Oregon Softball: Ducks Offense Held In Check In Home Opener vs Oklahoma State

Oregon Softball at Jane Sanders Stadium.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports
Oregon Softball at Jane Sanders Stadium.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports /

The Oregon Ducks Softball team struggled Offensively in their home opener on Friday night in a loss against Oklahoma State.

This is clearly not the Oregon Softball team we are used to from past years, but when coaches and players depart, you do the best with what you have. Head Coach Melyssa Lombardi had managed to pull it together well so far in her first season in Eugene. Oregon hosted Oklahoma State on Friday night in their home opener and there were some big flashes for a now young Oregon Program.

Oregon lost the opener of the three-game series 3-0. Oregon Starter Jordan Dail, who started the season 9-0, lost her fourth game of the year. She pitched a complete game giving up just four hits and three runs, but the Oregon Offense could not get going picking up just one hit for the game.

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There is a positive for this Oregon team. Defensively they were perfect. Cherish Burks had a Sportscenter-Worthy catch in the second inning, but Dail threw just 9 fly ball outs in the game.

Oklahoma State started hot from the start batting over .800 from the leadoff spot and they never looked back. While Oklahoma State had just four hits, they made them count. The Ducks saw 22 opportunities to put the ball in play and Shaye Bowden was the only player to get the ball down at Jane Sanders Stadium.

While the Oregon Ducks have the talent and experience to win this season, we can hope playing at home will help build their confidence for what lies ahead. Dail has shown she can be the ace of this staff, but the Oregon Offense needs to show it too can find a way to get going to get their Starting Pitcher some support.

Oregon returns to Jane Sanders Stadium on Saturday for a doubleheader vs Oklahoma State. First pitch is set for Noon. Game 2 is set to begin at 2 pm Pacific Time.