No. 11 OREGON Ducks
Overall Record: 44-16
Conference: Pac-12 (3rd, 13-9)
Head Coach: Mike White

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No. 3 ARIZONA STATE Sun Devils
Overall Record: 51-9
Conference: Pac-12 (2nd, 18-4)
   Head Coach: Clint Myers

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN THE DUCKS AND SUN DEVILS MEET

Venue: ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Game Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN 2 / ESPN3 
Announcers:
   Beth Mowins (play by play)
   Jessica Mendoza (color)
   Holly Rowe (field reporter)

Who to Watch for the Ducks: P Jessica Moore, 32-13, 2.57 ERA, 244 K; OF Samantha Pappas, .396, 40 R, 9 HR, 39 RBI, 21 SB; 2B Kaylan Howard, .337, 44 R, 12 HR, 52 RBI 

Who to Watch for the Sun Devils: SS Katelyn Boyd, .448, 76 R, 19 HR, 61 RBI, 22 SB; Alix Johnson, .407, 51 R, 12 HR, 50 RBI; P Dallas Escobedo, 23-6, 2.35 ERA, 215 K 

IN THE 2012 POSTSEASON

Oregon
Regional
    def. Portland State, 7-3 [ Box ]
    def. BYU, 6-4 [ Box ]
    def. BYU, 4-1 [ Box ]
Super Regional
    lost to No. 6 Texas, 4-2 [ Box ]
    def. No. 6 Texas, 5-4 (8 inn.) [ Box ]
    def. No. 6 Texas, 10-6 [ Box ]

Arizona State
Regional
    def. LIU Brooklyn, 9-0 (5 inn.) [ Box ]
    def. Syracuse, 3-1 [ Box ]
    lost to Syracuse, 1-0 [ Box ]
    def. Syracuse, 4-0 [ Box ]
Super Regional
    lost to No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette, 6-0 [ Box ]
    def. No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette, 9-2 [ Box ]
    def. No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette, 8-0 (6 inn.) [ Box ]

Rosters: Oregon | Arizona State Schedules: Oregon | Arizona State
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Oregon's big prize for reaching WCWS is familiar foe

It took 24 years, but Oregon is back in the Women's College World Series. What do the Ducks get as a prize? A first-round matchup with the defending national champion, who happens to be a conference rival. 

The Ducks' resurgence has come on over time, but it's no surprise they're in Oklahoma City. UO has been in the national top 25 all season thanks to a potent offense and timing pitching. On the year, the Ducks rank  16th nationally in hitting (.311), 13th in slugging (.492) and 12th in scoring (5.93 runs per game).

The key is continuing to build on a season like this. That's what the Ducks have done each of the past two years as they reached the super regionals before bowing out with 0-2 records. 

Oregon vs. Arizona State
 
Batting Average .311 .333
Home Runs 64 88
Runs Per Game 5.9 7.0
Stolen Bases 78 56
ERA 2.81 2.07
But the process isn't complete, according to coach Mike White.

“It’s difficult because we really have areas where we look really good and areas where we are not so good," White said Wednesday. "It’s an evolving process. It’s not going to happen overnight. Very rarely do these things happen straight away. You’ve got to build these sorts of things. I think we are starting to build that. I think we have a great team this year. We are here to play this year. We have a better team coming next year. That’s going to be the trick – to continue to repeat this process. Keep it fresh and keep the drive to continue to have a top-eight team.”

If they do that, they'll look a lot like the Sun Devils. ASU is back in Oklahoma City looking for its third title in six years, an impressive stretch by any standard even in the Pac-12.

Leading the way is two-time national player of the year finalist Katelyn Boyd, a powerful shortstop who has hit .448 this season while driving in 61 runs and scoring 76 times, including 19 on home runs. She earned All-America honors again on Wednesday and was joined on the first team by Alix Johnson, who is hitting .407 with 12 homer sand 50 RBI. 

Despite the powerful lineup, which is third nationally in hitting, coach Clint Myers knows it won't be easy even just getting out of the first game. Oregon and the Sun Devils split a pair of regular-season contests, and Myers views teams like Ducks as being more prepared for their arrival on the national scene than in past years. It's especially noticeable in the earlier rounds, according to Myers. 

“The parity across the country, the rivalries between the conferences; the toughest part is getting here," Myers said. "The regionals are getting a lot more quality teams. The super regionals speak for themselves. I mean, look at who you had in the super regionals. Then the eight teams that were fortunate to get here. It’s going to be a great show, great competition.”

A show the Ducks will likely remember, even if it has to come against the reigning champion.

                                                                                                               -- Jerry Trickie, NCAA.com

OREGON QUICK HITS
► The Ducks own a 2-4 record against the top three seeded teams, California (1-2), Alabama (0-1) and Arizona State (1-1) during the regular season.

► The Ducks came into the season with 955 wins in program history. After posting 44 wins this season, the next one -- and only second in UO history at the WCWS -- will be No. 1,000.

► Last weekend in the super regional, Jessica Moore pitched 20 of the 21 innings, recording 11 Ks to take the UO single-season lead with 244 strikeouts, adding to her career mark in the process (706). Moore's next win will tie Katie Wiese for the Ducks' all-time mark for victories at 73.

► During the postseason, Kaylan Howard leads the team with a .429 batting average while four others are hitting at least .350.

ARIZONA STATE QUICK HITS
► Coach Clint Myers has led the Sun Devils to the WCWS six times in his seven years at the helm, including winning two national titles.

► Arizona State is looking to become just the third team to win back-to-back championships, joining a pair of Pac-12 squads (Arizona, UCLA).

► Senior Hillary Bach may not have the same name recognition nationally as sophomore Dallas Escobedo, but Bach's name will be long remembered in the ASU record books. With a 21-1 mark this year, she now ranks second in career wins for the Sun Devils with 87.   

► Bach also pitched the fourth perfect game in ASU history on March 3 against Wichita State, but she isn't the only Sun Devil with a no-hitter this year. Mackenzie Popescue tossed a no-no -- allowing just one walk -- against Wichita State two days earlier.