The top overall seed in the NCAA softball tournament, Oregon cruised through the regional round without allowing a run. But when the Super Regional began Thursday against No. 16 Kentucky, the Ducks quickly found themselves in a hole by losing the first game of the best-of-three series.
A 6-1 victory on Friday set up the decisive Game 3 on Saturday in Eugene, and Oregon didn’t give the Wildcats any hope of pulling off the upset.
A 7-run second inning set the stage for a mercy-rule triumph, with Oregon (52-8) winning 11-1 in five innings to take the series 2-1 and advance to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
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The big blow was a grand slam by DJ Sanders, her 16th home run of the season, which came after Shannon Rhodes led off the second inning with a solo shot.
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Miranda Elish allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 7 for the victory for Oregon, which will play No. 8 Arizona State on Thursday in the first round of the double-elimination WCWS in Oklahoma City. ASU advanced by sweeping South Carolina, winning 5-2 on Saturday in the deciding game.
All told the Pac-12 is sending four teams to Oklahoma City: ASU, Oregon, UCLA and Washington.