Oregon Softball: Recent Player Departures Cause for Concern?

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Nothing hurts more than losing in the postseason, especially when you are eliminated by the school’s former coach. But as the Oregon Ducks softball team accepts the season’s finality, Ducks head coach Melyssa Lombardi will also have to reckon with the departure of three players to the transfer portal. Infielders Alyssa Brito, Mya Felder and Jazzy Contreras all announced their …

Is Oregon Softball Ready for Matchup Against White’s Longhorns?

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It’s always awkward running into an ex-girlfriend after breaking up. I’d imagine the same goes for players and coaches. And for the Oregon Ducks (37-15, 14-10 Pac-12) softball team, the NCAA Regional tournament in Austin, Texas, offers the top-ranked squad an opportunity to square off against former Ducks: Texas Longhorns head coach Mike White and players Shannon Rhodes, Mary Iakopo …

Oregon Softball Battle Bruins in Marquee Series Matchup

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The battle for first place in the Pac-12 Conference and national polls was raging this weekend in a four-game series between softball powerhouses No. 3 Oregon Ducks and No. 2 UCLA Bruins in front of the largest crowds of the year at Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene. Yes, more than 600 lucky fans were in the stands to cheer on …

Oregon Ducks: Come for the Hoops, Stay for the Softball

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How often do you get to watch both the Oregon Ducks Men’s and Women’s basketball teams play in their respective Sweet Sixteen matchups in the NCAA Tournament on a Sunday afternoon? Win or lose, it’s a GREAT day to be a fan of Our Beloved Ducks. For the Men’s team, the No. 7 seed Ducks (21-6) are facing No. 6 …

Oregon’s Lombardi Pitching a Championship Strategy

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In the post-Mike White era of Oregon Ducks softball, the program under Oregon head coach Melyssa Lombardi continued its astonishing upward trend in the virus-shortened 2020 season. Lombardi appears laser-focused on turning around a program following the departure of White, one of the most successful softball coaches at Oregon. The Ducks struggled in Lombardi’s first season, finishing with a 22-30 …

Was Oregon Softball Too Much Fun?

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I don’t know. I wasn’t there. But I have to wonder. Let’s start with some facts. Under Mike White, Oregon Softball never won a national championship. His teams consistently got to the Women’s College World Series, where they consistently lost games they were favored to win. Last year, they beat Washington in its own kennel three games in a row, and …

The Death of a Program? Softball Meltdown at Oregon …

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The Mike White situation, as recently described in the R-G, immediately brought to mind a similar situation with the women’s basketball program, when Jody Runge was dumped after the 2000-2001 season. In both cases, there were communication breakdowns between the athletic directors (Bill Moos, Rob Mullens) and the coaches, with the fallout resulting in many unhappy U of O fans. Prior …

Mrs. Duck’s Lovely Week

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Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out In a football season that has certainly had its downs, the Oregon Ducks have emerged as one of the best — if not the best — teams in the conference. A national championship is out of the picture, but a return to the Rose Bowl, while highly unlikely, remains at least a mathematical possibility. That’s something nobody …

Oregon Softball: Ducks Dream Big with New Zealand Legend

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After clinching its third consecutive Pac-12 Championship over the weekend, the No. 1 Oregon Ducks softball team (46-6) under New Zealand legend, coach Mike White, will continue its “spring reign” as the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Ducks will face BYU on Thursday, after a Fresno State vs North Dakota State matchup, in a four-team double-elimination Eugene Regional at Howe Field. This year’s regional appearance marks …

The Dominance of Cheridan Hawkins: Softball’s Madison Bumgarner

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Oregon starting pitcher Cheridan Hawkins must have dominance inscribed in her DNA, as her performances have left opponents baffled. Since game one of the season, Hawkins knew she would be Oregon’s x-factor in returning to the Women’s College World Series. In the UCLA series, Hawkins dealt with adversity for the first time this season as she lost the first game of …

Football is King, But…

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In which sport has the University of Oregon won four consecutive national championships, and is favored to win its fifth this year? If you answered Acrobatics and Tumbling, you are correct! Competing under the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association, or NCATA, which is the national governing body for the sport on NCAA campuses, the Ducks have dominated the relatively …

The Ducks Swing Away the Offseason, Let Softball Season Commence.

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A No. 2 ranked team in the country. A reputation of historical dominance where grit, sweat and tears are the lineup. Do you know to which team I’m referring? I’d love to say the UO track and field team, but this feature is all about the ladies in green dominating the softball field and swatting away the competition. That’s right Ducks fans, …