The 23rd-ranked Auburn softball team advanced
to its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament with a bid to play BYU (38-16)
in the Seattle Regional hosted by the University of Washington on
Thursday, May 19. The 15th-ranked Washington Huskies (34-14) are the
12th national seed and will play Portland State (34-16) in the other
half of the bracket.
"BYU is going to be a tough match-up in a very tough
regional," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "We have our work cut
out for us. BYU is a good team. I know our team is very excited about
the challenge in front of us and we are ready to get to work."
Auburn will be facing BYU for the first time. The Tigers are 0-4
all-time against Washington having last played the Huskies in 2010,
losing 5-0. The Tigers are 2-0 against Portland State with the last
meeting coming in 2007.
The Seattle Regional is Auburn's eighth berth in the NCAA
Tournament since 2002. Auburn is 6-14 all-time in NCAA Regional play and
has advanced to the regional championship game one time, with that
coming in 2006 in Tucson, Ariz. Auburn lost to eventual national
champion Arizona 4-2.
The 2011 senior class of Katie Colton, Kelley Smiley, Caitlin
Stangl and Kyndall White helped give the program another first by
advancing to a NCAA Regional for a record fourth consecutive season.
This season the senior class has led the Tigers to the program's
longest winning streak (15 games) the program's first series win over
a top five team, the most wins over top 25 teams (seven) since 2005 and
the program's longest stay in the NFCA top 25 since 2006, current at
12 consecutive weeks.