Utes make history: Utah softball to host NCAA regional that includes BYU, Mississippi State, Fordham

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  • Protecting This House Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2017 10:23 a.m.

    Congrats Lady Utes! Opportunity presented because of the body of work against ranked opponents, and for being totally awesome in general! Represent the Ute Tribe with pride, and go out and play your best this weekend. We'll be rooting for you! Go Utes Softball! Go Utes!

  • Ldsrm Spanish Fork, UT
    May 15, 2017 10:01 p.m.

    I think Byu should be hosting the regional be cuse Utah was only #5in the conference BYU won ther conference.

  • CO Ute PARKER, CO
    May 15, 2017 7:28 p.m.

    To those complaining that BYU isn't the host, take a look at there schedule. The team was 3-7 against ranked opponents and hasn't played a ranked team since losing 3 straight to UCLA and Oregon in March. Utes were 11-7 against ranked teams and played a much more difficult schedule. BYU has a good team but beating a bunch of unranked WCC teams in 22 of their last 23 games doesn't get them a home seed for the post season.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    May 15, 2017 3:26 p.m.

    Lol. Loving the byu angst, even over softball.

    Go Utes!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    May 15, 2017 11:38 a.m.

    Jackie Treehorn absolutely nailed it!

    Go Utes!

  • Minnesota Ute Bloomington, MN
    May 15, 2017 10:13 a.m.

    @Striker - Omaha, NE
    May 15, 2017 9:28 a.m.

    "Great!!! Another opportunity for the Utes to prove their athletic prowess over the Cougars"

    You mean like the loss to BYU this season? Man, that is some kind of prowess!

    ..........................

    The current score in the Deseret Duel is Utah 26 BYU 9. Looks like athletic prowess to me.

  • Jackie Treehorn St George, UT
    May 15, 2017 9:48 a.m.

    "BYU should have been selected as a host for the first round Regionals, not utah."

    "Every team in the region has a better record and all of them should have hosted before Utah"

    I'd hear an argument on why Utah didn't deserve to host, but please, there is no logical argument that BYU (or Mississippi State or Fordham) should've hosted.

    BYU is 20th in RPI and both national rankings.
    Mississippi State is 30th in RPI and 27th and 26th in the polls.
    Fordham is 44th in RPI and received no votes in the polls.
    Utah is 19th in RPI and 13th and 14th in the polls.

    It will be a good, competitive regional tournament, and the pairings and location were done right.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    May 15, 2017 9:28 a.m.

    "Great!!! Another opportunity for the Utes to prove their athletic prowess over the Cougars"

    You mean like the loss to BYU this season? Man, that is some kind of prowess!

  • Minnesota Ute Bloomington, MN
    May 15, 2017 8:09 a.m.

    Great!!! Another opportunity for the Utes to prove their athletic prowess over the Cougars.

  • amigo sandy, UT
    May 15, 2017 7:01 a.m.

    The worst team in the regional celebrating losing 5 of their last 6 and with an earlier loss to BYU. Every team in the region has a better record and all of them should have hosted before Utah

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    May 15, 2017 5:59 a.m.

    BYU Women's Softball is really good this year. I hope they do well in this tournament.

    Go BYU Cougars!

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    May 14, 2017 11:12 p.m.

    Ridiculous... BYU should have been selected as a host for the first round Regionals, not utah. A clear reflection of the absurdity of the selection process and the lack of respect that our Athletic Department has with the decision makers in the NCAA. BYU played a very tough schedule with a better record, their career Best record, Best ever record in the WCC, and a win against utah and they can't be a host? Baloney.

    More reflections on Holmoe in my book.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 14, 2017 10:20 p.m.

    Now that's respect. The number 11 seed after losing 5 of their last 6 games. (Think what seed they were heading for; however, Washington is no fluke!) I briefly saw the selections and remember seeing LSU, Tennessee, and I believe 8 PAC-12 teams thinking Utah has beaten so many of them already this season. (Utah has a winning record against top 20 teams!)

    Prove them right, Utes!

  • Pac12commish Miami, Florida
    May 14, 2017 9:44 p.m.

    Wow the utes didnt deserve to host a regional by sputtering down the stretch. I'll be surprised if they get out of that bracket alive.

  • top of the world ,
    May 14, 2017 9:00 p.m.

    Utah will win the regional. Washington will win the super regional. The Y might be the dark horse and upset the cart, but they don't have the pitching depth of either of these two teams. They beat both of them this year, but they were one-and-done games. These are my three favorite teams, with the Y, UW and Utah, in that order.