EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Athletics has announced single-game tickets for spring sports will go on sale on Friday, Feb. 2, giving fans the ability to secure their spots at 60 ticketed events in the upcoming term. To celebrate the launch, Oregon will offer a limited-time deal for fans to purchase half-price general admission tickets to the first home game or series for each sport. The deal will run from Feb. 2-5.
With both the baseball and softball programs advancing to last year’s NCAA Super Regionals, a podium finish by the Women of Oregon at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, a national championship appearance from acrobatics and tumbling, and a UO alumna taking the reins of the lacrosse program, there are an abundance of things for Duck fans to be excited for as the spring seasons approach.
After a run to the NCAA Super Regionals that included a Pac-12 Tournament title, Oregon baseball is looking to capitalize on that momentum as it begins its highly anticipated 2024 season. A pair of sophomore standouts in Grayson Grinsell and Turner Spoljaric are part of a deep pitching staff, while several key bats return including first baseman Jacob Walsh and catcher Bennett Thompson. The first chance to see the Ducks at PK Park will be Feb. 23-25 as Oregon hosts Lafayette for a four-game series, while Pac-12 play will bring the likes of Arizona, California, USC, Utah and Washington State into town.
The buzz around the Oregon Softball program is palpable after a stellar 2023 season that saw the Ducks reach the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time since 2018. Head coach Melyssa Lombardi has reloaded her squad by signing the 16th-best recruiting class in the nation and adding an all-ACC caliber catcher to join seven returning starters in the field and each of its top three pitchers from a season ago. Oregon is slated to play 18 games at home, beginning with the inaugural Jane Sanders Classic (Feb. 29-March 2) which will include games against future Big Ten foe Maryland and 2023 NCAA runner-up Florida State. The Ducks will also host California, Arizona State, Washington and Oregon State in the final season of Pac-12 play.
Track & Field
The Ducks will host three meets at Hayward Field this spring, including the 2024 NCAA Outdoor Championships (June 5-8). The Women of Oregon are the reigning Pac-12 champions and captured a fourth-place finish at last year’s national meet in Austin. Collectively, the UO men and women return 20 All-Americans and seven conference champions from a season ago. This year’s roster also features a quartet of USATF U20 champions from last July at Hayward Field: Benjamin Balazs (steeplechase), Aiden Carter (decathlon), Rheinhardt Harrison (1,500 meters) and Aaliyah McCormick (100-meter hurdles). The Ducks’ outdoor season begins March 22-23 with the UO Preview. The team will also host the Oregon Twilight (May 3) in its regular-season finale, a meet that will double as Senior Day.
Acrobatics & Tumbling
Head coach Taylor Susnara has the Ducks on the rise after leading her alma mater to its first appearance in the NCATA National Final since 2019 in her second year in charge. The Ducks seek to improve upon a 6-3 record in 2023, which included five regular-season victories over ranked opponents. Oregon will compete at Matthew Knight Arena three times this season, beginning with the home opener against Hawai’i Pacific on Feb. 10 and closing with a marquee matchup against defending national champion Baylor in the home finale on April 5.
Oregon Lacrosse enters a new era as UO alumna Jessica Drummond takes the reigns of the program she competed for from 2009-12. Drummond led the program to its only conference championship as a student-athlete in 2012, and inherits a roster with 24 returners from last season. Among those back for the Ducks is elite midfielder Morgan McCarthy, last season’s leading goal scorer who is a two-time All-Pac-12 second-team selection and one of just 10 players in UO history with 50 career goals and 100 draw controls. Oregon has nine of its 14 matches slated to be played at home this season, with the season opener against Youngstown State on Feb. 9 at Papé Field.