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Give those Ducks and Beavers a hand

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:42am
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In spite of being one of the last teams to get into the NCAA baseball tournament Monday morning, there might not be a hotter team in America than the University of Oregon based on its play from the past month, including a weekend series win over UCLA.

That's the NCAA talking, too.

Oregon beat UCLA in extra innings on both Saturday and Sunday, which didn't stop the Bruins from moving up in the national rankings. So, if Oregon can beat the top-ranked team in the nation, what's stoping them from winning a national title.

That's a topic Sportsland, Oregon co-hosts Cliff and Derek take on in the 14th Episode this week.

Oregon State, a team with a lengthy history of postseason success, is also among the tournament picks.

There's more action on the diamond from the state as the Ducks are headed to the College Softball World Series this week in Oklahoma City.

The NBA gets some time, as does a rough weekend of soccer for Portland. Derek provides some insight on attending the upcoming U.S. Open, and there's plenty of discussion about the growing popularity of ... roofball.

It's all recorded at Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.


Oregon powers way to top ranking

The Ducks are No. 1 heading into final month of the regular seaon
April 2, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Losing Saturday sparked something within the second-ranked Oregon softball team. It sparked a power surge.

A day after losing 10-2 at home to Washington, the Ducks hit eight home runs, including three by Geri Ann Glasco, during a 15-6 rout of the 19th-ranked Huskies at Howe Field.

Oregon scored 10 runs in the fourth inning, and the home run total set a school record by two. The win moved the Ducks to 30-4 on the season.

"Yesterday was unacceptable," sophomore shortstop Nikki Udria told media Sunday. "Today we showed some of our potential."

Monday, Oregon moved to No. 1 in the national coaches' poll, replacing LSU. Florida, which has beaten Oregon twice, remained third.

The Ducks lead the Pac-12 with an 8-1 record.

Up next is a three-game road series at UCLA that begins Friday. Tuesday Oregon plays a doubleheader against Portland State at the Hillsboro Softball Complex.

Oregon is looking to play its way back into the College Softball World Series for a second-straight year.


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