Softball Announced As No. 2 Seed At NCAA Regionals At Fresno State
May 12, 2002
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 8 Stanford softball will open its 2002 NCAA Tournament play on Thursday, May 16, in Fresno, Calif. The Cardinal (43-18, 7-14 Pac-10) have been tabbed as the No. 2 seed and are scheduled to square off against No. 17 Pacific (42-15, 21-3 Big West), the region's No. 5 seed.
No. 9 Cal State Fullerton (50-11, 22-2 Big West) is the region's No. 1 seed. The remainder of the bracket, which features five schools ranked in the nation's top-25, is as follows:
#1 seed- No. 9 Cal State Fullerton (50-11)
#2 seed- No. 8 Stanford (43-18)
#3 seed- No. 5 California (48-19)
#4 seed- No. 14 Fresno State (49-18)...Host School
#5 seed- No. 17 Pacific (42-15)
#6 seed- Evansville (34-25)
Cal State Fullerton will open against Evansville, while California is slated to take on host school Fresno State.
Stanford, which has remained in the top-10 of the national poll all season and has been ranked as high as No. 2, enters postseason play having won six of its last 10 contests and finished tied for sixth place in the Pac-10 conference. The Cardinal has faced five of the six teams in its regional, with the exception of Evansville. The Cardinal defeated both Cal State Fullerton and Fresno State three times this season, swept a doubleheader against Pacific and took one out of three against rival California.
Last season's squad (54-16-1) recorded the best single-season in Cardinal softball history, finishing with a program-best 54 wins and making its first appearance at the Women's College World Series, where it finished 2-2. Stanford closed out the 2001 season ranked third in the nation and spent five weeks at No. 3. The Cardinal captured its first NCAA regional championship, defeating Pacific 9-1 to move on to Oklahoma City.
This year marks Stanford's fifth overall NCAA appearance, as the Cardinal have advanced to NCAA Regionals every year since 1998. In 1999, Stanford was sent to Fresno State and finished 0-2 (losses against Pacific and Fresno State). The Cardinal is 8-9 overall in the postseason and 6-7 in NCAA Regional action.
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