SB: Oregon Defeats Drake To Advance To Ninth Consecutive Super Regional

For the first time in Head Coach Mike White’s 9 year tenure, Oregon softball’s pitching staff breezed through the entire regional tournament without allowing a run. Sophomore right hander Miranda Elish went 7 complete innings striking out 11 Drake Bulldogs and allowing only 6 hits en route to a 3-0 win for Oregon. The Ducks were hitless through three innings, but had six hits in the fourth and fifth innings. Those 6 hits led to 3 runs, all of which came in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded and 1 out in the fifth, Alexis Mack blooped a single over the third baseman and shortstop’s heads to bring in Cherish Burks and Mia Camuso. In the same inning, Haley Cruse drove in Jenna Lilley with an RBI single up the middle. With this win, Oregon advances to their ninth consecutive super regional and awaits their opponent.

Game Story (by: Bill Braker)

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Left Fielder Alexis Mack

SB: Oregon defeats Drake 5-0 behind Kleist’s dominant day

The No. 1 seed Oregon softball team returned to action Friday to take on Drake for its second game of the Eugene regional. Pac-12 pitcher of the year Megan Kleist led the Ducks to a 5-0 win over the Bulldogs and secured her team a spot in the regional championship. Kleist was one out away from a perfect game, striking out 11. The game had an incredibly similar feel as yesterday’s win over Albany, as Oregon led 2-0 heading in the fifth. Just like yesterday, Lauren Burke pinch-hit for Shannon Rhodes and hit a 2-run home run to give the Ducks a 4-0 lead. Oregon will need to wait to find out who wins tonight’s game at 8 p.m., but should feel confident no matter who occupies the away dugout given the recent performances by both Kleist and Miranda Elish.

Game Story (Maverick Pallack)

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Oregon Softball (Coach White, Lauren Burke, Megan Kleist)

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