Where everything went right in the regionals for the Oregon Ducks softball team, it was quite the opposite in the Stillwater Super Regional.
The Ducks’ season ended at the hands of Oklahoma State with a 9-0 loss in Game 2. The Cowgirls advance to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City with Oregon finishing its year with a 38-17 overall record.
In the two games of the Super Regional, the Ducks scored a total of one run. Not only that, but the Cowgirls retired 36 straight batters over the course of the two contests. An Allie Bunker single to center broke up the perfect game
Oregon’s last base runner came in Game 1 during the second inning when Alyssa Daniell singled home KK Humphreys for the Ducks’ lone run.
OSU pitcher Kelly Maxwell needed an even 100 pitches for the complete game shutout.
It’s a stark contrast from the Regionals where the Duck offense exploded for 29 runs in the three games, including wins of 10-4 and 14-4 over host Arkansas.
This was the first time Oregon had advanced to this round of the NCAA tournament in five seasons and the first under head coach Melyssa Lombardi. The goal in Year 6 has to be to return to Oklahoma City.