Two Oregon schools, Portland State and the University of Oregon, are preparing for the opening round of the NCAA Softball Tournament. The competition begins Thursday with regional rounds at several locations across the country.
The Portland State Vikings did not have to travel very far for their regional matchup with 12th ranked Washington. The Huskies and Vikings will meet for the first time this season Thursday night. A regular season game scheduled in March was rained out.
“They’re the home team, but we’ve played them numerous times over the last couple of years,” said PSU Head Coach Tobin Echo-Hawk. “We played a couple of times in the stadium and the kids know what to expect and they’re excited to prove what they have.”
Portland State won the Pacific Coast Softball Conference with a 34-16 record.
Washington finished the regular season at 34-12. The Huskies won the national championship in 2009.
“It feels really good,” said Vikings outfielder Jenna Krogh. “We haven’t gotten a chance to play them this year, so I think we’re really looking forward to tomorrow.”
The regional round is a double elimination format with four teams in each grouping. BYU and Auburn are also in the Seattle group. Games will be played Thursday through Saturday to determine who moves to the Super Regional round.
The Oregon Ducks' softball team had to travel to University Park, Pennsylvania. The 13th ranked Ducks will play Albany Friday. The University Park regional includes Penn State and Fordham.