Softball Teams In The Pacific Northwest Are Flying High

Washington Huskies Players celebrate after a Home Run-RedBox Pictures
Washington Huskies Players celebrate after a Home Run-RedBox Pictures

After the Women’s College World Series getting canceled a season ago due to the Coronavirus pandemic, 64 teams will hope to win the National Championship starting Friday with the regional tournaments. There are four teams from our region who have been selected to compete in the tournament. 

Oregon Ducks

The Oregon Ducks come in as an at-large team from the Pac 12 Conference. The Ducks will play in their 23rd NCCA Tournament. 

In her third season with the Ducks, Head Coach Melyssa Lombardi and her squad finished the regular season with a record of 37-15 overall and 14-10 in conference play. In the Ducks’ last trip to the NCCA Tournament in 2018, they went all the way to the College World Series. However, the Florida State Seminoles eliminated them. 

The Oregon Ducks will begin another run at a national title this Friday. The Ducks travel to Austin, Texas, to take on the Texas State Bobcats in their opening game, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:30 p.m. 

Portland State Vikings 

The Vikings enter the NCCA Tournament as the winners of the Big Sky Conference after defeating the Southern Utah Thunderbirds 8-1 Saturday to clinch their second conference tournament and their sixth tournament in program history. 

However, for head coach Meadow McWhorter and her squad, it has been a rough season ending with a record of 15-24 overall and 8-10 in conference play. The majority of the losses on the season come from the difficult nonconference schedule; the Vikings played eight top 25 teams and have lost all of those contests. 

The Vikings enter the NCCA Tournament on a four-game winning streak, so it will be interesting in their first-round matchup against the Washington Huskies if the Vikings can at least pull one win in the double-elimination format. 

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Seattle RedHawks 

The RedHawks are heading to their second consecutive NCCA Tournament after winning the Western Athletic Conference Saturday against New Mexico State 7-5. 

In his sixth season with the program, Head Coach Geoff Hirai and his team come into the tournament with a record of 29-19 overall and 11-5 in conference play. In their last trip to the tournament, the last time it was held in 2019, the Red Hawks made it to the regional round. Still, they were eliminated after the first weekend after losing two to Mississippi State in the double-elimination format. However, they did pick up a win against Fordham. It will be interesting to see how the RedHawks do this time around in their second trip to the NCAA Tournament. 

The RedHawks will take on the Big Ten Champion Michigan Wolverines Friday Night at Husky Stadium first pitch of that game is scheduled for 5:00. It will be nationally televised on ESPN 2. 

Washington Huskies 

The selection committee gave the Washington Huskies the 16 seed in the NCCA Tournament. Still, they will host a regional tournament this weekend. The Huskies enter as an at-large team from the Pac 12 Conference and get ready for their 27th NCAA Tournament. 

Head Coach Heather Tarr is in her 17th season with the Huskies. They enter the tournament finishing the regular season with a record of 41-11. Under Tarr, the Huskies have been quite successful in the NCCA Tournament, and she has been to the Women’s College World Series eight times and the past four in a row. 

The Huskies will begin another run to the Women’s College World Series Friday night when they host the Portland State Vikings, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m. 

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