May 15, 2005 - by
FSU Makes Its Sixth-Straight NCAA Softball Championship Appearance

Auburn Regional Bracket

NCAA Softball Championship Bracket

May 15, 2005



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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State softball team gathered for an unofficial watch party Sunday afternoon and by accident local opponent Florida A&M showed up at the same restaurant. By the same coincidence, both team’s name flashed up on the television screen at the exact time as they were awarded the same regional bid and the room erupted in cheers and congratulatory hugs.

“It was such a surreal and exciting feeling,” said junior shortstop Kim Hoffer, who was a part of last year’s WCWS-bound team. “Florida A&M was an automatic qualifier so they knew they were in for sure. Our team knew our post-season future was really up in the air because it all depended on what the NCAA committee was looking for when making their decisions. Therefore, when both teams appeared on the television screen at once it was like one big happy family. We were both really proud and excited for each other.”

The Seminoles will be making their sixth straight and 18th overall trip to the NCAA Division I Softball Championship.

FSU and FAMU were awarded bids at the Auburn Regional with the Seminoles pairing up with the Tigers (49-16) and the Rattlers (37-31) and No.15-ranked Baylor Bears (47-12) facing off in Auburn, Ala., May 20-22.

First pitch for the Seminoles is at 6:00 p.m. (ET).

Under the new NCAA softball format, four teams will participate at each of 16 regional sites in a double-elimination tournament. The regional winners will advance to super regional competition for a best-of-three series May 27-28 (Memorial Day Weekend) at eight campus sites.

The remaining eight teams will advance to the WCWS, an eight-team, double-elimination tournament. The championship final will best-of-three-series for the first time this year. The WCWS will be conducted June 2-8 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

“We all start out 0-0 again,” said Hoffer, “and despite our recent struggles, I think our team will be motivated to do well in the post-season. The greatest thing about Florida State and Coach Graf is that we are veterans when it comes to tournament time. My hope is that we shock a lot of people.”

Twenty-eight conferences were awarded automatic qualification, and the remaining 36 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket. The top 16 teams were seeded nationally and will play at campus sites this weekend.

Team pairings were determined by geographical proximity, with the exception that teams from the same conference were not paired during regional competition, when possible.

The remaining eight teams will advance to the WCWS, an eight-team, double-elimination tournament. The championship final will best-of-three-series for the first time this year. The WCWS will be conducted June 2-8 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

Four Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) schools moved on to the NCAA Tournament: ACC Champion Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Florida State, and Virginia Tech.


SCHEDULE:


Friday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. (ET)

Auburn vs. Florida State


Friday, May 20 at 8:30 p.m. (ET)

Baylor vs. Florida A&M

–seminoles.com–

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