Preview: No.1 Oregon softball hosts regional

Preview: No.1 Oregon softball hosts regional
May 15, 2014, 6:00 pm
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The Oregon softball team is the No.1 national seed in the NCAA tournament, for the first time in program history. Coming off of their second straight Pac-12 title, the Ducks now will make a run at the national championship at Oklahoma City. This weekend Oregon hosts Albany, Utah Valley and Wisconsin in the Regional round at Howe Field. 

Times: Game one: Oregon plays at 5 p.m., Friday vs. Utah Valley. 

Where: Howe Field, Eugene, Ore.

Records: Oregon (49-7-1), Utah Valley (18-40).

Watch/listen: Television: Webcast on GoDucks.com

On the line: As top seed, Oregon has a lot riding on this weekend. If Oregon makes it through the Regional round, the Ducks will get to host the Super Regionals as well. However the pressure doesn't seem to effect the Ducks' "fun" atmosphere. 

Utah Valley earned the WAC bid and enters the Regional round after winning its tournament, 7-6, over New Mexico State.

Leading Ducks: Leading the Ducks on the mound is national player of the year candidate Cheridan Hawkins. During regular season Hawkins had 283 strike outs and a 1.56 ERA in 206.1 innings. Left fielder Courtney Ceo dominated offensively during regular season, leading the Pac-12 conference in hitting .481 with 87 hits. Ceo is also a national player of the year candidate.

Leading Wolverines: Oregon can’t overlook Utah Valley's seniors Amanda Robinson and Debra Lovell, who have combined for 21 home runs. Starting pitcher Josi Summers was named MVP at the WAC tournament and has a 4.04 ERA, going 10-17 on the year.