No. 6 Softball Makes Seventh Consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament Appearance

May 15, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Making their seventh consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearance, the No. 8 seeded Oregon State University softball team will face University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, as was announced by the NCAA selection committee on Sunday evening. The Beavers (40-14) will face the UW-Green Bay Phoenix (26-16) at 5:30 p.m. PDT in the second game of Friday's competition in Madison, WI.

Oregon State is one of 64 NCAA Division I schools selected to compete at 16 regional sites for a chance to advance to the College World Series from June 2-8, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The other half of Oregon State's bracket pits host University of Wisconsin (31-22) against DePaul University (39-18).

'I think we have a solid region, but it's definitely a winnable region' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'Wisconsin-Green Bay won its conference tournament so they are playing well at this time of the season.'

Tournament format is double elimination with the winner of each regional advancing to the Super Regional - a best of two out of three game series. The eight Super Regional winners advance to the 2005 Women's College World Series.

Other schools in Oregon State's region include No. 9 seeded Northwestern University, Albany, Louisville, and Notre Dame.

The Beavers have a 17-12 overall record in their six previous trips to the Regional Tournament and have reached the championship game on four occasions (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004) before being eliminated.

This is the first season in which the Regional Tournament will have four teams and there is the addition of the Super Regional.

OSU will face UW-Green Bay for the first time in program history. The Phoenix is making its inaugural NCAA postseason appearance.

Tournament action runs from Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22.

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