Oregon Softball

Oregon softball beats Houston 1-0 in Puerto Vallarta opener

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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. Her only blemish on her line was the one hit as Kleist did not walk a single player in the 23 batters she faced.

Alexis Mack kept her now 13-game hitting streak intact with a double, the only extra-base hit by any Oregon player, as she was one of five Ducks to earn a hit. Oregon left six runners on base.

The game’s lone run came on a Shannon Rhodes run from a Gwen Svekis RBI single.

The Ducks play Rutgers and Texas in a double-header in the Puerto Vallarta Challenge before they face No. 15 Ole Miss to finish off the tournament and head to California for the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

Follow Shawn Medow on Twitter @ShawnMedow

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Oregon softball run-rules Missouri and UTEP in Saturday doubleheader

The Ducks entered the season ranked No. 3 in the nation. Their play on the field hasn’t shied away from meeting those expectations.

That continued on Saturday, in which the Ducks pummeled Missouri 14-2, followed by a 14-0 victory over UTEP in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona.

Oregon (5-0) didn’t waste any time in its first game against Missouri. After scoring one run in the first inning, the Ducks exploded for nine in the second. With two outs, Oregon recorded seven hits. Jenna Lilley put the exclamation point in the inning with a grand slam to give the Ducks a 5-0 lead.

Gwen Svekis and DJ Sanders joined the party, with each player going deep in the second inning. Lauren Lindvall added a two-run home run in the four-run fourth inning for the Ducks.

The four Oregon seniors, Lilley, Svekis, Sanders and Lindvall, combined to go 5-for-11 with four home runs and 11 RBIs.

The offensive outburst made the job easy for starting pitcher Megan Kleist, who went all five innings, allowing two runs on six hits.

Oregon had to wait nearly seven hours before its next game versus UTEP, but the bats did anything but cool off.

In the front end of the doubleheader, it was the seniors that did the heavy lifting. Against UTEP, though, it was the freshman that led the way early.

Lauren Burke’s first collegiate hit drove in a pair to put the Ducks up 2-0, before scoring on an Alexis Mack bunt to put Oregon ahead 3-0. Fellow freshman Mary Iakopo ripped a two-RBI double to give the Ducks a 4-0 lead in the top of the third inning.

The Ducks opened the floodgates in the fourth inning, punctuated by a three-run pinch hit home run from Cherish Burks to give Oregon an 11-0 lead.

Oregon tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning to go up 14-0. Miranda Elish finished off the shutout by striking out the side in the fifth inning to give the Ducks the run-rule win, its fourth straight of that kind.

Oregon plays New Mexico tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. PT to conclude the tournament before the team heads to Mexico.

Follow Cole Kundich on Twitter @ckundich

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Oregon softball start season strong with win over No. 25 Georgia, 8-3

The No. 3 Oregon Ducks got their season rolling in the desert on the first day of the Kajikawa Classic in Arizona, beating the No. 25 Georgia Bulldogs 8-3.

Oregon’s offense got started early, scoring two runs in the first inning. Gwen Svekis hit a two-run homer with two out to start the game off.

This game was a double-header for Georgia, who dominated San Diego State earlier in the day. The Bulldogs scored 23 runs, including 12 in the first inning. They led the SEC in hitting percentage .338 last season.

Pitcher Megan Kleist kept Georgia in check the entire game. She recorded six strikeouts on two walks, two earned runs on 92 pitches.

Georgia’s Justice Milz hit a double to drive in Cortni Manuel. The next batter walked and Georgia had two runners on base with one out. But the runners were held with a fly-out to right field and a throw to home from from right fielder Haley Cruse.

When Oregon needed a score, the team executed better than Georgia all game. Sophomore outfielder Shannon Rhodes hit a two-run home run with one out to extend the lead 7-1 in the sixth inning.

Alexis Mack advanced DJ Sanders to third in the seventh inning. Sanders scored to make it an 8-2 ballgame.

Oregon finally made a pitching change to bring in Maggie Balint to finish the bottom of the seventh inning. The team ran into some trouble when Georgia made a final run and had runners on second and third with two outs, but Balint got the final strikeout to end the game.

The Ducks will continue the tournament against Fresno State at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

Follow August Howell on Twitter @howell_august

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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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