NO. 11 OREGON Ducks
Overall Record: 44-17
Conference: Pac-12 (3rd, 13-9)
Head Coach: Mike White

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Overall Record: 52-13
Conference: Southeastern (2nd, 22-6)
   Co-Head Coaches: Ralph and Karen Weekly


Venue: ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Game Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
   Pam Ward (play by play)
   Michelle Smith (color)
   Holly Rowe (field reporter)

Who to Watch for the Ducks:  P Jessica Moore, 32-14, 2.54 ERA, 247 K; OF Samantha Pappas, .395, 40 R, 9 HR, 39 RBI, 21 SB; 1B Christie Nieto, .339, 28 R, 9 HR, 34 RBI 

Who to Watch for the Lady Vols: 3B Raven Chavanne, .429, 44 R, 32 SB; LF Melissa Davin, .279, 8 HR, 29 RBI; P Ellen Renfroe, 27-4, 1.19 ERA, 279 K


    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 ]
Women's College World Series
    lost to No. 4 Oklahoma, 5-1 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]

Feature: Kiwi coach getting most out of Ducks

    lost to Miami (Ohio), 1-0 [ Box ]
    def. UAB, 8-0 (5 inn.) [ Box ]
    def. Miami (Ohio), 8-0 (5 inn.) [ Box ]
    def. Virginia Tech, 2-1 [ Box ]
    def. Virginia Tech, 10-2  [ Box ]
Super Regional
    def. Georgia, 3-2 [ Box ]
    lost to Georgia, 1-0 [ Box ]
    def. Georgia, 2-1 [ Box ]
Women's College World Series
    lost to No. 2 Alabama, 5-3 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]

Rosters: Oregon | Tennessee Schedules: Oregon | Tennessee
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First seeded team set to be eliminated in loser's bracket

Heading into Saturday's second game at the WCWS, there is only one thing certain: the first nationally seeded team will be eliminated in OKC.

No. 11 Oregon faces No. 7 Tennessee at 2:30 p.m. ET and the teams have their backs against the wall. The road will not be easy as both squads have potent offenses and star pitchers that can carry them to victory. They also have history to back them, having already played through elimination to overcome losses in the super regionals.

Keeping the same desperate mentality will be key to staying alive. The reward? A date with a top-four seed Saturday night in another elimination game.

That fight will be there for the Ducks according to the squad's top hitter Samantha Pappas. 

Oregon vs. Tennessee
Batting Average .310 .300
Home Runs 64 45
Runs Per Game 5.9 5.0
Stolen Bases 80 112
ERA 2.78 1.55

"What I love about our team is we are relentless and we will come back because we play the best when our backs are against the wall because that's what we're used to," Pappas said. "So I feel like we're used to that and we're going to come back."

Their backs have been against the wall plenty this season. In Thursday's 3-1 loss to No. 3 Arizona State, the Ducks outhit the Sun Devils 5-3 but had two errors at crucial times. According to pitcher Jessica Moore, that adversity has helped the squad and puts it in a prime position to be set for Saturday. 

"I think we just have to keep fighting. I think that's kind of been our mantra all year. We're going to have to fight if we want to win any games," Moore said.

That mindset has been in place since the beginning of the year. UO lost two of its first three games of the season and then struggled late in the season, posting a 6-6 record in a three-week span ending on the final weekend of the regular season.

"We're not going to get the breaks. We're not going to get calls. It seems as if, not technically, everybody's against us, but we're kind of backs-against-the-wall. And that's how it's been all season," Pappas said.

"I think we're just going to have to keep fighting and we're going to have to make the games unquestionable.  We'll have to put a lot of runs up on the board, and I'm going to have to pitch really well, keep runners off base, keep the pressure off. And we're just going to have to start winning games with no doubt and put a lot of runs up on the board and just keep showing people what we actually really can do."

Tennessee is thinking the same thing after its 5-3 loss to rival Alabama Thursday. It was the fourth consecutive game against an SEC foe after the Lady Vols had to go three games with Georgia in the super regional just to reach OKC. 

Getting an early start against UO will go a long way to keeping the Lady Vols' season alive.

"You have to come out in the first inning and you have to be ready to go," UT co-head coach Ralph Weekly said. "You can't come out and fool around. You just [have] to be ready to play. When the ump says play ball, you’ve got be ready to play ball."

                                                                                                               -- Jerry Trickie,

► The Ducks are in search of their second Women’s College World Series victory in program history. Oregon’s previous appearance at the WCWS came in 1989. The program is now 1-3 all-time in WCWS play following Thursday’s 3-1 loss to Arizona State.

► Junior Samantha Pappas hit her 17th double of the season in the first inning against ASU on Thursday night, moving her into second place on the school’s all-time single-season list. The school record of 18 was set by Missy Coe in 1999.

► Senior Christie Nieto has reached base safely in 18 consecutive games -- the longest streak by a Duck this year -- after a seventh-inning double on Thursday.

► Saturday will mark the return to the lineup for Kailee Cuico, Oregon’s top hitter at the Austin Super Regional. Cuico hit .750 with three hits, a home run, one RBI and three walks drawn. She was unavailable for Thursday’s opener against Arizona State after being ejected in the second game against Texas.  

► For the first time in five WCWS appearances, Tennessee lost its opener in Oklahoma City. Saturday's game against Oregon is the first time the Lady Vols have appeared in Session 4.

► Tennessee is 12-9 all-time in WCWS play and has never finished lower than third place when advancing to Oklahoma City. In four previous WCWS appearances, the Lady Vols finished third in 2005, ‘06 and ‘10, and earned a runner-up finish in 2007.

► When scoring three or more runs in a game, Tennessee is 42-3 this season, but are under .500 (10-11) when scoring two or less. Thursday’s 5-3 loss to Alabama was just their third loss of the season when scoring three or more runs.

► Junior pitcher Ivy Renfroe needs just one win to tie former Lady Vol Jackie Beavers for second all-time in Tennessee history for career victories with 76. Renfroe would then trail only Monica Abbott for career wins in a Tennessee uniform. 

► Junior third baseman Raven Chavanne has reached base in 54 of her 56 games after going 1 for 4 with an RBI.