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Lombardi hopes to cement Oregon’s place as perennial title contender

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. During her 21 years as Oklahoma’s pitching coach, Lombardi coached two USA softball pitchers-of-the-year and four national …

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Oregon softball loses 6-2 to Washington behind poor fifth inning

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. Although Oregon swept Washington in the regular season, the Huskies won the game that mattered most. …

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Oregon wins first game of WCWS 11-6 against Arizona State

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. …

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Megan Kleist allows one hit as Oregon wins second game of Eugene Regional

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 …

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Miranda Elish mental game is stronger, and it shows in her pitching

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. …

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Oregon clinches share of Pac-12 title with 8-3 win over Cal

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 …

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Senior power pushes Oregon past Utah 8-1 to complete series sweep

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. That summarized how the day went for Svekis and the Ducks on …

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Oregon softball sweeps doubleheader thanks to big bats and a Megan Kleist no-hitter

On Saturday of the Oregon Invitational, No. 6 Oregon softball played as the home team in both games of a doubleheader evening against Weber State and Montana. The Ducks (21-4) defeated both teams behind dominant pitching that totaled 24 strikeouts over 12 innings. Game 1: Oregon 10, Weber State 2 …

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Oregon loses 2-1 to Florida State despite Kleist’s no-hitter

Another brilliant performance from junior Megan Kleist wasn’t enough to overcome a poor offensive outing as No. 6 Oregon softball lost to No. 13 Florida State in Tallahassee, Florida, on Sunday afternoon. In the final game of the Unconquered Invitational, Kleist (6-3) threw for six innings, seven strikeouts, one walk …

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Softball’s dominant pitching fuels doubleheader sweep of South Florida

The No. 6 Oregon Ducks defense shut down University of Southern Florida on Thursday night’s doubleheader matchup in Tampa, Florida. Oregon softball, now 14-3, won the first game 6-1 and the second game 8-0 in just five innings. Megan Kleist and Miranda Elish pitched for the entirety of their games. …

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Oregon softball dropped by Ole Miss, 1-0

Ole Miss gave Oregon its first loss of the season in the final game of the Puerto Vallarta Collage Challenge, by far the most competitive game Oregon has played so far this season. It took nine innings for No. 15 Ole Miss to beat No. 3 Oregon, 1-0. It was …

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Oregon softball beats Houston 1-0 in Puerto Vallarta opener

On Thursday, No. 3 Oregon softball started the Puerto Vallarta Challenge off with a 1-0 win over Houston, improving the Ducks’ record to 7-0 on the season. Junior pitcher Megan Kleist earned her third win (3-0) in a one-hit, 10 strikeout, complete game as she kept Oregon’s perfect season intact. …

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Balint, Elish and Kleist: Oregon softball’s tremendous trio

Oregon softball’s pitching circle this season is a triple threat. After having a 1-2 punch made up of then-senior Cheridan Hawkins and freshman Megan Kleist, Oregon’s pitching was destined to look different. The Ducks brought in the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Miranda Elish, and No. 4 recruit, Maggie Balint, to …

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Oregon walks off in extra innings to sweep Arizona State

Mia Camuso was supposed to bunt. Instead, she ignored her coach’s sign and hit a walk-off single up the middle to keep Oregon softball’s perfect season going. It was scoreless for seven-and-a-half innings at Jane Sanders Stadium in the final game of Oregon’s series against Arizona State. But finally in the eighth …

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