Softball Earns No. 1 Seed In NCAA Regional Tournament
May 15, 2005
SEATTLE- The Washington softball team (31-20) earned a No. 1 seed in the 2005 NCAA Regional Tournament and will travel to Lincoln, Neb., on Wednesday. The Huskies, who are seeded 16th overall among the 64-team field, will open play against Creighton (44-11).
Joining UW and Creighton at the double-elimination regional are host Nebraska (35-21) and Iowa (48-12).
'We are honored to receive a No. 1 seed,' said head coach Heather Tarr. 'Our players have a lot of postseason experience and they are excited to go a site where the majority of them have already played.'
Washington, which earns its 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth will hit the road for regional play for the fifth straight season after going to Athens, Ga., last year, Lincoln in 2003, 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 46-20 all-time at the NCAA Tournament, have already played against Nebraska this season. Washington lost to the Huskers 4-1 on March 17 at the Kia Klassic. Washington has faced all three of its regional opponents during its 13-year history and leads Iowa (6-1) and Nebraska (4-3) and is tied with Creighton (1-1).
All eight Pacific-10 Conference teams earned bids to the regional tournament, including No. 1 seeds Arizona, California, Stanford, UCLA and Oregon State. Oregon and Arizona State will also participate in the tournament.
The tournament has a new format this year with 16 sites of four teams instead of eight sites of eight teams. The winners of each regional site will advance to Super Regionals where the teams will play a best of three-game series, May 27-28 at eight campus sites. The remaining eight teams will advance to the WCWS, an eight-team, double-elimination tournament. The championship final will best-of-three-series for the first time this year. The WCWS will be conducted June 2-8 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. The Huskies have participated in seven College World Series' and have gone each of the last two seasons.
All of Washington's games will air live on KKNW 1150 AM and will also be available over the internet at www.gohuskies.com or www.newschannel1150.com. Broadcasts will begin 15 minutes prior to first pitch.