Following a weekend series in Berkeley that saw the Beavers drop 2 of 3 to the Golden Bears and finish the regular season at 28-25 and 9-15 in Pac-12 play Laura Berg’s squad sat firmly on the post season bubble. The Beavs, who were 19-10 in non-conference action had some success against the nations best in the Pac-12, winning series against top 10 ranked UCLA and top 15 ranked UCLA, and giving #10 Washington all it could handle in a 3 game series that saw the Beavs win one and drop two close games. By the time yesterday’s selection show came around, many in Beaver nation were cautiously optimistic that they had done just enough to be one of 64 teams selected to compete for a national title. Turns out, they were right, as for the second straight year the Beavers were one of the teams to have their names called on Sunday. OSU will head to Waco, Texas and compete with a couple top 15 squads in Baylor and James Madison along with MAC tournament champion Kent State.
WE'RE TOURNEY BOUND! We head to Waco and face James Madison! #GoBeavs #RoadToTheWCWS #MAYhem pic.twitter.com/cU2IteUQLw— Oregon St. Softball (@BeaverSoftball) May 15, 2017
Oregon State is one of 8 of the Pac-12’s 9 teams selected (Stanford is the only conference member not headed to the post-season). OSU garnered the #3 seed in the regional and will face the #2 seed James Madison on Friday. The Dukes, who many believe should have hosted a regional, won the Colonial Athletic Association with a record of 50-6 and 18-2 in conference, while currently holding a 19 game winning streak. Regional host Baylor comes in to the weekend with a 43-12 record while finishing second in the Big-12 conference to Oklahoma. Kent State nabbed the 4th seed in the regional after winning the MAC tournament and capturing an automatic berth into the post season, the Golden Flashes finished the season with a record of 32-26.
The Beavs and Dukes will play Friday at 2pm pacific. The game can be found on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.