May 20, 2010
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The NCAA Division I Softball Committee selected three Big Ten teams to participate in the 2010 NCAA Softball Tournament, which will begin with regional competition this weekend. Sixty-four teams comprise the field with four teams competing at each of the 16 regional sites in a double-elimination tournament. The regional winners will advance to super regional competition for a best-of-three series May 28-29 at eight campus sites.
Big Ten Champion Michigan is the No. 2 seed and will host competition this weekend. Ohio State was also selected as one of the 16 host sites, and Illinois will travel to Columbia, Mo., for the first weekend of the tournament.
The Wolverines are hosting an NCAA Regional for the ninth consecutive season and will first take on Wright State on Friday at 7 p.m. ET. The Maize and Blue are making their 16th-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its 17th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. The Wolverines boast their third straight top-five seed in the NCAA Tournament after claiming the No. 4 spot in 2008 and the fifth seed in 2009.
Ohio State is hosting an NCAA Regional for the second-consecutive year. The Scarlet and Gray will play host to Kentucky in their opening game on Friday. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes are making their fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last five years and seventh overall.
Illinois joins the NCAA Tournament party, making its second straight trip to Regionals and fourth overall. The Orange and Blue will meet DePaul in the first game of the Columbia, Mo., Regional. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. ET. Illinois is facing DePaul for the second time in 16 days. The Blue Demons downed Illinois 3-2 on May 6.
Visit the Big Ten Softball blog for complete coverage throughout the tournament.