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UH softball team selected to NCAA regional in Arizona

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:03 p.m. HST, May 13, 2012

The University of Hawaii softball team will face Notre Dame on Friday in an NCAA tournament regional hosted by Arizona.

The 64-team bracket was announced today and the Rainbow Wahine (44-7) — the Western Athletic Conference's regular-season champions — were selected to the NCAA tournament for the 10th time in the program's history and the fourth time in the last six years.

The Hawaii-Notre Dame game is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Hawaii time and will be televised on ESPNU. Arizona, the tournament's 13th seed, will face North Dakota State on Friday.

The winner of the Tucson, Ariz., regional will face the winner of the regional hosted by Oklahoma in the best-of-three super regional.

WAC tournament champion BYU was sent to the regional hosted by 11th-seeded Oregon.

California was named the tournament's top seed, followed by Alabama, defending national champion Arizona State, Oklahoma, Florida, Texas, Tennessee and Texas A&M. Those teams will host Super Regionals if they advance out of the regionals.

The next eight seeds were Missouri, Georgia, Oregon, UCLA, Arizona, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisville and Washington.

The Wahine changed plans late Saturday and stayed in Las Cruces, N.M., today rather than return to Honolulu.

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