May 15, 2006
Indianapolis, Ind. - After winning the program's first WAC Title over Hawai`i on Saturday, the University of Nevada softball team learned its fate in its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Regional Sunday. Nevada will travel to Corvallis, Ore. to play the hosting Beavers of Oregon State at the OSU Softball Complex on Friday at 4 p.m. (PDT).
As the WAC Tournament champion, Nevada won the conference's automatic bid to the post-season. For the first time since 2003, the conference had two teams make it to the Regionals as the Wolf Pack was joined by regular-season champ Fresno State. Fresno State remains the only team to be selected to all 25 championships. Eight teams are making their initial appearances in the tournament: Nevada, North Carolina State, Youngstown State, Tulsa, Georgia Southern, Portland State, Southern Utah and Marist.
For the second-straight season, Fresno State will host. In their first game, the Bulldogs will take on in-state rival Cal State Fullerton. Also at the Fresno Regional will be Tulsa and No. 12 Stanford. In its first NCAA Tournament, Nevada will travel to Corvallis, Ore. and face No. 7 seed, Oregon State. Also in the Corvallis Regional is Portland State and Baylor.
This is the second season in which the Regional Tournament will have four teams (originally there were eight teams at each site) and there is the addition of the Super Regional. Tournament format is double elimination with the winner of each regional advancing to the Super Regional - a best of two out of three game series. The eight Super Regional winners advance to the 2006 Women's College World Series.
While the Wolf Pack is currently 33-31 on the season, Nevada has been rolling as of late, having won 13 of its last 16 games. The Beavers have a 20-14 overall record in their seven previous trips to the Regional Tournament and have reached the championship game on five occasions (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005) before being eliminated. It is the first time in the program's history that OSU has hosted an NCAA Regional.
Oregon State holds a 6-3-1 record all-time against Nevada with the Beavers earning an 8-3 victory at the CSUF Worth Tournament when the teams last met on Mar. 6, 2005.