San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University softball team was selected to play in the NCAA Tempe Regional, hosted by #5-Arizona State (45-10). The Spartans open the regional on Friday, May 17, at 3:00 p.m. (PDT) against Arizona State. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
WAC Champion San Jose State (42-15) makes its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1992. The Spartans only other postseason appearance was in 1990.
“It’s going to be a tough weekend for us,” said 2013 WAC Pitcher of the Year and WAC Tournament MVP Amanda Pridmore. “But if we play how we’ve competed these last two weekends, I think we are going to shock a lot of people.”
Mountain West Regular Season Champions San Diego State (35-18) and Georgia (38-19) were also placed in the Tempe Regional. They play at 12:30 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, May 17, also on ESPNU.
The Spartans are one of 64 teams to play in the NCAA postseason. Four teams play in one of 16 regionals, and the winner of each regional advances to a super regional. The winner of each super regional then moves on to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla., May 30th to June 5th.
San Jose State played at Arizona State in its first tournament of the year, the Kajikawa Classic, Feb. 7-10. San Jose State went 4-2 at the tournament.
“Arizona State is a tough place to play, but we played them last year and didn’t lose by much,” Pridmore said. “This year, we have a different team that can compete hard against them, and it’s going to come down to who wants it more."
General Public All-Session Passes for the Tempe Regional went on sale Monday, May 13, at 1:00 p.m. (PDT). Single-game tickets go on sale on Wednesday, May 15, at 9:00 a.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the ASU Sun Devil Ticket Office, online at http://www.thesundevils.com/tickets/asu-softbl-tix.html, or over the phone by calling (480) 727-0000.