This week in Pac-12 softball

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Eight Pac-12 teams are on their way to the NCAA Tournament. This is the second year in a row that eight Pac-12 teams have advanced. OREGON earned the highest seed at No. 3, with ARIZONA STATE earning a fifth-seed. WASHINGTON was the third Pac-12 team to be seeded in the top-16 with a No. 11 seed. These three teams will all be a host regional site. ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, STANFORD and UCLA were all selected for the tournament and will head on the road for regional action. The Wildcats first game will be shonw on ESPN2. The Golden Bears will see action on ESPN3 and ASU is televised on ESPNU. Oregon State will also be televised in the first round on ESPN3.

 

RECENT RESULTS

Tuesday, May 7
Santa Clara at #13 Stanford STAN; 11-3

Thursday, May 9
#15 UCLA at Oregon State OSU; 3-2
#17 California at #12 Washington WASH; 7-4
Arizona at #13 Stanford ARIZ; 5-3
#3 Oregon at #5 Arizona State ASU; 3-2

Friday, May 10
#15 UCLA at Oregon State UCLA; 4-3
#3 Oregon at #5 Arizona State ASU; 5-3
Arizona at #13 Stanford STAN; 2-0
#17 California at #12 Washington WASH; 9-8 (9)

Saturday, May 11
Arizona at #13 Stanford ARIZ; 4-3 (9)
#15 UCLA at Oregon State UCLA 8-1
Utah at BYU BYU; 4-2
#17 California at #12 Washington CAL 3-2
#3 Oregon at #5 Arizona State ORE; 4-2

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
College Station Regional (College Station, Texas)
Friday, May 17
ARIZONA vs. Baylor 2:30 p.m. CT
On ESPN2
Penn vs. Texas A&M 5 p.m. CT

Ann Arbor Regional (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Friday May 17
CALIFORNIA vs. Central Michigan 4:30 p.m. ET
On ESPN3
Valparaiso vs. #8 Michigan 7 p.m. ET

Tempe Regional (Tempe, Ariz.)
Friday, May 17
San Diego State vs. Georgia 12:30 p.m. PT
#5 ARIZONA STATE vs. San Jose State 3 p.m. PT
On ESPNU

Eugene Regional (Eugene, Ore.)
Thursday, May 16
North Carolina vs. Wisconsin 3 p.m. PT
#3 OREGON vs. BYU 6 p.m. PT

Lincoln Regional (Lincoln, Neb.)
Friday, May 17
STANFORD vs. Tulsa 4 p.m. CT
UNI vs. #14 Nebraska 7 p.m. CT

Seattle Regional (Seattle, Wash.)
Friday, May 17
Minnesota vs. Hawaii 3:30 p.m. PT
#11 Washington vs. Portland State 6 p.m. PT

Columbia Regional (Columbia, Mo.)
Friday, May 17
Hofstra vs. OREGON STATE 4 p.m. CT
On ESPN3
Stony Brook vs. #6 Missouri 6:30 p.m. CT

Louisville Regional (Louisville, Ky.)
Friday, May 17
UAB vs. UCLA 5 p.m. ET
#15 Louisville vs. IPFW 7:30 p.m. ET

All game times local to site and subject to change.
Seedings listed from NCAA Bracket

NCAA Tournament Information
The Setup
Regional
Hosted at campus sites from May 17-19. Four teams will participate at each of the 16 regional sites in a double elimination tournament.

Super Regional
Best-of-three series that will be conducted May 23-26 on eight campus sites.
The winners from each site advance to the NCAA Women's College World Seires

Women's College World Series
Eight-team, double-elimination tournament conducting May 30 to June 5 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

Television
All of the NCAA Tournament will be shown on the ESPN family of networks. Select Regional and all Super Regional sites will be broadcast. All the games of this year's WCWS will be broadcasted on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN3, and/or ESPNU).

Pac-12 Softball Notes

• NO SWEEPS HERE: For just the second time this season no team swept a series with everyone claiming at least one victory on the weekend in Pac-12 play.

• EIGHT TEAMS ADVANCE: For just the seventh time in Pac-12 history and for the second-consecutive year eight Pac-12 teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament for post season play.

• PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS: CALIFORNIA's Jolene Henderson and OREGON's Jessica Moore have been named Top 10 Finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award. The Top 3 Finalists will be named on May 22 with the winner being named during the WCWS.

• NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: USA Softball named Oregon's Jessica Moore the National Player of the Week for her performance during the week of April 29- May 5. The Pac-12 took the award for two weeks in a row as Arizona State's Dallas Escobedo earned the honor this week for her performance from May 6-12.

• PAC-12 LEGACY AT THE NCAA TOURNAMENT:
- The Pac-12 has had at least three teams in the NCAA Tournament every year since the Conference began sponsoring softball in 1987.
- All nine Pac-12 teams have made an appearance at the Women's College World Series. The Pac-12 has a combined total of 87 appearances at the WCWS.
- The Conference has sent a team to the final series a remarkable 28 of 31 years.
- There have only been 11 different teams to win a National Title in softball with five of those teams from the Pac-12. The Pac-12 has won the title an astounding 23 times, the most of any conference in the nation.
- There have been 12 occasions when the NCAA Championship series featured two Conference schools.

• RECORD SETTING BEAVERS: OREGON STATE freshman Natalie Hampton set a new school record for RBIs in a season with 49. Senior pitcher Marina Demore won her 20th game of the season, becoming the first OSU pitcher to do so since 2007.

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