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Shannon Rhodes powers Ducks to 7-0 win and series sweep over Beavers

Make it 15. Oregon softball extended its winning streak against in-state rival Oregon State on Sunday to 15 games after three more weekend wins at Jane Sanders Stadium.  The Ducks completed the sweep with a strong offensive showing. Shannon Rhodes recorded five RBIs while Megan Kleist pitched a complete game. She only allowed one …

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Oregon softball defeats Oregon State 7-2

No. 6 Oregon hadn’t won a three-game series since the beginning of the month when it swept Arizona State. That changed on Saturday when the Ducks beat Oregon State 7-2 to secure their first three-game series win since April 2. After the game, both head coach Mike White and senior …

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Ducks dominate Beavers, improve Civil War win streak to 13 games

Another Civil War, another victory for Oregon. The No. 6 Oregon Ducks run-ruled the Oregon State Beavers 8-0 in the first Civil War played at Jane Sanders Stadium on Friday. The Ducks won the first game of a series since defeating Portland State on April 4. The win also marks …

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Oregon avoids sweep with 4-3 win over Arizona

The Ducks needed a win. With Megan Kleist in the circle for the Ducks and Danielle O’Toole going for the Wildcats, a pitcher’s duel was a possibility. Instead, Oregon and Arizona teamed up to hit four solo home runs, and Oregon came away with a 4-3 win. Danica Mercado’s sister Mo Mercado hit an …

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Softball falls 10-7 at No. 2 Arizona for third straight series loss

The No. 6 Oregon softball team lost to the No. 2 Arizona Wildcats 10-7 Saturday in Tucson, Ariz. After starting the season 35-0, the Ducks have now lost three consecutive series. Arizona (45-3, 15-2) scored five runs in the second inning to take the lead. The Wildcats loaded the bases and …

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Ducks fall to No. 3 Arizona, 2-0, in series opener

Oregon’s bats couldn’t break through again as the Ducks fell 2-0 to No. 3 Arizona on Friday night in Tucson. The defeat gives the Ducks (37-5, 10-5 Pac-12) three losses in their last four games. Oregon mustered just five hits in the series-opening game between the nation’s No. 3 and No. 6-ranked programs. …

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Ducks in desert for top-10 series against Arizona

The Ducks are looking for a rebound. Oregon softball (37-4) travels down to Arizona to take on the No. 3-ranked Wildcats in a three-game series starting Friday. The Ducks, ranked No. 6 in the nation, are coming off back-to-back series losses at UCLA and against Washington. Oregon now runs the risk …

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Offense quiet again in Oregon’s 5-3 extra innings loss to Washington

Offense was absent all game for the Ducks — 31 at bats produced five hits. Outside of Nikki Udria, nobody seemed able to hit the ball despite facing Washington’s Taran Alvelo for the third day in a row. The No. 12 Washington Huskies (31-10,8-7) defeated the No. 4 Oregon Ducks (37-4, …

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Ducks take down No. 12 Washington behind three-run third inning

As he does after every game, head coach Mike White looked at the box score before debriefing with reporters on Friday night. One number caught his eye. The Ducks had just four hits. Oregon’s eighth-year coach laughed. “Oh well,” he mumbled. But it turns out four hits were just enough in the …

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Ducks no longer undefeated at home after 4-2 loss to Washington

Oregon’s undefeated start to the season ended last week at UCLA, and now its perfect home record has concluded. Washington beat Oregon 4-2 at Jane Sanders Stadium on Thursday evening after a half-hour rain delay prior to the start of the game. Maggie Balint started in the circle, and surrendered …

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Oregon softball avoids sweep, defeats No. 9 UCLA 11-4

The No. 2 Oregon Ducks (36-2) defeated No. 9 UCLA (28-10) 11-4 in Los Angeles on Sunday to avoid a sweep. The Ducks failed to score in the first two games, but on Sunday, the bats came alive. In the third inning, Nikki Udria doubled to left center to drive …

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Ducks drop second consecutive game to UCLA after 35-0 start

One day after losing their first game of the season after a 35-0 start, the Ducks fell again to UCLA for the team’s second loss of the season. It took nine innings for UCLA to break a 0-0 tie. The Bruins won on a passed ball in the bottom half …

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Oregon falls just short of NCAA record with loss to UCLA

Oregon softball is perfect no more. The No. 9 UCLA Bruins (29-6) defeated the Ducks 2-0 on Friday in Los Angeles to end Oregon’s (35-1) 35-game win streak and keep it from breaking the Bruins’ record for the best start in NCAA history. UCLA pitcher Rachel Garcia (11-4, 1.68 ERA) …

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Oregon softball wins doubleheader against Portland State

Oregon softball is still undefeated. The Ducks, now 35-0, beat Portland State in a doubleheader on Tuesday after the series was postponed last month. Oregon struggled to score in a 3-1 win in the first game but had no trouble to get the runs in the second game, earning a …

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Balint, Elish and Kleist: Oregon softball’s tremendous trio

Oregon softball’s pitching circle this season is a triple threat. After having a 1-2 punch made up of then-senior Cheridan Hawkins and freshman Megan Kleist, Oregon’s pitching was destined to look different. The Ducks brought in the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Miranda Elish, and No. 4 recruit, Maggie Balint, to …

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Oregon walks off in extra innings to sweep Arizona State

Mia Camuso was supposed to bunt. Instead, she ignored her coach’s sign and hit a walk-off single up the middle to keep Oregon softball’s perfect season going. It was scoreless for seven-and-a-half innings at Jane Sanders Stadium in the final game of Oregon’s series against Arizona State. But finally in the eighth …

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All three pitchers used in Oregon’s 8-4 win over Arizona State

Arizona State put runs on the board but No. 3-ranked Oregon had an answer every time. It took four innings for Oregon to take the lead in the Ducks’ second game of a three-game series against No. 21 Arizona State. It also took all three pitchers to extinguish the Sun …

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Freshman pitchers push Oregon softball to 30th-straight win

It was a pitching battle between No. 3 Oregon and No. 25 BYU at Jane Sanders Stadium on Thursday. Freshman Miranda Elish got the start for the Ducks, who returned home after beating Utah in a doubleheader on Saturday, and allowed no runs on five hits. Fellow freshman pitcher Maggie Balint …

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Ducks win doubleheader at No. 11 Utah to stay perfect

Following a rainout on Saturday, Oregon softball beat No. 11 Utah in a doubleheader in Salt Lake City on Sunday to stay undefeated. The Ducks improved to 29-0 and remain the only unbeaten team in the country. Here’s how it happened: Game 1 Megan Kleist earned her 10th win of …

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Ducks sweep Cal to open Pac-12 play, improve to 27-0 on the season

The Ducks softball team continued its winning ways to start conference play. The Ducks (27-0) topped Cal 10-2 to earn the series sweep and remain perfect on the season. “If you’re going to win the championship, you’re going to want to put some sweeps behind you, because this conference is very tough,” …

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Oregon softball takes down Cal 2-1 to capture a series win

Much like Friday, California was the first team to score. Much like Friday, it didn’t matter as Oregon came from behind to emerge with a 2-1 win in its second game of the weekend against the Golden Bears on Saturday afternoon at Jane Saunders Stadium. Oregon still maintains its reputation of …

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Ducks defeat Cal in Pac-12 opener, improve to 25-0 on the season

On Friday night the Ducks continued to do what they know how to do best. Win. Freshman Maggie Balint went the distance in Oregon’s 5-1 victory over Cal at Jane Sanders Stadium. “There’s some things we need to work on,” said head coach Mike White following the game. “But coming …

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How Oregon’s ‘small ball’ offense is leading to big wins

Get them on, get them over, get them in. That’s Oregon’s new offensive philosophy. After a season in which power hitting created most of the offense, 2017 has become the year of ‘small ball’ for the Oregon softball team. The new motto means: Get runners on base, bunt or sacrifice …

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Alexis Mack fitting in seamlessly with Oregon softball

Alexis Mack is really fast. She’s fast not just at base running, but at fitting in with Oregon softball since transferring in from South Carolina. The only transfer on the Ducks’ roster, Mack is making an instant impact. She already established herself as the lead-off batter for No. 4-ranked Oregon and currently ranks …

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