By: Cole Rothman
The Ducks were eliminated from postseason contention last weekend, after they only managed to win 1 of 3 games against the Utah Utes. Postseason elimination or not, the Eugene faithful showed up in bunches to support the softball program. Today marked the first game of Oregon’s last series of the year. The Ducks squared off against the PAC-12 4 seed, Arizona State Sun devils. The Sun Devils got out to an early lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back. Jordan Dail struggled with her command in the first inning. She walked 4 batters and allowed 2 hits and 3 runs. Dail locked in after the first and only allowed one more run on the night, but the Duck’s bats failed to provide any support. While the Ducks actually made decent contact all night, Haley Cruse had the lone hit for Oregon (a rocketed double off the center-field wall).
Cielo Meza and Samantha Mejia pitched wonderfully for Arizona State, but Oregon Head Coach Melyssa Lombardi thought the lack of hitting fell squarely on the shoulders of the Ducks. Coach Lombardi said she was disappointed with their effort tonight and hopes to turn it around by 5 o’clock tomorrow. The Ducks meet the Sun Devils for game 2 of 3 tomorrow night, in a game dubbed “The Strike Out Cancer Game.” Come show your support for cancer research and the Ducks softball program tomorrow night. The Ducks are looking to bounce back from a disappointing game 1 and hopefully send their loyal seniors off on a high note.