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Matadors Find Way to Reach Regional

May 16, 2000|PAIGE A. LEECH

Surprise, surprise.

The Cal State Northridge softball team has done it again.

On the heels of its worst season since moving up to NCAA Division I in 1991, Northridge was granted its ninth consecutive regional playoff berth.

With a meager .520 winning percentage and its second consecutive third-place finish in the Big West Conference, Northridge (26-24-1) is headed to Regional Three in Norman, Okla.

Winners of each of the eight six-team, double-elimination regionals advance to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City on May 24-29.

The Matadors will open against Arkansas (41-28) on Thursday at 12:30 PDT. The Razorbacks defeated Northridge, 1-0, in their only meeting Feb. 19. Tammy Kincaid and Rachel Talley combined on Arkansas' first no-hitter.

In other first-round games, Oregon State (37-19-1) plays Northwestern (28-24) and top-seeded Oklahoma (56-8) hosts Harvard (19-19).

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