EUGENE - Looking ahead to its first-ever NCAA Softball Regional games at Howe Field, fans can now purchase all-session ticket packages online at www.GoDucks.com, while single-day tickets will be available starting Wednesday.
The four-team, three-day, double-elimination format guarantees at least six games from Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19, and a potential seventh game would also be held Saturday.
Tabbed as the #11 seed in the 64-team bracket, Oregon (39-15, Pac-12: 13-9 (3rd)) is the top seed in the Eugene Regional and looks ahead to its 14th NCAA regional appearance and third straight in as many years under head coach Mike White.
Other teams headed to the Willamette Valley to play in the double-elimination format include BYU (43-13), Mississippi State (33-22) and Portland State (27-23), and game times follow:
Thursday, May 17
3 p.m. - Game 1 - BYU vs. Mississippi State
6 p.m. - Game 2 - Oregon vs. Portland State
Friday, May 18
11 a.m. - Game 3 - Games 1 & 2 Winners
2 p.m. - Game 4 - Games 1 & 2 Losers
5 p.m. - Game 5 - Game 4 Winner vs. Game 3 Loser
Saturday, May 19
Noon - Game 6 - Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner
3 p.m. - Game 7 (if necessary) - same teams as Game 6
Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets online in advance at the www.GoDucks.com website, and all-session general admission packages are available now for the following prices: $20 for Adults, and $15 for Students/Youth (ages 1-18) and Senior Citizens (62 and older).
Starting Wednesday, single-day ticket will be available online, and prices are $7 Adults, and $5 Students/Youth/Senior Citizens.
UO students can watch Duck games any day at the NCAA Regional for free with a valid student ID.
To accommodate extra fans, 400 bleachers and an extra concession area will be added behind the left field fence.
Earlier this season, Oregon beat Portland State in an April doubleheader in Eugene (10-4, 1-0), and was edged by BYU (2-1) in Tempe in the season-opening Kajikawa Classic.
Oregon has played Mississippi State only once before (a 3-0 loss in Tempe in 2008), and owns all-time marks of 4-3 vs. BYU and 110-61 against PSU.
Returning NCAA tourney qualifier Portland State (27-23) won the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Tournament this past weekend with 6-1 and 1-0 wins over St. Mary's in the event's final two contests.
Returning Super Regional advancer BYU (43-13) won the Western Athletic Conference title in Las Cruces, N.M., last weekend with its wins over Louisiana Tech (6-1), #11 Hawai'i (6-4) and Fresno State (8-3).
Mississippi State (33-22) lost in the first round of the SEC Tournament last Thursday to NCAA tourney #2 seed Alabama by a 5-2 count in Tuscaloosa.
Last weekend, the Ducks edged #14-ranked UCLA by a 2-1 count in their three-game set in Eugene to win or tie its sixth of eight league series this spring. UO finished third in the 'Conference of Champions' to tie its second-best-ever finish, and the Ducks defeated every league opponent in the same season for the fourth time in school history.
Oregon has beaten four teams that advanced to last year’s World Series – returning national champion ASU, then-#1 California, #9 Missouri and #21 Oklahoma State – and owns an 19-12 mark against 2011 NCAA tourney returnees
Thanks to a tough regular season schedule, Oregon ranked eighth nationally in last week’s NCAA RPI ratings. The Ducks sport a 13-10 record vs. top-25 teams in 2012, and junior pitcher Jessica Moore notched each of those wins.
Ranked top 20 every single week this year, Oregon has now been ranked for 40 straight editions by USA Softball and 33 straight polls by the NFCA. Last week, #12 / 13 UO repeated its highest ranking of the regular season in both national polls, and its only higher sighting in 2012 was its #11 position in the USA Softball preseason edition.
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