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Cal Set for Regional Play in Ann Arbor
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  05/15/2013

May 15, 2013

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2013 Tournament Central|2013 Ann Arbor Regional Guide Get Acrobat Reader

Ranked No. 18/22 in the country, the California softball team (36-17) heads to Ann Arbor, Mich. in search of a third-straight trip to the Women’s College World Series. Cal’s Regional field includes host and eighth-seeded Michigan (45-10), Central Michigan (33-18) and Valparaiso (34-25).

The Golden Bears begin NCAA Tournament Regional play Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET against Central Michigan on Alumni Field at Michigan’s Wilpon Complex. All games will be broadcasted on ESPN3. Cal’s remaining games will be played in a bracket format based on the results of day one. The winner of the double-elimination format will advance to one of 16 Super Regional sites for a best-of-three series for a chance to join seven other teams in Oklahoma City. The winner of the Ann Arbor Regional will play the winner of the Baton Rouge Regional, which features LSU, Central Connecticut State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Northwestern State.

Cal has faced both Michigan and Central Michigan in the postseason before, where Cal owns a 2-0 record over the Wolverines and a 1-0 record over the Chippewas. Cal and Valparaiso have never played each other. The Golden Bears are 67-31 in NCAA Regional play and have received a Regional berth every year of head coach Diane Ninemire’s tenure.

Last year, the Blue and Gold advanced to the WCWS after hosting both Regionals and Super Regionals in Berkeley, finishing third after dropping games to eventual title winner Alabama and runner-up Oklahoma.

SCOUTING REPORT: CENTRAL MICHIGAN

Last weekend, CMU captured the Mid-American Conference (MAC) title for an automatic bid to the NCAA postseason. The Chippewas have never advanced to the Super Regional stage. CarolAnn Sexauer owns a .329 batting average in all 51 starts with 34 RBI, matched by Brittney Horan’s 34 RBI. The Chippewas will look to Macy Merchant to provide the offensive spark, as Merchant owns a .416 batting average with a team-leading 39 runs.  CMU’s ace Kara Dornbos (15-11) owns a 2.47 ERA, followed by Chelsea Sundberg’s (11-5) 2.54 record.

SCOUTING REPORT: NO. 7/8 MICHIGAN

The hosting Wolverines carry a No. 8 seed into the tournament, bolstered by their .339 batting average, which ranks fourth in the nation, along with the nation’s second-best 402 runs on the season. Leading the lineup is Sierra Romero with 62 runs, 66 RBI and 22 home runs for a .378 batting average. Sara Driesenga does most of the work in the circle for Michigan, with a 26-6 record and 1.81 ERA. Southpaw Haylie Wagner could also present a challenge for the Golden Bears with a 2.58 ERA and 18-3 record. Michigan has already faced four Pac-12 opponents this season – Oregon, Washington, Arizona State and Arizona – losing only to Oregon (13-4 in six innings). However, the Wolverines also own losses to Wisconsin and Nebraska, along with a nine-inning win over Indiana, all of whom Cal beat in preseason tournaments.

SCOUTING REPORT: VALPARAISO

Valpo claimed its second-straight Horizon League title on the way to its postseason berth. Joylyn Ichiyama is just one of two players to start all 59 games for the Crusaders, batting 3.15 with 38 RBI, 40 runs scored and a team-leading eight home runs. At .333, Janelle Bouchard paces Valpo with her 53 RBI and 23 extra-base hits. The Crusaders rely heavily on pitcher Taylor Weissenhofer (20-11), who has seen action in 43 games including 25 starts and six saves with a 2.29 ERA.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for the Ann Arbor Regional are available now. Chairback seats are $12, reserved bleachers are $10 and outfield bleachers are $8. All tickets ordered online or over the phone will be held at will call but can be mailed overnight for a $15 charge. Tickets can be purchased at mgoblue.com or by calling (734) 764-0247.

COVERAGE

All games at the Ann Arbor Regional will be broadcasted on ESPN3. Follow @CalSoftball on Twitter for in-game info and updates from the Bears’ postseason journey, and check Instagram (@CalSoftball) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/calsoftball) for exclusive content.

SCHEDULE

NCAA ANN ARBOR REGIONAL SCHEDULE – all times listed Eastern (ET)

Game 1

Friday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m.

Central Michigan vs. California

Game 2

Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m.

Valparaiso vs. Michigan

Game 3

Saturday, May 18 at 12 p.m.

Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2

Game 4

Saturday, May 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Game 5

Saturday, May 18 at 5 p.m.

Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

Game 6

Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m.

Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

Game 7 (if necessary)

Sunday, May 19 at 3:30 p.m.

Game 6 Teams

 


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