May 14, 2006
The University of Iowa softball team was selected to the NCAA Regional Tournament Sunday night. Iowa was also one of 16 schools selected as a regional site.
This is the seventh time in school history that Iowa has been chosen as a host site for the NCAA Regional Tournament and the first time since 2002. California (42-12), Nebraska (42-10) and Illinois State (37-14) will join the Hawkeyes (39-20) in Iowa City May 19-21.
The double-elimination tournament will begin with first round action on Friday, May 19 at Pearl Field. Iowa will face Nebraska at 4:30 p.m with California and Illinois State to follow at 7 p.m. Elimination and semifinal games will be played Saturday, May 20, with the regional final on Sunday, May 21.
General admission tickets will be $6 for adults, $4 for students, seniors or groups and $2 for children under the age of 12. Tickets can only be purchased the day of the game and gates will open one and a half hours prior to the first game each day.
Iowa has faced both Illinois State and California this season. The Hawkeyes defeated Illinois State twice (9-3, 10-2) but fell to the Golden Bears (1-0).
This year marks the second year the NCAA Regional Tournament will use its new format. Sixteen sites were chosen as host schools with four teams in each site. The winner of each regional will advance to the NCAA Super Regionals, held May 26-27 at campus sites to be determined. Eight Super Regional winners will then advance to the Women’s College World Series, held June 1-7 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, OK.