North Dakota State University (35-18) makes its first NCAA Division I Softball Championship appearance this weekend at the Norman Regional … NDSU won the 2009 Summit League Softbal Championship on May 8-9 in Macomb, Ill.
The Bison square off with No. 7-seed Oklahoma (40-14) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 15 … The Sooners are ranked 9th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate and 10th in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25s … OU lost in the Big 12 Championship game to Missouri.
The other opening round game has Conference USA champion Tulsa (38-15) taking on the Southeastern Conference member Arkansas (27-27) at 5 p.m. Friday … The double-elimination tournament continues on Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17 … The winner of the Norman Regional advances to the Super Regionals on May 21-24 against the Tempe Regional comprised of 10th-seeded Arizona State (40-16), LSU (32-16-1), Cal State Fullerton (29-19) and San Diego State (33-18) … Here’s the schedule for the double-elimination regional tournament:
NCAA Division I Softball Regional (Norman, Oklahoma, OU Softball Complex, Marita Hynes Field)
Friday, May 15
Tulsa (38-15) vs. Arkansas (27-27), 5 p.m.
Oklahoma (40-14) vs. North Dakota St. (35-18), 7:30 p.m
Saturday, May 16
Game 3 – Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 1 p.m.
Game 4 – Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 17
Game 6 – Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.
Game 7 – Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 3:30 p.m., if necessary
(Norman Regional Winner advances to play Tempe Regional Winner in NCAA Division I Softball Super Regionals, May 21-24)
For more regional information/live stats/video, please visitwww.soonersports.com/ncaa/2009_softball_regional.html
Ticket Information: Tickets must be purchased through the University of Oklahoma athletics ticket office … Tickets can be purchased by calling 405/325-2424 or 800/456-GoOU (4668) … Ticket prices are: All Session Reserved: $40.00; All Session GA – Adult: $25.00; All Session GA – Youth: $20.00; Single Session Reserved: $15.00; Single Session GA – Adult: $10.00; Single Session GA – Youth: $8.00.
In The NCAA Tournament: North Dakota State makes its first apperance in the NCAA Division I tournament after seven straight NCAA Division II tournament appearances from 1998 to 2004 … That includes the 2000 Division II national championship and four national tourney appearances … NDSU was 24-15 in Division II tournament play … Oklahoma won the 2000 NCAA Division I national championship with a 66-8 record … The Sooners are making their 16th straight appearance including five trips to the Women’s College World Series … OU is 50-29 in tournament play … Tulsa makes its third appearance overall and second straight … The Golden Hurricane are 0-4 in tournament play … Arkansas is making its fourth appearance overall and second straight … The Lady Razorbacks are 3-6 in tourney play.