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Three Pac-10 teams and two Southeastern Conference programs will join one team each from the Big XII, Big 10 and Conference USA at the 2005 Women's College World Series. The event will be held June 2-8 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
No. 1-ranked Michigan defeated Washington to claim the WCWS berth from the No. 1 Super Regional. The Wolverines will face unranked DePaul in the first round. The Blue Demons defeated Northwestern to reach the WCWS for the third time in school history.
Alabama swept Texas A&M 4-1 and 6-5 to win the No. 3 Super Regional and a trip the WCWS. The Crimson Tide will square off against fourth-seeded Texas in the first round. The Longhorns, which deafeated Bethune-Cookman in Super Regionals, have been led all season by Player of the Year candidate and Olympic Gold Medalist Cat Osterman.
No. 5 seeded Arizona earned its 17th trip to the WCWS after defeating Oklahoma 7-6 in the final round of Super Regional action. The Wildcats will face SEC contender Tennessee on Thursday. Tennessee defeated Stanford in two straight games in Super Regionals, and will be making its first appearance in Oklahoma City.
After defeating the University of Georgia in the No. 7 Super Regional last weekend, UCLA advances to the WCWS and hopes to win its third consecutive title. The Bruins will face Pac-10 rival Cal, which defeated Baylor, in the first round.
All WCWS games in Oklahoma City will be televised by ESPN and ESPN2.
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