No. 17 Oregon Softball split their first day of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Thursday, February 21, taking down New Mexico State 3-1 before dropping a game to Bethune-Cookman in a 5-3 finish. Jordan Dail recorded a complete game win against the Aggies in the first game, while Maddie MacGrandle inconsistency forced Dail back into action during the second game. From the plate, Oregon struggled to find a big inning, and while three runs proved enough against NMSU, Bethune-Cookman opened up a 5-0 that the Ducks couldn’t quite carve into enough. UO returns to action on Friday at 12:30 PM vs Army, before a Texas A&M – Texas Tech double-header on Saturday and a showdown with UCSB on Sunday.
GAME STORY (by Matt Tyra)
After a 1-2 opening weekend road trip to No. 8 Texas Tech, Oregon baseball returns to Eugene for a four-game home opening series against St. Mary’s. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. on Friday at PK Park. Despite dropping the series to the Red Raiders, the Ducks held early leads in all three games but couldn’t sustain the home team’s rallies. With early confidence already brewing at the plate, head coach George Horton and Oregon look to put both phases together this weekend before its own home crowd. But they’ll need to do so without the regular starting rotation on the mound, with Kenyon Yovan struggling with hand discomfort Cole Stringer will start Friday’s series opener instead. Listen below as Horton and the Ducks preview this weekend’s series.
Head Coach George Horton
Catcher/Outfielder Jakob Goldfarb
Pitcher Cole Stringer
Outfielder/Infielder Jonny DeLuca