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Oregon Ducks softball battles Texas Longhorns in Super Regional

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Samantha Pappas leads Oregon softball’s offensive revival
The outfielder is hitting .383 to power the Ducks to the super regionals

The Register-Guard

EUGENE, OR – Samantha Pappas joined the Oregon softball team in 2010 with a big swing and plenty of swagger.

It was exactly what the Ducks needed one year after sinking to a 16-34 record with an unproductive offense acting as the anchor.

Pappas ripped through opponents that spring, hitting .383 and leading Oregon with 11 home runs, 48 RBIs, 64 hits, 27 walks and 107 total bases to earn first-team all-Pac-10 honors.

Following Pappas’ lead, the Ducks hit .299 as a team that season after hitting just .223 the season before, and advanced to what would become the first of three straight NCAA super regional appearances.

The third begins at 6 p.m. today for Oregon (42-15) with Game 1 of a three-game series against Texas (46-11) at McCombs Stadium in Austin, Texas. The winner advances to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, May 31-June 6.

“Freshman year I came in wanting to be a show-off,” admitted Pappas, the 2010 Pac-10 newcomer of the year. “I wanted to be the kid on the team that was going to make a difference.”

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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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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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