June 3, 2012
In the final elimination game of the day, California defeated Oregon 6-3.
Top-seeded Cal advanced to Sunday's WCWS semifinals round, joining No. 2 seed Alabama, No. 3 seed Arizona State and No. 4 Oklahoma. This marks the first year that each of the top four seeds advanced to the semifinals (the national seeding system began in 2005).
Cal improved to 58-6 overall this season and to 21-21 all-time in the WCWS.
Cal had two home runs tonight, a three-run blast by Jace Williams in the first inning and a solo shot by Victoria Jones in the fourth inning. Williams' homer was her eighth of the season while Jones' was her third this year.
Cal has belted a total of six home runs in four games against Oregon this season (one on April 20 and three on April 22).
Cal improved to 31-0 this year when scoring in the first inning, to 38-0 when scoring six or more runs and to 22-0 when hitting two or more home runs.
Cal has scored five or more runs in seven of its 10 games during the 2012 NCAA tournament.
Cal junior pitcher Jolene Henderson improved to 38-3 on the year with the complete-game victory. She surrendered three runs (all earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out nine.
Oregon finished the season at 45-18 overall and dropped to 2-4 all-time in the WCWS. Its 45 wins this year represent the second most in school history.
Oregon's Samantha Pappas hit a home run in the third inning to tie her single-season best of 11 homers (also hit 11 in 2010). Pappas is tied for 11th on Oregon's single-season home runs list and ranks seventh in school history with 30 career homers.
Pappas' home run was her second of the day. She also hit a solo homer against Tennessee in Game 8.