With their first week of spring practices behind them, the Ducks hit the practice fields again on Monday morning. With one of the biggest offseason focuses on strength and conditioning, head coach Mario Cristobal is noticing improvement in his squad as they move forward into installing more of their 2018 playbook. Listen below to Monday’s interviews with coach Cristobal and sophomore wide receiver Jaylon Redd.
Head Coach Mario Cristobal
Wide Receiver Jaylon Redd
The Ducks were able to finish strong on Sunday of the Oregon Invitational as they had their last double-header of the weekend. The pitching continued to exert its dominance, as sophomore Miranda Elish pitched 7 innings, recording 11 strikeouts and allowing only 1 hit in the first game versus Montana, backing up her 12 strikeout game in 5 innings pitched the day before against Weber State. In game two, Maggie Balint pitched 3 and 1/3 innings, allowing only 1 run on 1 hit while recording eight strikeouts. She was later replaced by freshman Olivia Kinsey who struck out 3 batters and allowed 1 hit in 1 and 2/3 innings pitched. She also didn’t allow a run. Offensively, the Ducks were solid in both games, beating Montana 7-0 and Bryant 17-1. Shannon Rhodes continued to shine at the plate, combining for 5 RBI’s while going 4-6 at the plate throughout the two games. The Ducks were also able to get solid at bats and run production from Alexis Mack, Haley Cruse, Shaye Bowden, and Cherish Burks. The team will look to continue their winning ways when they open up Pac-12 play on Friday when they host UCLA at 5 pm in the first game of a 3-game series.
Game Story (by Naveed Habibelahian)
Head Coach Mike White
Sophomore Miranda Elish
Junior Cherish Burks