TUSCALOOSA, Ala. The Crimson Tide will have a chance to play on national television again this weekend when ESPN2 will televise the first of three games on Saturday of the NCAA Regional beginning at 11 a.m.
The game will feature the winners of the two Friday games, which open the NCAA Regional. The tournament will open on Friday with a contest between second-seeded Florida State and California at 3:30 p.m. The No. 11 overall seed, Alabama, will start off by playing Tennessee Tech at 6 p.m.
The Crimson Tide is 35-1 at home this season with the lone loss coming to Georgia on March 31. Since the setback they have won 11 straight games. The loss snapped a 30-game home winning streak dating back to last season.
If Alabama wins its first game against the Golden Eagles they will play on national television. Two weeks ago they lost two games at No. 2 Tennessee, including a 9-2 defeat on ESPN. The Tide also lost at No. 8 LSU, 3-0, on Fox Sports in the SEC Series of the Week on March 25.
The Tide is hosting its fifth NCAA Regional and has been selected to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth straight season. The three times they have won the NCAA Regional in Tuscaloosa, they have advanced to the Women’s College World Series, including each of the past two seasons. Bama has been to the World Series in three of the past four seasons.
Tickets for the NCAA Regional are now available for purchase by logging on to www.rolltide.com, by calling 205-348-BAMA or at the ticket windows in Coleman Coliseum. Starting at 12:00 noon on Friday, fans can purchase tickets at the Alabama Softball Complex. All-session adult passes are $25 and all-session youth passes are $15. Single session passes are $10 for adults, $6 for youth and $3 for students.