Softball Earns Fifth Straight NCAA Tournament Bid
May 13, 2012
The San Diego State softball team earned a trip to the NCAA Division I Softball Championship for the fifth consecutive season and the eighth time in 12 years, the NCAA announced Sunday. The Aztecs (30-22) will play Florida State (46-14) at 3 p.m. PT Friday on the campus of UCLA (36-18), the tournament's No. 12 overall seed. Hofstra (38-13) is the other team in the double-elimination regional.
SDSU, which also made the tournament in 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, is 10-14 all-time in the NCAA championship and 7-11 against teams that made this year's tournament. San Diego State lost to Los Angeles Regional host UCLA, 1-0, on Feb. 19.
The Aztecs earned the automatic bid into the tournament after winning the Mountain West with a 9-3 record. It was their fifth MW conference title and first since 2008.
Heading into the weekend, SDSU has set single-season program records in batting average (.296), slugging percentage (.485), doubles (75), home runs (58), RBIs (236, tied) and total bases (675).
This year's national tournament features 64 teams, with four teams participating at 16 regional sites in a double-elimination tournament. The regional winners will advance to super regional competition for a best-of-three series from May 24-27 at eight campus sites. The remaining eight teams will advance to the Women's College World Series (WCWS), an eight-team, double-elimination tournament with the championship final being a best-of-three series. The WCWS will be conducted May 31-June 6 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
2012 NCAA Division I Softball Championship
Friday, May 18, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012