCAA Softball

May 18, 2016

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Patriot League champion Boston University will travel to Lamson Park in Lafayette, Louisiana in search of its eighth NCAA Softball Championship win in program history, as the Terriers open the Regionals with No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. ET.

Patriot League Softball NCAA Notebook

Terriers Return to NCAA Softball Championship
Boston U. is making its fifth appearance in the NCAA Softball Championship since the 2009 season and look to add on to its overall record of 7-14 in the postseason. The Terriers make their second trip as the automatic qualifier from the Patriot League and first trip under first-year head coach Ashley Waters.

Patriot League in the NCAA Tournament
The Patriot League representative has won at least one game in the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons. After falling to Texas A&M, 2-1, Lehigh reached the 40 win plateau with a 3-0 win over Central Arkansas to stay alive in the 2015 NCAA Softball Championship. However, the Mountain Hawks faced the Aggies a second time and bowed out of the tournament with a 5-0 loss. The year prior, the Terriers opened the Tucson Regionals with a 9-6 loss to Arizona but defeated LSU, 8-3, in their second game to play another day. BU took the field with the Lady Tigers once again and closed its NCAA run with an 8-3 loss. Overall, the League is 9-34 in the NCAA Softball Championship.

Patriot League vs. the Sun Belt Conference
Friday’s matchup will mark the first time in Patriot League history for one of its member teams to face a Sun Belt Conference opponent in the NCAA Softball Championship. A Patriot League team has played a squad from the Southeastern Conference and Pac-12 the most, matching up on nine different occasions with each conference. The Big 12 is next with six.

Boston University Remains Unbeaten in Patriot League Tournament
Boston U. added three more wins to its 3-0 Patriot League Tournament record to remain unbeaten when playing for the League championship. The Terriers entered this year’s tournament as the third seed and opened play with a 3-2 win over second seed Army West Point. After defeating top seed Lehigh, 6-2, on Friday, BU completed the sweep with a dominant 9-0 one-hit shutout in five innings on Sunday over Army.

NCAA LA-LAFAYETTE REGIONAL SCHEDULE
Friday, May 20, 2016
G1: 4:30 pm ET – Texas A&M (37-18) vs. Texas (37-14) – ESPN2 
G2: 7:00 pm ET – Boston University (28-22) vs. No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette (43-7) – ESPNU

Saturday, May 21, 2016
G3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 
G4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 
G5: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3

Sunday, May 22, 2016 
G6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 
G7: (if necessary) Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6

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