EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 1 ranked Oregon softball team claimed its second straight Pac-12 title on Thursday with a win at Arizona and a loss by UCLA at Arizona State.
Oregon (48-6-1, 19-2-1 Pac-12) entered the final three-game series of the regular season 1.5 games up on UCLA in the Pac-12 standings. The Ducks’ 7-3 win in Tucson in the series opener, combined with UCLA’s 2-0 loss to Arizona State in Tempe clinched the Pac-12 championship for Oregon.
It’s the Ducks’ second straight conference championship and second ever in program history.
“We’re incredibly excited to win back-to-back Pac-12 titles,” said head coach Mike White. “This team has showed its grit and its depth all season long. We owe so much to our fans and all the people that work in the athletic department to support this team. We still have a lot to accomplish this year and look forward to the challenge.”
“Getting it done this year for the second straight time is an amazing feeling, especially as a senior now,” said third baseman Courtney Ceo.
“It is incredibly special to win another title,” said catcher/right fielder Alexa Peterson. “I’m so thankful to be a part of this program and be a part history.”
“Me and Courtney and Alexa talked about getting to this level as freshmen a long time ago,” first baseman Kailee Cuico said. “Some people kind of doubted us this season with all the talent we lost from last year but we had an amazing team effort to stay on top.”
“It’s my dad’s birthday today,” Cuico added. “All he asked for from me was a win but he got a little bit more than that!”
With two games left to play, Oregon has 19 conference wins, tying the program record set last season. The Ducks are six wins shy of the overall wins record of 54.
Oregon went 50-11 last year and 19-5 in the Pac-12 to claim the first conference title in program history.