Softball Earns No. 1 Seed In NCAA Tournament
May 11, 2003
SEATTLE - The Washington softball team (42-14-1) earned a No. 1 seed in the 2003 NCAA Regional Tournament and will head for Lincoln, Nebraska Tuesday. The Huskies, who rank fifth among the 64-team field, will open play against No. 8 seed Creighton (25-22). Washington is aiming to win the eight-team regional to advance to the program's sixth College World Series after a two-year hiatus.
Joining UW and Creighton at the double-elimination regional is No. 2 seed and tournament host Nebraska (36-15), No. 3 seed Iowa (40-13), No. 4 seed Mississippi State (33-28), No. 5 seed Florida International (35-25), No. 6 seed Pacific (Cal.) (34-22) and No. 7 seed Hofstra (37-15).
'I'm happy that we are a No. 1 seed,' said head coach Teresa Wilson. 'Nebraska has a gorgeous stadium and beautiful facilities. They will put on a quality event with great crowds and we just have to go back there and play ball.'
Washington, which earns its 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth will hit the road for regional play for the third straight season after going to Ann Arbor, Mich., in 2002 and Norman, Okla., in 2001. The Huskies have hosted the regional in Seattle four times (1996, 1998-2000), while traveling to Norman in 1997, Lafayette, La., in 1995 and Northridge, Calif., in 1994.
The Huskies, who are 37-16 all-time at the NCAA tournament, have played and defeated three of their prospective opponents this season, including Florida International, 8-0 (six innings), Pacific, 9-1 and Hofstra, 9-1 (six innings). Washington has faced all seven regional participants during its 11-year history and holds advantages in six all-time series- Nebraska (4-2), Iowa (3-1), Mississippi State (2-0), FIU (1-0), Pacific (8-0) and Hofstra (3-0). UW trails Creighton in the all-time series, 1-0, after losing a 2-1 decision in 1993.
All eight Pacific-10 Conference team's earned bids to the regional tournament for just the third time in postseason history (1999, 2000). Arizona, which claimed the tournament's top seed, and UCLA each earned one of the eight No. 1 seeds along with UW. The other No. 1 seeds, include Texas, Oklahoma, Cal State Fullerton, DePaul and Alabama.
2003 NCAA Softball Championships - Region No. 5 TournamentMay 15-18 - Lincoln, Neb. (Host - University of Nebraska)
All Times PST
Thursday, May 15Game 1: #4 Mississippi State vs. #5 Florida International, 8 a.m.
Game 2: #1 Washington vs. #8 Creighton, 10:30 a.m.
Game 3: #3 Iowa vs. #6 Pacific, 1 p.m.
Game 4: #2 Nebraska vs. #7 Hofstra, 3:30 p.m.
Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, TBA
Friday, May 16
Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 7
Game 10: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 8
Saturday, May 17
Game 11: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10
Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8
Game 13: Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 12
Sunday, May 18
Game 14: Winner Game 12 vs. Winner Game 13
Game 15 : Winner Game 14 vs. Loser Game 14 (if first loss)