Softball and tennis update
Fuiava’s home run pushes Ducks past So. Miss., Oregon finishes tournament 2-3
After losing its first three games of the Louisville Slugger Classic in Las Vegas, Oregon (5-5) rallied in its final two games, beating Hawaii and Southern Mississippi behind its bats.
The Ducks slipped past Hawai’i on Saturday 3-2 behind freshman right fielder Kelsey Chambers’ three RBIs and freshman pitcher Samantha Skillingstad’s fourth win of the season. It was Skillingstad’s fourth complete game of the season as she struck out seven batters.
Oregon easily beat Southern Mississippi on Sunday 14-0, as sophomore Monique Fuiava hit her fourth home run of the tournament. Junior out fielder Neena Bryant finished the game 3-for-3 with four RBIs in the game, the Ducks’ first shutout of the season that Skillingstad and freshman pitcher Mikayla Endicott combined in.
The wins came after Oregon lost its first three games of the tournament, losing 6-5 to Cal State Fullerton and 11-9 to Kentucky on Friday and 5-2 to Northwestern in Saturday’s first game.
The Ducks play five games starting this Thursday in the Cathedral City Classic outside Palm Springs, Calif.
Duck men’s tennis wins first match outside of Eugene, beats Shockers
Oregon’s men’s tennis team defeated Wichita State 5-2 Sunday in Fayetteville, Ark., to snap a three-match losing streak.
Oregon (6-4) got singles wins from junior Marcos Verdasco, sophomore Duncan McDonald-Korth, and freshmen Jose’ Izquierdo and Ayrton Wibowo.
In doubles, Verdasco teamed with junior Alexander Cornelissen for a win and junior Ric Mortera and McDonald-Korth also won.
The Ducks next play this weekend in Seattle against Washington and Fresno State.