Softball Erans No. 1 Seed In NCAA Regional Tournament
May 14, 2006
SEATTLE, Wash.-- The Washington softball team (32-23) earned a No. 1 seed in the 2006 NCAA Regional Tournament and will travel to Provo, Utah on Tuesday. The Huskies, who are seeded 14th overall among the 64-team field, will open play against Southern Utah (34-30) on Thursday. Game times have not been set.
Southern Utah was one of 29 schools to receive an automatic berth into the tournament after winning the Mid-Continent Conference Championship
Joining UW and Southern Utah at the double-elimination regional are host Brigham Young (42-20) and Kansas (34-24). Brigham Young, like Washington, was among 35 school to receive an at-large berth. Kansas was an automatic selection after winning the Big 12 Conference Championship.
'I'm happy we are staying on the West Coast so our families and friends will be able to make the trip,' said head coach Heather Tarr. 'We have a tough regional draw because these teams have played well down the stretch but our Pac-10 season is only going to help us compete in the postseason. We have to continue to play like we can here on out. This is a do-or-die situation and we need to play like it.'
Washington, which earns its 13th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth will hit the road for the sixth straight season after going to Lincoln, Neb., last year, Athens, Ga. in 2004, 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 50-22 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, have not faced any of the Provo regional teams this season. Washington did play Kansas in 2005 and Caitlin Noble threw a no-hit shutout against the Jayhawks en route to the 4-0 victory at the Palm Springs Classic.
Seven of the Pacific-10 Conference schools earned bids into the tournament, each receiving a No. 1 seed. UCLA is the number one seed overall, followed by No. 3 Arizona, No. 6 Arizona State, No. 7 Oregon State, No. 10 California, No. 12 Stanford.
The tournament format includes 16 sites of four teams with the winner of each regional advancing to the Super Regional where two teams will play a best of three-game series, May 26-27 at eight campus sites. The eight Super Regional winners will advance to the Women's College World Series in a double elimination tournament. The championship final will be a best of three-game series. The WCWS will take place June 1-6 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Huskies have participated in the College World Series seven times, most recently in 2003 and 2004.
All of Washington's postseason games will air live on KKNW 1150 AM and will be available over the internet at www.gohuskies.com or www.newschannel1150.com. Broadcasts will begin 15 minutes prior to first pitch.
Provo Regional - May 18-20 at Provo, Utah
Kansas (34-24) vs. Brigham Young (42-20)
Southern Utah (34-30) vs. No. 14 Washington (32-23)
Link to Printable Bracket