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Softball Heads to NCAA Tournament

SDSU women's softball returns to the NCAA championship tournament after winning the Mountain West title.
SDSU will play in the NCAA tournament for the fifth year in a row.
SDSU will play in the NCAA tournament for the fifth year in a row.

The San Diego State softball team earned a trip to the NCAA Division I Softball Championship for the fifth consecutive season and the eighth time in 12 years.

The Aztecs (30-22) will play Florida State (46-14) at 3 p.m., Friday, at UCLA (36-18), the tournament's No. 12 overall seed. Hofstra (38-13) is the other team in the double-elimination regional.

SDSU, which also made the tournament in 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, is 10-14 all-time in the NCAA championship.

The Aztecs earned the automatic bid into the tournament after winning the Mountain West with a 9-3 record. It was their fifth Mountain West conference title.

SDSU has set single-season program records in batting average (.296), slugging percentage (.485), doubles (75), home runs (58), RBIs (236, tied) and total bases (675).

The NCAA tournament

This year's national tournament features 64 teams, with four teams participating at 16 regional sites in a double-elimination tournament.

The regional winners will advance to super regional competition for a best-of-three series from May 24-27 at eight campus sites.

The remaining eight teams will advance to the Women's College World Series, an eight-team, double-elimination tournament with the championship final being a best-of-three series. The tournament takes place from May 31-June 6 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

2012 NCAA Division I Softball Championship

Friday, May 18, 2012
Game 1, 3 p.m.: San Diego State (30-22) vs. Florida State (46-14)
Game 2, 5:30 p.m. PT: Hofstra (38-13) at No. 12 overall seed UCLA (36-18)

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Game 3, 1 p.m: Winners of Game 1 and Game 2
Game 4, 3:30 p.m.: Losers of Game 1 and Game 2
Game 5, 6 p.m.: Loser of Game 3 and Winner of Game 4

Sunday, May 20, 2012
Game 6, Noon: Winner of Game 3 and Game 5
*Game 7, 2:30 p.m.: *If necessary

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