Tech Advances to the Stanford Regional
May 16, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech (36-16) has earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Softball postseason after a 10-year absence from the event.
The Red Raiders will fly to Palo Alto, Calif. to compete at the Stanford regional which also features the No. 16 national seed, Hawai'i, representing the Western Athletic Conference and UC Davis, the Big West champion team. Stanford, of course, competes in the perennial softball powerhouse Pac-10 Conference. The Big 12 Conference is well represented at the event as seven of the 10 teams which sponsor the sport advanced.
"We are obviously very excited for our program, our seniors and our athletic department, especially," first year head coach Shanon Hays said immediately following the selection show.
"When you're waiting to hear about an at-large berth you just never know what to expect and I can't be happier for these young ladies who have worked so hard all year on the field and in the classroom. This is a very exciting day for everyone who is or has been associated with Texas Tech softball."
The 64-team event features only 16 national seeds which are announced by the selection committee. Each regional is a double elimination format tournament played over three days with the winners advancing to a super regional format which is a best-of-three-game series and the culmination of that event determines the final eight teams which compete at the Women's College World Series. The winner of the Stanford region will advance to face the winner of the Alabama region. The Crimson Tide earned the NCAA's No. 1 overall seed.
The tournament schedule, which is listed here in Pacific Time (PT) is:
Friday, May 21
Saturday, May 22
Sunday, May 23
1 p.m. Game 6 - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5
3:30 p.m. Game 7 - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary)
Texas Tech last was in the NCAA postseason event in 2001 when Bobby Reeves guided an Amanda Renfro -led squad to a regional appearance at Tucson, Ariz. At that time the tournament featured eight regional sites of six teams each with those winners advancing to the Women's College World Series. That team went two and two, posting wins over St. Peter's College and Hawai'i but losing to Cal State Fullerton and Arizona. Prior to that, Texas Tech appeared at the event, under Renee Luers-Gillespie, in 1999 at a regional in Fresno, Calif., and went 3-2 losing to the host team both times.
The 1999 team, then, advanced farther than any other Tech squad. The Championship Bracket for the tournament is available for download/printing by clicking the link from the sidebar on the main softball page of this Web site.
Sophomore catcher Holley Gentsch was named to the All Big 12 Tournament team on the strength of a 3-for-5 performance at the plate and her stellar defense in the two games she appeared in over the weekend, the team learned after rolling back to town from Oklahoma City this afternoon. She was the only member of the Red Raiders to be so honored.