May 16, 2004
ATLANTA – After finishing runner-up at the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Tournament, the No. 24 ranked Georgia Tech (45-17) softball team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the three seed in the Athens Regional hosted by the University of Georgia. Tech will face No. 6 seed Massachusetts on Thursday, May 20, at 10 a.m.
“We’re very pleased to receive an at-large bid for the third straight year and gain the highest seed Tech has ever had,” said head coach Ehren Earleywine. “We know that our regional is going to be really tough with four teams being nationally ranked in the latest Top 25 poll.
The NCAA Softball Regional committee handed out a total of 64 bids, 27 automatic, tonight at 8:30 p.m. The winners of the eight regional sites will advance at the College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla. Each regional will be a double-elimination bracket.
Washington will be the top seed in the regional and will face Chattanooga who won the Southern Conference. Regional host Georgia will be the two seed and take on Eastern Kentucky who received an automatic bid after winning the Ohio Valley Conference.
Michigan State won the Big Ten conference tournament and will be the No. 4 seed. The Spartans will face No. 5 seed Texas A&M in the opening game for both teams.
The winner of Tech and UMass will face the winner of Georgia and Eastern Kentucky. The winner of Washington and Chattanooga will move on to face the winner of the Spartans and the Aggies.
Tickets are available for chairback and general admission seating at the UGA Softball Stadium. The four-day all-tournament passes are $40 for chairback seats and $32 for general admission seating. Daily tickets are $10 for chairback seats and $8 for general admission seats. For more information, please call the UGA ticket office at (877) 542-1231 or purchase tickets on-line at Georgia Website.