Baseball and Softball Both Sit Ranked in the Top 10 in Preseason Polls as Games Begin
Ranked No. 7 in the nation, the baseball team begins its home season on February 25, more than one month before the softball team.
By UO student Chelsea Fullmer
Dust off your baseball caps, mitts and sunglasses: PK Park and Howe Field are getting ready to launch the seasons of the nationally-ranked University of Oregon baseball and softball teams this coming spring. Baseball currently sits at the No. 7 spot in The USA Today Baseball Top 25 Coaches Poll and No. 2 in the Pac-12 Preseason Baseball Coaches’ Poll before the team’s opening on February 14 in Hawaii. Softball also cracked the Top 10 rankings, at No. 10 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, and went 4-1 in the first tournament of the season in Arizona.
Both teams are coming off strong seasons. Softball finished its season in the NCAA Super Regional against Nebraska, losing a three game series 1-2 against the No. 14 Cornhuskers. Baseball lost in the NCAA Regional against No. 20 Rice, and although the Ducks didn’t advance to the Super Regional, they finished the season with a school record 48 wins.
The softball team begins 2014 ranked No. 8 nationally,
and hopes to improve on last year’s Super Regional
trip. (Credit: Eric Evans)
Softball kicked off its season away from Eugene’s snow and ice in sunny Tempe, Arizona, at the Kajikawa Classic. After losing their first game against Cal Poly, 6-4, the team rallied for four straight wins against Fresno State (10-9), Appalachian State (9-1), North Carolina State (5-0), and Boise State (9-0). The ladies travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, over Valentine’s Day weekend for another five game tournament, the Easton Desert Classic.
Baseball travels to Honolulu, Hawaii, for a four-game series against the University of Hawaii starting on February 14. From there, the team travels to Los Angeles before a 15-game stretch at home starting on February 25. Unlike baseball, softball doesn’t make its Eugene debut until March 28, travelling first to California, Florida, Hawaii and Utah. The team opens at home against the Washington Huskies.
With busy schedules ahead, there are plenty of opportunities to catch these ranked teams around the country. For full schedules, visit GoDucks.com.