Will the last softball player to leave the Oregon program please shut off the lights at Jane Sanders Stadium?
The attrition under first-year coach Melyssa Lombardi continues with standout centerfielder Shannon Rhodes and freshman Alyssa Pinto becoming the latest players to seek a transfer.
Rhodes was an emerging Pac-12 star after hitting .347 with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs as a sophomore. Pinto was a top-100 recruit who redshirted last season.
Since Mike White left to take the Texas job, the Ducks have lost five players.
Mary Iakopo, who was the only catcher on the roster, left after earning second-team all-Pac-12 honors by hitting .306 in 62 games as a freshman with eight home runs an 37 RBIs.
Ace pitcher Miranda Elish and hometown star Lauren Burke both transferred to Texas to play for White.
Elish posted a 37-2 record with a 1.42 earned-run average over the past two seasons at Oregon. As a sophomore, the former No. 1 overall high school recruit threw a perfect game against Portland State and pitched two games in the Women’s College World Series.
Burke, a prep all-American at Marist High, batted .351 with three home runs and 17 RBIs in 36 games as a true freshman. She had pinch-hit home runs against Albany and Drake during the NCAA Regional at Jane Sanders Stadium.
The defending Pac-12 champion Ducks already had to replace a strong senior class comprised of four-year standouts Jenna Lilley, Gwen Svekis and Lauren Lindvall, as well as graduate transfer DJ Sanders.
There are only 14 players remaining on Oregon’s 2019 roster.
Lombardi still inherits Pac-12 pitcher of the year Megan Kleist and a solid No. 2 pitcher in Maggie Balint.
The Ducks went 8-0 and outscored the opposition 114-2 during the fall exhibition season. Lombardi’s first season begins at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., on Feb. 8.