BSB | Oregon Defeats Arizona in a Nail-biter to Even the Series

After coming off a 10-2 loss in game one on Thursday night, Oregon wins game two in dramatic fashion 2-1. Oregon struck first, scoring off a Jonny DeLuca RBI double in the bottom of the fourth. The rest of the game was relatively slow for both teams, despite Oregon’s seven hits on the night, they weren’t able to capitalize. Later in the same inning as the DeLuca double, only one out was recorded with the bases loaded and Ray Soderman and Jason Drees struck out back-to-back. The Wildcats didn’t record their first hit of the night until the top of the seventh inning when Cesar Salazar hit a solo shot over the right field wall, his third home run of the series. That Salazar home run knotted the game up at one run a piece, but it didn’t last long, because in the bottom of the seventh Kyle Kasser hit a RBI single to right center that drove in the eventual game winning run. Sparks flew in the ninth inning as the Wildcats had the bases loaded with no outs on the board. Kenyon Yovan decided to look past the deep hole he put himself in and threw two strikeouts followed by a fly out that ended the game. Yovan pitched a complete game only giving up two hits and one run. The Ducks look to get the series win Saturday at 3 PM at PK Park in Oregon’s season finale and senior day.

Game Story (by Ethan Wyss)

Postgame Interviews

Oregon Head Coach George Horton

Oregon Pitcher Kenyon Yovan

SB | Oregon Cruises in Game Two of Super Regionals, Forces Decisive Game Three

No. 1 Oregon softball controlled game two of the NCAA Super Regionals on Friday night, defeating no. 16 Kentucky 6-1 to tie the best-of-three series at 1-1. After each offense poured it on early and often the day before, neither team could generate anything through the first three frames. With the Ducks serving as the away team, it wasn’t until the top of the fourth when the freshman Lauren Burke stepped in with the bases loaded and delivered a one-out single that scored two, with a throwing error bringing in another run. Mia Camuso then brought Burke around to make it 4-0 Ducks, and though Kentucky would muster one-run response in the bottom of the inning, Oregon starter Miranda Elish shut the powerful Wildcat offense down the rest of the way on her way to two-hit, seven strikeout complete game performance. Jenna Lilley doubled in two insurance runs in the sixth for a 6-1 Oregon lead, which the Ducks closed out with ease down the stretch. The win for Oregon means the two sides will meet on Saturday at 6 p.m. with the winner advancing to the 2018 Women’s College World Series.

Game Story (by Alex Castle)

Postgame Interviews 

Oregon Press Conference (Head Coach Mike White, Third Baseman Jenna Lilley and Pitcher Miranda Elish)

Lauren Burke

Kentucky Press Conference (Head Coach Rachel Lawson, Second Baseman Alex Martens, and Catch Jenny Schaper)