The No. 1 overall seed and reigning Pac-12 champion Oregon Ducks host the SEC’s No. 16 Kentucky Wildcats in the Super Regional round of the NCAA Softball Tournament, with both teams vying for a berth to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Oregon-Kentucky Softball Super Regional Info
Game 1: Thursday, May 24: 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Game 2: Friday, May 25: 11 p.m. on ESPN2
Game 3: Saturday, May 26: 9 p.m. on ESPN
A look at Oregon
Oregon (50-7) is facing a familiar postseason foe as Kentucky traveled to Eugene last year for the Super Regional round.
The Ducks swept its regional tournament, defeating Drake in the finals and not allowing a single run the entire tournament. With Kentucky sitting at 34-19, Oregon will be a strong favorite to advance to the WCWS.
“Their record is a little misleading I think,” Oregon head coach Mike White said, per 247sports. “They’re just a really good team. They know what it’s like to come out here, and be in this atmosphere.”
In the circle, the Ducks boast one of the best depths of any pitching staff as Megan Kleist and Miranda Elish both maintain 0.92 ERAs.
— Oregon Softball (@OregonSB) May 21, 2018
Offensively, the Ducks scored 12 runs in the regional round, a mark White hopes to improve upon.
“I think we really have to score some runs this weekend,” he said. “We have to be better with our bats.”
Alexis Mack leads Oregon with a .381 batting average while Gwen Svekis’ 53 RBI and 16 home runs pace the Ducks.
A look at Kentucky
The Wildcats swept its regional tournament, defeating Illinois-Chicago and Notre Dame twice to advance to Eugene.
Despite the Ducks being the top seed, Kentucky is excited for another opportunity to take down Oregon.
“Oregon is obviously the No. 1 seed this year and everyone is kind of ‘well, it’s the 1 versus the 16.’ It’s not. Personally I think we always play well as the underdog. It’s fun to be the underdog,” Kentucky pitcher Erin Rethlake said, per Kentucky.com. “It’s not about Oregon, it’s about us. … We’re excited to get back out there.”
— Kentucky Softball (@UKsoftball) May 23, 2018
Bailey Vick leads Kentucky with a .368 batting average, while Abbey Cheek’s 51 RBI and 16 home runs lead the Wildcats.
In the circle, Grace Baalman has a team-best 2.28 ERA while Rethlake maintains a 2.77 ERA.