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Charlton Earns Pac-12 Player of the Week

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EUGENE, Ore. – For his role in helping the Ducks beat No. 24 Stanford, Joshua Charlton has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week. The UO standout tallied two wins against the Cardinal, including a top-40 victory in singles play.
 
Against Stanford, Charlton recorded a three-set win over #36 Arthur Fery at No. 2 singles. The result was Charlton’s first win over ranked opponent this season and gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead in the match. With the victory, Charlton improved to 12-5 in singles play this season and evened his Pac-12 record to 3-3.
 
In doubles, he and Quinn Vandecasteele—the No. 42 team in the country—posted a 6-3 win against the Stanford team of Tristan Boyer and Timothy Sah in the top spot of the lineup. The Oregon duo is 8-2 this season.
 
The Ducks’ 4-2 win over Stanford (April 16) was the program’s first since the 2017 season, and fourth overall. Oregon lost the doubles point but responded with four wins in singles play to clinch the match. The victory also secured an undefeated home record this season.
 
Tuesday’s selection marks Oregon’s second weekly honor of the season. Emmanuel Coste was the Pac-12 Player of the Week (March 23) after an undefeated week against Seattle U and Utah.
 
Oregon (15-5, 2-5 Pac-12) will be the No. 6 seed at this weekend’s Pac-12 Tournament, and face USC in Saturday’s quarterfinal. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m. (PT) at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.
 
For more news and information about the Ducks, follow @OregonMTennis on Instagram and Twitter, and @OregonMensTennis on Facebook.

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Workouts Begin For New-Look Ducks

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The 2021-22 season for Oregon women’s basketball unofficially began Monday.

Three weeks after returning to Eugene from an NCAA Tournament run that ended in the Sweet Sixteen, the Ducks were back in the gym to begin offseason workouts. The UO women returned to workouts with a trimmer roster that head coach Kelly Graves hopes can make major progress in the coming weeks and months.

A year after the pandemic denied the Ducks — and everyone else — a traditional offseason, Graves wants to see his team get stronger and more cohesive prior to the formal return to practice in the fall. Pauses from the pandemic were debilitating for a roster as young as Oregon’s last year.

“It’s the offseason where they’re really developing their feel for the game, spacing, the ability to take people off the dribble,” Graves said. “It’s really important. We just want them to play.”

The Ducks went 15-9 overall and 10-7 in the Pac-12 during a rebuilding year, a credit to the resiliency of the program and its leaders. The winter was grueling, due to the rigors of a conference that produced both NCAA Championship game participants, and also pandemic pauses.

Then, the program was beset by injuries late in the season. Still, Oregon was able to win two NCAA Tournament games, reaching the Sweet Sixteen for the fourth straight postseason.

“I’m really proud of how we finished the season, certainly,” Graves said. “And I think that’s going to bode well. The fact we made the tournament, made some noise, won some games, will do this young team well.”

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Though plenty of production returns, the Ducks who began offseason workouts Monday looked different. Veterans Taylor Chavez and Jaz Shelley opted to transfer, to Arizona and Nebraska, respectively. Also, associate head coach Mark Campbell, who was by Graves’ side as Oregon was remade into a Pac-12 powerhouse, was named last week as the head coach at Sacramento State. On Monday, Sacramento State announced Xavi Lopez, an assistant under Graves for the last four seasons, as Campbell’s new associate head coach. 

With the loss of Chavez and Shelley, along with the graduation of seniors Erin Boley and Lydia Giomi, the changing of the guard is complete from the teams that made three straight Elite Eights from 2017-19, and were a favorite to contend for the 2020 national title. The Ducks will add two freshmen in the fall, but Graves said he wasn’t anticipating any other additions.

“I like what I have,” he said. “I’ve always enjoyed a smaller roster. I think everyone feels more engaged.”

The 2020-21 team was expected to lean heavily on its three-point shooters, but evolved late in the year to be reliant on the “twin towers” of Sedona Prince and Nyara Sabally. Graves said he anticipates playing “more power basketball” next season, relying on Prince and Sabally along with returning freshmen Kylee Watson and Angela Dugalic.

“If they can just stay healthy and have a good offseason, I think we’ve got a chance to be really tough inside,” Graves said.

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Sabally was injured in Oregon’s season finale against Louisville, as was guard Maddie Scherr. That was the fifth game that point guard Te-Hina Paopao missed due to injury; Graves said the entire roster was “good to go” to being offseason workouts this week, though Paopao and Prince were at a USA Basketball camp as the week began.

Though the Ducks will rely on their size in 2021-22, Graves isn’t de-emphasizing three-point shooting. He hopes the attention paid to the post players — along with better spacing of the floor gained through offseason pick-up play — will provide better looks than shooters like Taylor Mikesell and Sydney Parrish were getting last season.

Graves said he’s also looking for a player to emerge who can better “create their own shot, or a shot for somebody else” with the shot clock winding down, or late in a game. Incoming freshman Taylor Bigby could be a candidate, he said, along with Paopao.

Workouts that began Monday can continue into June, while the university is in its spring quarter. Then players will be on their own through the summer, playing pick-up games in which they’ll build the cohesion that would have been so beneficial last season.

As Graves put it: We just want them to play.


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#ProDucks Guide: Week of April 19

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All times Pacific

This is a good-faith effort to provide chances to watch our alums, but please keep in mind particularly as it relates to those competing overseas that language barriers, time changes and availability of streams can make it tricky! We’ve only listed schedules for leagues with a record of providing live streams, but if there’s anything we’ve missed, email [email protected]

NBA BASKETBALL
Nationally televised games noted, all others available via NBA League Pass subscription

Bol Bol, Denver Nuggets
Monday: vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 6 p.m.
Wednesday: at Portland Trail Blazers, 7 p.m., NBCSNW
Friday: at Golden State Warriors, 7 p.m., ESPN
Saturday: vs. Houston Rockets, 7 p.m.

Chris Boucher, Toronto Raptors
Wednesday: vs Brooklyn Nets, 4 p.m.
Saturday: at New York Knicks, 10 a.m., ESPN

Dillon Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies
Monday: at Denver Nuggets, 6 p.m.
Wednesday: at Los Angeles Clippers, 7 p.m., NBA TV
Friday: at Portland Trail Blazers, 7 p.m., NBCSNW
Sunday: at Portland Trail Blazers, 1 p.m., NBCSNW

Troy Brown Jr., Chicago Bulls
Monday: at Boston Celtics, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: at Cleveland Cavaliers, 4 p.m.
Thursday: vs. Charlotte Hornets, 6 p.m.
Saturday: at Miami Heat, 5 p.m.

Payton Pritchard, Boston Celtics
Monday: vs. Chicago Bulls, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: vs. Phoenix Suns, 4 p.m.
Friday: at Brooklyn Nets, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Sunday: at Charlotte Hornets, 10 a.m., ESPN

MLB: San Diego Padres at Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB BASEBALL
Nationally and locally televised games and projected starts by pitchers noted, all others available via MLB.tv subscription

Tyler Anderson, Pittsburgh Pirates
at Detroit Tigers: Tuesday, 3:40 p.m. (projected starter); Wednesday, 3:40 p.m.; Thursday, 10:10 a.m., MLB Network
at Minnesota Twins: Friday, 5:10 p.m.; Saturday, 11:10 a.m.; Sunday, 11:10 a.m. (projected starter)

Kyle Garlick, Minnesota Twins
at Oakland Athletics: Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. (DH); Wednesday, 12:37 p.m.
vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Friday, 5:10 p.m.; Saturday, 11:10 a.m.; Sunday, 11:10 a.m.

Cole Irvin, Oakland Athletics
vs. Minnesota Twins: Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. (DH); Wednesday, 12:37 p.m.
at Baltimore Orioles: Friday, 4:05 p.m. (projected starter); Saturday, 4:05 p.m.; Sunday, 10:05 a.m.

David Peterson, New York Mets
at Chicago Cubs: Tuesday, 4:40 p.m., ESPN; Wednesday, 4:40 p.m. (projected starter); Thursday, 4:40 p.m.
vs. Washington Nationals: Friday, 4:10 p.m.; Saturday, 1:05 a.m., FS1; Sunday, 10:10 a.m.

NWSL CHALLENGE CUP

Marissa Everett, Portland Thorns
Wednesday: vs. OL Reign, 7 p.m., CBS Sports Network

TURKISH BASKETBALL FEDERATION PLAYOFFS

Ruthy Hebard, Nesibe Aydin
Tuesday: vs. Galatasaray, 6 a.m., YouTube
Sunday: vs. Galatasaray, 5 a.m., YouTube


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Slow Start Hurts In Sweet Sixteen

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OMAHA, Neb. — An early deficit proved too much to overcome for the Oregon volleyball team Sunday as the No. 10 Ducks dropped a Sweet Sixteen matchup in the NCAA Tournament to No. 7 Purdue in four sets.

The Ducks dropped the first two sets before finding their rhythm and winning the third. They led the fourth set by as much as four at 15-11, and as late as 21-20, but the Boilermakers rallied to advance to the Elite Eight. Purdue won by scores of 25-17, 25-16, 22-25, 26-24.

“We were just really frazzled to start,” said UO junior Gloria Mutiri, who had 12 kills in the match. “There was a lot of energy. We all knew what was at stake, and what we had to lose. Starting out, I think everyone was overwhelmed.”

Oregon finished the season with a 15-5 record, having finished second in the Pac-12 Conference after challenging for the league title all the way until the final weekend of the regular season. The Ducks claimed a top-10 NCAA Tournament seed for the third time ever, but fell short of their third-ever Elite Eight appearance.

“We were overexcited,” UO coach Matt Ulmer said. “When you want it that bad, you almost can’t move. You have to be loose to have movement; we just got tight. I was hoping we could handle that better. I think that’s a very valuable learning moment for us. So when we get back here again — which we will in the fall — we’ll handle it differently.”

How It Happened: The Ducks were quickly in a hole to start the match, falling behind 5-1 and later 9-2. Purdue led 17-8 when Oregon started to find its footing, rallying within 18-14 with a rotation that had Abby Hansen and Mutiri on the floor. But that was the only sustained run the Ducks mounted, as Purdue was able to side out at a rate of 77.8 percent in the set, and hit .317.

Oregon began to show signs of settling in early in set two. Kills by Taylor Borup and Morgan Lewis gave the Ducks an early 4-3 lead, their first of the match, and two errors by Purdue made it 6-4 for Oregon. But then Purdue’s vaunted block began to frustrate the Ducks, who repeatedly looked to star Brooke Nuneviller to penetrate it — which only seemed to help the Boilermakers set their block more effectively. They rallied from down 6-4 to up 17-8. Mutiri helped the Ducks get back within 19-12 with two kills and a block in tandem with Karson Bacon, but yet another Purdue block ended the set.

At that point Purdue was siding out at 73.5 percent, and had hit .458 in the second set. Bacon and Lewis were the catalysts early on for Oregon in set three as the two teams traded points, and Lewis had two kills later in the set for ties at 15-15 and 16-16. Mutiri found the floor to put the Ducks in the lead for good, at 18-17, and Bacon finished off the set as the Ducks hit .250 and held Purdue to .156 hitting.

“Then, it was a match,” Ulmer said. “We showed up. If we could have done that the whole time, it would have been a real classic.”

Oregon maintained momentum for much of set four. Though Purdue had an early 4-2 lead, Oregon answered with four straight points on an ace by Elise Ferreira, kills by Bacon and Lewis and then a block by the duo of Bacon and Lewis. The Ducks went on another run later with their other setter on serve, as Kylie Robinson helped Oregon out to a 12-8 lead.

Purdue finally fought back into a tie at 19-19, before a kill by Mutiri and a Purdue error had the Ducks up 21-19 and threatening to force a fifth set. After the Boilermakers rallied to lead 24-22, Oregon fought off match point twice to tie it up again. Just when it looked liked Bacon had found the floor to end an extended rally and set up set point for the Ducks, an error was instead called on Oregon, and Purdue ended the match on the next point.

“Those are big-time moments we can learn from,” Mutiri said. “That’s the first time I’ve played in a game with that kind of reward on the line — being in the Elite Eight — so with that experience, we can do a lot. Just going into the fall, we know what this loss feels like, what pressure feels like, and we’ll be able to respond better.”

Who Stood Out: Lewis had 13 kills and Mutiri added 12, with Mutiri hitting .300 for the match. Bacon had eight kills and a team-high six blocks, and Nuneviller added eight kills with 22 digs, though Purdue’s defensive focus led to her hitting minus-.062. Ferreira had 20 assists with 10 digs, and Robinson finished with 22 assists and eight digs.

Notable: Oregon’s Sweet Sixteen run was the seventh in program history … Nuneviller finished the two tournament matches with 43 digs (6.14 per set) after adding 22 on Sunday … She ended the season averaging 4.04 digs per set … The Ducks’ 70 digs were the ninth-most in UO postseason history.

Up Next: After playing this season in the spring due to the pandemic, volleyball is scheduled to return to its normal season in the fall later this year.


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Ducks rally to beat USC and win series

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LOS ANGELES – No. 14 Oregon scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to rally for a come-from-behind Pac-12 Conference win over USC on Sunday at Dedeaux Field, while also clinching the series with the victory.  
 
Senior Gabe Matthews and sophomore Sam Novitske combined for six hits and five RBI in the game, including driving in three runs in the decisive eighth-inning.
 
How It Happened: For the first time in the series, Oregon (22-8, 8-4 Pac-12) did not score first falling behind when USC (17-13, 6-6 Pac-12) scored a pair of runs in the first inning.
 
The Ducks rallied tying the game with a run in the second and another in the third. Matthews delivered a two-out triple to start the second inning rally and scored on a base hit by Novitske. Anthony Hall tied it at two with a run-scoring single in the third, plating Gavin Grant who led off the inning with a single.
 
USC countered with two more runs in the third to push the lead back to 4-2, but Oregon got one back in the top of the fourth. Matthews reached on a hit-by-pitch and came around to score from first on a Novitske double to cut the lead to one.
 
The two teams’ pitchers took over at that point with neither team allowing a run from the bottom of the fourth through the seventh inning.
 
Oregon finally broke through in the eighth against the USC bullpen after Trojan starter Alex Cornwell left the game. Aaron Zavala led off the eighth reaching on a hit-by-pitch. Josh Kasevich moved Zavala to second with his second hit, before both came around two score on a Matthews’ two-RBI go-ahead single. Novitske gave the Ducks a two-run lead driving in Matthews with a base hit to center field and Smith added a RBI single scoring Novitske after a Grant single moved him to third.
 
USC cut the lead to two with a run in the bottom of the eighth, but Kolby Somers came in to pitch a scoreless ninth inning to pick up the save. Somers, Nico Tellache and Andrew Mosiello (3-1) combined to toss four innings while allowing just one run on one hit with three strikeouts between them. Starter Brett Walker, who allowed four runs but just two earned, kept USC off the board in the fourth and fifth innings after the Trojans built the 4-2 lead.  
 
Inside the Box Score: Somers recorded his sixth save of the season, moving him into a tie for ninth all-time with Tellache (2019) on Oregon’s single-season saves list … Matthews reached base five times going 3-for-3 with three RBI, three runs scored, a walk and a hit-by-pitch … It was his 11th multi-hit game and seventh multi-RBI game, while also running his career totals to 55 and 28 respectively … Novitske finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored … It was his sixth multi-hit and fourth multi-RBI game of the year, and his 27th career multi-hit game and eighth multi-RBI game … Grant went 2-for-4 for his second consecutive multi-hit game, his fourth of the season and seventh of his career … Smith was 2-for-5 with a RBI for his 11th multi-hit game of the season and 27th of his career.
 
Series Notes: The Ducks batted .345 (39-for-113) in the series with 11 extra base hits … Matthews paced Oregon with a .667/.733/.917 slash, going 8-for-12 with five RBI, five runs scored, a double and a triple while walking twice and getting hit by a pitch … Smith batted .467 (7-for-15) with a RBI and two runs scored … Novitske hit .462 (6-for-13) with five RBI, two runs scored and two doubles … Kasevich batted .385 (5-for-13) with a RBI and three runs … Grant finished batting .364 (4-for-11) with a home run, RBI and three runs scored.
 
On Deck: Oregon returns home for a three-game series against Pac-12 Conference preseason favorite UCLA. The Ducks and the Bruins open the series Friday at 6 p.m. and then play Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at noon.        

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Ducks Drop Series Finale In Seattle

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SEATTLE – The Oregon softball team came up short in its bid to split the four-game series with No. 6 Washington on Sunday afternoon, suffering a 6-1 loss in the series finale at Husky Softball Stadium.
 
How it Happened: The No. 4 Ducks (28-8, 6-6 Pac-12) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, with freshman Hanna Delgado working a 10-pitch walk before stealing second and coming around to score on an RBI single by catcher Terra McGowan.
 
McGowan threw out Washington star Sis Bates trying to steal in the bottom of the first to erase a leadoff single and help starter Brooke Yanez (14-4) work a scoreless frame. The Ducks got runners on the corners in the second but couldn’t cash in, and the Huskies evened the game at one apiece in the bottom half on a solo home run.
 
Washington (34-6, 12-2 Pac-12) jumped on Yanez in the bottom of the third, taking a 3-1 lead on a pair of doubles and a triple. Samaria Diaz took over for Oregon in the circle, and the Huskies made it 5-1 on a two-run homer before Diaz ended the frame with back-to-back strikeouts.
 
The Ducks put runners in scoring position in the third, fourth and fifth innings but were unable to push any runs across against all-American Gabbie Plain, who came on in relief to get Washington out of the first-and-third jam in the second inning.
 
Washington added an insurance run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly, and Plain put the Ducks down in order before working around a Delgado single in the seventh to secure the series win for the Huskies.
 
Notable: Oregon outhit Washington, 9-8, but the Ducks had all singles while the Huskies came away with five extra-base hits … Delgado, McGowan and Alle Bunker each finished with two hits, and Haley Cruse, Mya Felder and Deijah Pangilinan each had one … Sunday marked the 12th multi-hit performance of the season for Bunker, the eighth for McGowan, and the fifth for Delgado … Delgado, Hannah Galey and Alyssa Brito each stole a base … Diaz struck out four in 3.2 innings of relief.
 
On Deck: The Ducks return home to host Stanford in a four-game series at Jane Sanders Stadium beginning on Friday at 5 p.m. PT.

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Ducks Thrive in Dual-Site West Coast Classic

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EUGENE, Ore. – Competing in the dual-host West Coast Classic, the Oregon track and field team recorded six wins and seven top-10 program performances. In the team competition, the Men and Women of Oregon out-distanced the field with 134 and 138 points, respectively.
 
In the unique format, the West Coast Classic featured a seven-team field—Air Force, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Stanford, Oregon and UCLA—that split its teams with sprints and jumps competing in Tucson, Ariz., and distance and throws competing at Hayward Field in Eugene.
 
The Ducks’ first win of the day came from Alysah Hickey in Tucson, where she led a 1-2 finish for the Women of Oregon in the long jump with Rhesa Foster. In her final attempt of the competition, Hickey moved from fourth to first with her jump of 6.47m/21-2.75, a mark that also makes her the No. 4 performer in UO history. Foster tallied a day’s best of 6.36m/20-10.5 in the fifth round.
 
“I would have like to see what my second attempt was because it felt like a big one but I scratched,” Hickey said. “With the last jump, I proved to myself what I could really do when it comes together. Every (indoor) meet, I felt like I was doing a little better but not what I am capable of so it was good for me to just step back and re-focus.”
 
Saturday marked Foster’s first long jump in a UO kit since the 2020 indoor season.
 
Oregon added another program top-10 mark from Tori Sloan in the high jump who finished second overall with a 1.78m/5-10 clearance. The effort ties the No. 8 performance in UO history, and Sloan becomes the first to crack the program top 10 in the event since 2014. Hickey, in her second event, and Dominique Ruotolo each established personal bests with clearances of 1.73m/5-8.
 
In Eugene, the Ducks got into the winner’s circle with Jackson Mestler in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Having not competed in the event since the summer of 2019, Mestler stopped the clock in 8:44.84, just .12 off his PR. Based on times reported through Saturday evening, his time currently ranks third in the NCAA.
 
“It’s a beautiful day with sunny weather,” Mestler said. “People travel around the country to get weather like this and we happened to have it here this weekend so I wanted to take advantage of it and just go.”
 
Kemba Nelson, the NCAA champion at 60 meters, made her season debut at 100 meters and recorded a winning time of 11.18 that puts her at No. 7 on the all-time UO performance list. She later posted a wind-legal personal best of 23.03 to finish second in the 200 meters. Nelson opened the outdoor campaign with a wind-aided 22.79 at the Aztec Invitational.
 
Gaston Bouchereau and Jonathan Harvey were double winners Saturday, each as a leg of the Ducks’ 4×100-meter relay and then separately in the 100 meters (10.29) and 400-meter hurdles (51.14), respectively. Harvey’s busy day also featured a personal best of 14.02 in the 110-meter hurdles where he finished second overall. In addition to the PR in the 100 meters, Bouchereau added a time of 21.01 as a new career best in the 200 meters.
 
The Ducks’ 4×100-meter relay posted a time of 39.20 and featured Harvey, Bouchereau, Rieker Daniel and Jacoby McNamara.
 
In the women’s triple jump, Dominque Ruotolo, Lexi Ellis and Jaimie Robinson finished 2-3-4, respectively, all with UO top-10 marks. After Saturday’s competition, that list includes Ruotolo (12.99m/42-7.5) in fifth overall, Ellis (12.96m/42-6.25) in a tie for sixth and Robinson (12.82m/42-0.75) in ninth.
 
The first event on the track in Tucson was the women’s 100-meter hurdles where Emily Sloan lowered her PR to 13.16, which strengthened her hold on the No. 4 spot in program history.
 
Freshman Elliott Cook was just out-leaned at the tape in the men’s 800 meters in Eugene but posted a personal best of 1:49.98 to become the fifth UO man to dip below 1:50 this season. Along with Cook, that group includes Cole Hocker (1:46.60), Luis Peralta (1:47.55), Cooper Teare (1:48.99) and Reed Brown (1:49.95).
 
In another mid-distance highlight in Eugene, Hannah Reinhardt—NCAA indoor qualifier at 5,000 meters—took more than nine seconds off her previous PR in the 1,500 meters. She entered the race with a best of 4:24.05 from 2019 but crossed the line Saturday in 4:14.91, second to Stanford’s Ella Donaghu (4:14.15). Reinhardt was one of four Ducks—Mia Moerck, Melissa Berry and Caramia Mestler—to PR in the race.
 
“I haven’t run the (1,500 meters) in almost two years so it was time,” Reinhardt said. “I wanted to commit to a hard pace right off the rip and go for it to see what I could churn out. We’re going through a heavy training block right now so I just wanted to get some work in.”
 
Up Next: The Ducks will host the Oregon Relays (April 23-24) at Hayward Field. As part of the Journey to Gold series, day two of the meet will feature the USATF Grand Prix. More information including broadcast details and entries will be announced as it becomes available.
 
For more news and information about Oregon Track and Field, follow @OregonTF on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Run-Rule Win Highlights Doubleheader Split

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SEATTLE – No. 4 Oregon got back on the winning track with a 10-1 run-rule victory over No. 6 Washington in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader, bouncing back after dropping game one, 4-2.
 
The Ducks have a chance to split the four-game series while they look to take at least one of the games this weekend designated as a conference contest.
 
Game 1: No. 6, Washington 4, No. 4 Oregon 2
Oregon responded after falling behind early by taking a lead after three innings but couldn’t hold on as Washington used a three-run fourth inning hand the Ducks 4-2 loss in the first game of the doubleheader.
 
How it Happened: Washington struck first again, taking a 1-0 lead following a leadoff homer to start the second inning, but the Ducks would respond immediately with a pair of runs in the top of the third.
 
Shaye Bowden led off the third by pulling a solo shot down the left field line to tie things up at one. A hit by pitch and walk put two more runners on, but the next two batters were retired on an interference call and a fielder’s choice. Terra McGowan delivered a clutch hit though, coming up with a two-out RBI single to left to make it 2-1.
 
Washington reclaimed the lead with three runs in the fourth. After a foul-out to start the inning, three straight UW batters reached to chase Oregon starter Samaria Diaz. The Ducks brought in Brooke Yanez, who walked the first batter she faced to force in a run before Washington’s Sis Bates drove in two more with a single up the middle.
 
The Ducks got single runners on base in the fifth and sixth innings but couldn’t cash in, stranding a runner at first in the fifth and at third in the sixth.
 
Game 1 Notables: Bowden hit her second homer of the season and 10th of her career … It was also her first multi-hit game of the year and 18th of her career … McGowan recorded her seventh multi-hit game of the year and 15th of her career … Yanez worked 2.2 scoreless innings with five strikeouts out of the bullpen.
 
Game 2: No. 4 Oregon 10, No. 6 Washington 1 (5 innings)
Rachel Cid belted a go-ahead grand slam in the third inning before the Oregon offense exploded for six runs in the fifth to take the nightcap of the doubleheader against Washington, 10-1 in five innings.
 
How it Happened: Once again, Washington scored first, taking a 1-0 lead after the second inning on an RBI single off Oregon starter Makenna Kliethermes. The Ducks would respond though with four runs in the top of the third to make it 4-1.
 
After the first two Ducks to come in the third were retired, three straight Oregon players worked walks on full counts to bring Cid up with the bases loaded and two gone. Cid turned on a 0-1 pitch and crushed it over the left field wall for a grand slam, giving the Ducks a 4-1 lead.
 
“I knew she was gonna come with the inside pitch because I let it go in my first at-bat and I took it for a ride,” Cid told Pac-12 Network following the game. “I looked at it for a bit – enjoyed it.”
 
The Ducks broke things open in the fifth inning, scoring five runs to bring the run-rule into effect. Bowden continued her hot day at the plate by driving in the first run of the inning on a single off the right field wall to make it 5-1. Deijah Pangilinan followed two batters later with a two-run single to right field, stretching the lead to 7-1. After a walk to load the bases followed by a strikeout, Allee Bunker delivered the dagger with a bases-clearing double to put the Ducks up by nine.
 
Game 2 Notables: Oregon’s potent two-out offense was at it again, scoring seven of the 10 with two away … Cid’s grand slam was the first of her career and tied her career-high of four RBIs … Bunker’s three-run double gave her three RBIs in a game for the third time this year … Kliethermes worked five innings of one-run ball to get her sixth win of the season.
 
Quotable: Third baseman Rachel Cid
On bouncing back…
“We just picked each other up. We know we have to fully invest in one another and play for each other while still remembering it’s just a game and we have to have fun.”
 
Overall Notables: Bowden went 4-for-6 in the doubleheader with a pair of RBIs to go a long with a double and a homer … Cid is 4-for-7 in the series with her four RBIs, a double and a homer … The Ducks scored eight of their 12 runs in the doubleheader with two outs, running their total to 105 of 204 on the season scored with two gone in an inning.
 
On Deck: The Ducks conclude their series at Washington Sunday at 2 p.m. (Pac-12 Network).

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Four home runs spark Ducks to win

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LOS ANGELES – Oregon tied a modern-era Ducks record hitting four home runs en route to a decisive 13-4 Pac-12 Conference win over USC on Saturday at Dedeaux Field.
 
The Ducks hit three homers in the second inning and added a fourth bomb in the fourth inning to mark the third time an Oregon team has gone yard four times in a game since baseball returned to Eugene before the 2009 season.
 
The 2010 team set the modern-era home run record with four in a 19-10 win over Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., on April 21, 2010. The 2013 team matched the record when it hit four in a 10-4 win at California on April 13, 2013.  
 
How It Happened: After a scoreless first inning, Oregon put together a seven-run second inning with the first six batters stringing together hits with a double, two singles, another double and then back-to-back home runs.
 
Aaron Zavala led off the big inning with a scorched double up the middle before Josh Kasevich moved him to second with a base hit and Gabe Matthews drove him home with a single to right field.
 
Sam Novitske picked up the first of his two RBI on the day driving in Kasevich with a double into the left-center field gap and moving Matthews to third. Both would score when Jack Scanlon launched a three-run shot off the scoreboard in right field for a five-run lead.
 
Gavin Gant made it 6-0 on the next pitch with a solo home run over the left-field fence. After a pair of outs, Kenyon Yovan capped the inning with a solo bomb over the center-field wall.
 
USC (17-12, 6-5 Pac-12) got a run back in the third, but Oregon (21-8, 7-4) answered with five runs in the top of the fourth to take complete control of the game.
 
Grant started the rally with a single and moved to second on a Tanner Smith walk. Anthony Hall jumped on a 0-1 pitch and hit a three-run homer to right for a 10-1 lead. After an out, back-to-back walks by Zavala and Kasevich set the table for Matthews who singled, his third hit of the game, and drove in Zavala. Novitske picked up Kasevich with a sacrifice fly and Oregon’s lead was 12-1.
 
The Trojans scored twice in their half of the inning, but Oregon got one back in the top of the fifth thanks to some help from the Trojans and some hustle from Smith.
 
The Ducks’ leadoff man reached with a base hit with one out in the inning and came around to score from first on an error by Trojan second baseman Tyresse Turner.
 
Oregon’s relievers took it from there after taking over for starter Cullen Kafka who struggled through four-plus innings. Freshman Isaac Ayon relieved Kafka after back-to-back walks to lead off the fifth inning, and immediately got out of the jam without allowing a run behind a pair of strikeouts and a pop out to the catcher.
 
Sophomore Caleb Sloan pitched two scoreless innings before freshman Rio Britton got the final three outs in the ninth.
 
Inside the Box Score: Oregon’s seven extra-base hits (4 home runs, 3 doubles) matched the total from Wednesday’s win over Portland and were the second most in a game this season … Matthews went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored … It was his fifth consecutive game with multiple hits and his sixth in the last seven … He ran his career total to 55 games with multiple-hits (fourth all-time) and his season total to 11 (second on the team) … With the two RBI, he now has six multi-RBI games this season and 27 in his career (fifth all-time) … Smith went 2-for-5 with two runs scored … It was his third consecutive game with multiple hits, the 10th of the season and the 24th of his career … Grant finished 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored … It was his third multi-hit game this season and the sixth of his career … Hall and Scanlon both finished with three RBI … It was Hall’s third multiple-RBI game of the season and the sixth of his career … Scanlon picked up his first multiple-RBI game of the season and the third of his career … Novitske finished with two RBI, his third multi-RBI game of the season and the sixth of his career … Three Ducks’ relievers combined to toss five innings allowing just one run on three hits with five strikeouts … Sloan earned his first career win as a Duck.
 
The last time: In addition to Oregon last hitting four home runs in a game in 2013, the Ducks also had three home runs in an inning for the first time since March of 2018 and had back-to-back homers for the first time since April of the same year … The three bombs by Scanlon, Grant and Yovan in the second inning marked the first time since Matthews, Jakob Goldfarb and Jonny DeLuca went deep three times in the top of the fourth inning in a 10-1 win at No. 3 Stanford on March 29, 2018 … Scanlon and Grant’s back-to-back jacks were the first consecutive homers hit since DeLuca and Ray Soderman did it at San Francisco in the second inning of a 5-2 win over the Dons on April 2, 2018.
 
On Deck: Oregon and USC will meet in the rubber match of the series Sunday at noon.

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First-Half Run By UC Davis Too Much For Ducks To Overcome

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EUGENE, Ore. – A 12-0 scoring run by UC Davis to close the first half proved to be the difference for the Oregon women’s lacrosse team in a 19-9 loss on Saturday afternoon at Papé Field.
 
How it Happened: The Ducks (3-9) jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by freshmen Nakeeya McCardell and Morgan McCarthy, with McCardell opening the scoring on a pass from Lillian Stump and McCarthy converting on a free-position shot.
 
It was all UC Davis for the final 22-plus minutes of the half, as the Aggies (9-4) scored 12 unanswered goals to take a 12-2 lead into the break.
 
Oregon started well again in the second half, scoring three straight to cut UC Davis’ lead to 12-5. The Ducks opened with a man-up advantage following a yellow card on the Aggies late in the first half, and Alli Bateman capitalized less than a minute in with a goal on another assist from Stump. McCardell followed with her second goal of the game, and leading scorer Hanna Hilcoff notched her first of the day at the 24:58 mark.
 
UC Davis responded with a goal at the 24:40 mark, but McCardell and Hilcoff again scored back-to-back goals to get Oregon within six, 13-7. Hilcoff answered another Aggies goal with her third of the day with 15 minutes left, joining McCardell with a hat trick and bringing the deficit back to six.
 
The Aggies extended their lead to eight with less than 11 minutes to go before McCarthy scored her second goal to make it 16-9, but UC Davis finished the game with three consecutive goals. Oregon played even with the Aggies in the second half, 7-7, but that 10-goal deficit from the first half was too much to overcome.
 
Who Stood Out: Hilcoff and McCardell each had a hat trick with three goals apiece. Hilcoff added a team-high six draw controls, and McCardell stuffed the stat sheet with four draw controls, three caused turnovers and three ground balls. McCarthy scored twice and also had three caused turnovers and three ground balls, and Stump assisted on a pair of goals. Alle Dunbar finished with seven saves in net.
 
Notable: Hilcoff has scored in 19 straight games to open her career, and she has scored multiple goals in 16 those contests … Hilcoff had a hat trick or better for the sixth time this season and 10th time in her career … McCardell scored multiple goals for the fifth time while earning her first hat trick, and McCarthy also notched her fifth multi-goal performance … Stump recorded multiple assists for the third time this season and fourth in her career … Hilcoff grabbed five or more draw controls for the sixth time in the last eight games, and 10th time in her career … Dunbar now has 118 saves on the season, moving past Louisa Dorsch (117, 2005) into No. 8 on the Oregon single-season list.
 
Up Next: Oregon will close out the 2021 regular season against Colorado on Friday, April 23, at 6 p.m. PT at Papé Field. The Ducks will honor Stump, Dunbar, Marlee Moon Gaddy, Olivia Mannon and Rachel Williams in a Senior Day ceremony prior to the start of the game.

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