California Earns 25th Consecutive NCAA Tournament Berth, Will Play at Ohio State Regional
May 16, 2010
BERKELEY - The No. 13/12 California softball team has its ticket stamped for the 2010 NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid to the 64-team field. The Golden Bears (41-17 overall, 10-11 in the Pac-10 Conference) will head to the Ohio State Regional with Bucknell (28-18-1), Kentucky (31-25) and host Ohio State (37-12). The Golden Bears will face off against Bucknell in the opening game.
The meeting with Bucknell will be the first in program history. Cal holds a 1-0 all-time series record against Kentucky with the two teams facing off for the first time earlier this year, which resulted in a 6-1 Bears victory on Feb. 13. Earlier this season, the Bears defeated Ohio State - 2-0 on March 15. All time, Cal holds the series lead with the Buckeyes at 5-4.
The Bears are one of 64 teams who will be competing at 16 regional sites in the first round double-elimination Regionals. The top 16 teams were seeded in order, and the remaining teams were placed in regional brackets to create balanced competition and avoid conference match-ups, when possible. The regional winners will advance to super regional competition for a best-of-three series at eight campus sites.
The eight teams that win the Super Regionals will advance to the WCWS, an eight-team, double-elimination tournament. The championship final will be a best-of-three-series. The WCWS will be conducted May 28 to June 3 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
Cal finished the regular season with a 41-17 overall record and 10-11 in the competitive Pac-10 Conference to tie Arizona for fourth place.
California is playing in its 25th consecutive NCAA tournament, the second-longest streak in the nation.
The Bears have played in 10 NCAA Women's College World Series, making their last appearance in 2005. The Bears won the National Championship in 2002 and made three consecutive title game appearances from 2002-04.
The Bears are 54-31 in regional games and 75-53 overall in the NCAA post season.