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Pac-12 Softball: Final Regular-Season Rankings

Where'd your favorite Pac-12 team end up in the final USA Today/NFCA poll of the 2012-13 season?


That's it. It's over. The regular-season is done.

In the final USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll of the 2012-13 season, Oregon was voted as the top Pac-12 team at No. 3, behind unanimous No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 2 Florida. The Sooners are champions of the Big 12 conference, the Gators of the SEC conference and as mentioned before, the Ducks of the Pac-12. Oregon's No. 3 ranking is its highest of the season, of which it earned for its second week in a row. Arizona State finished behind in fourth, up from last week's No. 5 ranking.

Who's ready for some postseason play?

(4) ARIZONA STATE vs. (3) OREGON: Arizona State 3-2, 5-3, Oregon 4-2

Arizona State (45-10, 16-8) was the first team all season to take down Oregon (46-9, 19-5), which was riding a perfect 7-for-7 conference series winning streak until the Sun Devils won two of three.

Oregon opened with two in the top of the third, but ASU won the game with three in the bottom when pinch runner Allie Butterfield, Alix Johnson and Cheyenne Coyle scored.

In Oregon's win, All-American senior Jessica Moore (25-4) started her 30th game of the season and struck out one, walked four and one of her two runs allowed was earned in six innings. Alexa Peterson led the Ducks finishing 2-for-2 with two runs and one RBI, including a two-run homer in the third inning, her 11th of 2013 and 22nd of her career.

On the mound for ASU, Mackenzie Popescue tallied nine strikeouts, 13 hits and six earned runs in the second and third game, while Dallas Escobedo recorded 19 strikeouts, five hits and two earned runs in each.

Next, No. 5 seed Arizona State will host San Jose State in the Tempe Regional May 17-19.

No. 3 seed Oregon will host BYU in the Eugene Regional May 16-18.

(11) WASHINGTON vs. (18) CALIFORNIA: Washington 7-4, 9-8 (9), California 3-2

Kaitlin Inglesby (21-7) played big in game one for Washington (38-15, 16-8). She finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and a win on the mound, allowing four runs on eight hits in a complete game. Also in the circle, California senior Jolene Henderson, a top 10 finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year, returned after missing the previous six games with a leg injury that she sustained April 21. Henderson pitched just one inning and allowed one run on three hits. Washington held a 6-0 lead going into the top of the fifth before Cal (36-17, 10-14) got on board with two in both the fifth and sixth, but the Huskies earned the win.

In the series-clincher, which lasted nearly three hours, senior Shawna Wright (1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI) hit a solo homer in the ninth to give the Huskies the late win. Sophomore Kylee Lahners hit a three-run homer in the first, her second in two days. On the mound, Bryana Walker (15-7) also went big, tallying 11 strikeouts. Henderson pitched five innings and struck out five, allowed two hits, one run and one walk.

In Cal's win, Henderson (30-9) threw again, earning her 30th win of the season in the complete effort. Henderson struck out four, walked one and allowed two earned runs and nine hits.

Next, No. 11 seed Washington will host Portland State in the Seattle Regional May 17-19.

California will play Central Michigan in the Ann Arbor Regional May 17-19.

ARIZONA vs. (14) STANFORD: Arizona 5-3, Stanford 2-0, Arizona 4-3 (9)

The Arizona Wildcats (32-24, 9-15) were back in winning ways against Stanford (37-19, 13-11), taking their second straight conference series after a five-game losing streak. The Cats came back from down two in game one to win 5-3 on Lauren Young's three-run homer in the top of the sixth and Hallie Wilson's solo in the seventh. In Arizona's winning finale, Chelsea Goodacre hit a solo shot in the ninth on the first pitch to give Arizona its final regular-season series win. It was Goodacre's 17th long ball of the season. Stanford's three pitchers allowed 10 walks.

Freshman Kelsey Stevens (15-7) helped propel Stanford to its lone win in the series, pitching her 10th complete game of the season and seventh shutout, allowing just five hits and striking out six. Kayla Bonstrom (1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI) and Cassandra Roulund (2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI) each scored in the bottom of the fourth.

Next, Arizona will play Baylor in the College Station Regional May 17-19.

Stanford will face Tulsa in the Lincoln Regional May 17-19.

(16) UCLA vs. OREGON STATE: Oregon State 3-2, UCLA 4-3, 8-1

UCLA (37-18, 10-14) won the dance against Oregon State (33-22, 8-16) in game two after being down 2-1 in the bottom of the second. Then the Bruins won the series after a seven-run blast in the top of the sixth for an 8-1 victory.

The finale was strong for the rookies and underclassmen, as freshman Allexis Bennett led the Bruins, going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Sophomore Stephany LaRosa was 2-for-4 with one run and three RBI on a three-run homer, her 15th of the season, while freshman Britney Rodriguez had two hits.

In Oregon State's win, freshman Natalie Hampton set a single-season school record for RBI, tallying 50, two more than the previous record. Marina Demore won in the circle and became the first OSU pitcher since 2007 to earn 20 wins.

UCLA scored twice in the first but OSU came back with two in the bottom of the second when Hampton hit her 15th homer of the season and Desiree Beltran followed with a line drive homer to left center for back-to-back shots. Then Hampton's RBI single scored Ashley Sanchez for Oregon State's win.

Next, UCLA will play UAB in the Louisville Regional May 17-19.

Oregon State will face Hofstra in the Columbia Regional May 17-19.