Big Ten Softball Weekly Release - May 29

Taylor Edwards and the Huskers take the field in the opening game of the Women's College World Series on Thursday.

Taylor Edwards and the Huskers take the field in the opening game of the Women's College World Series on Thursday.

May 29, 2013

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Two Big Ten teams will appear in the Women's College Series (WCWS) for the first time since 2001 as Michigan and Nebraska are two of eight teams remaining in this year's field. The programs will open the double-elimination competition on Thursday, with the final two teams squaring off in a best-of-three championship series, beginning Monday. The squads in the eight-team field represent four conferences, with the Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC each boasting two members in this year's field.

Michigan, winners of the 2005 national championship and the No. 8 national seed in this year's bracket, take on top-seed and 2012 national runner-up Oklahoma at 9:30 p.m. ET on Thursday. The Wolverines appear in the WCWS for the 10th time overall, and first since 2009, and boast a 3-2 record against this year's WCWS field. The Wolverine program has been a regular at the WCWS as each recruiting class since 1991 has appeared at the national event at least once in their careers.

Nebraska, the No. 14 seed in this year's field, will make its seventh official appearance in the WCWS, having last made the trip to Oklahoma City in 2002. The Huskers help kickoff the opening game of the 2013 event when they take on No. 11 Washington at Noon. Nebraska is 3-2 this year against the eight-team field, having won two games against Michigan this year, while also knocking off top-seeded Oklahoma in non-conference play. The Huskers have won 45 games this season, marking the most since 2004 and fifth-most in program history.