May 13, 2012
2012 NCAA Softball Austin Regional Headquarters
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball program returns to Austin for a second-straight year and faces Auburn in the opening game of the NCAA Regional.
Houston (34-22) and Auburn (33-21) are scheduled to play May 18 at 1 p.m. at Red & Charline McCombs Field. Northwestern (27-27) and host No. 6 national seed Texas (42-10) make the up the four-team region. The winner of the Austin Regional will face the winner of the Eugene (Ore.) Regional in the NCAA Super Regional to play for the right to advance to the 2012 Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Last year, the Cougars went 3-0 in the Austin Regional posting two wins over Louisiana Lafayette and defeating No. 6 Texas to advance to the Super Regionals. This is the second time in the program's 12th year to make the postseason in consecutive years and fifth time overall to qualify for postseason play.
Houston finished tied for third with Marshall and UCF in the Conference USA league play with a 15-9 record this year. As the No. 5 seed in C-USA Championships, Houston defeated UCF in the opening round before falling 4-3 in the semifinals to eventual champions Tulsa.
The matchup marks a first in program history between the Cougars and Tigers. Houston has never played Northwestern and trail Texas 4-15 in the all-time series including at 15-4 loss at home during the Striking Out Breast Cancer game this season.
Fans can follow the action on ESPN3.com. For any games against host Texas, the action will be televised on the Longhorn network. GameTracker for each contest can be found on UHCougars.com.
All-Session tickets may be purchased online at TexasBoxOffice.com, by phone at 800-982-BEVO or in person at the UT Athletics Ticket Office in Bellmont Hall.
All-Session tickets (includes admission to all three days of the NCAA Regional, up to seven games)
General admission: $24
Customers may have their tickets emailed to them by selecting the print-at-home option or can have them held in Will Call. Customers who select Will Call may pick up their tickets at the Bellmont Hall ticket office starting Wednesday, May 16 at 9 a.m., or you may pick up your tickets at the McCombs Field box office beginning one hour prior to Game 1 of the tournament.
Spectators for the NCAA Softball Austin Regional may park free in Lot 109 (beyond McCombs Field left field) and Lot 114 (beyond McCombs Field center field) and the lot at Leona and MLK. View the campus parking map at http://www.utexas.edu/parking/maps/.
Friday, May 18, 2012 - Session 1
1:00 p.m. Game 2 #2 Auburn vs. #3 Houston
4:00 p.m. Game 1 #1 Texas vs. #4 Northwestern
Saturday, May 19, 2012 - Session 2
12:00 p.m. Game 3 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
3:00 p.m. Game 4 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
6:00 p.m. Game 5 Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Sunday, May 20, 2012 - Session 3
12:00 p.m. Game 6 Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5
Game 7 (if necessary)