* NCAA tourney brackets are available in the LINKS box to the right, updated season/career stats are available via the link above, and more information will be posted shortly.

 

EUGENE – With the announcement of the 64-team NCAA softball tournament field Sunday night, the No. 13-seeded University of Oregon (39-14, 11-10) looks forward to its 13th regional trip this weekend (and seventh the last nine seasons).

The Ducks are the highest-seeded team in the State College Regional that includes host Penn State (29-22-1, 11-8-1), Albany (28-21, 14-4) and Fordham (41-7, 16-4).

This past week, PSU tapped its first-ever two-game sweeps of Ohio State and Northwestern to finish fourth in the Big Ten and earn one of the 34 at-large bids with Oregon. Albany and Fordham were among the 30 automatic qualifiers selected by virtue of their America East and Atlantic-10 Conference titles, respectively.

On Friday, Oregon opens the regional with its first-ever meeting against Albany at Beard Field at 2:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. PT.

Fordham and Penn State will play immediately after at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT in the first day of the three-day tournament.

The first game on Saturday between Friday's winners is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. ET, with two losers bracket contests following at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT and 7:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT.

Sunday's regional finale(s) will be televised by the Big Ten Netowrk, and are set for noon ET / 9 a.m. PT  and (if necessary) 2:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m.

All-time, Oregon is 1-0 against Fordham (with an 11-0 win in 2000) and 4-0 vs. Penn State.

In prior Duck-Nittany Lion meetings, former Ducks Alicia Cook and Anissa Meashintubby pitched UO to 4-0 and 8-6 wins in the first games of the 2007 and 2003 NCAA Regionals, while UO also posted a pair of 2-0 wins in opening-month action in 2004. Second-year UO head coach Mike White served on the Duck staff in the '03 and '04 tilts as the assistant coach in charge of pitchers and catchers.

More information on each team is available at the www.UAlbanySports.com www.FordhamSports.com and www.GoPSUsports.com websites.

Around the nation this week, 16, four-team regionals will be held Thursday-Saturday, May 19-22.

The following week, eight two-team, two-day Super Regionals will be held Thursday-Sunday, May 26-29. Based on the attached NCAA bracket, the State College Regional champion will play the winner of the Gainesville Regional that includes host and No. 4 seed Florida, Bethune-Cookman, UCLA and Jacksonville.

The following week, the eight-team Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla., caps the season on Thursday-Wednesday, June 2-8.

Pac-10 champion Arizona State (50-6) was chosen as the No. 1 seed, and other top seeds included #2 seed Alabama (46-8), #3 seed Texas (45-8), #4 seed Florida (47-9) and #5 seed Missouri (46-7).

The Pac-10 advanced seven of eight teams to the postseason - the highest percentage of any conference nationally - with six earning top-16 seeds - #1 ASU, #7 California, #8 Arizona, #12 Washington, #13 Oregon and #15 Stanford.

Other conferences with the most teams selected included the Big 12 (8 of 10), SEC (7 of 11) and Conference USA (5 of 9).

Each weekend series is double-elimination format, and more information on the NCAA tourney is available at the www.NCAAsports.com website.

Tabbed with a season-high 11th-place national ranking last week, the Ducks are on a roll with wins in nine of their last 12 games. Oregon has taken its last four series in the 'Conference of Champions' against returning national champion and then-No. 12 UCLA (2-1), then-No. 10 Stanford (2-1), at returning national runner-up and then-No. 9 Arizona (2-1), and vs. Oregon State (3-0).

Overall this year, Oregon was 13-11 against teams that received NCAA invites with its marks against #2 seed Alabama (0-1), #7 seed California (0-3), #12 seed Washington (1-2), #16 seed Texas A&M (1-0), BYU (1-0), Illinois State (1-0), Louisiana-Lafayette (1-0), Pacific (1-1) and Portland State (2-0).

Against top-20-ranked teams this year, UO was 12-11, and to see scores/recaps from each game, click the SCHEDULE link above.

UO ended the regular season tied for third in the Pac-10 Conference with eight-time national champion Arizona, and tied its second-ever highest league placing. Its 11-10 Pac-10 ledger was its second ever above .500 - and first since its Pac-10 runner-up mark of 13-7 in 1989 (and only +.500 mark since the Pac-10 expanded to eight teams in 1993).

Last year in the postseason under then-first-year head coach Mike White, Oregon made its first-ever Super Regional trip after it went 3-0 in the Atlanta Regional that included a 1-0 win over Auburn and 11-2 and 4-3 upsets of then-No. 7 seed Georgia Tech. A week later, the Ducks lost in the Super Regional at No. 8 seed Missouri, 1-0 and 7-3.

All-time in NCAA softball tourney history, Pac-10 schools have combined to win 23 of the 28 championships held, including the last five by four different teams (Arizona, ASU, Washington and UCLA). Last year, the Pac-10 advanced six teams to the 16-team Super Regional level, including three of the eight World Series qualifiers (national champion UCLA, runner-up Arizona and defending champion Washington).

 

2011 Division I Softball Regional Pairings (grouped together by Super Regionals)

* Indicates host school


University Park (Pa.) Regional – May 20-22    
No. 13 seed Oregon (39-14) vs. Albany (N.Y.) (28-21)
Fordham (41-17) vs. Penn State* (27-22)

Gainesville (Fla.) Regional – May 20-22    
UCLA (33-17) vs. Jacksonville (43-14)
Bethune-Cookman (33-24) vs. No. 4 Florida* (47-9)    

 

Tempe (Ariz.) Regional – May 20-22
No. 1 seed Arizona State* (50-6) vs. North Dakota State (30-25)
San Diego State (32-19) vs. Long Beach State (37-16)

College Station Regional – May 20-22
LSU (38-16) vs. Syracuse (44-11)
Sacred Heart (29-19) vs. No. 16 Texas A&M* (41-13)   

 

Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Regional – May 20-22
Chattanooga (42-12) vs. Memphis (35-12)
Jackson State (24-19) vs. No. 2 Alabama* (46-8)

Stanford (Calif.) Regional – May 20-22
No. 15 Stanford* (38-15) vs. Pacific (37-17)
Fresno State (34-17) vs. Nebraska (39-12)

 

Austin (Texas) Regional – May 20-22
No. 3 Texas* (44-8) vs. Texas State (33-23)
Houston (40-16) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (49-9)

Knoxville (Tenn.) Regional – May 20-22
Oklahoma State (37-17) vs. Georgia Tech (44-10)
Liberty (30-28) vs. No. 14 Tennessee* (47-10)

 

Columbia (Mo.) Regional – May 20-22    
No. 5 Missouri* (46-7) vs. Illinois State (35-17)
DePaul (39-13) vs. Indiana (37-16)    

Seattle (Wash.) Regional – May 19-21    
Auburn (39-17) vs. BYU (38-16)
Portland State (34-16) vs. No. 12 Washington* (34-14)    

 

Athens (Ga.) Regional – May 20-22
Florida State (30-26) vs. UAB (38-17)
Georgia State (36-23) vs. No. 6 Georgia* (47-12)

College Park (Md.) Regional – May 20-22
No. 11 seed Baylor (40-12) vs. Lehigh (33-21)
East Carolina (39-20) vs. Maryland* (39-17)

 

Ann Arbor (Mich.) Regional – May 20-22
Notre Dame (45-9) vs. Kentucky (36-14)
Western Michigan (25-28) vs. No. 10 Michigan* (51-4)

Louisville (Ky.) Regional – May 20-22
No. 7 seed California (39-10) vs. Jacksonville State (39-19)
Illinois-Chicago (25-22) vs. Louisville* (36-18)

 

Norman (Okla.) Regional – May 20-22    
No. 9 seed Oklahoma* (37-16) vs. Iona (31-20)
Missouri State (29-23) vs. Tulsa (43-13)    

Tucson (Ariz.) Regional – May 20-22    
Texas Tech (40-14) vs. New Mexico State (43-15)
Harvard (36-14) vs. No. 8 Arizona* (40-16)    

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT AUTOMATIC CONFERENCE QUALIFIERS
America East: Albany (N.Y.)
Atlantic Coast: Florida State
Atlantic 10: Fordham
Atlantic Sun: Jacksonville
Big East: Syracuse
Big South: Liberty
Big Ten: Michigan
Big 12: Missouri
Big West: Pacific
Colonial Athletic: Georgia State
Conference USA: East Carolina
Horizon League: Illinois-Chicago
Ivy League: Harvard
Metro Atlantic: Iona
Mid-American: Western Michigan
Mid-Eastern: Bethune-Cookman
Missouri Valley: Missouri State
Mountain West: BYU
Northeast: Sacred Heart
Ohio Valley: Jacksonville State
Pacific-10: Arizona State
Pacific Coast: Portland State
Patriot League: Lehigh
Southeastern: Tennessee
Southern: Chattanooga
Southland: Texas State
Summit: North Dakota State
Sun Belt: Louisiana-Lafayette
Southwestern: Jackson State
Western Athletic: New Mexico State

 

DUCK NCAA SOFTBALL POSTSEASON HISTORY

(* Regional Finalist; **Regional Champion)
(Regional Record: 28-21; Super Regional: 0-2; WCWS: 1-2; AIAW WS: 3-2)

 
REGIONAL

**1989 (3-1)
No. 5 Regional
Amherst, Massachusetts
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, California
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, Nebraska
Iowa 5, Oregon 2
Oregon 11, Coastal Carolina 3
Oregon 10, Iowa 9
Nebraska 9, Oregon 7

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

2000 (2-2)
No. 5 Regional
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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, California
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, Florida
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)


SUPER REGIONAL

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


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)

 

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