The Oregon State Softball team did what they had to do last weekend in Salt Lake City and now for the third straight year they head to post-season play in Tusacloosa. The Beavers one of seven Pac-12 teams invited to play in the NCAA's. Their opponent is WIsconsin! The Beavers have faced the Badgers nine times in school history and have an 8-1 record. The game will be televised on ESPN 3. If they win the game they will face the winner of the Middle Tennessee State/Alabama game. The Crimson Tide is the top seed. Here are more details from the Oregon State release.
• Oregon State heads to the NCAA Softball Championship Tuscaloosa Regional this weekend after needing two wins at Utah and getting both wins for a postseason berth• The Beavers made comebacks in both games taking the first game 9-5 on Thursday night• Sitting at .500 and needing two wins for a shot at the postseason the Beavers got two hits each from McKenna Arriola, Shelby Weeks, Alysha Everett, Hope Brandner, Camryn Ybarra and Jessica Garcia enroute to a series opening win• Ybarra tallied two doubles• Brandner contributed 3 RBI on two singles pushing her team-leading total to 34 RBI• Everett added two RBI on her fourth homer of the season• Weeks and Kayleen Shafer had two stolen bases each• Junior Meehra Nelson started in the circle throwing 6.1 innings in the win while fanning four batters• Game 2 featured a fifth inning rally in what proved to be a swing game in the series as the third and final game of the series was cancelled due to weather• Trailing 6-5 heading to the fifth inning the Beavers put up three runs leading 8-6, and eventually winning 8-7 securing the series a winning record for the season• The Beavers got RBIs in the fifth from Michelle Sass, Shafer and Garcia for the win• Freshman Brandner had a day at the plate going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. She grew the Beavers 1-0 lead with a two-run bomb in the third inning• Ybarra hit her third double in two games in a 2-for-4 effort at the plate with two runs scored• Meehra Nelson picked up her second win on the weekend in a relief effort tossing 3.2 inning giving up just one hit and one earned run• Following the weekend it was revealed that the Beavers would be heading to the University of Alabama for the Tuscaloosa Regional as the No. 2 seed in the regional. UPCOMING• The Beavers take to the skies and head East to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the NCAA Regionals for the third-straight year• Oregon State battles the Wisconsin Badgers (28-21, 11-9 Big 10) in the opening game on Friday evening at 4 p.m. PT• The Beavers hold an 8-1 all-time record against the Badgers, and are 2-0 over the Red & White under the direction of Head Coach Laura Berg• The two teams last met on March 5, 2016 when OSU won a 3-1 decision at the Judi Garman Classic• The Host and No. 1 seed Alabama enters Regionals ranked No. 13 in both major polls and holds a record of 33-18, 12-12 SEC• The Crimson Tide will battle the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee (39-20, 11-11 CUSA) in the other first round game Friday night following the Beavers vs. Badgers• Oregon State has played Alabama twice and is 1-1 against the Crimson Tide, while the Beavers have never faced Middle Tennessee SCHEDULE OF EVENTSFriday, May 18Game 1: Wisconsin vs Oregon State - 4 p.m. PTRhoads Softball Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Game 2: Middle Tennessee vs Alabama - 6:30 p.m. PTRhoads Softball Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Saturday, May 19Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2 - 11:30 a.m. PTGame 4: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2 - 2 p.m. PTGame 5: Winner Game 4 vs Loser Game 3 - 4:30 p.m. PT Sunday, May 20Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs Winner Game 5 - 11:30 a.m. PTGame 7 (If Necessary) Winner Game 6 vs Loser Game 6 - 2 p.m. PT