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May 25, 2007

Arizona Softball Super Regional Guide

UP NEXT:The top-seeded Arizona softball team (42-12-1) will host Cal State Fullerton (38-21) in the Super Regional round of the NCAA Softball Championships this weekend. The best-of-three game series will begin with Game 1 on Saturday at 5 p.m. (MST), with Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) slated for noon and 2:30 p.m. (MST) on Sunday. All games will be televised either on ESPN or ESPNU.

HOW IT GOT HERE: Arizona (42-12-1, 15-5-1 Pac-10) swept the field by a combined score of 24-0 over three games in the Tucson Regional. This came after UA earned an automatic bid to the tournament due to its10th Pac-10 title in program history. The Wildcats were named the top overall seed in the field of 64 after playing the nation's toughest schedule and accumulating the top RPI, according to both the NFCA and NCAA.

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Huskies To Host Alabama In Super Regional Best-Of-Three Series

UP NEXT: The Washington softball team (38-17) won the Lincoln Regional Championship last week with a 1-0 victory over Georgia in the if-game to advance to its third consecutive NCAA Super Regional. Washington is the No. 6 seed overall and will face No. 11 seed Alabama (55-8) in a best-of-three series at Husky Softball Stadium in Seattle on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday at noon and 2:30 (if necessary). The winner of the Super Regional will advance to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma, City, Okla., May 31-June 5. Washington has played in seven College World Series', most recently in 2004., and has won the regional championship each of the last five years. The Huskies are 56-25 all-time in the postseason and 1-4 in the Super Regional. The Super Regional games will air live on the radio through the Washington ISP Sports Network on and on KIXI 880 AM (this is a change from KKNW 1150 AM, which carried 10 regular-season games and all four regional games). Broadcasts will begin 15 minutes prior to first pitch.

HUSKIES WIN 10TH REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: The Huskies went 3-1 last weekend at the Lincoln Regional to capture their 10th Regional Championship and fifth in a row. Washington defeated Creighton 5-1 in the opener and Georgia 8-0 in the semifinal before falling to Georgia 2-1 in nine innings to force the if-game Sunday afternoon. Washington battled back to win the if-game 1-0 with a game-winning single by sophomore Alicia Matthews in the bottom of the seventh inning. Washington's 2-1 loss to Georgia snapped a 16-game regional game win streak dating back to the 2002 season when UW lost to Ohio State in Ann Arbor, Mich. Danielle Lawrie pitched all 27 innings for the Huskies, boasting a 3-1 record, including a 0.52 earned run average, two shutouts and 30 strikeouts. Lauren Greer led the offense with a .400 average, while three other UW players hit above .350, including Marnie Koziol (.385), Lawrie (.364) and Nicole Moojen (.364). Lawrie led the team with five RBIs and a .727 slugging percentage.

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Seventh-Seeded Softball Completes the Sweep To Advance To NCAA Super Regionals

PROVO, Utah - Ten strikeouts and back-to-back home runs later the seventh-seeded Sun Devil Softball team finds themselves returning home after sweeping the Provo Regionals Saturday with a 6-3 win over the BYU Cougars in Game 6. The Sun Devils are now 52-15 overall and will now return home to host the Tempe Super Regional against the winner of the Palo Alto Regional, LSU.

Katie Burkhart struck out 10 on the day en route to her 33rd win of the season, which ties her for the ASU single-season record for wins with Erica Beach's effort in the 2002 season. Burkhart's 10 K's also move her to 473 on the season, good for fourth all-time in Pac-10 single-season history and 16th all-time in NCAA history. She's also tallied 1,113 career strikeouts, putting her 23rd all-time in NCAA history in career strikeouts as a junior.

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