Field Set For 2007 Women's College World Series

May 27, 2007

SEATTLE - The field is set for the 2007 Women's College World Series and the No. 6 seed Washington Huskies (40-17) will open play vs. the No. 14 seed DePaul Blue Demons (46-11) on Thursday, May 31 at 10 a.m. (PT) at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. Washington advanced to the WCWS Saturday with a sweep of No. 11 seed Alabama, while DePaul completed a sweep of No. 3 seed Oklahoma today to clinch its WCWS berth.

Joining Washington and DePaul at the double elimination tournament are No. 1 seed Arizona (44-12-1), No. 2 seed Northwestern (50-11), No. 4 seed Texas A&M (46-12), No. 5 seed Tennessee (59-6), No. 7 seed Arizona State (54-14) and No. 8 seed Baylor (50-14).

Washington's first round game will be televised live on ESPNHD and will be broadcast via the Washington ISP Sports Network through KKNW 1150 AM radio on the Dawg Channel on Broadcasts will begin 15 minutes prior to first pitch.

The Huskies are making their eighth appearance in the College World Series (1996-2000, 2003-04) and first since 2004. Washington has a 13-12 record in those games and was national runner-up in 1996 and 1999. In 2004, Washington lost the opener to Oklahoma 6-2 and was eliminated by Florida State 2-0, marking the first time in program history the Huskies did not win at least one game at the WCWS. Washington is 58-25 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

After knocking on the door the past two seasons, the Huskies swept No. 11 seed Alabama, 4-3 and 7-5, at the Seattle Super Regional over the weekend to advance to their first Women's College World Series since the Super Regional round was added in 2005. Washington lost the 2005 Super Regional to eventual national champion Michigan 2-1 in Ann Arbor and was swept by Texas and pitching great Cat Osterman in Austin last season.

With a pair of wins over Alabama in the Seattle Super Regional, Washington remains unbeaten at Husky Softball Stadium in the postseason with a perfect 16-0 record. Before this season, the Huskies had not hosted a postseason tournament since the 2000 season.

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