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Oregon softball cruises past New Mexico 14-1

It took just five full innings for Oregon to score 14 runs and end the Kajikawa Classic a few innings early. The Ducks beat New Mexico 14-1 to finish the invitational undefeated in Tempe, Arizona.

Maggie Balint, now 2-0 this season, was the winning pitcher of the day. The sophomore had six strikeouts, four walks and allowed two hits in four innings pitched. In total, New Mexico had just one run on three hits and committed four errors.

Olivia Kinsey started the fifth inning in place of Balint. New Mexico proceeded to load the bases with just one out after a hit batter, a walk and then a single. But Kinsey got out of the jam by striking out another player then forcing a ground out to third base.

Alexis Mack continued to run wild on the field. In the first at-bat of the game, she reached first base on an error, then stole second. Mia Camuso then hit a single up the middle to score Mack.

New Mexico could not contain Oregon’s offense, as the Ducks had 13 hits with four home runs. Oregon scored six runs in the second inning, including a grand slam by Gwen Svekis. The hits continued to pile up for Oregon. DJ Sanders hit her fourth home run of the weekend, nailing a three-run homer to left field to start a five-run fourth inning.

Throughout the weekend, Oregon scored a total of 73 runs. At the same time it held its opponents to 12 runs.

Oregon will get a few days rest after playing six games in just four days. The Ducks will head to Mexico to play four games in the Puerto Vallarta Challenge. Their first game will be against Houston on Feb. 15.

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Oregon softball is undefeated and a national title darkhorse

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Head coach Mike White has had no shortage of talented Oregon softball teams in his eight seasons in Eugene.

 

This year’s team might rival his very best.

That’s some intense praise considering the talent White has brought into the program. He’s elevated the Ducks to one of the premiere teams in the country, and so far in 2017 it appears Oregon is well on its way to another Women’s College World Series berth – they’ve participated in 2012, ’14 and ’15.

At 9-0 and currently ranked No. 9, when the new rankings are released tomorrow the Ducks should jump a few more spots with a chance to crack the top five.

Regardless, Oregon has done everything its needed to thus far.

In nine games, its outscored opponents 58-17 with three shutouts and six games with two or fewer runs allowed.

Likewise, the Ducks have scored eight or more runs in four games.

The pitching is in midseason form two weeks in. And the bats, they’re not too shabby either.

Sure, only two of Oregon’s early opponents were ranked when the Ducks played them. The schedule isn’t anything to write home about.

But Oregon is doing what it needs to do: take care of each opponent regardless if they’re a perennial power or bottom feeder.

The Ducks have unfinished business from an underwhelming 2016 campaign, which ended in the super regionals with an upset loss to Pac-12 Conference rival UCLA.

A year older, an ace rotation returned and plenty of speed and quick sticks at the plate, it appears Oregon has the pieces to make a deeper run.

The question now is: can Oregon make reach its fourth WCWS in six years, third in four years?

Answer: probably, but’s a little too early to tell.

All the pieces required to accomplish such an impressive feat are there, and coaches across the country have taken notice, as the rankings reflect.

Now it’s about playing ball and living up to potential.

Stay tuned…

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