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Oregon wins Pac-12 title, next up NCAA

Ducks move to No. 1 after regular-season series win, reach playoffs
Staff report

Oregon reached one of the goals it set out to accomplish at the start of the college softball season - win the Pac-12 Conference title again.

Now, the second goal - win the national championship.

The Ducks beat Cal in three games during the weekend, running their win streak to 13 straight. That bumped them from No. 2 to No. 1 with the playoffs arriving Thursday.

Oregon will play host to a four-team, double-elimination tournament that includes the University of Albany, Drake and Brigham Young.

The conference title is the team's fifth in the past six years. The Ducks, though, have not won the national title or reached the title game. The Pac-12, once the darling of college softball by winning 10 title in 11 years leading up to 2011, has not won a title since 2011. A Pac-12 school has not won a title since that ASU team did it in 2011.

The conference enters the 64-team NCAA tournament with seven representatives: Oregon, No. 3 UCLA, No. 5 Washington, No. 8 ASU, Arizona, Cal and Oregon State. The Southeastern Conference had 13 of its 14 schools reach the playoffs.

Oklahoma, which has won the past two national championships and three of the past five, and Florida, the national champion of 2014 and '15, are seeded in the top 5.

Following the 16 Regional tournaments, the winners move to the Super Regionals, a best two-of-three series that will produce an eight-team World Series roster. The World Series will be played out May 31-June 6 in Oklahoma City, Okla.



Give those Ducks and Beavers a hand

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In spite of being one of the last teams to get into the NCAA baseball tournament Monday morning, there might not be a hotter team in America than the University of Oregon based on its play from the past month, including a weekend series win over UCLA.

That's the NCAA talking, too.

Oregon beat UCLA in extra innings on both Saturday and Sunday, which didn't stop the Bruins from moving up in the national rankings. So, if Oregon can beat the top-ranked team in the nation, what's stoping them from winning a national title.

That's a topic Sportsland, Oregon co-hosts Cliff and Derek take on in the 14th Episode this week.

Oregon State, a team with a lengthy history of postseason success, is also among the tournament picks.

There's more action on the diamond from the state as the Ducks are headed to the College Softball World Series this week in Oklahoma City.

The NBA gets some time, as does a rough weekend of soccer for Portland. Derek provides some insight on attending the upcoming U.S. Open, and there's plenty of discussion about the growing popularity of ... roofball.

It's all recorded at Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.


Oregon powers way to top ranking

The Ducks are No. 1 heading into final month of the regular seaon
April 2, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Losing Saturday sparked something within the second-ranked Oregon softball team. It sparked a power surge.

A day after losing 10-2 at home to Washington, the Ducks hit eight home runs, including three by Geri Ann Glasco, during a 15-6 rout of the 19th-ranked Huskies at Howe Field.

Oregon scored 10 runs in the fourth inning, and the home run total set a school record by two. The win moved the Ducks to 30-4 on the season.

"Yesterday was unacceptable," sophomore shortstop Nikki Udria told media Sunday. "Today we showed some of our potential."

Monday, Oregon moved to No. 1 in the national coaches' poll, replacing LSU. Florida, which has beaten Oregon twice, remained third.

The Ducks lead the Pac-12 with an 8-1 record.

Up next is a three-game road series at UCLA that begins Friday. Tuesday Oregon plays a doubleheader against Portland State at the Hillsboro Softball Complex.

Oregon is looking to play its way back into the College Softball World Series for a second-straight year.


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