by Rob Moseley
When you click on GoDucks.com and the first three headlines you see all include the word "sweep," you know it was a pretty impressive weekend around Oregon athletics.
Such was the case late Sunday and early Monday, when our website was flush with good news from over the weekend. For a Duck fan, there was a lot to enjoy — and a lot to keep straight. Here's a quick recap just in case.
Start with the twin Pac-12 titles in track and field, won in Pullman, Wash., on Sunday. The Oregon women got three individual wins from sprinter/jumper Jenna Prandini, to win their sixth straight conference crown. Sam Crouser won his third Pac-12 title on the men's side, helping Oregon to its eighth straight win in the meet. Another three-time champ, Laura Roesler, was named Pac-12 scholar athlete of the year for women's track and field over the weekend as well.
If you're scoring at home, yes, that's six straight years in which the Ducks swept the men's and women's titles at the conference meet. Big things are still to come, too, with the NCAA Championships hosted at Hayward Field coming up June 11-14.
Back at home in Eugene, the Oregon softball team swept three games in the regional round at Howe Field by a combined score of 24-2 — 24-2! — and had a blast doing so, as usual, despite rain showers that delayed the regional clincher over Wisconsin on Sunday.
The Ducks remain at home for Super Regionals, hosting Minnesota on Saturday and Sunday.
Not to be overlooked was the baseball team's sweep — there's that word again — at defending national champion UCLA. In the second game of the series, pitcher Jeff Gold — who wasn't in Oregon's preseason plans to be a starter in conference play this season — tied the school record with his 23rd career victory.
And then there was the play of Casey Martin's men's golf team, which hosted NCAA Regionals at Eugene Country Club. Capitalizing on that home-field advantage — for which credit goes to UO administration for securing the rights and then putting on a first-class event — the Ducks posted the best score in the field in both the second and third rounds, finishing second to advance to the NCAA Championships later this week.
It was a lot to keep straight. But for diehard fans of Oregon athletics, a lot to enjoy, too.