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First up for Oregon softball in world series: Here come the Sun Devils

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Oregon arrives at the Women’s College World Series preparing to play another Pac-12 school in first game

The Register-Guard

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oregon softball team rolled into Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon and one of the first things they saw upon arriving at their hotel was a large banner with the 2012 Women’s College World Series logo splashed across the front.

“It gave me chills,” UO coach Mike White said. “Finally.”

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Texas between Ducks and NCAA College Softball World Series

Monday, May 21st, 2012

The Longhorns win four elimination games to host Super Regional

The Register-Guard

EUGENE – The Oregon softball team’s postseason run moves to the heat of Texas and a three-game super regional series against the equally hot Longhorns.

Sixth-seeded Texas ended any hopes of the 11th-seeded Ducks hosting another round of the NCAA tournament when it won four straight elimination games Saturday and Sunday to advance out of its regional.

Had the Longhorns lost just one of those games, the Ducks would be staying home to face an unseeded opponent. Instead, they’ll play in Austin, Texas, this week — days and times will be announced today — with the winner advancing to the Women’s College World Series.

“We weren’t ready to leave Howe Field yet,” said UO coach Mike White, whose team went 3-0 in its regional series at home over the weekend to make its third-straight super regionals.

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First-inning outburst lifts Ducks

Friday, May 18th, 2012

NCAA softball: Ducks defeat Vikings 7-3 at Eugene Regional

EUGENE, OR – Anna Bertrand probably would like a do-over.

After giving up six hits to the first nine batters, walking one and hitting another, the Portland State junior found herself with a six-run deficit against No. 12 Oregon on the Ducks’ home field — and that was before the first inning even ended.

It was hardly the start someone looks for in the postseason.

“Uncharacteristic,” said PSU coach Tobin Echo-Hawk.

(The Ducks continued play on Friday by defeating BYU 6-4 on Jessica Moore’s second complete game, a five-hit, 10 strikeout effort, while allowing two earned runs. Follow www.NCAA.com for current results.)

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Women carry on the great tradition of fastpitch softball

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

UCLA Bruin catcher Dani Yudin rips a hit off Missouri Tigers’ pitcher Chelsea Thomas during the 2012 Cathedral City Softball Classic, Feb. 26, at Big League Dreams softball complex in Cathedral City, Calif.
(For more photos of The Classic, visit my link at the bottom of the story.)

CATHEDRAL CITY, CA – Ever wonder what fastpitch softball would be like if the women hadn’t swooped in and saved the sport? What with the dying state of the boys and men’s side, the sport would surely be in a dismal state. If not for our counterparts.

Most certainly Title IX enacted by Congress in 1973 paved the way for women to compete on equal scale with men in athletics. Which of course opened the door to women’s collegiate sports, including softball. No such luck for the men’s side of softball at the collegiate level. And even high school, for that matter.

We can whine about the unfairness of it all: “If we had high school or college men’s fastpitch, our side of the sport would be flourishing as well or better than the females!” shout some diehard men’s fastpitch buffs.

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