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NCAA Softball: No. 13 Oregon Opens Pac-10 with Cal and Stanford

Only two teams, third-ranked Oklahoma (36-2) and ninth-ranked Arizona State (34-7) have as many victories as the Ducks (34-3) this season.

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Freshman Jenn Salling leads the Ducks with a .500 batting average and 51 RBIs. Photo: goducks.com

EUGENE - Oregon’s 34-3 record, No. 13 ranking and best start in program history have gained the team notoriety in recent weeks, all building up to this weekend’s Pac-10 opener.

Easily the top softball conference in the nation, Oregon will get to test its self against some very tough competition with Cal and Stanford visiting Eugene.

The Ducks have the advantage of playing their first three conference series at the friendly confines of Howe Field, with Cal up first on the schedule.

The Bears and Oregon will play a 3:00 PM, single game on Friday.

Oregon will finish out the weekend with 11tth-ranked Stanford. The Cardinal (24-6) will visit Eugene on Sat., and Sun., with both start times set for 1:00 PM.

Only two teams, third-ranked Oklahoma (36-2) and ninth-ranked Arizona State (34-7) have as many victories as the Ducks (34-3) this season.

Oregon bolstered its win column last weekend, sweeping Idaho State and Utah Valley State in two days of doubleheaders.

AIR TIME

Duck fans can follow all three Pac-10 games this week on the internet, with live stats provided by www.GoDucks.com.

In the Pac-10 opener against Cal on Friday, and on Sunday in the weekend’s closer against Stanford, a live video broadcast will be provided by the O-Zone available on www.GoDucks.com.

An online broadcast of Saturday’s game will be provided by KWVA with Erick Olson and John Strong making the call.

RECENTLY

The Ducks maintained their 13-game winning streak and undefeated record of 10-0 at home last week, sweeping doubleheaders with Idaho State and Utah Valley State.

Oregon outscored its opponents 37-2, recorded two shutouts and ended each game early by way of the eight-run mercy rule.

In the four victories, five starters hit above. 500, while Melissa Rice was an undefeated 3-0 in the circle.

Alicia Cook also pitched the second perfect game of her career, and the second in program history, not allowing a base runner during Saturday’s 10-0 victory over Idaho State.

On the other hand, the Ducks had 15 extra-base hits (eight doubles and seven home runs) and 14 stolen bases.

WEEKEND PROMOTIONS

During this upcoming weekend the Ducks will be offering reduced ticket prices courtesy of Bi-Mart.

Saturday’s game against Stanford will be a Bi-Mart Family Day, show your Bi-Mart card at the Howe Field ticket window and two adults and unlimited kids will be admitted for $10.


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