Oregon head coach Mike White:
Oregon infielder Courtney Ceo:Courtesy: University of Oregon Sports Information
EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon softball team, fresh off winning its second straight Pac-12 title, will be the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, ESPNU announced during Sunday night’s selection show.
Oregon is the No. 1 national seed for the first time in program history after taking over the top spot in both the NFCA and USA Softball top-25 polls for the last five weeks. The Ducks edged out No. 2 overall seed Alabama, No. 3 seed UCLA and No. 4 seed Georgia.
The Ducks (49-7-1) will play host to Albany, Utah Valley and Wisconsin in the Regional round at Howe Field, with games starting on Friday, May 16 and running through Sunday, May 18. Albany (33-11) won the America East Conference tournament, 8-1 over Stony Brook, to earn its league’s automatic bid while Utah Valley (18-40) earned the WAC bid after winning its tournament, 7-6, over New Mexico State. Wisconsin (34-18) is an at-large choice after finishing second in the Big Ten.
ESPN did not select the Eugene regional for a television broadcast but Pac-12 Networks is working to get the rights to Oregon’s games. Game times will be announced as soon as possible.
Live stats plus a free live stream and live audio will be offered for each game via links on the softball schedule at www.GoDucks.com.
Tickets are available online at www.GoDucks.com. Adult all-session passes (good for every game on a particular day) cost $20 while all-session passes for children and seniors cost $15. The Oregon athletics department will cover the costs of the first 150 UO students to arrive each day.
Only if all-session passes do not sell out will single-game tickets be offered, starting on Friday. A sellout is expected each day and single-game tickets are unlikely to be offered.
The NCAA Regional round is a double-elimination bracket with the winner advancing to the Super Regional round next weekend. If Oregon makes it through the Regional round, the Ducks will play host to the winner of No. 16 overall seed Minnesota’s regional in Minneapolis, Minn.