Softball Heads To Alabama For NCAA Regional Tournament

May 13, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 14 ranked Oregon State softball team earned a trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament for the third consecutive year, as was announced by the NCAA selection committee Sunday. The Beavers (42-22-1) are the No. 3 seed and will face No. 4 seeded South Florida (41-32) in Thursday's 5 p.m. EDT, game in Tuscaloosa, AL.

The Beavers are one of just 48 NCAA Division I schools selected to compete at eight regional sites for a chance to advance to the College World Series from May 24-28, in Norman, Oklahoma.

Other teams in Oregon State's region include No. 1 seed and host University of Alabama who will face No. 6 Illinois-Chicago in the opening game, as well as No. 2 seeded Michigan who will take on No. 5 Chatanooga.

'This is definitely one of the strongest regions,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'There is no easy road to get to the College World Series, we're glad we're here and will do fine if we play our game.'

Tournament format is double elimination with the winner of each regional advancing to the College World Series.

The Beavers finished with a 3-2 record in their two previous trips to the Regional Tournament (1999, 2000), losing in the championship game in both instances.

OSU will face the Bulls of South Florida for the third time this season after the teams split a pair of games earlier in the year at the CSUN/UCLA Tournament. USF took game-one of the double-header, 3-2 while the Beavers recovered for a 6-0 win in the nightcap.

'It's nice to know our opponents strengths and weaknesses, having played South Florida already this season,' commented Walker. 'But here everything starts new. We both went through a long season and are different teams than when we first met.'

The Pacific-10 Conference placed seven teams at regional sites, with top-ranked Arizona, No. 2 UCLA and No. 4 Stanford each hosting.

The Beavers will catch a flight to Tuscaloosa, AL, on Tuesday with tournament action running from Thursday May 17, through Sunday May 20.

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