Cats To Host NCAA Softball

May 16, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS--The University of Arizona will host an NCAA Softball Championships Regional Friday through Sunday, May 20-22, at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium.

Teams in the region include at-large selection Oklahoma State from the Big 12, Hofstra University, Colonial Athletic League champion, Ivy League champion and Arizona, an at-large selection. Arizona is the lone national seed in the region, at No. 10 overall.

Game times Thursday feature Oklahoma State (43-14) vs. Hofstra (43-10) at 4 p.m., followed by Cornell (37-13) vs. Arizona (43-11) at 6 p.m.

Arizona is making its 24th consecutive appearance in the NCAAs, dating to 1987, head coach Mike Candrea's second year in Tucson. Candrea has won 22 Regionals and eight national championships.

Arizona has been an initial-rounds host 14 times, and Super Regionals four times. If the bracket holds up as seeded the Cats would be on the road for Super Regional action at Austin, Texas, against No. 7 seed Texas.

Game times Saturday are 2, 4 and 6 p.m., with obvious alterations if games average a normal two-hour length, plus the time in between to prepare the playing surface.

The losers of Game 1 and 2 will meet at 4 p.m. Saturday in Game 3, the winners of Games 1 and 2 will play at 4 p.m. in Game 4, and the loser of Game 4 will meet the winner of game 3 at 6 p.m. in Game 5.

At noon on Sunday, the winners of Games 4 and 5 meet, with an 'if necessary' game scheduled immediately following if both teams have one loss.

Tucson Regional

Game 1 - 4 p.m. Friday, May 20 - Oklahoma State vs. Hofstra

Game 2 - 6 p.m. Friday - Cornell vs. Arizona

Game 3 - 2 p.m. Saturday - L1 vs. L2

Game 4 - 4 p.m. Saturday - W1 vs. W2

Game 5 - 6 p.m. Saturday - W3 vs. L4

Game 6 - Noon Sunday - W4 vs. W5

Game 7 - 2 p.m. Sunday - Repeat G6 if necessary

Tickets will be on sale at 9 a.m. Monday for season ticket holders, and for all other buyers beginning at 5 p.m. Monday.

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