Oregon Ducks Baseball(13-5) seems to have found their offense after a rough start to the series last week at PK Park with #2 Vanderbilt. The 16th ranked Ducks have now won their last three games, including a home sweep of the Texas State Cougars. Oregon Softball went 21-4 on the Road before their first homestand yesterday, a two game sweep of New Mexico.
Duck Baseball Finds Their Stroke, Sweeps Texas State at PK Park
Oregon Baseball Coach George Horton after the Vanderbilt series was happy the Ducks won the finale. I’m sure he’s breathing a little easier after taking both games of the short series against Texas State(5-12) on Tuesday and Wednesday. However, tougher times are ahead as the Pac 12 schedule begins this weekend at USC.
In Tuesday’s opener Ryon Healy went 2-4 with a solo homerun. The Oregon bullpen took over in the final three innings shutting down Texas State. Closer Jimmie Sherfy picked up his fifth save of the season.
In Wednesday night’s game at PK Park the bats were out for the Ducks. They had a total of 12 hits for the game in the 4-3 victory over the Cougars. Brett Thomas went 3-5 with an RBI and run scored. Senior JJ Altobelli went 2-3 with two RBI’s and a run scored as the Ducks broke through at the plate – the fourth most hits on the season for Oregon. The Ducks won 10-4.
The Ducks now head south to kickoff the Pac 12 schedule with a three game set at USC starting on Friday(6pm).
Oregon Softball Continues Winning, At Home After Long Roadtrip
The Oregon Softball team, ranked #9in the country returned home after a 21-4 roadtrip that saw them face competition from across the country, including several teams from last year’s College World Series. Oregon is happy to be home at Howe Field as they brought their bats to take care of New Mexico with a two game(doubleheader) sweep on Wednesday afternoon.
In the opener Senior Jessica Moore held New Mexico scoreless giving up one hit in a complete game shutout, her fourth of the season. At the plate Oregon hit a season high four doubles, two from catcher Alexa Peterson, and one from Freshman Shortstop Karine Shaver and Senior Outfielder Samantha Pappas. New Mexico Starting Pitcher Kaela DeBroeck(2-4) gave up 10 hits, 10 runs(half were earned) and walked three. The Ducks won 10-0.
For Oregon’s second game of the double header Freshman Pitcher Cheridan Hawkins was equally impressive striking out 13, fourth best on Oregon history:
"“It was wonderful to finally pitch at home. I did my best to try and focus in Janell’s zone, and not pay attention to anything else. The whole team is clicking in all phases, and we’re excited for the Pac-12 games around the corner.”"
At the plate Sophomore Centerfielder Janie Takeda went 2-3 with her team leading 14th multi-hit game of the year. She currently has a 12 game hitting streak.
This weekend, Oregon Softball begins Pac 12 play as the welcome Stanford to Howe Field. Saturday(2pm), Sunday(3pm) and Monday(12pm) before heading up I-5 to face Washington.
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