Softball Earns No. 1 Seed In NCAA Regional Tournament
May 16, 2004
SEATTLE - The Washington softball team (36-17) earned a No. 1 seed in the 2004 NCAA Regional Tournament and will head for Athens, Georgia Tuesday. The Huskies, who rank eighth among the 64-team field, will open play against No. 8 seed Chattanooga (45-23). Washington is aiming to win the eight-team regional to advance to the program's seventh College World Series after tying for fifth place at the CWS last year.
Joining UW and Chattanooga at the double-elimination regional are No. 2 seed and host Georgia (51-14), No. 3 seed Georgia Tech (45-16), No. 4 seed Texas A&M (32-20), No. 5 seed Michigan State (33-23), No. 6 seed Massachusetts (33-15) and No. 7 seed Eastern Kentucky (41-15).
'I'm glad that we are a No. 1 seed,' said co-head coach Scott Centala. 'After learning that we would not be hosting two weeks ago, we began preparing ourselves to make a cross-country trip. Athens should be a great regional site and we are excited about getting the postseason underway. The keys for success are getting hot and building on that momentum.'
Washington, which earns its 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth will hit the road for regional play for the fourth straight season after going to Lincoln, Neb., in 2003, Ann Arbor, Mich., in 2002 and Norman, Okla., in 2001. The Huskies have hosted the regional 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 42-18 all-time at the NCAA tournament, have played and defeated two of their prospective opponents this season, including Massachusetts, 5-2 and Texas A&M, 4-2. Washington has faced five of the regional participants during its 12-year history and holds advantages in each all-time series- Georgia (1-0), Texas A&M (3-0), Michigan State (2-0), Massachusetts (8-0) and Chattanoga (4-0). UW has never faced Georgia Tech or Eastern Kentucky.
Seven of the eight Pacific-10 Conference teams earned bids to the regional tournament, including Arizona, UCLA, California, Stanford, Oregon and Oregon State. Arizona, which claimed the tournament's top seed, and UCLA, California and Stanford each earned one of the eight No. 1 seeds along with UW. The other No. 1 seeds, include LSU, Florida State and Michigan.
All of Washington's postseason games will air live on KKNW AM-1150 and will also available over the internet at www.gohuskies.com or www.newschannel1150.com. Broadcasts will begin 15 minutes prior to first pitch.
2004 NCAA Softball Championships - Region No. 8 Tournament May 20-23 - Athens, Ga. (Host - University of Georgia)
All Times PST
Thursday, May 20
Game 1: #3 Georgia Tech vs. #6 Massachusetts, 7 a.m.
Game 2: # 7 Eastern Kentucky vs. No. 2 Georgia, 9:30 a.m.
Game 3: #4 Texas A&M vs. #5 Michigan State, 12 p.m.
Game 4: #1 Washington vs. #8 Chattanooga, 2:30 p.m.
Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 5 p.m.
Friday, May 21
Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 7 a.m.
Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 9:30 a.m.
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 12 p.m.
Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 8, 2:30 p.m.
Game 10: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7, 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 22
Game 11: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 9 a.m.
Game 12: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10, 11:30 a.m.
Game 13: Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 11, 2 p.m.
Sunday, May 23Game 14: Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 13, 9 a.m.Game 15 : Winner Game 14 vs. Loser Game 14 (if first loss), Noon