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Oregon Softball Headed to Tulsa/OSU Invitational

February 26, 2020
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Via Oregon Communications

THIS WEEK

One of only three undefeated teams remaining in the nation, Oregon will put its perfect record on the line when it heads to the Tulsa/OSU Invitational Friday through Sunday. The Ducks will play five games in three days on their final nonconference road trip, highlighted by a pair of Power 5 matchups and a game at No. 15 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

 

HOW TO FOLLOW
Friday, Feb. 28 vs. Drake – 10 a.m.; Live Stats
Friday, Feb. 28 at Tulsa – 12:30 p.m.; Watch | Live Stats
Saturday, Feb. 29 vs. Louisville – 10 a.m.; Live Stats
Saturday, Feb. 29 at Oklahoma State - 3 p.m.; Watch ($ - ESPN+) | Live Stats
Sunday, March 1 vs. Illinois-Chicago - 8:30 a.m.; Live Stats

 

STARTING STRONG

Oregon’s 14-0 start to the season is tied for the second best in school history. The Ducks’ 14-game winning streak to begin the year is tied with the 2015 team’s start to the season and trails only the NCAA-record tying 35-0 start by the 2017 squad.

 

STILL PERFECT

Oregon completed another perfect weekend at a nonconference tournament, going 5-0 against a strong schedule at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. The Ducks outscored their five opponents 39-6 and out-hit them 54-23. Oregon had nine different players with at least eight at-bats hit above .300 for the weekend while nine different players drove in multiple runs. On the weekend, 20 of Oregon’s 39 hits went for extra bases for a .571 slugging percentage. Haley Cruse led the offensive effort, hitting .667 (12-for-18) with six RBIs, 10 runs scored, two doubles and two triples, earning Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. The Ducks’ pitching staff combined for a 1.31 ERA while Brooke Yanez went 3-0 with a save and Jordan Dail got the other two victories.

EXCELLING ACROSS THE BOARD

Heading into the fourth weekend of the season, Oregon is the only team to rank in the top 15 in the country in batting average, ERA and fielding percentage. The Ducks are also the only team in a loaded Pac-12 Conference that ranks in the top three of the league in those categories, leading the conference with a .982 fielding percentage, second with a 1.34 ERA and third with a .349 batting average. Additionally, Oregon is one of only two teams in the nation (No. 1 UCLA) to rank in the top 10 nationally in runs allowed per game (3rd) and runs scored per game (7th).

 

GOING TO WORK EARLY

Through 14 games, Oregon has made a habit of getting off to fast starts, outscoring opponents 51-0 over the first two innings of games. The Ducks have outscored opponents 19-0 in the first inning and 32-0 in the second inning and have led after two innings in 13 of the first 14 games. Additionally, Oregon holds a 19-0 scoring advantage in the fourth inning while the pitching staff has only given up runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings this year.

 

WEEKLY HONORS ROLL IN

Following each of the first three weeks of the season, Oregon has had a player earn either a national or conference weekly honor. Junior pitcher Brooke Yanez was named the NFCA National Pitcher of the Week after going 3-0 with 25 strikeouts, highlighted by a 17-strikeout game, in the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge on opening weekend. Sophomore third baseman Rachel Cid then secured Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career coming off of a weekend at the Houston Classic in which she paced the Ducks’ offense by hitting .467 with two home runs and eight RBIs. Haley Cruse took home Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career after leading all players in the elite 29-team field at the Mary Nutter Classic with a .667 batting average, .684 on-base percentage and 10 runs scored.

 

GOING STREAKING

Oregon’s current 14-game winning streak to begin the season is its longest since taking 16 in a row back in 2018. It is also the first time since that instance in 2018 that the Ducks have won double-digit games in a row and the first time since the historic start to the 2017 season that they have won this many consecutive nonconference games. During this streak to begin the season, Oregon pitching has allowed fewer than five runs in every game, while the offense has put up at least three runs in 13 of the 14 and five-plus runs in 10 games. The Ducks have also scored first in each contest and have led after five innings in all 14 games this year.

 

MAKING RUNS COME AT A PREMIUM

Through 14 games, Oregon pitching has given up just 1.21 runs per game and 17 runs total, posting a miniscule 1.34 ERA in 89.0 innings pitched. The Ducks have posted six shutouts and lead the conference with only 51 hits allowed while holding opponents to a .163 batting average. Oregon’s six shutouts through 14 games are the most since 2015 over that stretch to start a season. Additionally, three pitchers are in the top 10 in the conference in ERA with Samaria Diaz leading the league, Brooke Yanez in eighth and Jordan Dail in 10th.

 

.400 CLUB

Three weekends into the season, Oregon is the only team in the conference and one of only three Power 5 schools to have four regular starters hitting over .400 on the season. Haley Cruse leads the team and is third in the conference, hitting .478, while Terra McGowan is 10th in the league and second on the team, batting .417. Mya Felder is hitting .414 while sophomore third baseman Rachel Cid has posted a .409 average over the first 14 games.

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