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Civil War Softball: 2017 Edition

The Beavers paddle down to Eugene Friday night for the 182nd game (and more) of the Softball Civil War

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While we may have missed out on a Baseball Civil War tune up earlier this week, there’s another Beavers vs. Ducks match-up this weekend. The Beavers head to Eugene as winners of their last two Pac-12 series. Meanwhile the Ducks have lost their last three series to Pac-12 opponents, losing six out of the last nine games. Could the Beavs steal another series from a highly ranked club?

How to Watch:

All three games will be aired on the Pac-12 Network.

How to Listen:

No OSU broadcast, but you can listen to the U of O broadcast here.

The Beavers (24-19, 6-9 Pac-12):

Winning their last two conference series and five out of their last seven games, the Beavers are finding a groove. Since starting 0-5 in conference play, they have gone 6-5 since. Two weeks ago they beat UCLA 2-1 in their weekend series for the first time ever, and that also marked the first time OSU ever run-ruled the Bruins. They then followed that up with mid-week win over Portland stated and a 2-1 series win over Stanford.

The Ducks (38-6, 11-6 Pac-12):

Though the Ducks are in the midst of a slump right now, they are still ranked #7 in the RPI. The last three teams they have faced are all in the top ten for RPI (UCLA #6, Washington #3, Arizona #2) and they did not get swept in any of those series. As you can see by their record, the Ducks are a heck of a team, with their only losses coming against some of the country’s best.

The Schedule:

Game 1 – Friday April 28th at 6:00 PM

Game 2 – Saturday April 29th at 1:00 PM

Game 3 – Sunday April 30th at 3:00 PM

Conclusion:

Other than bragging rights, there is something at stake for each team. Sitting at #47 in the RPI, the Beavs could use a win to boost their RPI and sneak into the postseason for the second straight year. Meanwhile the Ducks are in a race to earn one of the coveted national seeds and have another potential top ten match-up against Florida State the next weekend (trap game, anyone?). While they may have the momentum right now, the Beavers have not favored well in the Civil War series as of late, losing 12 straight games. For the Beavers to win, they will have to keep the energy high and surprise a Duck team that has FSU looming ahead of them.