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Oregon softball beats Washington as Ducks look to sweep Huskies Sunday

The No. 2 Oregon softball team took the second game of the series against No. 4 Washington in Seattle on Saturday thanks to a variety of plays from the Ducks’ offense. The Ducks offense got going early with Jenna Lilley hitting a leadoff single, followed by a stealing second. Then, …

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DJ Sanders’ extra-inning grand slam gives No. 2 Oregon 7-2 win over No. 4 Washington

The Ducks wanted revenge against the Huskies. Washington had cost them a College World Series opener and took a two-game regular series win last season, ending Oregon’s four-year series winning streak. On the other side, Washington wanted to prove it still had power, especially after getting swept by UCLA the …

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Svekis, Sanders, Lilley all selected in National Pro Fastpitch draft

Catcher Gwen Svekis, short stop DJ Sanders and third baseman Jenna Lilley were all selected in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) draft on Monday. All players will finish their collegiate seasons before joining their professional teams. Svekis was drafted by the Chicago Bandits as the No. 3 overall pick in …

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Shannon Rhodes’ pinch-hit home run helps No. 4 Oregon complete series sweep of Stanford

With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, and Oregon clinging to a 2-1 lead, Shannon Rhodes stepped to the plate with a runner on second. It was her second game in a row not starting and head coach Mike White had benched for the first three innings in …

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Spread out scoring leads Oregon softball to 4-1 win over Stanford

With Oregon up 4-1 and three outs away from another win, junior Megan Kleist stepped into the circle for one last inning. Kleist stared at the tying run at the plate twice in the final inning, and the Ducks’ ace did not disappoint, forcing an out at second and a …

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No. 4 Oregon holds off Stanford’s rally for an 8-4 win

Oregon won in the top of the seventh inning when pitcher Miranda Elish struck out the final Stanford batter. But it should have been a shorter game, and it probably would have been if the Cardinal hadn’t cut into a six-run Oregon lead from the second inning. “Our challenge was, …

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Alexis Mack: Oregon softball’s unselfish motor

Ever since Alexis Mack transferred to Oregon, she has been one of the team’s most consistent offensive players, especially with sacrifice bunts and steals.  She has been named to the watch-list for 2018 USA Softball National Player of the Year, along with teammates Megan Kleist, Maggie Balint and DJ Sanders. Last …

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No. 4 Oregon softball dominates No. 2 Oklahoma in midseason non-conference matchup

The schedule keeps on raising the bar, and the Ducks keep on answering the call. Playing in its seventh consecutive game versus a top-10 opponent, Oregon made its loudest statement yet on Thursday at Jane Sanders Stadium. A complete game shutout from Megan Kleist, paired with two home runs and sprinkling …

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Oregon softball’s bats go quiet in loss to Arizona State

Oregon softball had swept Arizona State every series over the past three seasons, but on Sunday, the Ducks couldn’t make it four as the No. 7 Sun Devils shut out the No. 3 Ducks 4-0 in Tempe, Arizona. Oregon (34-7, 9-3) couldn’t get a run on the board while managing …

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Home runs fuel Oregon softball’s 9-1 route of No. 7 Arizona State

The Oregon softball team won its eighth game in a row on Saturday night, taking down No. 7 Arizona State 9-1 in seven innings in Tempe, Arizona. The high quality pitching and barrage of power hitting from the No. 3 Ducks (34-6) was too much for Arizona State (33-7) to …

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No. 3 Oregon shuts out No. 7 Sun Devils 5-0 in series opener

After four scoreless innings in Friday’s match-up against Arizona State University, Oregon’s DJ Sanders was stuck on second base in the top of the fifth. With an Alexis Mack bunt, Sanders scored Oregon’s first run of the game. No. 3 Oregon (33-6, 8-2) built off the momentum of Mack’s double …

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Oregon jumps to No. 3 in NFCA Top-25 Poll, Svekis and Elish earn Pac-12 weekly honors

Oregon (32-6) moved up to No. 3 in the USA Today Top 25 poll, jumping two spots after defeating Portland State in a doubleheader, 11-2, and sweeping a three-game series against No. 9 Arizona last week.  Washington (39-2) remained at the No. 1 spot while Oklahoma (33-2) is chasing the …

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Oregon softball completes sweep of Arizona with run-rule win

The bases were loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning when Arizona’s errors came. Pitcher Taylor McQuillin threw back-to-back wild pitches, allowing two runners to score, giving Oregon softball a 6-0 lead. Moments later, an error by Arizona’s shortstop allowed freshman Shaye Bowden to reach first while another Oregon …

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Ducks run-rule Arizona to finish postponed game

The winds were howling and the rain was pouring, yet on Saturday versus Arizona, the Ducks remained steady. It took extra effort on Sunday to complete the game, in which No. 5 Oregon beat No. 9 Arizona on a wild pitch that allowed Shannon Rhodes to trot home to win the game …

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Mike White’s arm is a secret to Oregon softball’s success

Before Mike White ever stepped foot on the Oregon campus, he was already an International Softball Congress Hall of Fame pitcher and had been coaching for 30 years. During White’s first year as head coach for Oregon softball, the team went 16-34, including 3-18 in the Pac-12. Now in his …

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Back-to-back home runs in the sixth propel No. 5 Ducks to a 5-2 victory over No. 9 Arizona

It was a 1-1 game in the sixth inning, and Oregon had runners on first and second base, with no outs when senior Gwen Svekis stepped up to bat. Svekis kept the crowd on its feet through eight pitches, before sending a three-run home run over the left field fence for …

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With strong freshman season so far, Mary Iakopo in line to succeed Gwen Svekis next year

Stepping onto the college diamond for a freshman can be daunting. Under the lights, in front of several thousand fans with television cameras surrounding them, they play with and face some of the best players in the country. When Oregon softball’s freshman catcher Mary Iakopo stepped up to the plate …

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Eugene local Lauren Burke’s Oregon career began with a childhood connection

Howe Field was built in 1936. It was a small stadium, only fitting 1,400 fans in its bleachers. It was outdated and run-down, but to Lauren Burke it embodied Oregon softball. And playing in that stadium, playing for that Oregon team, was her dream. “This was really the only Oregon …

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Miranda Elish throws perfect game to cap off doubleheader sweep versus Portland State

Tuesday was a productive day for many players on the Ducks. For Miranda Elish, it was perfect. In the back-end of Oregon’s doubleheader versus Portland State on Tuesday, Elish retired all 21 Vikings that stepped to the plate, recording the first perfect game of her collegiate career in a 3-0 …

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DJ Sanders grand slam wins Oregon softball series over Oregon State

Tied at one with loaded bases, a full count and two outs, senior DJ Sanders faced the payoff pitch in the top of the eighth. She reached down on her swing and sent the ball flying over the left-center field fence, hitting a grand slam and giving Oregon a 5-1 …

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Ducks drop game two against Beavers, capping 16-game and six-year win streak

Four innings had gone by and the Ducks remained scoreless against the Beavers’ 3-0 lead. But, a home run and a pair of doubles in the fifth finally got the Ducks on the scoreboard. At the top of the seventh inning, Oregon had tied the game. The Ducks needed a no-run …

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Oregon softball takes lead of Civil War series with, 4-1, win over Beavers

CORVALLIS, Ore.— On her second pitch, Oregon’s Haley Cruse opened the fifth inning with a big hit toward centerfield. It was her second double of the day against the Beavers, as she made her way to second base. After back-to-back outs from Jenna Lilley and Alexis Mack, it seemed as …

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Walk-off home run gives Oregon first series win over UCLA since 2015

Two on, two out, and two strikes. That was the situation for Oregon center fielder Shannon Rhodes with the score tied at zero in the bottom of the seventh. “There comes a time where you just have to dig deep and not be afraid,” Rhodes said. “I think that’s what …

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Oregon softball holds off UCLA comeback in 7-5 win

It was supposed to be a simple finish for Oregon in the bottom of the seventh inning. But UCLA, the No. 3 team in the country, certainly made it interesting. Miranda Elish, who had looked composed throughout the entire game, ran into trouble in the top of the seventh inning. …

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Ducks struggle to capitalize on opportunities, fall to UCLA in Pac-12 opener

The Ducks had the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the first inning. UCLA pitcher Rachel Garcia allowed them to reach base without hits, and it looked like the Ducks would jump on No. 3 UCLA early. Gwen Svekis, Oregon’s home run leader, stepped to the plate. …

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Pac-12 player of the week Shannon Rhodes leads No. 6 Oregon into conference opener against No. 3 UCLA

Last season, on April 7, UCLA defeated Oregon and ended the Ducks’ record 35-game winning streak. The two losses to the Bruins during that weekend’s series were two of six Pac-12 losses for the Oregon team. Two years ago, the Ducks were knocked out of Women’s College World Series contention …

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