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Eugene native Ariel Carlson powers Oregon softball to Super Regionals


Ariel Carlson #3 smiles after hitting a homerun for the Ducks. The Ducks hopped out to an early 1-0 lead. The Oregon Ducks lost to the Utah Utes 1-3. Photo by Paul Robinson
Ariel Carlson #3 smiles after hitting a homerun for the Ducks. The Ducks hopped out to an early 1-0 lead. The Oregon Ducks lost to the Utah Utes 1-3. Photo by Paul Robinson
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The University of Oregon softball team returned to Fayetteville, Ark. over the weekend for their NCAA regional and did what they couldn't do last season: advancing to the Super Regionals for the first time since 2018.

They will face Oklahoma State beginning Thursday.

The Ducks were able to finish off the Arkansas Razorbacks in just five innings Sunday thanks in large part to senior outfielder Ariel Carlson.

The Eugene native had two home runs in the win, including a walk-off grand slam.

Carlson is just the sixth player in school history to homer twice in a postseason game, and it was a storybook weekend for the former Marist star.

"It's a surreal feeling,” Carlson said after the game. “I grew up watching Oregon softball; I grew up watching coach [Nikki] Ragin play. All of my favorite players, and it was a dream to be able to come here. And then, I just wanted to be able to do it for the girls after me, and then for my girls that I'm playing around every single day. It's one of the best feelings I've ever had."

Game one of the Super Regional between the Ducks and Cowgirls is Thursday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. Game two is Friday at 3 p.m.

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