The junior posted a 37-2 record with a 1.42 ERA with the Ducks
Miranda Elish, one of the nation’s most dominant pitchers, announced Thursday that she is transferring out of the Oregon softball program.
Lauren Burke, the hometown hero who became a surprise star in the postseason for the Ducks, also announced her departure a short time after Elish.
Both players are no longer listed on Oregon's roster.
During last year’s Pac-12 championship season, Elish emerged as a co-ace alongside Megan Kleist. The junior from Crowne Point, Ind., posted a 37-2 record with a 1.42 earned-run average over the past two seasons with the Ducks.
Elish has participated in fall exhibition games for new coach Melyssa Lombardi, who replaced Mike White after the popular coach left to take the Texas job.
“I have found in recent months that Oregon isn’t the perfect fit for me anymore,” Elish posted on her Twitter account. “With that, I have decided to transfer out of Oregon and find my new perfect fit.
“This has been the absolute hardest decision of my life but I need to do what is best for myself.”
Last season Elish, a first team all-Pac-12 selection, threw a perfect game against Portland State and started two games during the Women’s College World Series. The former No. 1 overall high school recruit also hit .284 with 19 RBIs and two home runs in 74 career at-bats with the Ducks.
Lombardi will still inherit Kleist, the Pac-12 pitcher of the year, who had a 21-7 record and 1.32 ERA as a junior. Maggie Balint (7-1, 2.11), who struggled with a back injury last season after a strong freshman campaign, will have an opportunity to help replace Elish in 2019.
“I cherish all the memories that have been made at Jane Sanders Stadium and I will miss playing alongside the greatest athletes in the country,” Elish continued. “I wish nothing but the best for Oregon Softball. Once a Duck, Always a Duck.”
Burke, a prep All-American at Marist, batted .351 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 36 games as a true freshman, including 15 starts. She had pinch-hit homers against Albany and Drake during the NCAA Regional and went 7-for-16 with nine RBIs in the postseason.
"Playing in front of my hometown crowd, my family, and my friends was nothing short of a dream come true," Burke posted on Twitter. "As sad as I am to not be able to have my family at every single one of my games and to say goodbye to my home for the past 19 years, I am deciding to part ways with Eugene and put myself in the best position possible to achieve all of the goals I've had for myself since I started playing."
Both Elish and Burke will have the opportunity to transfer to any school without needing approval from Oregon. On Monday, a new NCAA rule went into affect that eliminated the need for a student-athlete to get permission from their current school to contact another school.
The Ducks, who have outscored the opposition 63-1 during four fall wins, host Portland State and Southern Oregon for exhibition games on Friday at Jane Sanders Stadium beginning at 6:15 p.m.