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Lombardi hopes to cement Oregon’s place as perennial title contender

It will be hard to fill the void left by former Oregon softball head coach Mike White, but new-hire Melyssa Lombardi has a pedigree that might propel the Ducks into the national championship. During her 21 years as Oklahoma’s pitching coach, Lombardi coached two USA softball pitchers-of-the-year and four national …

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Oregon softball introduces Melyssa Lombardi as head coach

The Melyssa Lombardi era officially began as she was introduced to fans and media members at Jane Sanders Stadium on Monday. For the first time this decade, the Ducks will be led by someone other than Mike White. Lombardi, a 21-year assistant coach at Oklahoma with four national championships on …

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Reports: Oregon softball to hire Oklahoma assistant Melyssa Lombardi

Oregon softball has hired Oklahoma assistant coach Melyssa Lombardi, who accepted the job on Saturday night, according to the Oklahoman. Former head coach Mike White left the Ducks for Texas after nine seasons and a 435-111-1 record that included five Women’s College World Series appearances. UO has not made an …

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Mike White to leave Oregon softball for Texas

Oregon softball head coach Mike White is leaving the program to take over the vacancy left at the University of Texas by Connie Clark, who was the Longhorns’ head coach for 22 years. Texas went 33-26 this season and were ousted in the Seattle Regional. It was first reported by Ryan …

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Oregon softball’s season ends with 4-1 loss to FSU in WCWS

Red eyes, choked-back words with disappointed faces and tears. It wasn’t the way No. 1 Oregon softball wanted to see the season end. It wasn’t the way the seniors wanted to end their career as Ducks. Oregon was eliminated from the Women’s College World Series Saturday, falling 4-1 to the …

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Oregon softball loses 6-2 to Washington behind poor fifth inning

Fresh off its best offensive performance in a Women’s College World Series game, the No. 1 Oregon softball team was silenced for the first six innings of its 6-2 loss to No. 5 Washington. Although Oregon swept Washington in the regular season, the Huskies won the game that mattered most. …

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Oregon wins first game of WCWS 11-6 against Arizona State

Prior to the first game of the Women’s College World Series, the Ducks talked about not just surviving and advancing, but thriving as well. They did just that, scoring the most run’s in team history. No. 1 Oregon put up 14 hits en route to a 11-6 victory against No. …

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Oregon softball earns ticket to Women’s College World Series with 11-1 win over Kentucky

It took Oregon four innings to get pitcher Miranda Elish the lead last night. It was a different story tonight as the Ducks scored seven runs in the second inning, highlighted by Shannon Rhodes’ leadoff home run and a DJ Sanders grand slam. The inning’s seven runs were more than the …

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With season on the line, Oregon softball delivers dominant 6-1 win

Oregon’s Shannon Rhodes singled off Kentucky pitcher Grace Baalman to load the bases in a scoreless, one-out top of the fourth inning. The Wildcats decided not to risk it and brought in pitcher Erin Rethlake to face freshman Lauren Burke. With a smooth stroke on a 3-1 count, Burke knocked …

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Oregon surrenders three home runs in upset loss of Super Regionals opener

Oregon entered the game with a 16-game winning streak, a 22-1 home-field record and as the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky, the No. 16 seed, was the upcoming underdog. A team that swept the Lexington Regional last weekend with three consecutive run-rule games to earn a spot …

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Preview: No. 1 Oregon softball prepares for another Super Regionals against Kentucky

There’s a feeling of deja vu for Oregon softball this weekend as the No. 1 Ducks host the No. 16 seed Kentucky Wildcats at Jane Sanders Stadium in the NCAA Super Regionals for the second straight year. Last season, No. 3 Oregon got by the No. 19 Wildcats in the …

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Oregon softball defeats Drake 3-0, advances to Super Regional

Just like the previous two games for Oregon softball, runs were hard to come by in Saturday’s Eugene Regional matchup against Drake. Oregon had not allowed a run in its previous 23 innings of play coming into Saturday’s match up, putting pressure on Drake’s pitcher Nicole Newman to be perfect. …

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Megan Kleist allows one hit as Oregon wins second game of Eugene Regional

The Jane Sanders crowd rose to its feet. Oregon pitcher Megan Kleist had retired all 20 batters she had faced. Drake’s Macy Johnson came to the plate for the third time of the game, and on the first pitch, the lefty smacked a line drive into dead center field, breaking …

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Eugene native Lauren Burke’s home run secures Oregon’s win in first round of regionals

Eugene native and Oregon utility player Lauren Burke is a freshman. A freshman who has only played in 28 of Oregon’s 54 games this season — starting in a mere 10. But a freshman who only needed two pitches in an NCAA first-round Regional to unleash a monster two-run, pinch-hit …

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Preview: Oregon softball prepares for battles against quality pitching in upcoming regional

The Pac-12 champion Oregon softball team will host Albany, BYU and Drake at the Eugene Regional for the first round of the Women’s College World Series starting Thursday. The Ducks own the No. 1 ranking and the pressure packaged with it. “[We’re] just taking it day by day,” center fielder …

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Miranda Elish mental game is stronger, and it shows in her pitching

When Miranda Elish was one out away from a perfect game against Portland State on April 3, she had a flashback to a game two weeks ago against UCLA. She had given up a home run with two outs left, adding more tension to a big game against the No. …

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Oregon softball takes No. 1 overall seed ahead of Eugene Regional

Oregon softball earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, which will start off with the Eugene Regional on Thursday against Albany. No. 1 seed for @OregonSB in the NCAA Tournament, which starts on Thursday in Eugene. pic.twitter.com/ZiAFlCsalq — Shawn Medow (@ShawnMedow) May 14, 2018 “Now it’s done, …

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Oregon softball clinches fifth Pac-12 title in last six seasons in win over Cal

Oregon softball defeated No. 24 California 2-0 on Saturday in Berkeley, California, to clinch its fifth Pac-12 championship in six seasons. “This is a great achievement for our club because the Pac-12 is as tough as it’s ever been,” head coach Mike White said. “I’m really proud of them. This …

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Oregon clinches share of Pac-12 title with 8-3 win over Cal

With an 8-3 against Cal on Friday afternoon, Oregon softball clinched half a share of the Pac-12 title. The Ducks (46-7, 19-3 in Pac-12) have a one game lead over UCLA (48-4, 18-4 in Pac-12), and if they beat Cal tomorrow and UCLA loses to ASU tomorrow or the next …

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Senior power pushes Oregon past Utah 8-1 to complete series sweep

Gwen Svekis watched her fly-ball hang in the air and drift toward shallow left field. As she jogged toward first base, it landed in the exact place none of the three Utah defenders could reach it in time. That summarized how the day went for Svekis and the Ducks on …

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Ducks softball rallies back to top Utah 5-2

It had the makings of a strange night at The Jane. Going up against Utah, who entered Saturday last in the Pac-12 standings, No. 2 Oregon was held hitless in the first four innings before the Utes took 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning. Yet, like the …

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Oregon softball rolls Utah to begin final regular season home series

In the bottom of the first inning, Gwen Svekis hit a high fly ball that had just enough oomph to sneak over the left-field wall and give the Ducks an early 2-0 lead over Utah. It was a nice way for Svekis to begin her final regular season series. With …

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Oregon softball beats Washington 5-3 to complete series sweep

Heading into Washington, the Ducks aimed to make a statement. They accomplished that with a pair of wins on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, Oregon provided an exclamation point. In the final game of a weekend series between two of the top five teams in the NCAA, No. 2 Oregon …

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