Oregon off to OKC for Women's College World Series

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2014 NCAA Women's College World Series Bracket

Top-seeded OREGON will represent Pac-12 softball in the 2014 NCAA Women’s College World Series, held in Oklahoma City beginning on Thursday. The Ducks swept 16th-seeded Minnesota to advance to the final round of eight teams competing for the title. It marks Oregon’s third trip to the WCWS in program history, and UO will face off against Florida State on May 29 at 11:30 a.m. PT in the opening round of double elimination play ... UCLA and WASHINGTON both forced a third game in their Super Regional action, but the No. 3 Bruins were upset by No. 14 Kentucky and the Huskies were staved off by No. 5 Florida on the Gators’ home field. ARIZONA was also held off by sixth-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette ... UCLA’s Ally Carda was named a top-three finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. 

Women’s College World Series • Oklahoma City, Okla.
Thursday, May 29

G1: #1 OREGON vs. #8 Florida State    ESPN    2:30 p.m. ET
G2: #5 Florida vs. #13 Baylor    ESPN    12 p.m. ET

Friday, May 30
G3: Winner G1 vs. Winner G2    ESPN2    7 p.m. ET

About the Women’s College World Series: The final weekend of the Women’s College World Series, held in Oklahoma City, Okla., opens with two brackets hoding four teams each that compete in a double-elimination tournament. The two winning teams will play in a best-of-three series for the Championship title. 

The championship consists of three weekends of competition. The Super Regionals were best-of-three series at eight different sites between 16 teams from Thursday, May 22 through Sunday, May 25. Regionals for the NCAA Division I Softball Championship were be held May 15-18 on 16 campus sites. At each campus site, a four-team, double-elimination tournament was conducted and the 16 winning teams advanced to the Super Regionals. Teams were selected to the field of 64 teams. The top 16 teams were seeded in order, and the remaining teams are paired by geographic proximity, with the exception that teams within the same conference were not paired during regional competition. Only 11 schools have been crowned the NCAA Division I softball champion since the tournament started in 1982, five of which are from the Pac-12, and eight are in this year’s bracket.

TEAM NOTES:

ARIZONA: UA fell in the Super Regional round as opponent Louisiana-Lafayette won the first two games to eliminate the Cats ... Arizona lost the opening game, 5-3, despite a leadoff home run from Hallie Wilson, her fourth homer of the postseason. The Cats scored two in the bottom of the seventh ... In the second game, the lone UA run came off of a solo shot from Katiyana Mauga in the second inning, her 20th of the season ... Arizona earned its ninth Super Regional berth in 10 tries since the format began the two-team second-seekend format for the Championships.  

ARIZONA STATE: ASU came down to the wire against Michigan but Wolverine Lyndsay Doyle robbed Amber Freeman of what looked to be a potential two-run walk-off homer, giving Michigan the 5-4 victory to advance and eliminate Arizona State from contention after Michigan defeated ASU 4-3 earlier in the day ... The Sun Devils began the regional with a run-rule victory over Dartmouth before facing UM for the first of three total times on the weekend, defeating the Wolverines 4-1 in game two. 

CALIFORNIA: Cal closed out the season as the Huskies swept the Golden Bears for a 23-29 overall record and a 4-18 record in Pac-12 play ... It marked the first time in 29 seasons that Cal did not qualify for the postseason ... The Bears had a nine-game losing streak to end the year after opening the season with a 20-11 record that included a 10-game winning streak from March 15 through April 2. 

OREGON: Oregon advances to its third WCWS in program history after sweeping Minnesota in the Super Regional round. Pitcher Cheridan Hawkins threw every inning against the Gophers, allowing just six hits over the course of the two games ... The Ducks are 2-4 all-time in the WCWS ... Oregon is 5-0 in the postseason so far, outscored opponents 40-6 in the five games with two run-rule wins. UO is currently hitting .369 in the tournament with a 1.31 team ERA, holding opponents to a .135 average and a 7.72 combined ERA ... Six current UO players saw time in the Ducks’ 2012 trip to the WCWS ... The Ducks tied the school record for number of wins in a season with 54 wins, which was set in 1989. 

OREGON STATE: The Beavers dropped the first game to Stanford before bouncing back to win the next two games and take the series over the Cardinal for its first series win over Stanford since 2007 and just its second Pac-12 series win this season to close out the year ... Player of the Week Dani Gilmore paced Oregon State, launching a grand slam in the second game to help the Beavers run-rule the Cardinal in six innings with a final score of 12-4. Gilmore also went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the series finale, where OSU scored 13 runs to Stanford’s nine. The 13 runs tied a season-high. 

STANFORD: Stanford finished the season 30-25 despite dropping the final series of the season to Oregon State ... It was the 18th-consecutive year that Stanford recorded a winning record ... The Cardinal was in the at-large discussion but missed out on the NCAA Tournament selection, making it the first time in 17 years that Stanford has not received a berth to the championship. 

UCLA: The Bruins won the first game of the three-game series, but Kentucky rallied on Sunday to take the final two and eliminate UCLA from the tournament ... In the series opener, freshman Delaney Spaulding launched UCLA’s eighth grand slam of the season to come back and defeat UK 6-4 ... 14th-seeded Kentucky won the next two games, 7-3 and 7-1 ... The Bruins finished the season with a 52-8 record, the most wins for the program since 2003 ... Ally Carda, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, was named a top-three finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. 

UTAH: The Utes finished the season on an eight-game winning streak, including their first Pac-12 series sweep in school history with three consecutive victories over California ... Utah’s defense set a school record and led both the nation and the Pac-12 this season in double plays, converting 46 on the field. The 46 double plays is the fourth-most in NCAA single-season history, besting Utah’s previous third-place mark and school record of 43 ... Utah finished its Conference slate 8-15, which landed them sixth in the final standings. 

WASHINGTON: UW dropped the series opener against Florida, 9-0, but came back to force a deciding third game. The Gators triumphed in the series finale to eliminate the Huskies ... In the second game, Kaitlin Inglesby pitched seven innings while also hitting the game-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth ... The rubber match was a run-rule victory for the Gators after two rain delays that postponed the match by over five hours ... The Huskies finished the season 37-15. 

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