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CHICAGO – The 14th-seeded DePaul softball team begins its fourth quest for a National Championship with the road beginning with Washington on Thursday, May 31 at noon.  The 2007 Women’s College World Series runs from May 31-June 6 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City with the National Championship best-of-three series beginning on Monday, June 4.  ESPN and ESPN2 will broadcast all of the games live.

 

The Blue Demons are the lowest seed to make the double-elimination tournament, as they swept No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman last weekend.  The Blue Demons are led by pitchers Tracie Adix and Becca Heteniak.  The duo has given up just two runs in 34.0 innings of work.  Adix, who got both wins in Oklahoma, has yet to give up a run and has the fourth best ERAin the country at 0.74.

 

DePaul and Washington are no stranger to WCWS games as they faced one another in Game One in 2000, but it was the Huskies who came away with a 3-2 victory.  Washington (40-17)  enters the 2007 WCWS as the No. 5 seed after beating Alabama in the Seattle Super Regional.  Washington and DePaul have squared off 10 times since 1995 with the Huskies winning nine of those meetings.  DePaul’s only series win came in 1999 - a 6-2 win at the NFCA Classic.

 

Win or lose, the Blue Demons face the winner/loser of Game Two between Northwestern and Arizona State.   The winners square off Friday, June 1 at 6 p.m. (ESPN2) while the losers play an elimination game Saturday June 2 at 11 a.m. (ESPN).

 

No. 5 Washington (40-17)

Total NCAA appearances (# in a row): 14 (14)

All-Time Tournament Record: 58-25

Total WCWS appearances: 8 (not since 2004)

Last WCWS appearance/finish: 2004

Best WCWS finish: 2nd place, 1996 and 1999

Eighth Women’s College World Series appearance and first since 2004… 9-1 all-time against DePaul… five players batting over .300 on the season… first baseman Dena Tyson leads team with a .406 batting average, 17 home runs and 46 RBI… shortstop Ashley Charters stole 33 bases this season on 37 attempts and scored a team-high 56 runs… Tyson registered 231 putouts and 16 assists while only committing three errors… right-hander Danielle Lawrie holds a record of 29-11 on the season with a 1.54 ERA and 422 strikeouts.

 

Possible Second Round Opponents

No. 2 Northwestern (50-11)

Total NCAA appearances: 10 (five in a row)

All-Time Tournament Record:  32-21

Total WCWS appearances: 5 (two in a row)

Last WCWS appearance/finish:  2006 (2nd)

Best WCWS finish: 2nd, 2006

Second consecutive WCWS appearance and fifth overall… 20-5 on neutral fields this season… 23-12 all-time record against DePaul, but are 0-2 all-time against DePaul in NCAA postseason play… won both ends of a May 3 doubleheader against DePaul with scores of 3-0 and 7-4… team hit a record 81 home runs this season… shortstop Tammy Williams leads team with a .433 batting average, 70 runs scored and 14 stolen bases on 15 attempts… first baseman Garland Cooper hit a team-high 22 home runs and posted an .800 slugging percentage while driving in 69 runs… right-hander Eileen Canney holds a season record of 31-9 with a 1.59 ERA and 354 strikeouts… right-hander Lauren Delaney carries a season record of 19-2 with a 1.64 ERA and 190 strikeouts.

 

No. 7 Arizona State (54-15)

Total NCAA appearances: 21 (three in a row)

All-Time Tournament Record:  41-38

WCWS appearances: 6 (two consecutive)

Last WCWS appearance/finish: 2006/ t5th

Best WCWS finish: 3rd

Second consecutive Women’s College World Series appearance and sixth overall… 7-4 this season on neutral fields… 4-0 all-time against DePaul… won last meeting with DePaul, 1-0, at the 2003 NFCA Classic… team hit 83 home runs this season… five players batting over .300 this season… outfielder Kaitlin Cochran leads team with a .495 batting average and 18 home runs… third baseman Bianca Cruz carries a team-high 67 RBI… left-hander Katie Burkhart holds a 35-11 record this season with a 1.06 ERA and 500 strikeouts… Megan Elliott carries a 17-4 record on the season with a 2.80 ERA and 130 strikeouts.

 

Looking at the Other Four Dugouts

No. 1 Arizona

Total NCAA appearances: 21st consecutive appearance

All-Time Tournament Record: 118-32

Total WCWS appearances: 19, 3rd consecutive

Last WCWS appearance/finish: 2006, national champions

Best WCWS finish: 7 national championships

Defending national champions… 19th Women’s College World Series appearance in the last 20 years… seven-time national champions… 8-4 on neutral fields this season… 7-3 all-time record against DePaul… 2-2 against DePaul in NCAA postseason play...DePaul defeated the Wildcats, 1-0 at the WCWS in 1999…  Arizona won last meeting with DePaul, 8-0, at 2002 NCAA Regional in Minneapolis Minnesota… this season the Wildcats have four players batting over .300… outfielder Caitlin Lowe leads the team with a .425 batting average and 49 stolen bases on 50 attempts… Lowe carries a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in center field… shortstop Kristie Fox has a team-high 14 home runs, .667 slugging percentage and 61 RBI… right hander Taryne Mowatt enters the WCWS with a 36-10 record and a 1.65 ERA;   she has struck out 446 batters in 310 innings of work.

 

No. 4 Texas A&M (46-12)

Total NCAA appearances: 18

All-Time Tournament Record: 50-36

Total WCWS appearances (# in a row): 6 (3 ‘86-’88)

Last WCWS appearance/finish: ‘88 (t5th)

Best WCWS finish: national champions ‘83, ‘87

Sixth WCWS appearance, but first since 1988… three-time national champion (two NCAA and one AIAW)… 9-1 on neutral fields this season… lost only meeting with DePaul, 10-5, in 2004… team stole 116 bases this season… first baseman/right-handed pitcher Megan Gibson leads team with a .397 batting average, 12 home runs and a .745 slugging percentage… outfielder Sharonda McDonald stole 37 bases on 40 attempts while scoring 60 runs this season… right-hander Amanda Scarborough holds a 26-8 record this season with a 0.99 ERA and 220 strikeouts… Gibson carries a 17-4 record with a 1.52 ERA and 155 strikeouts.

 

No. 5 Tennessee (59-6)

Total NCAA appearances:  5 (4 in a row)

All-Time Tournament Record:  23-10

Total WCWS appearances:  3 (third in a row)

Last WCWS appearance/finish:  2006/third

Best WCWS finish: 3rd place (2005 & 2006)

Third consecutive Women’s College World Series appearance… 19-1 on neutral fields this season… 2-0 all-time record against DePaul… 1-0 all-time against DePaul in NCAA postseason play… won last meeting with DePaul, 6-1, during the 2005 season… outscored opponents 354-57 this season… three players batting over .400 this season… outfielder India Chiles leads team with a .466 batting average and 56 runs scored… infielder Tonya Callahan hit a team-high 11 home runs with a .711 slugging percentage and 59 RBI… left-hander Monica Abbott holds a 46-3 record this season with a 0.65 ERA… Abbott registered 649 strikeouts in 314.1 innings of work this season… right-hander Megan Rhodes posted a 13-3 record this season with a 1.50 ERA.

 

No. 8 Baylor (50-14)

Total NCAA appearances (# in a row):  4 (4)

All-Time Tournament Record:  13-7

Total WCWS appearances:  1

First-ever Women’s College World Series appearance… 10-8 this season on neutral fields… 1-3 all-time against DePaul… defeated DePaul, 4-0, on February 24 at the NFCA Classic… team hit 61 home runs this season… six players batting over .300 this season… infielder Ashley Monceaux leads team with a .409 batting average, 20 home runs and 70 RBI…  Monceaux holds a team-high .828 slugging percentage… Monceaux registered 450 putouts and 46 assists with a .984 fielding percentage… right-hander Lisa Ferguson carries a 25-7 record on the season with a 1.88 ERA and 174 strikeouts… Kirsten Shortridge holds 17-5 record this season with a 2.04 ERA and 124 strikeouts.