UW To Face Tulane At NCAA Oxford Regional

May 31, 2004

SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team will travel to Oxford, Miss., for the NCAA regionals this week. The Huskies (37-18-1 overall, 15-9 in the Pac-10) will take on Tulane in a first-round game on Friday. The host team, Mississippi, will face Western Kentucky in the other first-round game Friday at Ole Miss' Swayze Field.

The Huskies and Green Wave will play Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time (3:00 p.m. CDT). Ole Miss and Western Kentucky play at 5 p.m. PDT. On Saturday, the two losing teams from Friday's games play at 9 a.m. PDT and the winners play at 1 p.m. PDT, with the winner in that game advancing to the championship round.

Saturday at 5 p.m. PDT, the winner of the losers' game plays the loser of the winners' game to advance to the championship round Sunday. Sunday's game times are 1 p.m. PDT, and if necessary, 45 minutes after the completion of the first game.

'I think we're all looking forward to playing in front of some big crowds at a great facility', 12th-year UW coach Ken Knutson said. 'Regionals are always fun, but when you can play at a site that really gets into it, it's even better.'

The Huskies, named the No. 2 seed in the four-team regional, would face the winner of the NCAA Fullerton Regional in the Super Regionals (June 11-13) if they were to win in Oxford. The Fullerton regional includes Cal State Fullerton, Arizona State, Minnesota and Pepperdine.

Washington moved up to the No. 14 spot in this week's Baseball America top 25, making the Huskies the highest-ranked team in the regional. Collegiate Baseball tabbed the UW as the No. 11 team in the nation. This week's Sports Weekly/ESPN coaches' poll has not yet been released.

Washington has never played either Mississippi or Western Kentucky. The Huskies are 0-3 all-time against Tulane. However, their most recent meeting was in 1987. The regional appearance marks the first time ever that the Huskies have played in the NCAA tournament in three straight seasons. Washington had been to the postseason eight times ever and this is the sixth appearance under Knutson.

The UW played in a regional at Mississippi State in Starkville in 1997, losing to the Bulldogs in the championship game.

All UW postseason games will air live on KKNW AM-1150.

The Huskies will hold a practice Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at Husky Ballpark and depart for Oxford Wednesday morning. Thursday at Swayze Field, the UW team will have a brief workout, followed by a press conference.

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