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Oregon softball introduces Melyssa Lombardi as head coach

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. Lombardi, a 21-year assistant coach at Oklahoma with four national championships on …

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Reports: Oregon softball to hire Oklahoma assistant Melyssa Lombardi

Oregon softball has hired Oklahoma assistant coach Melyssa Lombardi, who accepted the job on Saturday night, according to the Oklahoman. Former head coach Mike White left the Ducks for Texas after nine seasons and a 435-111-1 record that included five Women’s College World Series appearances. UO has not made an …

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Mike White to leave Oregon softball for Texas

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. It was first reported by Ryan …

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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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Oregon softball earns ticket to Women’s College World Series with 11-1 win over Kentucky

It took Oregon four innings to get pitcher Miranda Elish the lead last night. It was a different story tonight as the Ducks scored seven runs in the second inning, highlighted by Shannon Rhodes’ leadoff home run and a DJ Sanders grand slam. The inning’s seven runs were more than the …

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Oregon softball defeats Drake 3-0, advances to Super Regional

Just like the previous two games for Oregon softball, runs were hard to come by in Saturday’s Eugene Regional matchup against Drake. Oregon had not allowed a run in its previous 23 innings of play coming into Saturday’s match up, putting pressure on Drake’s pitcher Nicole Newman to be perfect. …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shannon Rhodes emerges as crucial piece of Ducks’ postseason success

Freshman Shannon Rhodes was clutch all weekend for Oregon in the Eugene Regional, going 7-for-9, scoring four runs and recording four RBIs as she earned the regional MVP. Rhodes, Oregon’s center fielder, has been a vital all-around player for the Ducks in the latter half of the season. “I think …

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Ducks no longer undefeated at home after 4-2 loss to Washington

Oregon’s undefeated start to the season ended last week at UCLA, and now its perfect home record has concluded. Washington beat Oregon 4-2 at Jane Sanders Stadium on Thursday evening after a half-hour rain delay prior to the start of the game. Maggie Balint started in the circle, and surrendered …

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Oregon softball: Ducks improve to 2-0 in Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Classic with 5-1 win over Valparaiso

Led by their first three batters in the lineup, the Oregon softball team defeated Valparaiso 5-1 in the second round of the Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Classic to improve to 20-2 on the season. Head coach Mike White mixed up the lineup and put Janie Takeda, the usual leadoff batter, third …

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Oregon softball: Traveling across the country has its ups and downs for the Ducks

Any time a team plays back-to-back weekends on the road it can be rough. For Oregon softball, playing back-to-back weekends and traveling across the country to find nice weather is just part of the routine. “A lot of the traveling has to do with weather and it’s hard to schedule …

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Oregon softball: Courtney Ceo has the Ducks flying high on offense

One of the best compliments a softball player can get regarding their offensive prowess is being known as a “triple threat.” After the first 15 games this season, those words are continuing to apply to Courtney Ceo. “She is a true triple threat: drop the drag bunt, vary her slap and …

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Oregon softball has no regrets about 2012 campaign

A look back at an extremely impressive 2012 Oregon softball season.

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Softball season comes to end after splitting final two games at World Series

An earlier 3-1 win over Tennessee (52-14) kept the Ducks alive in the double elimination format after last Thursday’s opening 3-1 loss to Arizona State, but the evening loss to the Golden Bears ultimately sealed their fate.

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Oregon to face familiar opponent with Arizona State in Thursday’s Women’s College World Series opener

For the first time in 23 years, Oregon will be represented at the Women’s College World Series when the 11th-seeded Ducks take on defending national champion and No. 3 seed Arizona State during the first round of the final eight in Oklahoma City.

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Oregon softball advances to Women’s College World Series for first time since 1989

The going was never easy, and Oregon had to fight through everything from controversial player ejections to mental lapses and missed scoring opportunities. But in the end, the golden ticket to the Women’s College World Series was punched.

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Oregon softball advances to Women’s College World Series for first time since 1989

The No. 11 seeded Ducks (44-16) used a six-run outburst in the second inning as a take off point in Saturday’s Super Regional rubber match against No. 6 seed Texas (47-13), and went on to put up four more runs in the fourth inning to effectively put the game — and series — away.

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No. 11 Oregon softball drops Super Regional opener against No. 6 Texas

The Ducks (42-16) now face the daunting prospect of winning two straight in a double header Saturday to qualify for the Women’s College World Series.

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Oregon and Texas set to be an even match in softball super regional

Oregon head coach Mike White still waiting for Ducks to have their best game of the season.

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Clark: For Oregon softball, it’s World Series-or-bust this weekend

The games against No. 6 Texas seems, if anything, will be a turning point in Oregon’s post-season play — one way or another.

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