Hawaii Heads To NCAA Softball Regionals
2013 NCAA Tournament Bracket
Big West champion Hawai'i earned the conference's automatic berth to the 2013 NCAA Division I Softball Championship, beginning postseason play this weekend at the Seattle Regional.
The Rainbow Wahine swept Pacific on the final weekend of regular season play to win the Big West by three games with a 20-4 record. UH (43-11 overall), ranked No. 20 in the nation, claimed its second Big West title after earning a share of the crown in 1994. It is also UH's third NCAA Tournament appearance as a Big West member following trips in 1994 and 1995.
UH heads to a regional hosted by the national No. 11 seed Washington, Minnesota and Portland State. The No. 2 seed in the regional, UH will meet the third-seeded Golden Gophers on Friday at 3:30 p.m. The Huskies play No. 4 seed Portland State in the other opening round game at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday's action will feature a winner's bracket game at 1:00 p.m., a 3:30 p.m. loser's bracket game and an elimination game at 6:00 p.m. The championship game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday with a second game to be played at 3:30 p.m., if necessary.
Hawai'i, which spent 16 seasons in the Western Athletic Conference, continued its postseason pedigree as a participant in the NCAA Tournament with its fifth berth in the last seven seasons. It's the 11th time that head coach Bob Coolen has piloted UH to the NCAA Tournament.
UH is 2-0 against Portland State and 1-1 versus Washington this season. The Rainbow Wahine square off against Minnesota for the first time since 1990.
The preseason favorite to win the title, UH is led in the circle by senior Kaia Parnaby, who set Big West single-season records this year with 37 wins and 325 strikeouts. UH also rewrote the conference record book with 80 home runs in 2013, including four players with double-digit roundtrippers. Senior Kelly Majam has blasted 18 home runs to rank second in Big West single-season history.