After a successful PAC-12 championship meet where the Oregon Men track and field team finished first and the Oregon women finished second, respectfully. The Ducks are now looking forward to the NCAA West Preliminary rounds this weekend in Sacramento, California. After winning the PAC-12 for the 12th straight season, the men of Oregon, have earned a total of 29 entries into the NCAA West Preliminary rounds which is tied for most in the nation. The women of Oregon who fell short at the PAC-12 championships with a second place finish, respectively, will enter 32 women into the NCAA West Preliminary rounds which leads the nation. The top 12 finishers in each event at the NCAA West Preliminary rounds will advance to the NCAA Championships (June 6-9) at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Head Coach Robert Johnson
For the first time in Head Coach Mike White’s 9 year tenure, Oregon softball’s pitching staff breezed through the entire regional tournament without allowing a run. Sophomore right hander Miranda Elish went 7 complete innings striking out 11 Drake Bulldogs and allowing only 6 hits en route to a 3-0 win for Oregon. The Ducks were hitless through three innings, but had six hits in the fourth and fifth innings. Those 6 hits led to 3 runs, all of which came in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded and 1 out in the fifth, Alexis Mack blooped a single over the third baseman and shortstop’s heads to bring in Cherish Burks and Mia Camuso. In the same inning, Haley Cruse drove in Jenna Lilley with an RBI single up the middle. With this win, Oregon advances to their ninth consecutive super regional and awaits their opponent.
Game Story (by: Bill Braker)
Post Game Audio
Left Fielder Alexis Mack