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UO roundup: Baseball, softball, A&T off to hot starts
Release Date: 02/17/2014
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With many spring sports getting their seasons underway, and the winter sports in the thick of their regular-season schedules, I figured I'd reinstitute these weekly roundups I did during several fall weekends.

The headline event for the UO athletic department this weekend was the men's basketball team's Civil War win Sunday at home. The Ducks hit seven straight three-pointers to open the game and spur an early 17-0 run, then held off OSU after the Beavers twice rallied to within two points in the second half.

In track and field, freshman Sasha Wallace set her second school record, in the triple jump, and tied her own record in the 60-meter hurdles. The Ducks also got impressive showings from both 4x400 teams and the distance runners, and seem poised to make serious noise once the postseason begins.

The women's basketball team lost to USC on Friday and looks to rebound this evening against UCLA in Matthew Knight Arena (4 p.m., Pac-12 Networks). The big news tonight will be sophomore sensation Jillian Alleyne, whose first rebound will give her both UO and Pac-12 single-season records.

The Oregon baseball team is showing an early flair for the dramatic. Nick Catalano scored from second on a wild pitch to win the Ducks' opener 3-2 at Hawaii on Friday, which featured Jake Reed's first career save. On Saturday, the Ducks used a three-run top of the seventh inning to win 10-5. And on Sunday, A.J. Balta came through with a clutch hit for the second game in a row as Oregon won 6-5, in freshman Matt Krook's first career start. The Ducks will go for the sweep today, which would give coach George Horton his 900th career win.

The softball team was at a tournament in Las Vegas, and won all five games to improve to 9-1 this season. Among the highlights were an 18-strikeout performance by Cheridan Hawkins, giving her the UO single-game record, along with a no-hitter Hawkins threw the next day.

In women's golf, Cassy Isagawa finish fourth individually and the Ducks took fifth as a team at the Peg Barnard Collegiate hosted by Stanford. The women's tennis team lost dual matches to Minnesota and Oklahoma State in Minneapolis.

And finally, though it was all the way back on Thursday, not to be overlooked was a successful opening night for the acrobatics and tumbling squad, which swept Baylor in all six events to win its 22nd straight match.

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