(STILLWATER, Oklahoma / May 12, 2019) – The Oklahoma State softball team was announced as the No. 13 seed in this year's NCAA Tournament, meaning that the Cowgirls will host one of the 16 regionals across the country next weekend.
It is the first time OSU has hosted a regional since 1998, a year in which the Cowgirls swept their competition and made the program's sixth trip to the Women's College World Series. The Pokes will be joined in Stillwater by Arkansas, Tulsa and BYU.
Cowgirl Stadium previously played host to a super regional in 2011, but next weekend's competition will mark the ballpark's first four-team regional since it was renovated in 2000.
Oklahoma State enters the NCAA Tournament with 39 wins on its resume thus far - the most by a Cowgirl team before the NCAA Tournament since 2010, when the Pokes entered with 43.
The 2019 Cowgirls have tackled one of the nation's most challenging schedules this season, facing teams that were either ranked or receiving votes in at least one of the national polls on 29 occasions.
OSU won 20 of those matchups, which includes eight wins over top-15 opponents.
Oklahoma State's 11 wins over ranked opponents this season is the program's highest total since defeating 11 ranked foes in 2011. It is tied for the program’s fourth-highest total since 1995.
Getting to play in the friendly confines of Cowgirl Stadium should be a massive boost for the Pokes next weekend, as OSU has gone 15-3 in games at its home park this year.
Oklahoma State's 15 home victories is tied for the program's fifth-highest single-season total in school history. The team's .833 winning percentage is its top mark since winning 19 of 22 games (.864) in Stillwater back in 2010.
In its final home game of the regular season - a Bedlam matchup against No. 1 Oklahoma on May 5 - OSU shattered the Cowgirl Stadium attendance record, as 1,374 of the nation's rowdiest fans packed the stands and tailgaters lined the outfield wall.
The NCAA Stillwater Regional will mark the Cowgirls' 22nd all-time postseason appearance and the first time that OSU has competed in four-straight NCAA Tournaments since an 11-year run that ended in 1998.
Oklahoma State has made seven appearances at the Women's College World Series, most recently making the 60-mile journey in 2011.
Arkasnas and Tulsa open the Stillwater Regional on Thursday, May 16, at 5 p.m. CT, followed by the Cowgirls' clash with BYU at 7:30 p.m. CT.
For a full schedule and further details about the NCAA Stillwater Regional, visit okstate.com/ncaasoftball.