No. 20 Softball Earns Sixth Consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament Berth

May 16, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University's softball team earned a trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament for the sixth consecutive year, as was announced by the NCAA selection committee on Sunday evening. The Beavers (40-26) are the No. 3 seed and will face No. 6 seeded Bowling Green State University (34-28) at 7 a.m. PDT in the first game of Thursday's competition in Ann Arbor, MI.

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 27-31, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Other teams in Oregon State's region include host and No. 1 seed University of Michigan (50-10) who will face No. 8 Canisius (23-28), as well as No. 2 seeded Tennesee (53-14) who will battle No. 7 Illinois-Chicago (38-21), and No. 4 seeded Notre Dame (48-18) who will meet No. 5 DePaul (29-29-1).

'We're excited for the opportunity to get back to the postseason,' said OSU associate head coach Jenny Condon. 'We're ready to head to Michigan - it's a tough bracket but we're capable of winning it. I think our players are ready to get back on a winning streak.'

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

The Beavers have a 13-10 overall record in their five previous trips to the Regional Tournament and have reached the championship game on three occasions (1999, 2000, 2003) before being eliminated.

OSU will face the Falcons of Bowling Green State for the first time this season and just the second time in program history. The Beavers won a 3-1 contest against BGSU on March 24, 1990 at the Pony Invitational in Fullerton, CA.

Tournament action runs from Thursday May 20, through Sunday May 23.

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