May 12, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou softball team will serve as one of 16 NCAA Regional hosts this weekend, announced Sunday by the NCAA Division I Softball Selection Committee. The Tigers received the No. 6 overall seed in the national bracket and are the top-seeded squad in the Columbia Regional with a 35-11 overall record.
This marks the fifth-straight year, and seventh year overall, that the Tigers have played hosts to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Ehren Earleywine led the Tigers to a third-place finish (15-8) in the program's first season in the Southeastern Conference, also taking the team to a runner-up showing at the SEC Tournament.
Joining the Tigers in the bracket are Hofstra (43-11, 18-2 CAA), Oregon State (33-22, 8-16 Pac-12) and Stony Brook (35-23, 10-8 American East). Mizzou will open play on Friday, May 17, against Stony Brook at 6:30 p.m. at University Field.
Mizzou has won an NCAA Regional title each of the last five seasons and have won seven overall. Last year, the Tigers went 3-0 in their regional to advance to the program's fifth-straight NCAA Super Regional.
Tickets for the Columbia Regional will be on sale Monday, May 13, beginning at noon at the Mizzou Arena Box Office (1-800-CAT-PAWS) and online at MUTigers.com.
All games from the Columbia Regional will be streamed live on ESPN3.
Fans are encouraged to check MUTigers.com and the softball team's social media outlets, @MizzouSoftball and Facebook, for continued updates on the Tigers and the Columbia Regional.
COLUMBIA REGIONAL SCHEDULE (CT)
Friday, May 17
4 p.m. - Game One: Oregon State vs. Hofstra
6:30 p.m. - Game Two: Mizzou vs. Stony Brook
Saturday, May 18
Noon - Game Three: Winner G1 vs. Winner G2
2:30 p.m. - Game Four: Loser G1 vs. Loser G2 (loser eliminated)
5 p.m. - Game Five: Loser G3 vs. Winner G4 (loser eliminated)
Sunday, May 19
1 p.m. - Game Six: Winner G3 vs. Winner G5
3:30 p.m. - Game Seven (if necessary)