Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Giving Softball Some Love

This might be a sin, and obviously not what the blog is dedicated to. BUT the Ohio State Softball team is a Buckeye Nine of their own and I feel they deserve some credit for a great season and attention.

The Lady Bucks have put together one of the most impressive seasons in school history going 44-9. The Buckeyes were selected as an at-large team to the NCAA Tournament after finishing second in the conference, seeing 5 players selected to all conference teams.

If you're heading to Bill Davis tomorrow for the baseball Bucks game versus Iowa, traffic might be heavy and parking more scarce than normal, as at Buckeye Field, the very nice softball stadium between Bill Davis and Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium will be hosting a NCAA Regional. Buckeye Field is a brand new softball stadium, the previous stadium was torn down, and in a I believe $2.1 million project, the new stadium is a jewel and a great place to watch a game.

The Buckeyes strong season saw them receive the #11 National Seed in the Softball tourney, and are hosting a Regional of their own.

From OSU Athletics...

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The NCAA Tournament returns to Columbus for the second time in three years as New Buckeye Field was selected as one of 16 sites for a tourney regional. The 11th-ranked Buckeyes have been awarded the No. 11 seed in the tournament and will welcome Canisius, BYU and Kentucky to their home field Thursday-Saturday. Ohio State (44-9) is the top seed within the double-elimination regional and will face Canisius at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. BYU and Kentucky open the Columbus regional action at 5 p.m.

There are three games scheduled for Friday and at least one, possibly two, Saturday with the regional winner advancing to face the victor of the Chapel Hill regional, hosted by North Carolina and featuring ninth-seeded Georgia, Campbell and Radford, in addition to the Tar Heels. Fourteen of the 16 regional sites are scheduled to play Friday-Sunday; however, BYU and Campbell do not play on Sundays because university policy, causing games to be pushed up one day at their respective sites. See schedule below left

Thu. 14 Gm 1: BYU vs. Kentucky 5 p.m.
14 Gm 2: CANISIUS 7:30 p.m.
Fri. 15 Gm 3: Gm 1 winner vs. Gm 2 winner 2:30 p.m.
15 Gm 4: Gm 1 loser vs. Gm 2 loser 5 p.m.
15 Gm 5: Gm 4 winner vs. Gm 3 loser 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 16 Gm 6: Gm 3 winner vs. Gm 5 winner 1 p.m.
16 Gm 7: Gm 6 winner vs. Gm 6 loser* 3:30 p.m.
* if needed

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children and students and can be purchased at the New Buckeye Field ticket window starting an hour and a half before the first game of the day. All sales are CASH ONLY.

More information on the Regional and the Lady Buckeyes season to date is included in the OSU Athletics release.

If you have a daughter, enjoy softbal yourself, or are an avid Buckeye supporter, if you have the team head over to Buckeye Field and support the Lady Buckeye Nine. Go Bucks.

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