Ducks Preview Super Regional vs NC State

Prior to Oregon’s matchup with NC State this weekend in the super regional, head coach Mike White, and outfielders Koral Costa and Janie Takeda, talked about the challenge ahead.

Mike White

Janie Takeda

Koral Costa

Ducks to Host NC State in Eugene Super Regional

By Ryan Rouillard

For the sixth straight season, the 2nd-seeded Oregon softball team will play in a super regional. For the third straight year, they’ll get to host. The Ducks will meet the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the Eugene super regional, starting Friday night at Howe Field. The winner of the best-of-3 series will advance to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, OK.

NC State won the Harrisonburg, VA regional over the weekend, which included a win over the host and #15 seed James Madison. The Wolfpack come to Eugene with a 38-20 record on the year. It’s the first time NC State has made a super regional. They are led by Emily Weiman in the circle, sporting a 31-15 record and a 2.34 ERA in her senior season. At the plate, senior Renada Davis hits .387 with 13 home runs and 41 RBI and is the all-time leader in home runs in the ACC (63).

The two teams have only met once previously. That meeting came on February 8th, 2014 with the Ducks winning, 5-0. Oregon pitcher Cheridan Hawkins threw a one-hit shutout against the Wolfpack in the win.

KWVA will air all games in the Eugene super regional on 88.1 FM and online. Coverage starts Friday at 5:30 pm with a special 30-minute pregame show and first pitch to follow at 6:00 pm. The best-of-3 series will continue Saturday afternoon. Action starts at noon and a decisive third game will start at 3:00 pm, if necessary. Ryan Rouillard and Zach Bigley will have the call throughout the entirety of the super regional.

For more information on the super regional and a preview of both teams, be sure to tune in to #QuackSmack Monday-Thursday from 6:00-7:00 pm.