EUGENE – After staking its first Pac-12 title, the University of Oregon softball team (46-9, 19-5) received a best-ever #3 seeding in the 64-team NCAA Tournament field announced Sunday night on ESPNU.

The Ducks will host the NCAA Regional for the second straight year (and ever), this Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18 at Howe Field, and will welcome BYU (33-23), North Carolina (39-19) and Wisconsin (42-11) in double-elimination play.

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

Thursday, May 16    
Game 1 - North Carolina-Wisconsin, 3 p.m.    
Game 2 - #3 seed Oregon-BYU, 6 p.m.    

Friday, May 17
Game 3 - Game 1&2 Winners, 11 a.m.    
Game 4 - Game 1&2 Losers, 2 p.m.    
Game 5 - Game 4 Winner & Game 3 Loser, 5 p.m.    

Saturday, May 18
Game 6 - NCAA Regional Final, Noon   
Game 7 - *NCAA Regional Final (*if necessary*), 3 p.m.    
 
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).

Later in the week, single-day tickets will be available online, and UO students can watch Duck games at the NCAA Regional for free with a valid student ID.

Sporting a 9-0 mark in regional action under fourth-year head coach Mike White, Oregon swept NCAA Regionals at Georgia Tech (2010), Penn State (2011) and at home (2012) en route to its first-ever Super Regional trips.

The Ducks played BYU in last year’s NCAA Regional in Eugene and staked 4-1 and 6-4 wins en route to their first NCAA Regional title. Later last postseason, UO edged Texas in the Austin Super Regional, then made its second-ever Women’s College World Series trip.

In other recent action vs. Eugene Regional foes, UO edged North Carolina in 2011 (1-0 (8)) and ’12 (5-4), and the Ducks and Badgers last met in 2001 when UO won 2-0 and 3-2.

Last week, BYU (33-23, 19-5) earned its ninth straight postseason invite after it won the Pacific Coast Softball Conference by a three-game margin.

Wisconsin (42-11) won the Big Ten tournament Sunday after it defeated Minnesota in the final (9-3), No. 6 Michigan in the semifinal (9-3) and Northwestern (3-0) in its opener.

Receiving its 11th NCAA invitation the last 13 years, North Carolina (39-19, 13-8) advanced to the semifinal of the ACC Tournament this weekend, and has ranked top 25 much of the 2013 season.
 
In last week’s NCAA RPI ratings, UO stood fourth, followed by Wisconsin (#26), North Carolina (#39) and BYU (#117).

Overall this season, Oregon sports a 15-8 mark vs. top-25 foes – including four wins over three WCWS returnees – and a 24-8 mark vs. 2012 NCAA Tournament qualifiers.

Oregon has ranked top 12 every week this season, including all-time highs of No. 2 and No. 3 in the USA Softball and NFCA polls last week.

Among other NCAA tourney news, the top eight seeds went to #1 Oklahoma (47-4), #2 Florida (52-7), #3 Oregon (46-9), #4 Texas (44-8), #5 Arizona State (45-10), #6 Missouri (35-11), #7 Tennessee (44-10) and #8 Michigan (45-10).

The remaining top 16 seeds included #9 LSU (40-14), #10 Alabama (42-13), #11 Washington (38-15), #12 Kentucky (38-18), #13 South Alabama (45-7), #14 Nebraska (40-13), #15 Louisville (46-11) and #16 Texas A&M (39-15).

College softball fans can watch games from eight of the 16 regional sites hosted this weekend by Arizona State (ESPNU), Kentucky (ESPN3), Michigan (ESPN3), Missouri (ESPN3), Oklahoma (ESPN3), South Alabama (ESPN3), Texas (Longhorn Network/ESPN3) and Texas A&M (ESPN2).

Looking ahead past this weekend, the winner of the Eugene Regional will advance to the Super Regional stage to play the winner of the regional hosted by #14 seed Nebraska (40-13). Other teams in that regional include Stanford (37-19), Tulsa (42-14) and Northern Iowa (26-24).

Next week, 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 23-26.

The Women's College World Series follows in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 30-Wednesday, June 5, 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 one conferences were awarded automatic qualification, and the remaining 33 slots were filled with at-large selections.

The Pac-12 Conference had the highest percentage of teams qualifying (8 of 9), with Arizona, California, Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA its remaining, non-seeded selections.

Among other top conferences nationally, the SEC had 11 of its 14 teams selected, and the Big 12 advanced three of its seven teams.

Only 11 schools (including five from the Pac-12) have won NCAA Division I softball titles since the first tournament in 1982, and altogether, Pac-12 teams have won 23 NCAA championships in the sport, including six of the last seven.

Last year, the Pac-12 advanced five teams to the 16-team Super Regional level, and three of the eight World Series qualifiers (Arizona State, California and Oregon).


2013 NCAA TOURNAMENT AUTOMATIC ADVANCERS
America East : Stony Brook
Atlantic Coast : NC State
Atlantic 10 : Fordham
Atlantic Sun : South Carolina-Upstate
Big East : South Florida
Big South : Longwood
Big Sky : Portland State
Big Ten : Wisconsin
Big 12 : Oklahoma
Big West : Hawaii
Colonial Athletic : Hofstra
Conference USA : Marshall
Horizon League : Valparaiso
Ivy League : Pennsylvania
Metro Atlantic : Marist
Mid-American : Central Michigan
Mid-Eastern : Hampton
Missouri Valley : Northern Iowa
Mountain West : San Diego State
Northeast : Central Connecticut State
Ohio Valley : Longwood
Pacific-12 : Oregon
Pacific Coast : BYU
Patriot League : Army
Southeastern : Florida
Southern : Georgia Southern
Southland : Northwestern State
Southwestern : Mississippi Valley State
Summit : IPFW
Sun Belt : South Alabama
Western Athletic : San Jose State
 

NCAA REGIONAL DATES/SITES/PAIRINGS
 
Eugene Regional – 5/16-18 at Eugene, Ore.
No. 3 seed Oregon* (46-9) vs. BYU (33-20)
North Carolina (39-19) vs. Wisconsin (42-11)

Norman Regional – 5/17-19 at Norman, Okla.
No. 1 seed Oklahoma* (47-4) vs. Marist (30-24)
Fordham (35-21) vs. Arkansas (34-18)

College Station Regional – 5/17-19 at College Station, Texas
Baylor (39-15) vs. Arizona (32-24)
Penn (30-18) vs. No. 16 seed Texas A&M* (39-15)

Baton Rouge Regional – 5/17-19 at Baton Rouge, La.
No. 9 seed LSU* (40-14) vs. Central Connecticut State (35-13)
Northwestern State (40-13) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (43-13)

Ann Arbor Regional – 5/17-19 at Ann Arbor, Mich.
California (36-17) vs. Central Michigan (33-18)
Valparaiso (34-25) vs. No. 8 seed Michigan* (45-10)

Tempe Regional – 5/17-19 at Tempe, Ariz.
No. 5 seed Arizona State* (45-10) vs. San Jose State (42-15)
Georgia (38-19) vs. San Diego State (35-18)

Lexington Regional – 5/17-19 at Lexington, Ky.
Notre Dame (43-13) vs. Virginia Tech (35-19)
Marshall (35-20) vs. No. 12 seed Kentucky* (38-18)

Mobile Regional – 5/17-19 at Mobile, Ala.
No. 13 seed South Alabama* (45-7) vs. Mississippi Valley (24-26)
Mississippi State (32-22) vs. Florida State (41-16)

Austin Regional – 5/17-19 at Austin, Texas
Houston (40-18) vs. South Carolina (32-23)
Army (35-24) vs. No 4 seed Texas* (44-8)

Lincoln Regional – 5/17-19 at Lincoln, Neb.
Stanford (37-19) vs. Tulsa (42-14)
UNI (26-24) vs. No. 14 seed Nebraska* (40-13)

Washington Regional – 5/17-19 at Seattle, Wash.
No. 11 seed Washington (38-15) vs. Portland State (25-29)
Minnesota (35-17) vs. Hawaii (43-11)

Columbia Regional – 5/17-19 at Columbia, Mo.
Hofstra (43-11) vs. Oregon State (33-22)
Stony Brook (35-23) vs. No. 6 seed Missouri* (35-11)

Knoxville Regional – 5/17-19 at Knoxville, Tenn.
No. 7 seed Tennessee* (44-10) vs. Longwood (35-17)
James Madison (41-15) vs. North Carolina State (33-18)

Tuscaloosa Regional – 5/17-19 at Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Western Kentucky (41-16) vs. S.C. Upstate (41-10)
Jacksonville State (30-25) vs. No. 10 seed Alabama* (42-13)

Louisville Regional – 5/17-19 at Louisville, Ky.
No. 15 seed Louisville* (46-11) vs. IPFW (32-14)
UAB (37-16) vs. UCLA (37-18)

Gainesville Regional – 5/17-19 at Gainesville, Fla.
South Florida (43-14) vs. Georgia Southern (32-28)
Hampton (33-24) vs. No. 2 seed Florida* (52-7)

* Indicates host institution
 

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
2012 - Alabama (Pat Murphy) 5-4^    Oklahoma
 
^ - Best of three championship series - % - The 1995 title was later vacated by the NCAA.


 
OREGON POSTSEASON APPEARANCES 
(* Regional Finalist; **Regional Champion, ***Super Regional Champion)
(Regional Record: 34-21; Super Regional: 2-5; WCWS: 2-4; AIAW WS: 3-2)

 
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

**2012 (3-0) – Eugene, Ore.
#11 seed Oregon 7, Portland State 3
#11 Oregon 6, BYU 4
#11 Oregon 8, BYU 1


SUPER REGIONAL

2010 (0-2) - Columbia, Mo.
#8 seed Missouri 1, Oregon 0
Missouri 7, Oregon 3

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

***2012 (2-1) – Austin, Texas
#6 seed Texas, 4, #11 seed Oregon 2
#11 Oregon 5, #6 Texas 4
#11 Oregon 10, #6 Texas 6


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

2012 (1-2) – Oklahoma City, Okla.
#3 seed Arizona State 3, #11 seed Oregon 1
#11 seed Oregon 3, #5 seed Tennessee 1
#1 seed California 6, #11 seed Oregon 3


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)
 


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