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May 11, 2014

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TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa softball team will make its seventh appearance in the NCAA Softball Championship when it faces off against Houston in the Waco Regional at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 16 in Waco, Texas.

The 19th-ranked Golden Hurricane (50-7, 19-4 C-USA) earned an automatic bid to the tournament after winning the Conference USA Championship on Saturday. TU is making its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA regionals. All seven appearances have come since 2006. Houston (32-21, 13-8 American) earned an at-large bid out of the American Athletic Conference.

Regional host and No. 13 seed Baylor will play Northwestern State in the other opening round game at 7 p.m. Friday. The four-team regional is double elimination.

"We've had a great season, and we look forward to the challenge and to continuing our season," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "Obviously our first opponent is a former conference opponent, so it's two teams that are very familiar with each other but have not played this year. We're excited to be in the tournament. I feel like it's going to be a tough regional. We know that no matter where we play at this time of year, we're going to face some very strong teams. It's about going out and being ready to play."

Tulsa and Houston, former Conference USA rivals, have played 25 times in their programs' histories. Houston holds a 14-11 advantage in the all-time series. Most recently, the Cougars won three of four meetings in 2013, while TU won three of four meetings in 2012. The Hurricane won the only neutral-site game between the schools, a 4-3 victory at the C-USA Tournament in Birmingham, Ala., in 2012.

The Golden Hurricane has previously played in the 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCAA Tournaments.

Tulsa is joined by UAB as Conference USA members in the NCAA Tournament field.

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NCAA Waco Regional Schedule
Friday, May 16, 2014
4:30 pm      Game 1: Houston vs. Tulsa
7:00 pm      Game 2: Northwestern State vs. Baylor

Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:00 pm Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 2:30 pm Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 5:00 pm Game 5: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3

Sunday, May 18, 2014 1:00 pm Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 3:30 pm Game 7: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary)