Softball Garners No. 2 Seed In NCAA Regionals; Will Face No. 5 seed Wisconsin In Iowa City

May 12, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 15 ranked Oregon State softball team earned a trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament for the fourth consecutive year, as was announced by the NCAA selection committee Sunday night.The Beavers (38-23) are the No. 2 seed and will face No. 5 seeded Wisconsin (31-20) in the second game of Thursday's competition in Iowa City, IA. Game-time is scheduled for 12 p.m. PDT.

The No. 2 seeding is the second for the Beavers in program history (2000), after garnering the No. 3 seed in two previous trips to the Regional Tournament.

'It's nice to be a No. 2 seed,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'I think we're playing a really strong No. 5 seed but it's nice to finally not be a No. 3 seed - I think it's a good thing.'

The Beavers are one of just 48 NCAA Division I schools selected to compete at eight regional sites for a chance to advance to the College World Series from May 23-27, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Other teams in Oregon State's region include No. 1 seed University of Nebraska (45-12) who will face No. 6 seed Illinois-Chicago (42-20) in the opening game, as well as No. 3 Notre Dame (41-15) who will meet No. 4 Iowa (35-18).

'This is a strong region - we've played Nebraska and we've played Notre Dame,' said Walker. 'But it's a good regional and it's the first time that we're headed to the Midwest - we're excited, and hoping to go in and play well. Jenny (Condon) and Monica (Hoffman) both have relatives there so we should have some additional fans.'

Tournament format is double elimination with the winner of each regional advancing to the College World Series.

The Beavers have a 7-6 overall record in three previous trips to the Regional Tournament and have twice reached the championship game (1999 and 2000) before being eliminated.

OSU will face the Badgers of Wisconsin for the first time this season when the teams meet on Thursday. The Beavers hold a 2-0 edge on the all-time series, picking up preseason tournament wins during the 1999 and 2000 campaigns against UW.

Tournament action runs from Thursday May 16, through Sunday May 19.

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