Eugene, Ore. -- With two series remaining on Oregon softball's schedule, every single second of each game is important with a spot in the postseason hanging in the balance.
The Ducks currently have an RPI ranking of 42, with a record of (21-25, 4-14). But it's series like their last one against Oregon State which makes those chances seem slimmer and slimmer. Oregon was swept by the Beavers for the first time since 2006.
"All of them would tell you that we're not happy with going ofer this weekend, but like I said they all understand what's at stake," said head coach, Melyssa Lombardi.
Oregon will kick-off a three game series against Utah beginning Thursday, May 9th. The team says they know going forward they can't afford to drop any games.
"I mean we're definitely thinking about postseason, but we want to take it one game at a time," said infielder, April Utecht. "Each game is very valuable at this point. So definitely just thinking one game at a time with postseason in the future."
Utecht along with the other senior leader, Cherish Burks have not missed the postseason since stepping on campus at Oregon, but despite the youth on their roster they believe the team is prepared to deal with the pressure.
Lombardi said, "There's a sense of urgency, there's a sense of really being prepare for what we want to do going to Utah. And I like that. There's no panic, they know what they need to do, they know they're capable of doing it. It's just getting up there being clean, being timely, and as a group doing it all together."
First pitch for Thursday's game is set for 5 p.m.