FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas softball team competes in the NCAA Division I Softball Championship in Norman, Okla., this weekend. The 2008 Lady Razorbacks are the third team in school history to reach the NCAA Regional Tournament and have a lot to look forward to this week. The Lady’Backs returned to practice Monday afternoon, and train again Tuesday and Wednesday morning at Lady’Back Yard before loading a charter bus to travel to Norman, Okla. Thursday is a practice day for Norman Regional teams including the Lady’Backs, Oklahoma, Oregon and Tulsa. Arkansas is the No. 2 seed in the regional and has the first practice of the day which is set for 10 a.m. On Friday, the Lady’Backs open the tournament with a game against Tulsa at 5 p.m. Warm-ups begin at 3 p.m. The Lady’Backs will then play at 1 p.m. on Saturday if they win or at 3:30 p.m. if they lose. The regional finals begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The tournament is double elimination and the winner of the Norman Regional will match up with the winner of the Hempstead Regional (No. 7 Arizona, Hofstra, Long Island or Canisius) in the Super Regionals May 23-25. Lady’Back fans who want to catch all the action live in Norman can purchase tickets through the University of Oklahoma athletics ticket office by calling 405-325-2424 or 800-456-4668. For more information about Arkansas softball, please log on to LADYBACKS.COM.
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULEBelow is the schedule for the Norman Regional (All times Central)
Friday, May 16 Game 1: #2 Arkansas vs. #3 Tulsa 5 p.m. Game 2: #1 Oklahoma vs. #4 Oregon 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 17 Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 1 p.m. Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 3:30 p.m. Game 5: Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 18 Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 1 p.m. Game 7: Same teams (if necessary) 3:30 p.m.