No. 1 Oregon defeats Albany 4-0 in Game 2 of the NCAA Regionals Thursday evening at Jane Saunders Stadium. Ducks road the hot hand of Miranda Elish who tossed 14 strikeouts in 7 innings pitched. This brought her strikeout total to 210 on her season and 471 as a team; which is a new Oregon team record. Offensively for Oregon, DJ Sanders started the scoring in the bottom of the third with a RBI single to bring Alexis Mack to score. That 1-0 score stayed the same until the bottom of the fifth when Jenna Lilley scored off a wild pitch to increase the lead to 2-0. Lauren Burke made a name for herself in her first career NCAA regional game when she pinched hit for Shannon Rhodes. Burke hit a 2 run home run off of Albany starter Celeste Verdoilvo to right field to make the score 4-0. That was all the offense the Ducks needed as Elish finished the game with 2 more strikeouts in the seventh that brought her total to 14 on the day. Oregon will play Drake Friday May 18th 3:00pm at Jane Saunders Stadium and winner will advance to the Regional Final.
POST GAME AUDIO:
GAME STORY (by Brenten Kelly):
Oregon Softball (Coach White, Lauren Burke, Miranda Elish)
Albany Softball (Coach Cannata, Celeste Verdolivo, Chelsea Henige)
DJ Sanders Interview: