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
Oregon players hit eight home runs Sunday.
Courtesy UO Media

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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