The Oregon State softball team will make its third straight appearance in the NCAA softball tournament and the fourth in Laura Berg’s six seasons at the helm.
The Beavers (28-26) were selected as an at-large team Sunday night and will head to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to open the tournament against Wisconsin (28-21) at 4 p.m. Friday.
Alabama (33-18), the No. 12 national seed, will open against Middle Tennessee (39-20). The winner of the double-elimination regional advances to the super regionals (best two of three) with that winner advancing to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Oregon State closed the regular season with two wins over Utah to earn a chance to be selected; teams must have a winning record to be considered for an at-large berth.
The Beavers entered the three-game series at 26-26 and won the first two games before Saturday’s finale was cancelled due to weather.
Oregon State is one of seven Pac-12 teams to be selected.
Oregon is the No. 1 overall seed for the second time in program history, and opens the tournament at home on Thursday against Albany. It's the second time teh Ducks, who won the Pac-12 title for the fifth time in six seasons, received the top seed (2014).
UCLA is the No. 3 seed, Washington the No. 5 seed and Arizona State the No. 8 seed. The top eight seeds would host super regionals if they advance.
Arizona also received a top-16 seed, coming in at No. 14, and will host a regional.
California, which finished in seventh, one spot behind Oregon State, also was selected and heads to the Athens Regional where No. 7 seed Georgia is the host.
The winner of the Tuscaloosa Regional will face the winner of the Seattle Regional in the supers. If the Beavers were to pull the upset, they could play the Huskies, who swpet them in the regular season.
Oregon State went 0-2 last year at the Waco Reginal, falling to James Madison and Kent State.
The Beavers also went 0-2 in 2016, falling to USC Upstate and Jacksonville State in 14 innings in the Auburn Regional.