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Oregon St. Softball Earns NCAA Berth

Oregon St. softball advances to the Postseason, and will begin play Friday in the Missouri Regional.
Oregon St. softball advances to the Postseason, and will begin play Friday in the Missouri Regional.
(OSU Softball Senior Day Photo)

After completing a 33-22 season, Oregon St. is headed to the Columbia, MO, regional for the NCAA Softball playoffs.

An 8-16 conference record was [only] good enough for 8th place in the 9 team Pac-"12", but this is the toughest and deepest conference in softball, and 8 teams were selected to the field of 64.

Oregon St. will open against Hofstra (43-11) Friday. The other teams in the Missouri regional are Missouri (35-11), the 6th seed overall, and Stony Brook (35-23).

Other Pac-12 teams that are hosting in the post-season include conference champion Oregon (46-9), the #3 overall seed, who will be hosting a super-regional if they prevail in their regional next weekend, Arizona St. (45-10), the #5 overall seed, and Washington (38-15), the #11 overall seed.

Pac-12 teams traveling for the regionals include Arizona (32-24), headed to the College Station regional, California (36-17), headed to the Ann Arbor regional, Stanford (37-19), headed to the Lincoln, NE, regional, and UCLA (37-18), headed to the Louisville regional.

Dates and matchups were announced this evening.

UPDATE: Start time for Friday's game has been moved up to 1 PM PDT (3 PM CDT) to avoid conflicts for graduating seniors at the University of Missouri.

If Oregon St. advances to the super-regionals, the Beavers will meet the winner of the Seattle regional, which besides Washington, includes Portland St., Hawaii, and Minnesota.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com