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#11 UO Tabbed to Host First-Ever NCAA Tourney Tilts
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Release Date: 05/13/2012
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EUGENE - After polishing off one of its greatest regular seasons ever, the University of Oregon softball team (39-15, Pac-12: 13-9 (3rd)) was tabbed as the #11 seed in the 64-team NCAA Softball Tournament field announced Sunday night on ESPN-U.

Looking ahead to their 14th NCAA regional appearance, the Ducks are the top seed in the four-team regional that will be held in Eugene at Howe Field on Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19.

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).

Game times are as follows (*times listed are Pacific Time):


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 Adults; $15 Students/Youth (ages 1-18), Senior Citizens (62 and older).

Starting Wednesday, single-day ticket will be available online, and prices are $7 Adults; $5 Students/Youth/Senior Citizens.

UO students can watch Duck games any day at the NCAA Regional for free with a valid student ID.

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.

Making its eighth straight NCAA trip, BYU (43-13) won the Western Athletic Conference title in Las Cruces, N.M., last weekend with its wins over Louisiana Tech (6-1), No. 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 No. 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-No. 1 California, No. 9 Missouri and No. 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, No. 12 / 13 UO repeated its highest ranking of the regular season in both national polls, and its only higher sighting in 2012 was its No. 11 position in the USA Softball preseason edition.

Under the guidance of third-year head coach Mike White, Oregon made its first-ever Super Regional trips in 2011 (42-16, Pac-12: 11-10 (3rd-t)) and 2010 (36-21, Pac-12: 8-13 (6th-t)).

Among other NCAA tourney news, the other top-eight seeds included #1 California (50-4), #2 Alabama (50-7), defending national champion and #3 Arizona State (46-7), #4 Oklahoma (45-8), defending NCAA runner-up and #5 Florida (46-11), #6 Texas (42-10), #7 Tennessee (46-10) and #8 Texas A&M (39-16).

The remaining top-16 seeds included #9 Missouri (43-12), #10 Georgia (41-15), #12 UCLA (36-18), #13 Arizona (35-17), #14 Louisiana-Lafayette (49-4), #15 Louisville (53-3) and #16 Washington (36-17).

College softball fans can watch games from two of the 16 this weekend's sites on ESPN2 and ESPN3 - the Louisville Regional (that includes #15 Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan and Valparaiso) and Tucson Regional (that includes #13 Arizona, Hawai'i, North Dakota State and Notre Dame)

Looking ahead two weekends, the winner of the Eugene Regional will advance to the Super Regional stage to play the winner of the Austin Regional hosted by #6 seed Texas (42-10). Other teams in that regional include Northwestern (27-27) and Auburn (33-21). If UT wins their regional, they will host the Super Regional vs. the Eugene Regional winner.

All eight NCAA Super Regionals will be televised live by various ESPN stations. The two-team, best-of-three-game format will be held on back-to-back days between Thursday-Sunday, May 24-27.

The Women's College World Series follows in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 31-Wednesday, June 6, and every game will also be televised by the ESPN network. The eight teams will play double-elimination format, and the final two teams will play a best-of-three series.

Thirty conferences were awarded automatic qualification, and the remaining 34 slots were filled with at-large selections.

More NCAA tournament information is available at the www.NCAAsports.com website, and regularly-updated results from each game will be available at the http://www.ncaa.com/brackets/softball/d1 URL link.

The Pac-12 Conference had the highest percentage of teams qualifying, with Stanford and Oregon State its remaining, non-seeded selections.

Among other top conferences nationally, the SEC had nine of its 12 teams selected, and the Big 12 advanced six of its nine teams.

Only 10 schools (including five from the Pac-12) have won NCAA Division I softball titles since the first tournament in 1982, and eight are in this year’s bracket. Altogether, Pac-12 teams have won 23 NCAA championships in the sport, including the last six.

Last year, the Pac-12 advanced six teams to the 16-team Super Regional level, and two of the eight World Series qualifiers (national champion Arizona State and California).


2012 NCAA TOURNAMENT AUTOMATIC ADVANCERS

America East: Boston U.
Atlantic Coast: Georgia Tech
Atlantic 10: Massachusetts
Atlantic Sun: Florida Gulf Coast
Big East: Louisville
Big South: Coastal Carolina
Big Ten: Michigan
Big 12: Oklahoma
Big West: Long Beach State
Colonial Athletic: Hofstra
Conference USA: Tulsa
Horizon League: Valparaiso
Ivy Group: Harvard
Metro Atlantic: Iona
Mid-American: Miami (Ohio)
Mid-Eastern: Bethune-Cookman
Missouri Valley: Illinois State
Mountain West: San Diego State
Northeast: LIU Brooklyn
Ohio Valley: UT Martin
Pacific-12: California
Pacific Coast: Portland State
Patriot League: Lehigh
Southeastern: Alabama
Southern: Georgia Southern
Southland: Texas State
Southwestern: Mississippi Valley
Summit: North Dakota State
Sun Belt: South Alabama
Western Athletic: BYU

 

ALL-TIME NCAA SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS
Year - Champion (Coach) / Score / Runner-Up
1982 - UCLA (Sharron Backus) 2-0 (8) Fresno State
1983 - Texas A&M (Bob Brock) 2-0 (12) CS Fullerton
1984 - UCLA (Sharron Backus) 1-0 (13) Texas A&M
1985 - UCLA (Sharron Backus) 2-1 (9) Nebraska
1986 - CS Fullerton (Judi Garman) 3-0  Texas A&M
1987 - Texas A&M (Bob Brock) 4-1 UCLA
1988 - UCLA (Sharron Backus) 3-0 Fresno State
1989 - UCLA (Backus/Enquist) 1-0 Fresno State
1990 - UCLA (Backus/Enquist) 2-0 Fresno State
1991 - Arizona (Mike Candrea) 5-1 UCLA
1992 - UCLA (Backus/Enquist) 2-0 ARI ZONA
1993 - Arizona (Mike Candrea) 1-0 UCLA
1994 - Arizona (Mike Candrea) 4-0 CS Northridge
1995 - UCLA (Sharron Backus)% 4-2 Arizona
1996 - Arizona (Mike Candrea) 6-4 Washington
1997 - Arizona (Mike Candrea) 10-2 UCLA
1998 - Fresno State (Margie Wright) 1-0 Arizona
1999 - UCLA (Sue Enquist) 3-2 Washington
2000 - Oklahoma (Patty Gasso) 3-1 UCLA
2001 - Arizona (Mike Candrea) 1-0 UCLA
2002 - California (Diane Ninemire) 6-2 Arizona
2003 - UCLA (Sue Enquist) 1-0 (9) California
2004 - UCLA (Sue Enquist) 3-1 California
2005 - Michigan (Carol Hutchins) 4-1 (10)^ UCLA
2006 - Arizona (Mike Candrea) 5-0^ Northwestern
2007 - Arizona (Mike Candrea) 5-0^ Tennessee
2008 - Arizona State (Clint Myers) 11-0^ Texas A&M
2009 - Washington (Heather Tarr) 5-1 ^    Florida
2010 - UCLA (Kelly Inouye-Perez) 5-0^ Arizona
2011 - Arizona State (Clint Myers)    7-2^    Florida

^ - Best of three championship series - % - The 1995 title was later vacated by the NCAA.

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ALL-TIME OREGON NCAA POSTSEASON APPEARANCES
(Regional Record: 31-21; Super Regional: 0-4; WCWS: 1-2; AIAW WS: 3-2)
(* Regional Finalist; **Regional Champion)

REGIONAL

**1989 (3-1) - No. 5 Regional - Amherst, Mass.
Oregon 2, Massachusetts 0
Connecticut 2, Oregon 1
Oregon 3, Connecticut 2
Oregon 6, Connecticut 0

1990 (0-2) - No. 8 Regional - Columbus, Ohio
Kent State 3, Oregon 0
Ohio State 2, Oregon 0

1994 (2-2) - No. 3 Regional - Fresno, Calif.
Oregon 3, California 2
Fresno State 1, Oregon 0
Oregon 2, California 1 (20 innings)
Fresno State 5, Oregon 0

1998 (2-2) - No. 2 Regional - Lincoln, Neb.
Iowa 5, Oregon 2
Oregon 11, Coastal Carolina 3
Oregon 10, Iowa 9
Nebraska 9, Oregon 7

1999 (1-2) - No. 8 Regional - Chicago, Ill.
Illinois-Chicago 1, Oregon 0
Oregon 6, Texas 0
Michigan State 9, Oregon 1

2000 (2-2) - No. 5 Regional - Baton Rouge, La.
Southern Mississippi 3, Oregon 0
Oregon 4, Northwestern State 1
Oregon 4, Louisiana-Lafayette 3
Southern Mississippi 3, Oregon 1

*2003 (5-2) - No. 6 Regional - Fullerton, Calif.
No. 17 Oregon 10, Penn State 8
No. 11 Oklahoma State 2, No. 17 Oregon 1
No. 17 Oregon 4, San Diego State 1
No. 17 Oregon 2, No. 6 Cal State Fullerton 1
No. 17 Oregon 7, No. 11 Oklahoma St. 6 (12 innings)
No. 17 Oregon 9, No. 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 2
No. 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 6, No. 17 Oregon 4

*2004 (4-2) - No. 4 Regional - Tallahassee, Fla.
No. 12 Oregon 1, Bethune-Cookman 0
No. 12 Oregon 12, South Florida 0
No. 4 Florida State 5, No. 12 Oregon 4 (12 innings)
Oregon 2, No. 17 South Florida 1
No. 12 Oregon 1, No. 4 Florida State 0
No. 4 Florida State 2, No. 12 Oregon 0

*2005 (2-2) - No. 14 Region - Norman, Okla.
No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette 7, Oregon 5
Oregon 3, Wichita State 2 (8)
Oregon 3, No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette 1
No. 10 Oklahoma 2, Oregon 1

*2007 (2-2) - Columbia, S.C.
No. 20 Oregon 4, Penn State 0
No. 20 Oregon 8, South Carolina 4
South Carolina 2, No. 20 Oregon 0
South Carolina 4, No. 20 Oregon 3

*2008 (2-2) - Norman, Okla.
No. 7 Oklahoma 6, Oregon 0
Oregon 1, Tulsa 0
Oregon 3, Arkansas 0
No. 7 Oklahoma 11, Oregon 0

*2010 (3-0) - Atlanta, Ga.
Oregon 1, Auburn 0
Oregon 11, No. 7 seed Georgia Tech 2 (5)
Oregon 4, Georgia Tech 3 (8)

**2011 (3-0) - University Park, Pa.
Oregon 3, Albany 1
Oregon 2, Fordham 0
Oregon 3, Penn State 1


SUPER REGIONAL

2010 (0-2) - Columbia, Mo.
No. 8 seed Missouri 1, Oregon 0
Missouri 7, Oregon 3

2011 (0-2) – Gainesville, Fla.
No. 4 seed Florida 9, No. 13 seed Oregon 1
Florida, 7, Oregon 0


WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

1989 (1-2) - Sunnyvale, California
Cal Poly Pomona 1, Oregon 0
Oregon 1, South Carolina 0
Arizona 4, Oregon 0


AIAW WORLD SERIES

1976 (1-2)
Minnesota 5, Oregon 1
Oregon 11, Maryville State 0
Indiana State 14, Oregon 6

1980 (2-2)
Oregon 7, Massachusetts 3
Utah State 5, Oregon 0
Oregon 2, SW Missouri State 1
Western Michigan 1, Oregon 0 (7th Place)

 

2012 NCAA TOURNAMENT DATES/SITES/PAIRINGS

> Eugene Regional – May 17-19 at Eugene, Ore.
No. 11 seed Oregon* (39-15) vs. Portland State (27-23)
Mississippi State (33-22) vs. BYU (43-13)

Berkeley Regional – May 18-20 at Berkeley, Calif.
No. 1 seed California* (50-4) vs. Iona (35-24)
Boston U. (40-14) vs. Arkansas (27-26)
 
Seattle Regional – May 18-20 at Seattle, Wash.
Texas Tech (40-15) vs. Maryland (34-20)
Harvard (33-13) vs. No. 16 seed Washington* (36-17)
 
Columbia Regional – May 18-20 at Columbia, Mo.
No. 9 seed Missouri* (43-12) vs. Illinois State (35-21)
Massachusetts (38-11) vs. DePaul (35-20)
 
College Station Regional – May 18-20 at College Station, Texas
LSU (34-22) vs. Texas State (38-15)
Bethune-Cookman (30-29) vs. No. 8 seed Texas A&M* (39-16)
 
Gainesville Regional – May 18-20 at Gainesville, Fla.
No. 5 seed Florida* (46-11) vs. Florida Gulf Coast (37-22)
UCF (39-17) vs. South Florida (45-11)
 
Los Angeles Regional – May 18-20 at Los Angeles, Calif.
Florida State (46-14) vs. San Diego State (30-22)
Hofstra (38-13) vs. No. 12 seed UCLA* (36-18)
 
Tucson Regional – May 18-20 at Tucson, Ariz.
No. 13 seed Arizona* (35-17) vs. North Dakota State (37-20)
Notre Dame (38-14) vs. Hawaii (44-7)
 
Norman Regional – May 18-20 at Norman, Okla.
Oregon State (34-21) vs. Tulsa (41-12)
Lehigh (40-17) vs. No 4 seed Oklahoma* (45-8)
 
Tempe Regional – May18-20 at Tempe, Ariz.
No. 3 seed Arizona State* (46-7) vs. LIU Brooklyn (25-33)
Long Beach State (28-23) vs. Syracuse (40-14)
 
Lafayette Regional – May 18-20 at Lafayette, La.
Stanford (38-17) vs. Baylor (33-20)
Mississippi Valley (34-17) vs. No. 14 seed Louisiana-Lafayette* (49-4)
 
Austin Regional – May 18-20 at Austin, Texas
Auburn (33-21) vs. Houston (34-22)
Northwestern (27-27) vs. No. 6 seed Texas* (42-10)
 
Knoxville Regional – May 18-20 at Knoxville, Tenn.
No. 7 seed Tennessee* (46-10) vs. Miami (Ohio) (40-18)
UAB (37-20) vs. Virginia Tech (40-19)
 
Athens Regional – May 18-20 at Athens, Georgia
North Carolina (41-13) vs. Georgia Southern (42-18)
Coastal Carolina (43-18) vs. No. 10 seed Georgia* (41-15)
 
Louisville Regional – May 18-20 at Louisville, Ky.
No. 15 seed Louisville* (53-3) vs. Valparaiso (42-17)
Kentucky (29-28) vs. Michigan (39-15)
 
Tuscaloosa Regional – May 18-20 at Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Georgia Tech (36-21) vs. South Alabama (39-15)
UT-Martin (39-20) vs. No. 2 seed Alabama* (50-7)
 
* Indicates host school

 

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