May 3, 2004
INDIANAPOLIS - The defending NCAA Champion UCLA softball team has been selected to host an one of eight Softball Regional sites from May 20-23, it was announced today by the NCAA Division I Softball Committee.
Game times have not yet been announced, but three games will be broadcast from UCLA's Easton Stadium with Beth Mowins and Tammy Blackburn calling the action for ESPN. UCLA last hosted an NCAA Regional in the 2001 season, and has traveled for Regionals each of the last two years.
The eight regional sites, with host institutions are as follows: Tucson, Arizona (University of Arizona); Waco, Texas (Baylor University); Los Angeles (University of California, Los Angeles); Tallahassee, Florida (Florida State University); Athens, Georgia (University of Georgia); Ann Arbor, Michigan (University of Michigan); Lincoln, Nebraska (University of Nebraska, Lincoln); and Stanford, California (Stanford University).
Each regional field will feature eight teams, playing a double-elimination format. All regional games are scheduled to be conducted Thursday, May 20, through Sunday, May 23.
Site selections were based on geographic location, quality of facilities and quality of the experience for the student-athletes, including attendance history. Host institutions are not guaranteed a bid to the tournament.
The at-large teams, top-eight national seeds and first-round regional pairings will be announced Sunday, May 16, between 8 and 9 p.m. Eastern time, live on ESPNews. The bracket will not be reseeded prior to the Women's College World Series.
Twenty-six Division I conferences receive an automatic berth in the field of 64, along with 38 at-large selections.
The 23rd Women's College World Series begins play Thursday, May 27, at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. All of the games will be broadcast live on ESPN or ESPN2 (except game 14), and the television schedule, as well as more information on the championship, is available at www.ncaasports.com. Also, ESPN will air three regional games live from the UCLA site and CSTV will air up to five games live from the Arizona site. Check the NCAA Web site for updated broadcast times and television information.