Ducks Host LMU For Nonconference Series
Currently on an 11-game winning streak, No. 3 Oregon will take a break from conference play with a three-game series against Loyola Marymount, Friday and Saturday at Jane Sanders Stadium. The Ducks will play a doubleheader Friday at 1 and 3:30 p.m. before wrapping up the weekend with a single game Saturday. Oregon owns an 8-4 lead in the all-time series between the two schools and beat the Lions in Eugene last year in the first meeting in 14 years.
|Date/Time||Opponent||Live Stats||Live Stream|
|Friday, Mar. 26 – 1 p.m.||LMU||https://bit.ly/31g4ad7
|Friday, Mar. 26 – 3:30 p.m.||LMU||https://bit.ly/31ibyoy
|Saturday, Mar. 27 – 12 p.m.||LMU||https://bit.ly/3cjTpwF
DID YOU KNOW?
Haley Cruse is currently the only player in the country hitting over .400 with at least 13 stolen bases and a .700 slugging pct.
Oregon opened Pac-12 play by sweeping a four-game series from Utah. The Ducks took each of the three conference games while winning the second game of Saturday's doubleheader that is designated a nonconference game to get off to a 3-0 start in conference play. Oregon trailed in three of the four games, but came back to win all three while all four games were decided by three runs or less. The Ducks hit .377 in the series while the pitching staff recorded 35 strikeouts to just three walks.
ALL THE ANSWERS
Oregon's pitching staff hasn't allowed many runs this year, but when it has, the offense has provided the answer more often than not. The Ducks have scored a run in the half inning after their opponents scored 14 times in the 25 innings the pitching staff has surrendered a run. Oregon also has responded with at least one run in the last 10 innings in which it has given one up.
After last year's team got off to the second-best start in school history through 24 games, the Ducks have picked up where they left off, starting 20-1 through the first six weekends of the season. The Ducks currently have the second-best record through 21 games in program history with this year marking just the second time in program history that Oregon has won at least 20 of its first 21 games. The only Oregon team to get off to a better start to a season through 21 games is the 2017 team, which tied an NCAA record by winning its first 35 games of the year.
DUCKS IN THE POLLS
Following a 20-1 start to the 2021 season and after a four-game sweep of Utah, Oregon moved up once again in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll to No. 3 while holding steady in the ESPN/USA Today Softball Poll, also at No. 4. This is Oregon's highest ranking in the NFCA Poll since the end of the 2018 regular season when the Ducks were ranked No. 1 going into the NCAA Tournament. The Ducks have moved up in the NFCA Poll following each of the first six weeks of the season. Oregon has now been ranked in 11 straight regular-season weeks in both the NFCA and USA Softball polls.
RALLY WITH TWO
Oregon has done a lot of its damage offensively with two outs over the first 21 games of the year. The Ducks have scored 79 of their 150 runs on the season with two outs in innings. In 12 of the 21 games, Oregon has scored at least half of its runs with two gone in an inning, while scoring at least one two-out run in 20 of the 21 games.
Over the last 17 games, Oregon has hit 29 home runs after having just one through the first four games of the year. The Ducks have gone yard in 14 of the last 17 games, hitting multiple homers in 10 of those games highlighted by four each against Utah and Boise State. The home run hitting has been spread out pretty evenly with 10 different players homering while six players have multiple long-balls, led by Alyssa Brito's eight. Additionally, 10 of the home runs have either tied the game or given Oregon the lead while 10 of the home runs have come in the fifth inning or later and 10 have come to lead off an inning.
NO FREE PASSES
Oregon's pitching staff has been among the best in the country in strikeout-to-walk ratio over the first six weeks of the season. The Ducks currently lead the Pac-12 and rank fourth nationally with a 7.04 strikeout-to-walk ratio, recording 176 total strikeouts to just 25 walks this year. Additionally, Oregon has allowed the fourth-fewest walks per game in the country this year while all five pitchers are allowing fewer than 1.6 walks per seven innings.