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Cal Selected to Michigan Regional
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  05/12/2013

May 12, 2013

2013 Cal WCWS Tournament Central | 2013 NCAA Softball Tournament Interactive Bracket | Regional Selection Reaction Video: Lindsey Ziegenhirt | Regional Selection Reaction Video: Cheyenne Cordes


BERKELEY - The California softball team (36-17) will join eighth-seeded Michigan (45-10), Central Michigan (33-18) and Valparaiso (34-25) in Ann Arbor, Mich. for NCAA Softball Tournament Regional action, marking the program's 28th consecutive postseason bid and the longest active postseason streak in the country.

"We're excited to make our 28th consecutive regional bid. We've got great opponents and are thrilled for the opportunity," said Golden Bear head coach Diane Ninemire. "This is an extremely competitive regional and it should be an outstanding competition."

Cal's postseason play opens against Central Michigan with the first round of the tournament on Friday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT on ESPN3.

"I think the whole team is pumped to get back on the road. A lot of us have been to postseason before and we are so excited. We love the challenge," said senior captain Jolene Henderson.

The winner of the Michigan Regional will play the winner of the LSU Regional, which features LSU, Central Connecticut State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Northwestern State.

The Golden Bears are 67-31 in NCAA Regional play, including 7-1 in the past two seasons with two consecutive Women's College World Series trips and 12 WCWS appearances overall. Cal has earned a postseason berth every year of Ninemire's tenure as head coach. The Bears won the National Championship in 2002 and made three consecutive title game appearances from 2002-04.

"I'm so excited to cap off my first year with a trip to the postseason," said freshman Vanessa Alvarez. "This will be a learning experience that I'll be able to use for the rest of my time here."

After being ranked No. 1 for a majority of 2012 and winning the Pac-12, Cal received the No. 1 seed in the tournament and hosted both Regional and Super Regional competition in Berkeley. Cal beat Iona, Arkansas, Boston University and Washington on its way to the WCWS, where the team finished tied for third after losses to Oklahoma and the eventual title winner Alabama. Oklahoma and Alabama both advanced to the championship final. Cal finished with a program-best 58-7 record.

The Blue and Gold joins 63 other teams who will be competing at 16 regional sites in the first round of double-elimination Regionals. The top 16 teams were seeded in order, and the remaining teams were placed in regional brackets to create balanced competition and avoid conference matchups, when possible. Each Regional winner will advance to Super Regional competition for a best-of-three series at eight campus sites. The eight teams that win their Super Regionals will advance to the WCWS, May 30 through June 5 in Oklahoma City's ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, for a shot at the NCAA Softball National Championship in the double-elimination tournament. The championship final will be a best-of-three-series.

Stay posted to www.CalBears.com for up-to-date information regarding the 2013 NCAA Softball Tournament in the coming days.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for the Michigan Regional will go on sale Tuesday, May 14 at 11 a.m. ET. 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.

SCHEDULE

NCAA MICHIGAN 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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