Softball Earns Eighth Straight NCAA Tournament Bid

Head coach Kathy Van Wyk is taking the Aztecs to their eighth straight NCAA tournament and 11th time overall.
May 10, 2015



The San Diego State softball team earned a trip to the NCAA Division I Softball Championship for the eighth consecutive season and the 11th time in 15 years, the NCAA announced Sunday night.

The Aztecs (36-18) will play Texas (37-15) at 3 p.m. PT Friday in Los Angeles on the campus of No. 6/7 UCLA (45-10), the tournament's No. 7 overall seed. CSUN (41-15) is the other team in the double-elimination regional.

The entire NCAA Los Angeles Regional will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

SDSU, which also made the tournament in 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, is 14-20 all-time in the NCAA championships and 3-13 against teams that made this year's tournament.

The eight straight NCAA tournament appearances is the 20th-longest active streak in the country and the third longest among non-Power 5 schools. San Diego State is playing in Los Angeles for the fifth time out of its 11 appearances in a NCAA regional and for the fourth time since 2006.

The Aztecs, who had won three straight Mountain West titles prior to taking second this year, earned one of the 32 at-large bid selections from the NCAA committee, their first at-large selection since 2011.

This year's national tournament features 64 teams, with four squads participating at 16 regional sites in a double-elimination tournament. The regional winners will advance to super regional competition for a best-of-three series from May 21-24 at eight campus sites. The remaining eight teams will advance to the Women's College World Series (WCWS), an eight-team, double-elimination tournament with the championship final being a best-of-three series. The WCWS will be conducted May 28-June 3 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

2015 NCAA Division I Softball Championship
Regionals - Double-Elimination
Easton Stadium - Los Angeles, Calif.
All Games on ESPN3

Friday, May 15, 2015
Game 1: 3 p.m. PT - San Diego State (36-18) vs. Texas (37-15)
Game 2: 5:30 p.m. PT - CSUN (41-15) at No. 7 overall seed UCLA (45-10)

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Game 3: Noon PT - Winners of Game 1 and Game 2
Game 4: 2:30 p.m. PT - Losers of Game 1 and Game 2
Game 5: 5 p.m. PT - Loser of Game 3 and Winner of Game 4

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Game 6: Noon PT - Winner of Game 3 and Game 5
Game 7: 2:30 p.m. PT - *if necessary

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