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Permanent bleachers to be installed at Jane Sanders Stadium

On Monday, Oregon athletics announced plans to add permanent bleachers at Oregon softball’s Jane Sanders Stadium. According to the press release, the bleachers will be built thanks to an additional donation by Bob Sanders, who donated $16 million to build Jane Sanders Stadium to replace Howe Field. Temporary bleachers were …

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Softball season comes to an end with WCWS semifinal loss

Oregon had to win against Oklahoma on Saturday if it wanted to stay in the Women’s College World Series. After a scoreless first four innings, Oregon took a 2-0 lead that was turned on its head in the bottom of the fifth because of an Oklahoma comeback. The Ducks could …

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Oregon wins second elimination game of day, faces Oklahoma

After beating Baylor 7-4 in the first elimination game, No. 3-ranked Oregon softball beat No. 13-ranked LSU 4-1 on Saturday night to live another day at the Women’s College World Series. The Ducks will face Oklahoma on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. PT in Oklahoma City in the semifinal. After getting …

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Ducks defeat Baylor to advance in WCWS

The No. 3 seed Oregon Ducks defeated the No. 15 Baylor Bears 7-4 to stay alive in the Women’s College World Series. They will face LSU in another elimination game at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Ducks didn’t make it easy on themselves. Oregon pitcher Megan Kleist entered the game with …

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Bats go quiet as Oregon drops WCWS opener to Washington

One of Oregon softball’s mottos this season has been to get runners on, get them over and get them in. The Ducks got runners on, they got them over but they could not get them in on Thursday. The Ducks knew their opponents well, having lost two out of three …

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Preview: Washington brings rival challenge to first game of WCWS

After passing the regional and super regional tests in dramatic fashion, the No. 3 seed Oregon softball team faces a familiar opponent in the opening game of the Women’s College World Series: the No. 6 seed Washington Huskies. The Pacific Northwest rivals played one series in Eugene earlier this season …

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Ducks advance to College World Series after comeback win

Oregon entered the seventh inning against Kentucky looking like they’d be heading to an all-decisive Game 3 on Sunday. Instead, the Ducks scrapped together their largest comeback of the season to win 6-5 and advance to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City for the fourth time in six seasons. “Our …

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Oregon shuts out Kentucky 4-0 in game one of Super Regionals

Megan Kleist has pitched some impressive games over her career. But, according to Oregon head coach Mike White, none were better than her performance on Friday. Kleist pitched arguably the best game of her career in the Ducks’ 4-0 win over Kentucky to open the 2017 Eugene Super Regionals. “We’ve …

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Preview: Kentucky stands in the way of Ducks’ World Series hopes

Oregon owns the regionals. Last weekend, three victories, two run-rules and one seventh ending comeback, gave the Ducks their eighth straight season reaching the NCAA Super Regionals. After another weekend of regionals under head coach Mike White, Oregon is 24-0. The super regionals aren’t such a perfect story. Oregon is 8-9 …

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Maggie Balint 1 of 3 finalists for NFCA national freshman of the year award

Maggie Balint’s punched her ticket to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. Now, she’ll focus on ensuring her team joins in on the fun. On Wednesday, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association named Balint one of three finalists for its national freshman of the year award. The winner is …

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Shannon Rhodes emerges as crucial piece of Ducks’ postseason success

Freshman Shannon Rhodes was clutch all weekend for Oregon in the Eugene Regional, going 7-for-9, scoring four runs and recording four RBIs as she earned the regional MVP. Rhodes, Oregon’s center fielder, has been a vital all-around player for the Ducks in the latter half of the season. “I think …

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Ducks advance to Super Regionals with dominant 9-0 win over Wisconsin

No epic seventh inning comeback needed this time. The No. 3 seed Oregon Ducks defeated Wisconsin 9-0 in the Eugene Regional Final on Sunday at Jane Sanders Stadium. It was an all-around solid game for the Ducks as they were in command on offense, defense and on the mound. Oregon …

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Late comeback lifts Ducks over Badgers in Eugene Regional semifinal

Freshman Shannon Rhodes came to the plate with two outs in the top of the seventh. Gwen Svekis stood at third and Nikki Udria at second. Oregon trailed Wisconsin 5-3. “My past couple at bats, I struggled with them,” Rhodes said. “I just put that in the back of my …

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Oregon run-rules Illinois-Chicago in regional opener

Another year, another dominating performance for Oregon softball in regional play. The No. 3-seed Oregon Ducks defeated the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames 13-0 at Jane Sanders Stadium Friday night. They now advance to play Wisconsin in the region’s semifinal. The Ducks are now 22-0 under head coach Mike White in …

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NCAA Softball Regional Preview: Oregon welcomes Missouri, Wisconsin and Illinois-Chicago

The Oregon softball team is back in familiar territory. Regionals begin Friday for the Ducks, who are 21-0 under head coach Mike White and have outscored opponents 116-24 along the way. They’re hoping that Illinois-Chicago, Missouri and Wisconsin will be their next victims. This season was projected as a rebuilding …

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Seven Ducks earn all-Pac-12 honors, four named to first team

More good news for the Oregon softball program. A day after the Ducks (47-6) received a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the team announced that seven players have been selected to the all-Pac-12 teams. Pitchers Maggie Balint and Megan Kleist, outfielder Danica Mercado and shortstop Nikki Udria all earned first team …

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Softball earns No. 3 overall seed, will host Illinois-Chicago, Wisconsin, Missouri in NCAA Regionals

A strong end to the regular season once again netted Oregon softball home field advantage in the NCAA Tournament. The Ducks (47-6), winners of 10 straight games, earned the No. 3 overall seed on Sunday night and will face Illinois-Chicago (38-20) to open their postseason run on Friday. The Ducks also welcome …

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Ducks run-rule Stanford to complete sweep in regular season finale

Talk about an exclamation mark to end the season. Oregon, coming off arguably its biggest series of the year against Florida State, run-ruled Stanford 9-0 on Saturday to cap its regular season. The win completes a three-game sweep for the No. 3-ranked Ducks, who will now wait to learn their postseason …

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Miranda Elish’s one-hitter leads Ducks past Stanford 8-0

Miranda Elish threw a one-hitter as Oregon softball took the second game of a three-game series against Stanford in Palo Alto. The Ducks won in just five innings, taking a 2-0 series lead ahead of the final game on Saturday. The 8-0 win helps the Ducks’ chances of hosting a regional or …

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Oregon extends winning streak to eight games with 9-2 win over Stanford

Oregon softball began its final regular season series at Stanford with a 9-2 victory over the Cardinal on Thursday night in Palo Alto, California. After losing three out of four games in April, Oregon has now won eight straight. The Ducks’ bats came alive in the sixth inning as they …

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Oregon’s Maggie Balint and Jenna Lilley sweep Pac-12 weekly honors

Oregon softball swept No. 2 Florida State over the weekend and now the Ducks have swept the Pac-12 weekly awards for freshman of the week, pitcher of the week and player of the week. Freshman pitcher Maggie Balint won the freshman and pitcher awards while third baseman Jenna Lilley took player …

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When Oregon softball’s offense goes cold, Nikki Udria is the spark

On McArthur Court, a vertical banner faces the entrance of Oregon’s home softball stadium. On it, senior shortstop Nikki Udria towers over the sidewalk with the words “Be power, be poise, be the atmosphere,” at her feet. It would be hard to find a player who takes the slogan more …

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Oregon softball completes series sweep of No. 2 Florida State

On Senior Day at Jane Saunders Stadium, it was only fitting that an Oregon senior would play the hero. Senior Daniela Mercado scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Oregon a 2-1 win and a series sweep over No. 2 Florida State on Sunday. …

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Ducks sweep doubleheader over No. 2 Florida State

The Oregon softball team just grabbed two of its most impressive victories of the season. The No. 5 Oregon Ducks (43-6) defeated the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles (48-5-1) in both games of a doubleheader Saturday at Jane Sanders Stadium. The two victories clinch the series against a Seminoles team …

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