Sam Houston State will be the No. 3 seed and face No. 6 seed Southeastern Louisiana in the first round of the Southland Conference softball tournament Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Demon Softball Complex in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
The tournament opens Thursday at 11 a.m. with game one between No. 4 seed Central Arkansas and No. 5 seed Lamar.
The Bearkats’ duel with Southeastern Louisiana will be the second contest on the schedule.
Sam Houston is making its 11th overall and second consecutive appearance in the conference tournament.
The Bearkats have won two tournament titles with their last coming in 2007. Sam Houston finished the season with a conference mark of 17-10 and an overall record of 32-22.
Southeastern Louisiana returns to the tournament for the fifth time and for the first time since 2008.
The Lions finished the regular season with a 31-20 overall record while concluding conference play at 13-13. During the first week of conference play, the Southeastern took two of three from the Bearkats in Hammond, La., March 9-10.
Regulars season champion McNeese State is the No. 1 seed and will play the winner of the game one matchup between No. 4 Central Arkansas and No. 5 Lamar, Thursday at 4 p.m.
No. 2 Northwestern State will play the winner of game two between No. 3 Sam Houston State and No. 6 Southeastern Louisiana, Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
The 2013 Southland Conference Softball Tournament will consist of a six-team double elimination format with a possibility of 11 games. The 11th game would be played in the event an undefeated team lost in the title game forcing a second game, upholding the double elimination format.
The winner of the 2013 tournament receives an automatic qualification to the NCAA Tournament. The selection show airs Sunday, May 12 at 9 p.m. CDT on ESPNU.
The entire 2013 Southland Softball Tournament will be available on Southland Digital Network, with the exemption of the championship round, which will be available exclusively on ESPN3.
The Southland Digital Network is available at southland.org, as well as the official SLC mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. ESPN3 programming can be found on WatchESPN.com, plus the WatchESPN app for iPhone, iPad, Android and XBOX Live systems.
Adult all-tournament tickets are available for $17 and $12 for youth. Tickets will also be available for each day of the tournament. A single-day pass is $9 and $7 for youth. To purchase tickets, call the Northwestern State Ticket Office at 318-357-4268 or visit the university's athletic tickets website at http://nsutickets.universitytickets.com