May 24, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – No. 5 seed Oregon meets No. 12 seed UCLA in a super regional this weekend at Jane Sanders Stadium in a rematch of a regular season series.
The Ducks and Bruins meet at 6:30 PM on Saturday (ESPN) and again at 4 PM on Sunday (ESPNU). A third game, if needed, will be played at 7 PM on Sunday (ESPNU).
#5 SEED OREGON DUCKS (47-8, 20-4 Pac-12, 1st)
Team BA: .360 | Team ERA: 2.22 | Runs Scored: 431 | Runs Allowed: 141
Recently: UO swept the Eugene regional, beating Fordham once and Baylor twice
National Rankings: UO is ranked No. 4 in both the NFCA and USA Softball polls
All-Time Series Record: UCLA leads, 78-23 (Ducks have won 9 of last 15 games)
This Year: UCLA took 2-of-3 from the Ducks in Eugene in the regular season
Notable: The Ducks, who lead the NCAA with both a .360 batting average and .632 slugging percentage, improved to 21-0 in regional play under head coach Mike White after sweeping through the Eugene regional last weekend. The Ducks outscored their foes 22-1 over the three games. Alyssa Gillespie and Cheridan Hawkins were named co-MVPs of the Eugene regional. Gillespie went 7-for-8 with five runs scored, four RBIs and two doubles. Hawkins did not allow a run over two starts with eight strikeouts, three walks and four hits in 11.2 innings. In the regular season against UCLA, Lauren Lindvall hit .375 with two runs and two doubles.
#12 SEED UCLA BRUINS (38-13-1, 16-5-1 Pac-12, 2nd)
Team BA: .326 | Team ERA: 3.62 | Runs Scored: 342 | Runs Allowed: 208
Recently: UCLA swept the LA regional, beating Bakersfield once and Fullerton twice
National Rankings: UCLA is No. 13 in the USA Softball poll, No. 14 in NFCA poll
Head Coach: Kelly Inouye-Perez (10th Season)
Notable: UCLA won all three games it played at the Los Angeles regional. SS Delaney Spaulding was the star, going 4-for-8 with three homers and five RBIs. RHP Johanna Grauer started two games in the regional, going 1-0 with three runs allowed on three hits and three walks in 8.1 innings with five strikeouts. Grauer threw a no-hitter, the first of her career, in a 7-0 regional-opening win against Bakersfield. She retired the first 20 batters of the game before issuing a two-out walk in the seventh. Against the Ducks in the regular season, UCLA turned five double plays while Brianna Tautalafua, Gabrielle Maurice and Spaulding each homered twice.
Each game in the NCAA Eugene super regional will be televised by the ESPN family of networks. Saturday’s game will be carried on ESPN while both games on Sunday will be aired by ESPNU. Oregon’s student radio station, KWVA 88.1 FM, will also carry the Ducks’ games. KWVA streams it’s radio station online as well.
DUCKS CLINCH FOURTH PAC-12 TITLE
With a 5-1 win over Utah to open the series, the Ducks clinched a fourth straight Pac-12 championship. Oregon, which had never won a league title prior to its current streak, has gone 80-15-1 in Pac-12 play over the last four seasons, losing just two league series (UCLA this year, Arizona State in 2013). Oregon’s four-year streak of championships is tied for the longest in Pac-12 history, matched only by UCLA (1988-91).
OREGON IN THE POLLS
Oregon debuted at No. 6 in the NFCA poll and No. 4 in the USA Softball poll. This week the Ducks are fourth in both the NFCA poll and the USA Softball poll despite being the No. 5 seed in the NCAA championship.
Oregon softball has been ranked in the top-25 of the NFCA poll for 102 straight weeks (preseason and postseason polls included). The Ducks climbed to No. 23 in week 10 of the 2010 season and have never dipped below that mark since.
WHEN PLAYING UCLA
– UCLA leads the all-time series, 78-23
– 11 of Oregon’s 23 wins all-time against UCLA have come under head coach Mike White. He is 11-11 in his seven seasons against the Bruins.
– Oregon had won five series in a row against UCLA, taking two games out of three in each one (2011-2015), before dropping two of three vs. UCLA this year.
– The Ducks’ loss to UCLA this season was just the second Pac-12 series Oregon has lost over the last four seasons (ASU in 2013 as well).
– Prior to winning the series against the Bruins in 2011, the Ducks had lost 15 straight games to UCLA.
– Both teams have been ranked in the top-20 when meeting in each of the last six years.
NCAA SUPER REGIONAL HISTORY
– With a perfect 21-0 record in regionals, head coach Mike White has advanced to super regionals each year of his seven-year career with the Ducks.
– This is the fourth straight year UO has hosted super regionals.
– The Ducks have swept through super regionals in the last two years against Minnesota in 2014 and NC State in 2015.
– The Ducks went to Missouri for super regionals in White’s first year in 2010, losing in two games, and also lost in two games at Florida in 2011. In 2012, the Ducks broke through and upset Texas in Austin, winning both games on the second day after dropping the first game.
– Oregon is 58-40 all-time in postseason play and 31-13 under head coach Mike White after playing in the 2015 WCWS.
– Oregon is 21-0 in NCAA regional play under White after sweeping through last weekend’s games against Fordham and Baylor.
– The Ducks are making their 18th appearance in the NCAA tournament overall, not including two AIAW tournament trips in 1976 and 1980 before the NCAA sponsored women’s sports.
– Oregon’s first NCAA regional appearance was in 1989, when the Ducks also advanced to their first WCWS in Sunnyvale, Calif.
– Oregon has gone on to the WCWS three times since, in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
POSTSEASON CAREER STATS
– Cheridan Hawkins boasts a 1.87 ERA in 104.1 career postseason innings over 21 appearances. She is 12-4 overall in the postseason with 129 strikeouts and 34 walks. All four of those loses have come at the WCWS, where Hawkins is 2-4 overall.
– Koral Costa is a the Ducks’ best postseason hitter with a .328 average in 67 at-bats over four seasons. Costa has six postseason doubles, one homer and 10 RBIs over 25 games.
– Historically, Courtney Ceo was a phenom in the postseason. During her junior and senior seasons (2013-14), Ceo hit a whopping .562 with 14 runs scored in 15 postseason games. She was named to the all-WCWS team in 2014 when the Ducks went 2-2 in four games.
Oregon nearly swept the Pac-12’s individual postseason awards. LHP Cheridan Hawkins was named Pac-12 pitcher of the year for the third straight time, becoming the first in league history to win the award three times in a career. Her protégé, RHP Megan Kleist, was named co-Pac-12 freshman of the year. Catcher Janelle Lindvall earned the league’s defensive player of the year honors while head coach Mike White was named the conference’s coach of the year for the third time in seven seasons with the Ducks. In addition to their individual awards, Hawkins and Kleist were named first team all-Pac-12 along with OF Koral Costa and SS Nikki Udria. Lindvall earned second team recognition along with OF Alyssa Gillespie and OF/RHP Geri Ann Glasco. 3B Jenna Lilley and 2B/UTIL Lauren Lindvall were named third team all-conference.
THE DUCKS UNDER MIKE WHITE
– Oregon is 15-6 vs. Arizona, 11-12-1 vs. Arizona State, 14-8 vs. California, 18-3 vs. Oregon State, 16-5 vs. Stanford, 11-11 vs. UCLA, 14-1 vs. Utah and 13-7 vs. Washington under Mike White.
– 31-13 in the postseason, 21-0 in regionals.
– Longest losing streak is just four games (2010)
– Longest winning streak is 18 games, earlier this year.
– The Ducks are 38-12-3 overall in Pac-12 series.
– Ducks have been swept three times in Pac-12 series under Mike White while sweeping opponents 22 times.
– Lost just two Pac-12 series in the last four seasons.
– Series loss to UCLA was first in Pac-12 since 2013.
– Including this season, White has coached 22 first team all-Pac-12 selections in seven seasons.
– Last year the Oregon offense set single-season school records for batting average (.359), home runs (81), doubles (97), runs (445), RBIs (399) and total bases (927).
– This year the Ducks are hitting .360 with a school-record 93 home runs, school-record 100 doubles, 431 runs, 386 RBIs and 916 total bases. UO’s .633 slugging percentage would shatter the current record of 593.
– The Ducks are also fielding at a high-level, as the team’s .971 fielding percentage would tie for the second-best mark in program history (record is .974 in 2007).
Megan Kleist Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week (3/8)
Gwen Svekis Pac-12 Player of the Week (3/21)
Gwen Svekis ESPNW Player of the Week (3/23)
Nikki Udria Pac-12 Player of the Week (3/28)
Cheridan Hawkins Pac-12 Player of the Week (3/28)
Cheridan Hawkins NFCA Player of the Week (3/28)
Cheridan Hawkins Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week (4/11)
Cheridan Hawkins Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week (5/2)
KLEIST ON DEFENSE
Freshman pitcher Megan Kleist has proven to be one of the Ducks’ best defenders. The right-hander ranks fourth on the team with 50 assists as she is known for rolling up ground ball after ground ball with her pitching style. She is also fourth on the team on double plays. She’s helped turn three double plays, equal to third baseman Jenna Lilley. Kleist has made just one error for a .981 fielding percentage in her rookie season.