This week in Pac-12 softball

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• OREGON and UCLA will continue their postseason run as they head to Oklahoma City for the 2015 Women’s College World Series. The Ducks and the Bruins face off against each other in their opener on Thursday, May 28 at 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2. UO makes its fourth appearance in the WCWS while the Bruins make their 26th all-time. 

• The last time two Pac-12 teams faced each other in the postseason was 2012, when ARIZONA STATE played Oregon in the WCWS and CALIFORNIA played WASHINGTON in the Super Regional. 

• Pac-12 softball players are once again up for the highest honors in collegiate softball, as Oregon’s Cheridan Hawkins and UCLA’s Allexis Bennett are two of the top-10 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. UO’s Jenna Lilley is also a top-three finalist for the NFCA Division I Freshman of the Year. 

• All nine Pac-12 teams have made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament within the last three years. The Pac-12 has a combined total of 197 appearances in the tournament with a record of 755-377.

PAC-12 LEGACY AT THE WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES:

• 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 in the NCAA Tournament within the last three years. The Pac-12 has a combined total of 197 appearances in the tournament with a record of 774-388.

• There have only been 12 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.

• This marks the 28th time in 29 years since the Pac-12 began sponsoring softball that at least two teams have advanced to the WCWS in Oklahoma City. The all-time high was five teams in 1999. 

• OREGON: The Ducks are 55-38 all-time in the postseason that includes a 28-11 mark under head coach Mike White. Heading into the WCWS, Oregon’s offense has already set new UO single-season records for home runs (81), doubles (96), walks (247) and total bases (917). Oregon’s class of four seniors - Janie Takeda, Karissa Hovinga, Jamie Rae Sullivan and Sara Goodrum - have won 202 games over their four-year careers, the most in any four-year stretch in UO history. 

• UCLA: The Bruins reached the 50-win mark for back-to-back years for the first time since 2002-03 after their two wins over Missouri. The seventh-seeded UCLA advances to the Women’s College World Series for the first time since 2010.  UCLA’s 31 appearances in the postseason tournament are the most of all teams in the 64-squad field, followed by Arizona’s 28, Florida State’s 26 and Arizona State’s 26.

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