May 10, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS - The Big 12 Conference Tournament Champion Missouri Tigers will host NCAA Regional action next weekend at University Field, as announced by the NCAA Division I Softball Committee on Sunday night. Joining MU in the Columbia Regional are DePaul, Bradley and Illinois.
The Tigers are the No. 2 seed in the Regional, with DePaul taking the top seed. Illinois is the third seed, with Bradley being the No. 4 seed.
Mizzou (45-9) will host an NCAA Regional for the first time since 2005. The Tigers will open the Regional against Illinois (29-15) on Friday at 5 p.m. CT, with DePaul (37-12) and Bradley (25-26) beginning the regional at 2:30 p.m.
Missouri claimed the Big 12 Tournament Championship by defeating Oklahoma, 5-0, on Sunday in Oklahoma City, Okla., to earn an automatic bid to this year's NCAA Tournament. In all, the Tigers defeated Oklahoma State, Baylor, and Oklahoma - all squads that made the 64-team field - by a combined total of 16-0.
The Tigers will be making their third-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and their fourth appearance in the last five years. Last year, Mizzou went 3-0 at the Iowa City Regional to claim the fourth regional title in school history and the first in 14 years, advancing to the program's first-ever Super Regional.
Team pairings for the regionals were determined by geographical proximity, with the exception that teams from the same conference were not paired during regional competition, when possible.
The SEC led all conferences with nine teams in the championship, while the Big 12 placed seven and the Big Ten and the Pacific-10 each had six selections.
For more information visit Mizzou's NCAA Tournament Central or ncaa.com.