EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 10 ranked Oregon softball team hits the road again this weekend as the Ducks will play in the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Ducks (4-1) will meet Toledo and host UNLV on Friday, UT Chattanooga and Ohio State on Saturday and close out the tournament with Cal State Northridge on Sunday.
Live stats will be available for all five games via the Oregon softball schedule page.
* Full set of PDF game notes available at the link below the photo.
EASTON DESERT CLASSIC
The Ducks will meet Toledo, UNLV, UT Chattanooga, Ohio State and Cal State Northridge at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas. Last year, at the same tournament, the Ducks went 4-1, with wins over Long Beach State, Utah Valley, Louisiana-Monroe and Cal State Fullerton. The Ducks’ lone loss last year was to No. 20 ranked Hawai’i, 6-5. No ranked teams await the Ducks this year.
TOLEDO ROCKETS (0-0)
Last Weekend: Did not play last weekend
All-Times Series Record: Ducks lead, 5-2
Last Meeting: Oregon won, 4-3 (March 27, 1996)
Notable: Toledo will open its 2014 season against the Ducks, as the Rockets did not play in a tournament last weekend.
UNLV REBELS (1-4)
Last Weekend: The Rebels went 1-4 at their Sportco Kick Off Classic (Las Vegas, Nev.)
All-Times Series Record: Ducks lead, 13-11
Last Meeting: No. 9 ranked Oregon won, 4-2 (Feb. 24, 2013)
Notable: UNLV defeated UC Davis last weekend, 4-3, but fell to Arkansas, Washington, Baylor and San Deigo. Tayler Van Acker is hitting a team-best .467.
UT CHATTANOOGA MOCS (0-4)
Last Weekend: The Mocs went 0-4 at the UCF Knights Invitational (Orlando, Fla.)
All-Times Series Record: First Meeting
Last Meeting: N/A
Notable: UT Chattanooga dropped games to Fordham, South Dakota, LIU Booklyn and Kansas last weekend. Pitcher Taylor Deason has a 0.64 ERA with 14 Ks in 14.0 IPs.
OHIO STATE BUCKEYES (1-4)
Last Weekend: The Buckeyes went 1-4 at the FAU Kick Off Classic (Boca Raton, Fla.)
All-Times Series Record: Ducks trail, 3-7
Last Meeting: No. 20 ranked Ohio State won, 7-0 (March 7, 2008)
Notable: Ohio State defeated Northern Illinois, 6-4, but lost to Tulsa, St. John’s, Louisville and FAU last weekend. Caitlin Conrad is hitting .500 with two home runs.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE MATADORS (3-2)
Last Weekend: The Matadors went 3-2 at the Kajikawa Classic (Tempe, Ariz.)
All-Times Series Record: Ducks lead, 11-8
Last Meeting: Oregon won, 3-2, in 8 innings (Feb. 14, 2010)
Notable: CSUN played in the Kajikawa Classic last weekend, the same tourney as the Ducks. The Matadors posted wins over Oregon State, Seattle U and Colorado State.
The Ducks went 4-1 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., to open the 2014 season. The Ducks struggled early, falling to Cal Poly, 6-4, in the season opener, before defeating Fresno State, 10-9, in eight innings. Oregon rebounded quickly, run ruling Appalachian State, 9-1, in six innings to start the second day of the tournament before posting a 5-0 shutout of N.C. State. To wrap up the Kajikawa Classic, the Ducks run ruled Boise State, 9-0, in five innings.
OREGON AT NO. 10 IN BOTH NATIONAL POLLS
The Ducks started the season ranked No. 8 in both the NFCA and the USA Softball top-25 polls, but after a 4-1 start last weekend, Oregon now checks in at No. 10 in both polls. Under head coach Mike White, the Ducks have been ranked for 61 straight weeks in the USA Softball poll and 54 weeks in a row in the NFCA poll.
CEO TIES SCHOOL HITS RECORD
Third baseman Courtney Ceo tied the Oregon single-game record when she smacked five hits against N.C. State on Feb. 8 at the Kajikawa Classic. Ceo’s 5-for-5 performance tied Lynsey Haji, who was in sole possession of the record when she tallied five hits against Georgia on Feb. 18, 2003.
CEO RED HOT ENTERING WEEKEND
In addition to her 5-for-5 game against N.C. State, Courtney Ceo ended the Kajikawa Classic on fire. After starting the tournament 1-for-8 over the first two games, Ceo went 2-for-3 with two runs against Appalachian State, 5-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs against N.C. State and ended the tourney 3-for-3 with two runs against Boise State. Ceo enters this weekend’s Easton Desert Classic on an 8-for-8 tear with 11 hits in her last 12 plate appearances.
CEO PUTS THE PRESSURE ON
While she definitely shined at the plate last weekend, Courtney Ceo made opposing pitchers pay even more with six stolen bases on six attempts. In the tournament finale against Boise State. Ceo went 3-for-3 with three singles against the Broncos, but turned each single into a double with three stolen bases.
PETERSON MOVES AROUND THE DIAMOND
Senior All-American Alexa Peterseon bounced around the diamond last weekend, showing her versatility. She started the tournament at catcher against Cal Poly before playing both right field and catcher against Fresno State. She started again at catcher against Appalachian State before starting in right against N.C. State. She finished the tournament in right field against Boise State.
UDRIA MAKES SOLID DEBUT
Freshman shortstop Nikki Udria started all five games last weekend at the Kajikawa Classic and played quite well in her first collegiate games. Udria posted a team-high .625 on-base percentage by smacking four hits and drawing five walks over five games. She earned three walks against Appalachian State then ended the game with a two-run single in the sixth that run ruled the Mountaineers.
PITCHING SETTLES IN
After all three pitchers saw time in a 6-4 loss to Cal Poly and a 10-9 extra innings win over Fresno State, Oregon’s arms settled in nicely in the final three games of the Kajikawa Classic. Karissa Hovinga went the distance in the Ducks’ 9-1 six inning win over Appalachian State before Cheridan Hawkins tossed a one-hit, 10 strikeout shutout against N.C. State. The Wolf Pack were picked to finish second in the ACC preseason poll. In the final game of the tournament, Hawkins and Hovinga combined to throw a two-hit shutout in a 9-0 win over Boise State.