EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 1 seed Oregon softball team heads to Oklahoma City this week for the Women's College World Series.
The Ducks will meet No. 8 seed Florida State on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. PT in their first game of the tournament. ESPN will broadcast the game.
#1 OREGON DUCKS (54-7-1, 20-3-1 Pac-12, First)
Team BA: .349 | Team ERA: 1.81 | Runs Scored: 438 | Runs Allowed: 145
Regular Season: Ducks won their second straight Pac-12 title with UO record 20 wins
Regional Round: Oregon (3-0) swept its regional of Utah Valley, Albany and Wisconsin
Super Regional Round: Oregon (2-0) swept No. 16 seed Minnesota in Eugene
All-Time WCWS Record: In two previous trips (1989 & 2012), the Ducks are 2-4
Notable: Oregon is making its third trip to the NCAA Women’s College World Series. The Ducks are 5-0 in the postseason this year, sweeping through both the regional and super regional rounds. Oregon outscored its foes a combined 40-6 in those five games, with two run-rule wins. Senior 3B Courtney Ceo, who missed the Ducks’ last trip to the WCWS in 2012 due to a knee injury, is hitting .611 (11-of-18) with 10 runs scored in the postseason thus far. LHP Cheridan Hawkins is 3-0 over four starts in the postseason, with a 1.48 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 23.2 innings pitched. Opponents are hiting just .123 off Hawkins in five postseason games.
OREGON NO. 1 OVERALL SEED
Oregon was named the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA softball championship for the first time in program history, ESPNU announced during the selection show. The No. 1 overall seed has won two of the last three NCAA softball titles.
Oregon has appeared in two previous Women’s College World Series, in 1989 and 2012. (Oregon also made two AIAW World Series appearances, in 1976 and 1980, before the NCAA started sponsoring women’s sports for the 1981-82 academic year.) In 1989 the WCWS was held in Sunnyvale, Calif. The Ducks lost, 1-0, to Cal Poly Pomona in the opening game before rebounding with a 1-0 win over South Carolina. The Ducks were eliminated by Arizona, 4-0, in the third game. Oregon also played three games in OKC in 2012. The No. 11 Ducks opened the 2012 WCWS with a 3-1 loss to No. 2 Arizona State before bouncing back with a 3-1 win over No. 5 Tennessee. Oregon was eliminated by No. 1 California, 6-3.
Full Series preview: goducks.com