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Softball to Play Oregon State at NCAA Norman Regional

The Golden Hurricane, making its fifth NCAA Regional appearance, will play Oregon State at 5 p.m. Friday in Norman, Okla.
The Golden Hurricane, making its fifth NCAA Regional appearance, will play Oregon State at 5 p.m. Friday in Norman, Okla.
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TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa softball team will be making its fifth NCAA Regional appearance in program history as it faces off against Oregon State in the NCAA Norman Regional at 5 p.m. Friday May 18.

The Golden Hurricane (41-12, 19-5 C-USA) is making its second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and fifth in school history. TU earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Conference USA Tournament Championship. Oregon State (34-21, 9-14 Pac-12) earned an at-large bid from Pac-12 Conference.

Regional host and No. 4 seed Oklahoma (45-8, 19-5 Big 12) will play Lehigh (40-17, 17-2 Patriot) in the other opening round game at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The four-team regional is double elimination.

The Hurricane has won 10 of its last 11 games, including five in a row. TU won five of six games in Birmingham, Ala., over the last two weekends as it claimed the Conference USA regular season and tournament championships.

Tulsa's previous NCAA appearances came in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011. TU also earned automatic bids in 2006 and 2009. In 2011, the Golden Hurricane reached the championship round of the Norman Regional, forcing the deciding final game before falling to the host Sooners.

This will be the fifth meeting between Tulsa and Oregon State, and the first since 2001. OSU leads the series 3-1.

Conference USA placed four teams among the 64-team NCAA Tournament field. In addition to Tulsa, UAB, UCF and Houston also earned postseason bids.

Tickets for the Norman Regional go on sale Monday, May 14 at 8 a.m. All-session tickets can be purchased by calling the OU Ticket Office at 405-325-2424 or 800-456-4668, or by going online at http://www.soonersports.com/tickets/okla-tickets.html.

The 64-team NCAA field includes 30 automatic selections and 34 at-large teams. The 16 four-team regional tournaments will take place May 17-20, followed by the Super Regional, May 24-27, and the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, May 31-June 6.

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