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UH softball team to face Minnesota in NCAA tournament

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 01:28 a.m. HST, May 13, 2013


Next stop, Seattle.

The University of Hawaii softball team was placed in the regional hosted by Washington in the NCAA tournament bracket released Sunday.

The Rainbow Wahine, the Big West Conference champions, face Minnesota on Friday in their first game of the double-elimination regional.

Washington faces Portland State in the other first-round game on Friday.

The winner of the Seattle regional faces the survivor of the regional hosted by Missouri in next week's super regionals.

UH (43-11 overall, 20-4 Big West) clinched the Big West title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on Friday. The team stayed in Stockton, Calif., after closing the regular season with a series sweep against Pacific on Saturday.

UH secured its 11th appearance in the NCAA tournament, and third in the last four years, by winning the Big West title and enters the tournament on a five-game winning streak.

UH's game against Minnesota (35-17, 14-6 Big Ten) will be the first meeting between the programs since 1990.

Host Washington (38-15, 16-8 Pac-12) is the tournament's 11th seed. UH split two games with the Huskies in the season-opening Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic. The Wahine beat the Huskies 5-2 on Feb. 8 and lost 3-1 in the tournament final the next day.

UH also played Portland State (25-29, 14-4 Big Sky) twice in the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament in March and won both meetings.

The Wahine went to the Tucson, Ariz., regional last season and were eliminated in two games.

Oklahoma was given the overall top seed in the 64-team tournament, followed by Florida, Oregon, Texas and Arizona State.






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fairgame947 wrote:
Go Wahine! You can do it - stay focused!
on May 12,2013 | 05:13PM
primowarrior wrote:
This is about as good a draw as UH could have hoped for. Minnesota's pitching is similar to Hawaii's. They've got one good ace who starts most games, and a couple of others who aren't quite as strong. They look to have a couple of very good hitters, but it seems to drop off quite a bit after that. UH was 1-1 vs. Washington earlier this season, and I think they can be competitive against them once again, if they meet. Go 'Bows!
on May 12,2013 | 05:15PM
808comp wrote:
I think the Wahine's have a good chance in this bracket. As long as Parnaby is healthy. The rest of the team can do the rest.Wonder how's Iwata's shoulder?
on May 12,2013 | 05:30PM
bleedgreen wrote:
Will this game be televised?
on May 12,2013 | 08:22PM
aja wrote:
Okay...... Whose NOT ready !!!... That's what I thought.... Like the Wahine, EVERYBODY is ready !!!.... One game at a time, one play at a time, one pitch at a time. There isn't a team in our regional that we can't beat. We need to display our power and hit home runs. That's what we're about, that's how we score alot of our runs. We're not going to nickel and dime any team to victory. We've been playing well recently, both on offense and in the field. Let's hope the power surge continues. GO BOWS !!!!!..........
on May 13,2013 | 12:01AM
nj24 wrote:
I'm glad they don't go to AZ. Go Wahines!!!!
on May 13,2013 | 12:39AM
loquaciousone wrote:
GOOOO "RAINBOW" WAHINE..... Ben Jay pines as Bradda IZ croons "Somewhere over the the RAINBOW"....
on May 13,2013 | 11:10AM
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