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Freshmen responsible for rapid rise of Oregon softball

Jack Hunter They may not have made it to the Women’s College World Series this season, but for an Oregon program that went just 16-34 a year ago, the 2010 season was a welcomed relief. In their first year under new head coach Mike White, the Ducks (36-21) put together …

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Rock of the team

Ivar Vong Neena Bryant immediately influenced the softball program when she walked through the Oregon doors four years ago. Now looking back through her time, Bryant has seen everything the game could throw at her — every high and low that comes with playing in the most dominant conference in …

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Missouri ends Oregon’s Super run with two wins

The No. 20 Oregon softball team’s first-ever Super Regional appearance ended sooner than it had hoped this weekend in Columbia, Mo. The Ducks (36-21) saw their season come to a close Sunday afternoon with their second loss to the No. 8 Missouri Tigers in as many days. Oregon fell 1-0 …

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Oregon faces Missouri in Super Regional

Jack Hunter At this time last year, the Oregon women’s softball team was already three weeks into offseason, but as the old adage goes, what a difference a year makes. Coming off a 3-0 sweep at the Atlanta Regional last weekend, the Ducks (36-19) now sit within two wins of …

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A Super result

Shawn Hatjes With three consecutive wins, the No. 20 Oregon women’s softball team punched its own ticket to the second round of the NCAA National Championship tournament this weekend at the Atlanta Regional. The Ducks (36-19) opened regional action with a 1-0 win over the Auburn Tigers on Friday, followed …

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Six Pac-10 teams make Super Regionals

As if Oregon’s 3-0 regional wasn’t impressive enough, it was just one of six stellar performances by Pacific-10 teams in the 2010 NCAA Division I Softball Championship Tournament. Six of the seven Pac-10 teams, No. 1 Washington, No. 4 Arizona, No. 6 UCLA, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 13 California …

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Heading South

In early March, Mike White said if his team is able to make it through league play with seven wins or more, the Ducks will have a definite chance of making the postseason. It wasn’t easy, but the No. 20 Oregon women’s softball team survived the grueling Pacific-10 Conference schedule …

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Oregon headed to Atlanta for first regional since 2007

Jack Hunter The No. 20 Oregon women’s softball team officially received its first NCAA Tournament bid since the 2007 season Sunday evening, and will head to Atlanta, Ga., later this week to compete in the Atlanta Regional in the opening round of postseason play. Oregon (33-19) will match up with …

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Stanford sends Oregon home empty-handed

It was another disappointing weekend for the No. 20 Oregon women’s softball team as the Ducks suffered their second Pacific-10 Conference sweep of the season, falling in all three games to No. 15 Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. Oregon (33-19, 8-13 Pac-10) jumped to an early 4-0 lead in the …

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Endicott’s performance a big relief

Shawn Hatjes The late Dan “Quiz” Quisenberry, a former submarine-style relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, once said, “A manager uses a relief pitcher like a six shooter, he fires until it’s empty then takes the gun and throws it at the villain.” While Quisenberry certainly wasn’t speaking on …

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Oregon humbled in Senior Day loss

Shawn Hatjes It was Senior Day on Sunday at Howe Field, which meant lots of hugs, flowers and emotion filled the air. Unfortunately for the Ducks, No. 3 Arizona wasn’t feeling too sentimental. The Wildcats pounded No. 19 Oregon 11-0 in just five innings, as a seven-run mercy rule took …

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Doing the split

Jack Hunter Long after the stands cleared and the handful of spectators returned home, Jessica Moore stood alone in an empty Oregon dugout with a hard-fought level of frustration painted on her face. After splitting the final non-conference doubleheader of the season with an unranked Portland State team, Moore and …

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No. 4 Wildcats loom for No. 19 Ducks

Jack Hunter If Wednesday night’s doubleheader split with the unranked Portland State Vikings is any indication of what’s in store for the No. 19 Oregon women’s softball team as they host No. 4 Arizona this weekend, the Ducks could find themselves on the verge of dropping their third straight conference …

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UCLA hands Oregon first sweep of season

The No. 5 UCLA Bruins were able to accomplish what no other team has this season as they swept the No. 18 Oregon women’s softball team in dominant fashion this weekend in Los Angeles. It was the first three-game sweep of the year for the Ducks (31-13, 7-8 Pac-10), who …

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Ducks take on No. 5 Bruins

Jack Hunter Another week, another top-10 team. For the third straight series, the No. 17 Oregon Ducks will match up with another highly ranked conference opponent as they travel to No. 5 UCLA Friday afternoon. The Ducks have dropped four of their last six outings after going 1-2 with both …

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Ducks lose game, series to Sun Devils

The No. 9 Arizona State Sun Devils pulled out the series sweep over the No. 16 Oregon Ducks following their 3-0 win on Sunday afternoon. It was the second straight series loss for Oregon (31-10, 7-5 Pacific-10 Conference) after going also going 1-2 against top-ranked Washington a week ago. The …

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Ducks have high hopes on road at Arizona

Jack Hunter The No. 16 Oregon women’s softball team will travel south to take on the No. 9 Arizona State Sun Devils in a three-game series this weekend with hopes to avenge two tough home losses from the week prior. The Ducks haven’t played on the road since matching up …

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Ducks remain second in Pac-10 after losing to UW

Nick Cote Washington senior Danielle Lawrie gave up just two hits and struck out 12 as the No. 1 Huskies defeated the No. 17 Oregon Ducks 1-0 Sunday at Howe Field. The victory gave Washington the 2-1 edge in the weekend series and pushed them to 35-4 on the year. …

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Hardly afraid of the Huskies

100416 Coming off its first three-game sweep in five years over then-No. 15 California last weekend, it looked as though nothing could stand in the way of the No. 17 Oregon Duck softball team. Well, except maybe the top-ranked program in the nation, the Washington Huskies, who will be visiting …

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Home runs guide Oregon to sweep of Golden Bears

Jack Hunter Monique Fuiava belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to push No. 21 Oregon past the No. 15 California Golden Bears for the third time in as many days Sunday afternoon at Howe Field. After freshman Samantha Pappas was intentionally walked for the …

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Hot-hitting No. 21 Ducks to be tested by No. 15 Bears

Jack Hunter After an impressive start to the 2010 Pacific-10 Conference season the No. 21 Oregon women’s softball team will look to keep its strong play going as they host the No. 15 California Golden Bears in a three-game series this weekend at Howe Field. In a conference chock full …

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Burger’s game-winning homer seals Civil War for Ducks

Jack Hunter Freshman left fielder Allie Burger helped propel the No. 21 Oregon women’s softball team to a 6-5 win over the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday afternoon, giving the Ducks the 2-1 advantage in the three-game weekend series. With Oregon trailing 5-3 going into the seventh inning, Burger sent …

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No piece of cake

The No. 21 Oregon women’s softball team will take its 11-game winning streak up the road to Corvallis to face the Oregon State Beavers in the opening round of Pacific-10 Conference play Thursday afternoon. Oregon has won 18 of its last 19 outings, but will now face one of the …

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Talkative, durable Fuiava guides young Ducks

Jack Hunter In softball the ability to have a short memory can make or break an athlete. For Oregon’s Monique Fuiava, it’s something that’s come with three years of collegiate experience. “She can have one bad at-bat and then come out the next at-bat and really perform.” Oregon head coach …

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Ducks improve to 18-5 after sweep

Jack Hunter It was another strong outing for the Oregon women’s softball team as the Ducks (18-5) defeated the Boise State Broncos 3-1 at Howe Field on Sunday afternoon. It was their second win of the day and fourth overall for the weekend, in what shaped up to be an …

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Weekend homestand begins against BSU, North Dakota

Courtesy of Geoff Thurner After playing in four consecutive road tournaments to open season, the Oregon women’s softball team (14-5) will finally get the chance to play its first home games of the year when it hosts Boise State and North Dakota at Howe Field on Saturday afternoon. Boise State …

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Oregon’s trio of freshmen provide batting pop, power

Tristan Coolen If one thing stands out about the Oregon women’s softball team following its 19-game road stint to open the season, it’s the ability of a handful of freshman to step up to the learning curve in less than ideal conditions. The newcomers have battled the elements that come …

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Rain ends successful weekend early

It was another successful weekend for the Oregon women’s softball team, despite having its final two games rained out at the San Diego Classic. The Ducks beat Long Beach State 1-0 on Friday afternoon before falling 5-2 to San Diego State later that night. Oregon was able to rebound against …

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Ducks lose chance for 5-0 weekend because of rain delay

Though they had a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Oregon women’s softball team was denied its fifth win of the weekend on Saturday afternoon in the team’s final game of the Cathedral City Classic. After facing an hour and 40-minute rain delay during the …

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Softball Game Day

Tristan Coolen Who: SoftballWhat: Cathedral City ClassicWhen: Today through SundayWhere: Palm Springs, Calif. The Ducks are more than halfway done with their season-opening 22-game road stint and will be looking to improve on their 8-4 record overall with their first trip of the year down to Southern California. They will …

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