Softball Headed To Ann Arbor For NCAA Regionals As One Of Eight No. 1 Seeds

May 12, 2002

SEATTLE - For the second straight season, the Washington softball team (44-16) will be on the road for NCAA Regional action, heading to Ann Arbor, Mich., May 16-19, as a No. 1 seed. The Huskies, who will look to advance to the program's sixth College World Series after a one-year hiatus, will play sixth-seeded Oakland University Thursday at the Alumni Field. Times have yet to be determined.

Joining UW and Oakland (24-35-1) at the double-elimination regional is No. 2 seed Michigan (46-9), No. 3 Ohio State (53-12), No. 4 Central Michigan (38-14) and No. 5 Canisius (33-14).

'Obviously, we would have rather have hosted, and we're a little shocked that no one in the Pac-10 is hosting a regional,' UW head coach Teresa Wilson said. 'In terms of our regional, the No. 1 (Michigan) and No. 2 teams (Ohio State) in the Big Ten are always tough, as is Central Michigan.

'Michigan has been at more World Series than most teams, so they are obviously skilled postseason opponents, who are not going to be intimidated. We're not going to look past any of the teams this week.'

Washington, which earned its ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth, is forced to hit the road for regional play for the second straight season after going to Norman, Okla. in 2001. The Huskies have played host to the regionals in Seattle four times (1996, 1998-2000), while traveling to Norman in 1997, Lafayette, La., in 1995 and Northridge, Calif., in 1994.

The Huskies, who are 23-7 all-time at the regionals, have not played any of their prospective opponents so far this season. The Huskies have never faced Central Michigan or Oakland, while they own winning records over the Wolverines (4-3), Buckeyes (6-1) and Golden Griffins (1-0).

In 2002, the Pac-10 Conference had seven of its eight squads earn bids for the second straight year. UCLA, which claimed the tournament's top seed, and Arizona each earned one of the eight No. 1 seeds along with the UW. Other Pac-10 schools making the tournament include Arizona State, California, Stanford and Oregon State.

The UW, the sixth seed overall in the 48-team tournament, will head back out to the practice field Monday before traveling to Ann Arbor Tuesday.

2002 NCAA Softball Championships - Region No. 6 Tournament
May 16-19 - Ann Arbor, Mich. (Host - University of Michigan)

All Times TBA

Thursday, May 16
Game 1: #1 Washington vs. #6 Oakland
Game 2: #2 Michigan vs. #5 Canisius
Game 3: #3 Ohio State vs. #4 Central Michigan
Game 4: Loser Game 1 versus Loser Game 2

May 17-19: TBA

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