LSU to face Hawaii in Austin

Fresh off its runner-up performance at the 2003 SEC Tournament, the 12th-ranked LSU softball team (49-16) was given a No. 4 seed at the Austin, Texas, NCAA Regional and will face No. 5 seed Hawaii (37-18) in the first round on Thursday at 9 a.m.

Only the top eight national seeds were announced on the NCAA Selection Show Sunday night and host Texas is the No. 1 seed at the eight-team regional and the No. 3 overall national seed.

The eight teams will play a double-elimination format with the championship game of the event set for Sunday with the eight regional winners advancing to the Women's College World Series the next week in Oklahoma City.

"We are excited about it," said LSU Coach Yvette Girouard after arriving at the Baton Rouge Airport late Sunday night from the conference tournament. The team learned of their opponent and game site after stepping off their flight from Tampa.

"It will be good because there are a lot of LSU softball fans that will be able to travel to this regional and that is great for us," said Girouard. "We will look forward to playing Thursday morning and take things one game at a time."

Hawaii won the Western Athletic Conference championship for the first time, sweeping Louisiana Tech in Ruston last weekend to clinch the title. The Wahine has a record of 37-18 and was 17-3 in the conference.

In the other matchups in the first round of the Texas regional, following the LSU-Hawaii game at 9 a.m., Texas A&M Corpus Christi (8 seed) and Texas (1) will meet at 11:30 a.m. with Southwest Texas (6 seed) and Arizona State (3 seed) playing at 3 p.m. and Tennessee Tech (7 seed) and Northwestern (2 seed) concluding first round play at 5:30 p.m. There will be one elimination game to close the first day of play between the losers of the first and second game.

All LSU games from the regional will be broadcast on WJHN (107.3 FM) in Baton Rouge on the LSU Sports Network and on the Internet at www.LSUsports.net.

A total of 64 teams - with the top eight teams seeded - will compete in the championship, and the field has been expanded this year to 64 from last year's 48-team field. Eight teams will participate at each of eight regional sites in a double-elimination regional tournament, and Texas is the top seed at a regional which takes place at the Longhorns' own Red and Charline McCombs Field in Austin. Regionals will be conducted Thursday through Sunday, May 15-18.

2003 NCAA Division I Women's Softball Championship Tournament Field

Seed No. 1 - May 15-18 at Tucson, Ariz.
No. 1 seed *Arizona (50-5)
No. 2 seed South Carolina (38-18)
No. 3 seed Texas A&M (35-20)
No. 4 seed Minnesota (35-18-1)
No. 5 seed Cal State Northridge (26-21)
No. 6 seed Boston College (33-20)
No. 7 seed Princeton (23-19-1)
No. 8 seed Colorado State (35-13)

Seed No. 2 - May 15-18 at Fresno, Calif.
No. 1 seed UCLA (45-6)
No. 2 seed Georgia (55-12)
No. 3 seed Michigan State (37-17)
No. 4 seed *Fresno State (33-20)
No. 5 seed Long Beach State (29-17)
No. 6 seed North Carolina (39-20-1)
No. 7 seed Long Island (29-19)
No. 8 seed Colgate (30-13)

Seed No. 3 - May 15-18 at Austin, Texas
No. 1 seed *Texas (43-7)
No. 2 seed Northwestern (35-17)
No. 3 seed Arizona State (30-23)
No. 4 seed LSU (49-16)
No. 5 seed Hawaii (37-18)
No. 6 seed Southwest Texas State (43-16-1)
No. 7 seed Tennessee Tech (41-14)
No. 8 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (31-22)

Seed No. 4 - May 15-18 at Gainesville, Fla.
No. 1 seed Oklahoma (39-12)
No. 2 seed Florida State (45-9)
No. 3 seed *Florida (40-23)
No. 4 seed South Florida (53-17)
No. 5 seed Florida Atlantic (42-26)
No. 6 seed Oregon State (32-29)
No. 7 seed Texas-Arlington (39-15)
No. 8 seed Bethune-Cookman (45-19)

Seed No. 5 - May 15-18 at Lincoln, Neb.
No. 1 seed Washington (40-14-1)
No. 2 seed *Nebraska (36-15)
No. 3 seed Iowa (40-13)
No. 4 seed Mississippi State (33-28)
No. 5 seed Florida International (35-25)
No. 6 seed Pacific (34-22)
No. 7 seed Hofstra (37-15)
No. 8 seed Creighton (25-22)

Seed No. 6 - May 15-18 at Fullerton, Calif.
No. 1 seed *Cal State Fullerton (39-13)
No. 2 seed Oklahoma State (36-13)
No. 3 seed Oregon (32-17)
No. 4 seed Louisiana-Lafayette (43-8)
No. 5 seed San Diego State (37-18)
No. 6 seed Penn State (30-21)
No. 7 seed Boston (33-21)
No. 8 seed Rider (24-23)

Seed No. 7 - May 15-18 at Ann Arbor, Mich.
No. 1 seed DePaul (46-5-1)
No. 2 seed California (41-18)
No. 3 seed *Michigan (40-14)
No. 4 seed Notre Dame (36-15)
No. 5 seed Missouri (29-18)
No. 6 seed Western Michigan (30-22)
No. 7 seed Oakland (33-23)
No. 8 seed Wright State (15-35)

Seed No. 8 - May 15-18 at Tuscaloosa, Ala.
No. 1 seed *Alabama (45-19)
No. 2 seed Stanford (40-24)
No. 3 seed Massachusetts (36-13)
No. 4 seed Illinois (38-15-1)
No. 5 seed Georgia Tech (35-23)
No. 6 seed Southern Illinois (36-12)
No. 7 seed Chattanooga (35-28)
No. 8 seed Southern (19-10)
*Host institution.

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