Softball Earns Fifth Consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament Berth

May 11, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's softball team earned a trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament for the fifth consecutive year, as was announced by the NCAA selection committee on Sunday night. The Beavers (32-29) are the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 seeded University of Florida (40-23) in the third game of Thursday's competition in Gainesville, FL. Game-time has yet to be determined.

Oregon State is one of 64 NCAA Division I schools selected to compete at eight regional sites for a chance to advance to the College World Series from May 22-26, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Other teams in Oregon State's region include No. 1 seed University of Oklahoma (39-12) who will face No. 8 Bethune-Cookman (45-19) in the opening game, as well as No. 2 seeded Florida State (45-9) who will battle No. 7 Texas-Arlington (39-15), and No. 4 seeded South Florida (53-17) who will meet No. 5 Florida Atlantic (42-26).

'This is a great region - we've seen Florida State this year and have played Oklahoma in the past,' said OSU associate head coach Jenny Condon. 'We've been playing well as of late, and our win against California helps our momentum going into the postseason.'

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

The Beavers have a 9-8 overall record in their four previous trips to the Regional Tournament and have twice reached the championship game (1999 and 2000) before being eliminated.

OSU will face the Gators of Florida for the first time this season and just the second time in program history. Florida won a 7-6 contest against the Beavers on March 19, 1998 at the Kia Klassic in Fullerton, CA.

Tournament action runs from Thursday May 15, through Sunday May 18.

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