NCAA Changes Ohio State Softball Regional Bracket
Buckeyes will face Cal State Fullerton, not Canisius, in regional at 7:30 p.m. Friday
May 14, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The NCAA announced Monday a change in the seeding for the Ohio State softball regional tournament this weekend at Buckeye Field in Columbus. No. 15 Virginia Tech remains the top seed in the regional and Ohio State remains the No. 2 seed, but the selection committee has switched the seeds, and thus the opening round match-ups, for Cal State Fullerton and Canisius.
Cal State Fullerton was originally given the No. 4 seed and Canisius the No. 3 seed, but those seeds have been switched, meaning the Buckeyes will now face Fullerton Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the 2 vs. 3 game. Virginia Tech will meet Canisius at 5 p.m. Friday in the 1 vs. 4 game as the double-elimination regional gets underway.
"In review of the released Division I softball bracket, the No. 3 and No. 4 teams in the Columbus regional were inadvertently placed," Janna Blais, committee chair and Senior Woman Administrator at Bowling Green State University, said. "In order to maintain the integrity of the bracket, the committee decided it was a correctable error thus Canisius and Cal State Fullerton will exchange places in the bracket. On behalf of the committee, we apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused."
In the regular season, the Buckeyes (38-16) lost 5-4 in extra-innings at Cal State Fullerton (30-24) March 24 in the final game of Ohio State's spring break trip in the Los Angeles area. The winner of the opening game Friday between Virginia Tech (48-14) and Canisius (27-19) will meet the winner of the OSU-CSF at 1 p.m. Saturday as the regional continues.
UPDATED OHIO STATE REGIONAL SCHEDULE
Game 1: Virginia Tech vs. Canisius - 5 p.m.
Game 2: Ohio State vs. Cal State Fullerton - 7:30 p.m.
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner - 1 p.m.
Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser - 3:30 p.m.
Game 5: Game 4 winner vs. Game 3 loser - 6 p.m.
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner - 1 p.m.
Game 7, if needed: Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser - 3:30 p.m.
Buckeye Field will play host to the Ohio State regional Friday through Sunday when Virginia Tech, Cal State Fullerton and Canisius join the Buckeyes in a double-elimination bracket.