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Pac-12 Softball: Eight in Postseason, Oregon No. 3

Eight Pac-12 teams were announced on Selection Sunday for a chance at the WCWS title, with the Oregon Ducks taking the top spot in the conference.


The 2012-13 regular-season is over, which means it's time to focus on the postseason. Selection Sunday took place on May 12 and eight Pac-12 teams were selected to play for the title in a group of 64. The conference has the second-most teams only behind the SEC, which advances 11, including last year's winner Alabama.

Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington will all play in the NCAA Regionals taking place this weekend.

31 teams earned automatic qualification while the other 33 spots were filled with at-large selections. The top-16 teams were seeded nationally and will compete at one of the regional sites this weekend. Four teams will play at each of the 16 regional campuses in a double-elimination tournament.

It was no surprise that Big 12 champions Oklahoma (47-4) was selected as the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. The Sooners will play automatic qualifiers Marist from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

ARIZONA (32-24) vs. Baylor (39-15) College Station Regional May 17-19...playing in its 27th straight postseason...14-4 all-time against Baylor

No. 5 seed ARIZONA STATE (45-10) vs. San Jose State (42-15)...will be hosting Temple Regional May 17-19...25th all-time appearance...11-1 all-time against San Jose State since 1987

CALIFORNIA (36-17) vs. Central Michigan (33-18)...Ann Arbor Regional May 17-19...29th all-time and 28th straight appearance, the longest active streak in country...looking for third WCWS trip in three years and 13th overall

No. 3 seed OREGON (46-9) vs. BYU (33-20) Eugene Regional May 16-18...Pac-12 automatic qualifier and No. 3 seed...fourth straight appearance after winning first-ever Pac-12 title

OREGON STATE (33-22) vs. Hofstra (43-11)...Columbia Regional May 17-19...playing in second straight regional

STANFORD (37-19) vs. Tulsa (42-14)...Lincoln Regional May 17-19...16th consecutive appearance...won seven regional titles...WCWS appearances in 2001 and 2004

UCLA (37-18) vs. UAB (37-16)...Louisville Regional May 17-19...playing for 12th WCWS title...most recent in 2010

No. 11 seed WASHINGTON (38-15) vs. Portland State (25-29)...will be hosting Washington Regional May 17-19...20th straight appearance, advancing to the WCWS 10 times and Super Regionals 14 times...last title in 2009

There are three weekends of competition, starting May 16-18/17-19. Four teams play at each regional site in double-elimination fashion. Eight regional sites will be showcased on the ESPN networks.

Regional winners will advance to the super regionals for a best-of-three series held May 23-26 at eight campuses. All super regionals will be televised on the ESPN networks.

The last eight teams will move on to the WCWS held May 30-June 5 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. It's a eight-team, double-elimination format, with the championship final being a best-of-three series.

Click for a complete list of pairings from all conferences