At one point this season, the BYU women's softball team was five games under the break-even mark and a ninth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament looked like a long shot.
Since then, the Cougars have bulldozed their way through the Pacific Coast Softball Conference, winning 16 of 17 games and earning an automatic bid to the postseason and a date with Pac-12 champs and No. 3-ranked Oregon at the Eugene Regional on Thursday. BYU opened the tournament in Eugene last season, losing to the Ducks in the regional final.
North Carolina and Wisconsin round out the bracket. The championship is 1 p.m. Saturday, with another to be played if necessary.