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After Three Straight Losses, Oregon Softball Looks to Rebound at Home

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The #24 Oregon Softball team (11-7) was swept at the Judy Garman Classic which ended early due to inclement weather. The Ducks return to The Jane for their first home series of the season.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE: #19 OKLAHOMA STATE

(Eugene, Oregon)

Oklahoma State, 3/8, Friday, 6 PM, OREGON LIVE STREAM

Oklahoma State, 3/9, Saturday, 12 PM, PAC-12 PLUS LIVE

Oklahoma State, 3/9, Saturday, 2 PM, PAC-12 PLUS LIVE

Oklahoma State (15-5) so far has a couple top 25 wins over Kentucky and Arizona State, and lost to a pair of ranked teams, LSU and Arizona. The Cowgirls rank 14th in slugging percentage (.541) and 11th in home runs (27). The Ducks hope to continue three streaks: their 17-game home win streak, their four-game win streak against Oklahoma State, and their streak of 139 straight top 25 rankings.

STATE OF THE PAC*

#2 UCLA (17-1-0)

STANFORD (16-2-0)

#6 WASHINGTON (16-3-0)

#12 ARIZONA (17-5-0)

OREGON STATE (12-4-0)

#16 ARIZONA STATE (15-6-0)

CALIFORNIA (12-7-0)

#24 OREGON (11-7-0)

UTAH (7-12-0)

*Rankings determined by the USA TODAY/NFCA COACHES poll.

RECAP of JUDY GARMAN CLASSIC


#3 FLORIDA

GATORS 2 - DUCKS 1

  • It was tough going for Oregon’s batters against Florida pitcher Kelly Barnhill; The Ducks were held to just three hits and one run. Senior April Utecht’s leadoff solo homer gave Oregon the early lead in the fifth, but the team’s proved mostly ineffective against the hot arm of Barnhill as she retired the final six batters in order.
  • Defensive miscues doomed the Ducks at the bottom of the fifth. With one out and a runner on second due to an error, Kendyl Lindaman tied the game with a two-out RBI single. Then, after a single put the Gators in scoring position, a misread fly ball scored the go-ahead run.
  • Jordan Dail did everything she could to earn the win, striking out six over six innings and allowing just six hits, but two unearned runs foiled her plans.

CAL STATE FULLERTON

TITANS 3 - DUCKS 2

  • The Titans struck first with a solo home run in the first and then added to their lead with an RBI single in the third. The Ducks were able to tie it up with a productive fourth inning, but Cal State Fullerton hit a bouncer past Jasmine Sievers for the game-winning RBI single.
  • Oregon’s fourth quarter ended their early game offensive drought. Shaye Bowden was put in scoring position after being hit by a pitch and a single by Cherish Burks. Sievers hit an RBI single up the middle for the Ducks’ first run. April Utecht walked which loaded the bases, then Hannah Galey worked an RBI single to tie it up. The next three batters were retired in order, unable to capitalize on a bases-loaded, no-outs situation.
  • Maddie MacGrandle had one of her best games, striking out four and allowing two runs in three innings. Dail relieved for 3.2 innings and finished with four strikeouts, one run and two hits.

#22 AUBURN

TIGERS 8 - DUCKS 0 (5)

  • The Duck offense played five scoreless innings in a run-rule loss to #22 Auburn. Oregon was limited to three hits and was struck out nine times. The second inning presented the best opportunity for the Duck offense, with two runners in scoring position and one out, but Auburn’s star pitcher Makayla Martin struck out two to keep the game scoreless.
  • Jordan Dail did an impressive job working around leadoff walks in the first couple of innings to keep the game tied 0-0, but Auburn scored twice in the third and took off from there. Three scores in the fourth led to walk-on Kailey Krueger making an appearance, but didn’t prevent the Tigers from repeating their success in the bottom of the fifth for the run-rule victory.

DUCK OF THE WEEK

Jordan Dail

Oregon’s best pitcher may have taken three losses over the weekend, but she finished with a 2.56 ERA and 14 strikeouts. The sophomore left-handed pitcher had an especially impressive game against then-No. 3 Florida. Unfortunately, her six-strikeout showing over six innings while allowing just one earned run was not enough to give her team the upset.