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Steve Miner, a premiere California slap hitter

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

San Diego State Aztec assistant coach Steve Miner.

CATHEDRAL CITY, CALIF – While I was shooting the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, my camera found this former legend of California fastpitch – Steve Miner – hitting infield ground balls.

Miner once played for the Vista Bombers, a strong International Softball Congress (ISC) team that competed in the Western Softball Congress with the likes of the fabled Long Beach Nitehawks and Lakewood Jets.

Miner is now an assistant coach with the San Diego State Aztecs. He looks like he keeps himself in pretty good shape. I don’t doubt he could show today’s youngsters how to slap and lay down a bunt.

San Diego State went 2-3 in the tournament that featured 35 of the best NCAA Division I softball teams from across the country.

No. 9 Oregon Ducks Cap Perfect Palm Springs Trip with 3-1 Win over Aztecs

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Oregon Ducks Karissa Hovinga from Ralston, Neb. is one of three pitchers the Ducks are counting on to return to the NCAA College World Series, along with senior right-hander Jessica Moore from Sutter, Calif. and Cheridan Hawkins, a freshman left-hander from Anderson, Calif. Photo By BOB OTTO

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – The No. 9 University of Oregon softball team (13-3) raised its win streak to six games with its 3-1 win in Sunday’s Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic finale over San Diego State (8-7).

In her second complete game of the season, senior Jessica Moore (7-2) struck out 10, walked two, and gave up three hits.

Junior infielder Courtney Ceo lays down a bunt during the Ducks 4-2 victory over the UNLV Rebels in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. On the season, Ceo has a .408 batting average, scored 16 runs with 9 RBIs, and has 20 hits in 16 games. Photo By BOB OTTO

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Cats Fall in Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic Finale

Monday, February 25th, 2013

CATHEDRAL CITY, CALIF – Despite a solid effort in the circle, 14th-ranked Arizona softball fell in its final game of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, 3-0 to No. 11 LSU (14-1). The Wildcats finished the tournament 2-3 and fell to 10-5 on the season.

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No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners impressive in Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Oklahoma Sooners Keilani Ricketts won three games in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic to improve to 7-0. Photo By BOB OTTO

CATHEDRAL CITY, CALIF – The 35 team 10th Annual Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic wrapped up play on Sunday, and one fact remains intact: the Oklahoma Sooners are tough to beat.

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First up for Oregon softball in world series: Here come the Sun Devils

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Oregon arrives at the Women’s College World Series preparing to play another Pac-12 school in first game

The Register-Guard

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oregon softball team rolled into Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon and one of the first things they saw upon arriving at their hotel was a large banner with the 2012 Women’s College World Series logo splashed across the front.

“It gave me chills,” UO coach Mike White said. “Finally.”

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Big inning keeps Ducks on track

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Oregon 4, BYU 1: Ducks softball advances to Super Regional
By Nick Daschel / Special to The Oregonian

(Oregon advances to Super Regional and could host the best-of-three event on Friday and Saturday if Northwestern beats Texas in the Austin Regional.)

EUGENE – The big inning became Oregon’s friend during the NCAA Eugene softball regional.

For a third consecutive day, the Ducks rode a one-inning offensive explosion, this time scoring four runs in the fifth inning on the way to a 4-1 win over BYU to win the regional Saturday at Howe Field.

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