Five Teams To Play For WCWS Bids
Five Pac-12 teams have advanced to the Super Regionals of the NCAA Championship. No. 1 California, No. 3 Arizona State, No. 11 Oregon, No. 13 Arizona and No. 16 Washington are vying to be among the eight teams in Oklahoma City for the Women's College World Series.
Games will be televised on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU). In addition, all games will be available on ESPN3.
Arizona State begins Super Regional action for the Pac-12, hosting No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette on May 24-25. The Sun Devils finished the Tempe Regional with a 3-1 record. ASU is 23-2 at home in the postseason under head coach Clint Myers and a perfect 10-0 in Tempe Super Regionals.
Arizona travels to No. 4 Oklahoma for Super Regional play from May 25-26 after winning three games at home. The Wildcats and Sooners have met three times in the Super Regionals. Arizona won at home in 2005 and 2008 while Oklahoma won the Tucson Super Regional last season.
Oregon will play at Texas on May 25-26 after winning its third straight NCAA Regional. JR P Jessica Moore (30-12) became only the second Duck to ever post 30 wins in a season. Moore went 3-0 in the circle in the Eugene Regional, pitching all 21.0 innings for Oregon.
The Berkeley Regional, set for May 26-27, will be an all-Pac-12 affair as Washington travels to Cal for the second time this season. Cal swept the Huskies in the first week of league play. Cal rebounded from a one-run loss to Arkansas on Saturday to defeat the Razorbacks 10-2 (5) and 7-0 on Sunday. The Golden Bears outscored their opponents 35-5 last weekend. Washington advanced out of the Seattle Regional with three shutouts. Cal and UW met in the postseason at the 1996 and 1999 WCWS, with the Huskies holding a 2-0 record.
The most successful conference in NCAA softball, Pac-12 teams have won 23 championships, including the last six. All nine Conference teams have played in the WCWS.
Cal SR UTIL Valerie Arioto, ASU SR SS Katelyn Boyd and Cal JR P Jolene Henderson are among the 11 finalists for the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. Boyd was one of the three finalists last season while Arioto made the list of 10 student-athletes in 2010.
The Pac-12 landed 31 players on the NFCA All-Region teams. The complete list is on page 3 of this release.
The annual award winners, all-conference teams and all-freshman teams are listed on page 4.
UPCOMING NCAA SCHEDULE
Tempe Super Regional (Tempe, Ariz.)
Thursday, May 24
No. 3 Arizona State vs. No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette (ESPN2) 7 p.m. PT - Watch online
Friday, May 25
No. 3 Arizona State vs. No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette (ESPNU) 6 p.m. PT - Watch online
No. 3 Arizona State vs. No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette (ESPNU)* 8:30 p.m. PT - Watch online
* if necessary
Norman Super Regional (Norman, Okla.)
Friday, May 25
No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 13 Arizona (ESPNU) 1 p.m. CT - Watch online
Austin Super Regional (Austin, Texas)
Friday, May 25
No. 6 Texas vs. No. 11 Oregon (ESPN) 8 p.m. CT - Watch online
Berkeley Super Regional (Berkeley, Calif.)
Saturday, May 26
No. 1 California vs. No. 16 Washington (ESPN2) 7 p.m. PT - Watch online
All game times local to site and subject to change.