The No.3 Oregon Ducks Softball Team (6-0, 0-0) continued a tradition of dominance by sweeping the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona for the second year in a row.
The Ducks beat their six opponents by a combined margin of 73-12. Five of their last six games ended in a run-rule victory, which is invoked when a team is ahead by at least eight runs after five innings. Oregon is second in the country in Batting Average (.472), Home Runs Per Game (2.83), Scoring (12.17), and Slugging Percentage (.870). Although these stat lines may have some Duck fans booking their tickets to the College World Series, it is all tainted by the fact that the only team to surpass Oregon in all these offensive categories is the University of Washington.
Oregon is one of seven PAC-12 teams in this week's top 25. Oregon leads the PAC at number three nationally, followed by Washington (4), UCLA (5), Arizona (12), Arizona State (18), Utah (21) and California (23). It looks like their will be a lot of great match-ups throughout conference play, specifically involving Oregon, Washington and UCLA.
The Ducks will attempt to ride their hot-hitting streak down south to compete in the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge. There they will face Houston, Rutgers, Texas and then No.15 Ole Miss. The Ducks have already hit 17 home runs, primarily by Senior Gwen Svekis (5), Transfer DJ Sanders (4), and Sophomore Shannon Rhodes (3). Also, the Pitching trio of Megan Kleist, Maggie Balint and Olivia Kinsey has proven to be worth the offseason hype.
Oregon's next four games will all be aired on collegesportslive.com. First against the Houston Cougars on Thursday at noon, then Rutgers and Texas on Friday at 3pm and 6pm respectively, and ending it all against No.15 Ole Miss at 6pm on Saturday.