Huskies Headed to Houston for NCAA Regional

May 11, 2008

SEATTLE - The University of Washington softball team was selected on Sunday night for their 15th-straight postseason appearance and will head to the Houston, Texas regional where they will face Texas this Friday.

Washington and Texas are joined by Delaware State and host Houston. Games will be played May 16-18 at Cougar Softball Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston.

The Huskies, ranked 24th in the last USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 Poll, finished tied for fifth in the Pac-10 this season with a 7-14 record, and finished 28-23-1 overall. This is their 15th-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, which is tied with Oklahoma for the fifth-most consecutive appearances.

'We are happy to have been selected to the NCAA Tournament,' said fourth-year head coach Heather Tarr. 'We are coming out of the Pac-10 season with some momentum and look forward to traveling to Houston for a great tournament venue. The team and I are honored to carry on the tradition of making the postseason.'

Washington will face a Texas team that went 28-21-2 and 9-9 in the Big 12. The Longhorns have made seven trips to the NCAA Regionals, and are making their first trip since 2006, when they met the UW in the Super Regionals in Austin.

Texas swept the Huskies in two games that season, but at the time featured three-time National Player of the Year in pitcher Cat Osterman. The Longhorns made it to the Big 12 Tournament Championship game this season, but fell 3-1 to Texas A&M.

Houston, which earned the eighth-overall seed in the tournament, was ranked No. 9 in the last NFCA poll and has a 50-9 record. The Cougars went 21-2 in Conference USA play to win the regular-season title, but fell to UCF, 4-2, in the conference tournament championship this past Saturday. This is the second-straight season they have made the postseason.

Delaware State (29-23, 10-5 MEAC) is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the MEAC Tournament.

Washington was one of seven Pac-10 teams that were selected for the tournament.

An extended release will be posted later with game times and ticket information.

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