NO. 11 OREGON Ducks
Overall Record: 45-17
Conference: Pac-12 (3rd, 13-9)
Head Coach: Mike White

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NO. 1 CALIFORNIA Golden Bears
Overall Record: 57-6
Conference: Pac-12 (1st, 18-3)
   Head Coach: Diane Ninemire


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

Who to Watch for the Ducks:  P Jessica Moore, 33-14, 2.51 ERA, 251 K; OF Samantha Pappas, .392, 41 R, 9 HR, 40 RBI, 21 SB; 1B Kailee Cuico, .314, 12 HR, 49 RBI

Who to Watch for the Golden Bears: P/UT Valerie Arioto, .379, 63 R, 23 HR, 60 RBI; P Jolene Henderson, 37-3, 1.17 ERA, 315 K; 2B Jace Williams, .267, 7 HR, 47 RBI


    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. 3 Arizona St., 3-1 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]
    def. No. 7 Tennessee, 3-1 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]

Feature: Kiwi coach getting most out of Ducks

    def. Iona, 8-0 [ Box ]
    lost to Arkansas, 3-2 [ Box ]
    def. Boston U., 8-0 (6 inn.) [ Box ]
    def. Arkansas, 10-2 (5 inn.) [ Box ]
    def. Arkansas, 7-0 [ Box ]
Super Regional
    def. No. 16 Washington, 5-0 [ Box ]
    def. No. 16 Washington, 2-0 [ Box ]
Women’s College World Series
    def. LSU, 5-3 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]
    lost to No. 4 Oklahoma, 3-0 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]

Feature: Two Hendersons better than one for Cal

Rosters: Oregon | California Schedules: Oregon | California
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Pac-12 elimination game on tap in Saturday finale

California coach Diane Ninemire knows what she's doing. With more than 1,100 career wins, she's been through this a few times.

After falling into the loser's bracket with a 3-0 setback against No. 4 seed Oklahoma on Friday, Ninemire's Golden Bears now get right back on the field 9:30 p.m. ET Saturday when they face a familiar foe in Oregon. It will be the the fourth matchup between the squads since April 20. Cal took two of the three meetings, with the Ducks winning the middle game with a 1-0 shutout.  

Ninemire didn't hesitate when asked if she'd like to have more time to prepare. She knew she had done this scouting report before. 

Oregon vs. California
Batting Average .311 .314
Home Runs 65 81
Runs Per Game 5.8 6.6
Stolen Bases 80 94
ERA 2.75 1.26

"Actually, I'm kind of glad we have to play [Saturday], because I think it would be worse sitting for a full day thinking about it," Ninemire said following Friday's loss. "Now we know that we have to be prepared [Friday] night, and we'll be facing [a] team that we've already played this year.

"So we're familiar with the teams that we'll be playing, which is a little plus to us. But we still have to go out and play our best ball. ... We'll be prepared."

That preparation includes figuring out what they need to change from the last game. It will likely start with star hitter Valerie Arioto, who went 0 for 2 with two strikeouts against Oklahoma ace Keilani Ricketts. Then again, everyone nearly had that linescore as Ricketts had 16 strikeouts and only allowed two Cal hits.

The Bears haven't had to bounce back often this season. They only have six losses, and have not dropped back-to-back games all year.

"I think this team bounces back really, really well," Arioto said. "I hope we do that [Friday] and have a lot of energy. For all the seniors, for Jace, me, the twins and Frani, it could potentially be our last game, any game after this. So I think we'll all be going out there fighting like it's our last game." 

Oregon already knows that feeling. The Ducks already played an elimination game Saturday afternoon as the temperatures started to rise in ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

UO came out swinging as Samantha Pappas deposited the second pitch of the game into the stands. Kailee Cuico, in her return from a two-game suspension, singled in a run as well three batters later before the Ducks went on to a 3-1 win to knock out Tennessee.

Cuico finished 2 for 3 with a run scored in an excited return to her team. 

"Once I was out there, it was just like another game," Cuico said following the contest. "Sitting out was really hard to watch all of them play without me but they picked me up really well in Texas and even the first game here. They played [Thursday] but I was just happy to be back out there. I kept it simple for the most part because of all the hype and stuff but I talked to coach Dodd and she helped keep me stay calm, keep the game simple and play it right."

Without being asked, coach Mike White echoed his pleasure for his top hitter's return in the post-game press conference.

"She wasn't as excited as I was," White said.

                                                                                                               -- Jerry Trickie,

► Oregon now holds a 2-3 all-time WCWS record, with the program’s first win coming in 1989, the Ducks' only previous WCWS appearance.

► Senior Christie Nieto extended her base-running streak to 19 consecutive games, thanks to a fourth inning hit-by-pitch. Nieto eventually came around to score the Ducks' third run on an Alexa Peterson double.

► Junior Samantha Pappas has posted an extra-base hit in both of Oregon’s WCWS contests. She had a double on Thursday against Arizona State and a leadoff home run against Tennessee.

► The win against Tennessee was Oregon’s third consecutive elimination win. The Ducks won twice at the Austin Super Regional after losing the series opener in order to advance to Oklahoma City.

► Cal has previously clawed back from a Friday loss to reach the title game. As the defending champion in 2003, Cal won its opening game against UCLA, then fell to Texas. The Bears beat Oklahoma and then defeated Arizona twice to advance to the championship contest, where it lost.

► Cal has faced both Tennessee and Oregon this season, beating the Lady Vols on Feb. 10 and winning 2 of 3 against the Ducks in Pac-12.

► Cal has been shut out only three times during the 2012 season, including Friday’s loss to Oklahoma. 

► Prior to Cal’s Friday loss to Oklahoma, senior Valerie Arioto was presented with the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.