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Softball: Bears chosen to NCAA regional

A year after earning a No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament, the Cal softball team (36-17) was placed in a regional at Ann Arbor, Mich., its 28th consecutive trip to the NCAAs — the longest active streak in the country.

The Bears open play Friday against Central Michigan (33-18) at 4:30 p.m. The game will be shown on ESPN3. Also in the Ann Arbor regional are eighth-seeded Michigan (45-10) and Valparaiso (34-25).

The winner of the Michigan regional advances to play a best-of-three series against the winner of the LSU regional, featuring LSU, Central Connecticut, Louisiana-Lafayette and Northwestern State. 

Cal is aiming for its third straight College World Series bid.

Eight Pac-12 teams were included in the 64-team NCAA field, topped by conference champion and No. 3 seed Oregon and fifth-seeded Arizona State. ASU opens at home against San Jose State.

Stanford also claimed a spot in the event, and will open against Tulsa at Lincoln, Neb.

Jeff Faraudo

2 Comments

  1. I like Cal’s placement, given the circumstances. The only reason Cal is not hosting a regional is that it lost 9 straight games near the end of the season — after star pitcher Jolene Henderson injured her knee and did not play. Cal was a top-10 team before Jolene went down. Jolene’s injury heeled enough to allow her to start the final game of the season and get the 3-2 win on the road at #12 Washington. Cal is the most dangerous team of those not seeded (top 16). In my judgment, Cal wins the Michigan regional and then would need to beat LSU two-out-of-three at LSU. That will be tough, but LSU is only the #9 seed, so not an impossible task, as long as Jolene stays healthy. You heard it here first: Cal wins the Michigan regional and the LSU super regional to make it to the college world series.

  2. Good explanation AAHQ, especially to someone who hadn’t follwoed Cal’s Season .. so far.

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