Oregon softball will play in the Women’s College World Series for the fourth time in six years this season after the Ducks’ dramatic come-from-behind win over the Kentucky Wildcats in the Super Regionals. Oregon’s first opponent of the World Series is Pac-12 foe Washington, who took two of three games from the Ducks in Eugene earlier this year. Before boarding a bus to head to the airport, members of the team spoke to the media about the week ahead. Below are the interviews.
Head Coach Mike White
Redshirt Senior Danica Mercado
– Marc Grandi
The Oregon Duck Softball team used late game heroics for the second consecutive Saturday, this time erasing a three-run deficit in the top of the 7th to defeat the #14 seeded Kentucky Wildcats 6-5 to take the Eugene Super Regional 2-0 and advance to the 2017 Women’s College World Series. Kentucky jumped out to a 3-0 lead, shutting the Oregon offense down until the 5th when an illegal pitch and fielder’s choice made it 3-2. Kentucky would add two insurance runs in the bottom of the 6th, only for the Ducks to come screaming back with four runs with their backs against the wall to take the lead 6-5. That lead would hold as Miranda Elish closed out Kentucky in the 7th, clinching their spot in their fourth Women’s College World Series in six years. Listen below to a full game story and postgame interviews from Oregon and Kentucky.
Game Story (by Alex Castle)
Oregon Press Conference (Mike White, Nikki Udria, and Mia Camuso)
Kentucky Press Conference (Rachel Lawson, Katie Reed, and Erin Rethlake)