The Louisville softball team has been invited to the NCAA tournament as an at-large bid. Florida State, who won the ACC championship in Raleigh last week, received the conference's automatic qualifying bid. Notre Dame and North Carolina also received invitations to the tournament. The Cards, who finished 35-15 (15-8 ACC) are going to their 13th straight NCAA appearance, all coached by Sandy Pearsall.
The team opens play in Columbia, Mo. against Nebraska on Thursday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. The Cards are 0-2 against the Cornhuskers after falling to them 4-3 and 3-0 early in the season. The winner will face the winner of the regional host 15-seed Missouri (39-14, 14-10 SEC) and BYU (35-19, 12-3 West Coast). The winner will of the Missouri regional will face the winner of the Michigan regional where the 2-seed Michigan is the favorite to win. UofL and Michigan were scheduled to play this season, but the game was canceled due to inclement weather.
Louisville will be returning to Columbia after falling in the regionals last year. In the first game Kansas won 1-0. Indiana State won in eight innings 2-1 in the second game.
The Cards are trying to make it past the reionals for the first time in program history and have a good shot this year with a strong offense and two dominant pitchers.