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CSUN Softball Headed to NCAA Tournament at UCLA


The CSUN softball team, the 2015 Big West Champions, is headed to UCLA for the NCAA Tournament. The Matadors and Bruins will play at approximately 5:30 p.m PT at Easton Stadium on Friday, May 15 in Los Angeles, Calif. with the game broadcast on ESPN3.

The UCLA regional also features San Diego State and Texas. The Aztecs and Longhorns will play before the Matadors and Bruins meet Friday afternoon.

"This should be a great regional. Texas, San Diego State and UCLA are all great programs and it is going to be a dogfight all weekend," CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers said. "I am excited. We have seen these teams play and are familiar with the field. The team is ready to go and this is a great time to be a Matador."

The tournament is a double-elimination format with the advancing team needing to pick up at least three victories to proceed to the Super Regionals.

On Saturday, the two winning teams will face off with the victorious team advancing to Sunday's finals.The two losing teams play Saturday with the losing team eliminated and the winning team advancing to face the loser of Friday's winner's game for a spot in Sunday's final.

On Sunday, the team that enters the day undefeated has to win once to advance to the Super Regionals. An if-necessary game Sunday would require a fourth win to advance in the tournament.

The Matadors finished the regular season at 41-15 overall and 16-5 in the Big West Conference. CSUN is returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 and for the first time as the Big West Conference's representative since 1998.

UCLA finished the regular season at 45-10 overall and 19-5 in the Pac-12 Conference. The Bruins earned the No. 7 national seed in the NCAA Tournament. UCLA edged CSUN 6-4 in 10 innings on Mar. 26 at Matador Diamond.

The Matadors' last win against UCLA came in dramatic fashion, courtesy of a walk-off home run in the 2013 season. CSUN has not defeated UCLA on the road since 1998.

The San Diego State Aztecs finished the year at 36-18 overall and 18-6 in the Mountain West Conference. The Texas Longhorns finished 37-15 overall and 12-6 in the Big 12 Conference. CSUN is 35-17-1 in the all-time series with the Aztecs, but has lost the last four meetings. The Matadors are 3-5 against Texas with the last meeting coming in 2012.

The winner of the UCLA regional will advance to face the winner of the Missouri regional in Columbia, Mo., in the Super Regionals. That regional features the host Tigers, Kansas, Indiana State and Louisville. The Super Regionals, all of which are televised on the ESPN family of networks, run May 14-17.

Courtesy of CSUN Athletics