May 12, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan softball team will enter play in the NCAA Tournament as the No. 8 seed and will host a regional weekend in Ann Arbor at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.
Michigan (45-10) will open play on Friday (May 17) against Valparaiso (35-24) at 7 p.m. The game will be carried on ESPN3. The two other teams in the Ann Arbor regional, California (36-17) and Central Michigan (33-18), will play earlier on Friday, also on ESPN3. The regional round is double elimination, with the victor moving on to a best-of-three Super Regional.
"Being selected for the NCAA Tournament is always an honor, and we look forward to competing for a national championship," said Michigan head coach Carol Hutchins. "Hosting a regional is a reflection of the hard work we put in during the regular season. Michigan softball has the best fans in the world, and we are so fortunate to play in front of them at Alumni Field for another weekend. It is our mission every year to win the Big Ten title and compete for a national championship. We look forward to playing one pitch at a time."
U-M is 3-0 all-time against Valparaiso (last: 2-1 win on March 1, 2011). Michigan has not played California since 2007 and carries a 1-7 against the Golden Bears into the regional. The Wolverines hold a 48-30 edge over Central Michigan and defeated the Chippewas, 11-0, this season on April 23. Michigan went 10-7 this season against teams that were selected in the field of 64.
Michigan is appearing in its 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament and 21st in program history. This will mark the 16th time U-M has hosted a regional tournament. The Maize and Blue won its regional round in 2012 playing on the road in Louisville, its 13th regional championship. U-M won its sixth consecutive Big Ten title in 2013 while compiling a 45-10 record.
ANN ARBOR REGIONAL SCHEDULE
Friday, May 17
Game 1 -- Central Michigan vs. California, 4:30 p.m.
Game 2 -- MICHIGAN vs. Valparaiso, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 18
Game 3 -- Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Noon
Game 4 -- Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 2:30 p.m.
Game 5 -- Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 19
Game 6 -- Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary) -- Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 3:30 p.m.
All games will be carried on ESPN3.
Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday (May 14). Season-ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets between 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. by logging into their Michigan ticket office account. General sales begin at 11 a.m. Ticket prices for the regional are as follows: chairbacks are $12, reserved bleachers are $10, outfield bleachers are $8. There is no group discount available in the outfield bleachers, and all guests must have a ticket to enter. A ticket purchased for one of the days listed above will be good for all of the games played on that day.
All tickets ordered online or over the phone will be held for will call unless purchasers would like to pay the $15 for overnight mailing. The option to print your tickets at home will also be available. Your printed sheet serves as your ticket and must be scanned to gain entry into the Wilpon Complex.
Contact the Michigan Ticket Office at (734) 764-0247 or (866) 296-MTIX. You can email the ticket office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If Michigan advances out of the regional round, it will host a Super Regional based on being selected one of the top eight seeds in the tournament.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423