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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Louisiana, here we come!

By Ashley Hansen

Ashley Hansen
Ashley Hansen and her Stanford teammates hope there will be more moments to celebrate when they begin regional play Friday in Lafayette, La.

Lafayette, Louisiana, I hope you are ready for us because Stanford softball is heading to the ole Bayou! We found out Sunday night during the selection show that we will be heading to the Lafayette Regional with Baylor, Mississippi Valley State and Louisiana-Lafayette.

The selection show is possibly my favorite moment of the year, and this year was no exception. I always get extremely anxious before the selection show, to the point where I get fidgety. Let's just say with our regional being announced in the latter half of the hour-long program, there was a lot of fidgeting going on Sunday night.

I always love speculating with my teammates about where we might end up. Some guessed Missouri, Texas, Georgia, and we even had someone predict it correctly with Lafayette. But regardless of where we were placed, one thing is for certain: We all know that it doesn't matter where or whom we are playing, we are prepared to take on whatever obstacle lies in front of us.

This is the moment we have been working for all season long. With only 64 teams left, it is anybody's game on any given day. Every team has the same goal: a chance to play for a national championship on the biggest stage that softball has to offer, the Women's College World Series. My team and I know that we have put in the work, and now it's time to prove to the country, one game at a time, that we belong in OKC.

We head out Wednesday morning on a chartered flight to Louisiana. We practice at ULL's facilities on Thursday morning, and then our first regional game is under the lights on Friday. As much as I would have loved to host a regional, I am looking forward to heading back to Louisiana. I've spent some time down there while my boyfriend played baseball at the University of New Orleans. I can't wait to play in front of the notoriously loud Southern crowds. There's nothing better than playing in front of a packed stadium, even when they are cheering against you. In the spirit of Louisiana, Geaux Card!