Every collegiate team loses something each offseason. It’s not unusual to have seniors graduate and have players transfer for one reason or another.
Oregon softball was in dire need of a catcher after Mary Iakopo transferred to Texas to join several former Ducks and head coach Mike White. On Monday, the Ducks announced the signing of catcher, Terra McGowan, a freshman from Mission Viejo, Calif.
Oregon softball added left-handed sophomore pitcher Maddie MacGrandle to the roster for the 2019 season.
On Thursday morning, former Oregon star pitcher Megan Kleist announced on Twitter that she will be continuing her collegiate career and education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Oregon’s roster continues to take hits prior to the upcoming season.
Oregon softball has lost its third player in as many weeks, leaving the team without a catcher.
The two former Oregon softball players, Lauren Burke (Util.) and Miranda Elish (pitcher), that announced their transfers from the university on Thursday, have officially been signed by the University of Texas.
Announced Thursday morning via their personal twitter accounts, Oregon softball pitcher Miranda Elish and utility player Lauren Burke will transfer out of Oregon prior to the start of the 2019 season. Of course former head coach Mike White, who recruited both players, has left for Texas.
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.
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.
Oregon softball has hired Oklahoma assistant coach Melyssa Lombardi, who accepted the job on Saturday night, according to the Oklahoman.
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.
Red eyes, choked-back words with disappointed faces and tears.
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.
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. 8 Arizona State.
Ducks outfielder Shannon Rhodes (9) warms up prior to the second inning. The Oregon Ducks play the Kentucky Wildcats in the super regional round of the NCAA tournament at Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday May 26, 2018. (Benjamin Green/Emerald)
It took Oregon four innings to get pitcher Miranda Elish the lead last night.
Wildcats pitcher Erin Rethlake (8) pitches the ball. The Oregon Ducks play the Kentucky Wildcats in the super regional round of the NCAA tournament at Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Friday May 25, 2018. (Benjamin Green/Emerald)
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.
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.
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.
Bulldogs outfielder Tasha Alexander (14) crashes into the wall after making an amazing running catch. The Oregon Ducks play the Drake Bulldogs at Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday May 19th, 2018. (Ben Green/Emerald)
Just like the previous two games for Oregon softball, runs were hard to come by in Saturday’s Eugene Regional matchup against Drake.
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 up Kleist’s perfect game.
Ducks infielder Jenna Lilley (00) hits the ball for the first base hit of the game. The Oregon Ducks play the Drake Bulldogs at Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Thursday May 18th, 2018. (Ben Green/Emerald)
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.
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.
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. 3 team in the country.
Oregon softball earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, which will start off with the Eugene Regional on Thursday against Albany.
Oregon softball defeated No. 24 California 2-0 on Saturday in Berkeley, California, to clinch its fifth Pac-12 championship in six seasons.
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 game, then Oregon will get …
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.
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.
Heading into Washington, the Ducks aimed to make a statement.
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 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.
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.
The Ducks are introduced at the start of the game. The Oregon Ducks play the Stanford Cardinals at Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on April 22, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)
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.
With Oregon up 4-1 and three outs away from another win, junior Megan Kleist stepped into the circle for one last inning.
Oregon infielder Darya Kaboli-Nejad (1) warms up before the start of the game. The Oregon Ducks play the Stanford Cardinals at Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Friday April 20, 2018. (Kiara Green/Emerald)
Oregon won in the top of the seventh inning when pitcher Miranda Elish struck out the final Stanford batter.