Cardinal Begins Postseason At Home As It Hosts Stanford Regional

May 16, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 15 Stanford softball team received an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Championship today. The Cardinal, which was selected as a regional host for the fifth time since 2001, will begin play as the No. 2 seed in the Stanford Region, squaring off with Texas Tech (36-16), the No. 16 overall seed Hawai'i (44-13) and UC Davis (26-27) at Smith Family Stadium beginning Friday.

Stanford will open the tournament against Texas Tech on Friday, while Hawai'i will face UC Davis. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-STANFORD.

The Cardinal will be participating in the tournament for the 13th consecutive year, dating back to 1998 when the team made its first postseason appearance in John Rittman's second year as head coach. The Cardinal has won six regional titles, and made appearances in the Women's College World Series in 2001 and 2004.

Four teams will participate at each of the 16 regional sites in a double-elimination tournament. The regional winners will face off in the May 28-29 Super Regionals, with eight teams advancing to the 2010 WCWS at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, June 3-9.

Stanford wrapped up the regular season yesterday with a 36-17 overall record and an 8-13 mark in the Pac-10, tying for sixth-place in the conference with Oregon. The Cardinal is coming off its first Pac-10 series sweep of the season, defeating the Ducks in three consecutive games at home.

Stanford and Texas Tech met last season at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., where the Cardinal posted a 6-1 victory. The Cardinal is undefeated all-time versus the Red Raiders, holding an 11-0 record overall. Stanford is 6-2 all-time versus Hawai'i, having split its two meetings with the Rainbow Wahine this season in Honolulu. The Cardinal defeated UC Davis twice this season and is 12-3 overall against the Aggies.

Alabama was named the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament and the Pac-10 had seven of its eight teams selected. Should Stanford advance, the team would travel to the winner of the Tuscaloosa Region in a Super Regional, which includes No. 1 seed Alabama, Alcorn State, Lipscomb and UAB.

Stanford is 22-7 at home this season, with six wins over top-20 teams coming on its home field. The Cardinal is 16-15 against the 2010 tournament field with 10 of those 16 wins coming at home.

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