The Daily Aggie :: 05/16/11

The Aggie softball team is headed to Tucson this weekend for their first appearance in the NCAA Softball Championship Tournament. The Aggies drew a 3-seed in the regional and will face 2-seed Texas Tech while top seed Arizona (and No. 8 national seed) will face 4-seed Harvard.

This is a great draw for the Aggies. The Aggies can beat any of the other three teams in the regional. Both of the "big name" teams in the tournament come in on a bit of a slump. Texas Tech went 35-1 in non-conference play (against a fairly weak schedule, their toughest opponent in the non-conference was No. 6 Cal) then struggled to a 5-13 record in Big XII conference play, although, they do have wins over Oklahoma and Nebraska, a pair of common opponents of the Aggies.

Arizona also had a down year in the Pac 10 as they struggled to an 11-10 finish and have lost eight of their past 12 games to end the season. And of course, the Aggies and Wildcats squared off earlier this season in Las Cruces with the U of A taking both games 7-2 and 7-5 (in extra innings). The Aggies were very competitive in both games and it could be legitimately argued that the Aggies are a much better team now than when they played the Cats and on the flip side it could be argued that Arizona isn't playing as well now as they were then, especially after their ace pitcher Kenzie Fowler missed significant playing time after suffering a concussion after getting hit with a foul ball while in her dugout.

With the Aggies peaking at the right time, this could be another monumental weekend for the program.

Be sure to check out our Regional Central page for links to all four team pages as well as schedules, stats, rosters and more.

The Aggie softball team isn't the only team headed to an NCAA Regional this week. The four-time WAC champion men's golf team Colorado National Golf Course. The regional begins Thursday.

On to today's links...

Aggie Softball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News reports on the Aggies' destination.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News weighs in on the Aggies.

The Arizona athletic website discussion the Selection Sunday announcement.

The Texas Tech athletic website has more on the regional announcement as well as postgame reaction from the coach and team.

The Harvard athletic website has more on the announcement of the regional.

KVOA in Tucson has reaction from Arizona head coach Mike Candrea on the regional announcement.

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