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Howie Stalwick / Special to The Forum, Published May 23 2010

Bison softball game delayed by rain

SEATTLE – Darren Mueller’s self-proclaimed desire to “shock the world” for the second straight year has been postponed by rain.

The second-round NCAA softball tournament contest between North Dakota State and Nebraska was postponed due to rain Saturday night with the Cornerhuskers leading 2-1 after four innings.

At press time, it had not been determined if the Seattle Regional game would be resumed Saturday or today. The weather forecast for today called for morning showers making way for dry, mostly cloudy conditions in the afternoon.

The Bison, coached by Mueller, hope to earn a second straight trip to the Super Regionals by winning the Seattle Regional. It won’t be easy, since the defending national champion Washington Huskies – ranked No. 1 all year, and seeded third in the 64-team NCAA tournament – advanced to the regional title game with a 1-0 victory over North Carolina on Saturday.

The rain began falling shortly after the host Huskies beat the Tar Heels. Washington (47-6), the only team undefeated after two rounds in Seattle, would have to lose twice today to not earn the regional’s one berth in the Super Regionals.

North Dakota State (33-24) played solidly in a 3-0 loss to Washington on Friday. Nebraska (29-28) was no-hit by North Carolina in a 1-0 loss in Friday’s opening game.

The North Dakota State-Nebraska winner would have to defeat North Carolina (41-19) late Saturday night or today to advance to the title game. NCAA rules do not permit games to begin after 11:59 p.m. local time, which would be 1:59 a.m. CDT.

Nebraska leadoff hitter Heidi Foland walked and scored in the first inning Saturday, then homered down the left-field line with one out in the third. North Dakota State got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Brea Konz walked to lead off the inning and scored with two out on a pinch-hit single by freshman Becca Gift.