Junior Julie Brechtel, sophomore Ashley Guile and freshman Brooke Thomason of the Nebraska softball team were each named to the NFCA All-Midwest Region team. Nebraska is at the Washington Regional out west. They will play North Carolina today at 4:30 central. You can find that game on ESPNU. Following is a look at the other teams in this regional.
The Washington Huskies earned the No. 3 overall seed for the tournament behind No. 1 Alabama from the SEC and No. 2 Michigan from the Big 10. UNC earned its eighth-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament with this year’s birth and gathered 40 wins in a season for the fifth straight year.
Last year, the Tar Heels hosted an NCAA Regional but fell to eventual Women’s College World Series semifinalist Georgia. UNC boasts the ACC Pitcher of the Year, Danielle Spaulding, along with First Team All-ACC player Christine Knauer, while sophomore Ally Blake earned second team honors. Spaulding, a senior from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., earned the Pitcher of the Year Award for the first time in her career after receiving the ACC Player of the Year Award the past two seasons and becomes the third player in ACC history to win three individual awards in a career. She was named a Third-Team All-American in 2009.
The Bison were the Cinderalla story of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, knocking off No. 7 seed Oklahoma on the Sooners’ home field to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals. While they would eventually succumb to Arizona State, NDSU made a name for itself as a powerful mid-major. The Bison advanced to this year’s tournament by winning the Summit League tournament in Fargo this weekend. North Dakota State is 0-9 against the Pac-10 all-time including a 6-0 loss to then sixth-ranked Arizona on Feb. 13 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Bison are 0-4 against the Wildcats, 0-2 against Arizona State, 0-2 vs. Cal and 0-1 against Stanford. This year marks the Bison’s ninth tournament appearance overall (including Division II), compiling a 27-17 record in NCAA competition.