Hugs, streaming tears and loud cheers filled Jane Sanders Stadium on Sunday afternoon for Oregon softball’s Senior Day and final home game of the season.
After stunning Arizona for the second game in a row, Oregon looked to sweep Saturday’s doubleheader, but the Ducks couldn’t counter strong pitching from Hanah Bowen and Alyssa Denham as the Wildcats won, 4-3.
Oregon softball has been tested the past four weeks against the best in the Pac-12 conference, and quite frankly, in the nation. From the past month, the Ducks have faced three top-12 teams in No. 2 UCLA, No. 6 Washington and No. 12 Arizona State, while also splitting the series against Stanford.
The Ducks won 2-1 in the first of a four-game series against Arizona on Friday.
In the final game of the series against Arizona State, Oregon softball jumped out to an early lead, scoring four runs in the second inning.
With just over two weeks before Selection Sunday and both Oregon and Arizona State entering the weekend with identical Pac-12 records, Saturday's doubleheader could go a long way in determining how the Pac-12 shakes out.