Stanford Begins Postseason At Home As Tournament's No. 8 Seed
May 10, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - The second-ranked Stanford softball team received an at-large bid to the 2009 NCAA Championship today, earning the No. 8 overall seed in the field of 64 that will compete for a national title. The Cardinal, which was selected as a regional host for the fourth time since 2001, will begin play as the top seed in the Stanford Region, squaring off with Cal Poly (39-10), Nevada (39-17) and Portland State (29-24) at Smith Family Stadium beginning Friday.
Stanford will open the tournament against Portland State on Friday at 6 p.m. (PT). Cal Poly and Nevada will square off in Friday's first game at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-STANFORD.
The Cardinal will be participating in the tournament for the 12th consecutive year, dating back to 1998 when the team made its first postseason appearance in John Rittman's second year as head coach. The Cardinal has won five regional titles, and made appearances in the Women's College World Series in 2001 and 2004.
Four teams will participate at each of the 16 regional sites in a double-elimination tournament. The regional winners will face off in the May 22-23 Super Regionals, with eight teams advancing to the 2009 WCWS at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, May 28 through June 3.
Stanford wrapped up the regular season yesterday with a 44-9 overall record and a 13-8 mark in the Pac-10, good for fourth in the conference. Stanford's conference record matched its best in school history, and the team entered the final week of the regular season with a program-best No. 2 national rank in the NFCA/USA Today poll.
The Stanford-Portland State meeting will be the first between the two squads since the 2007 season and seventh overall. The Cardinal is 6-1 all-time against the Vikings. Stanford won its only meeting with Nevada at the 2006 Kajikawa Classic and is 8-3 against Cal Poly, with two wins coming earlier this season.
Top-ranked Florida was named the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament and the Pac-10 had six of its eight teams selected. Should Stanford advance, the team will host the winner of the Louisville Region in a Super Regional, which includes Louisville, Tennessee-Martin and No. 9 seed Arizona.
Stanford is 27-1 at home this season, with six wins over top-20 teams coming on its home field.