Eight women out.
The Oregon softball team’s mass exodus continued with Alexis Mack officially departing the program Wednesday.
In a news release sent to The Register-Guard, the senior outfielder announced she is opting out of participating in the looming 2019 season and plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal for consideration for the 2020 season.
Mack is the eighth player to leave the program since former coach Mike White’s departure for Texas last summer and the second since practices began last week.
Projected ace Maggie Balint made her decision to leave the Ducks public Tuesday.
First-year coach Melyssa Lombardi was hoping Mack, an all-Pac-12 second-team selection in each of the past two seasons, would continue to set the tone for Oregon’s offense at the top of the lineup. She hit .369 (eighth in the Pac-12) last season and .424 (led the Pac-12) in 2017.
Mack started all 62 games for the Ducks during last year’s Pac-12 championship campaign, leading the team in stolen bases (28) and recording outs on all 46 of her defensive chances.
Four of Mack’s former teammates — Miranda Elish, Lauren Burke, Shannon Rhodes and Mary Iakopo — have transferred to Texas to play for White.
Pac-12 pitcher of the year Megan Kleist, a co-ace with Elish in 2018, is still taking classes at Oregon with plans to play at Louisiana at Lafayette in 2020. Freshman Alyssa Pinto is completing her transfer to Mississippi.
Lombardi now has only 15 players left on the roster, including seven freshmen and three sophomores.
Outfielder Haley Cruse and first baseman Mia Camuso are the only returning starters from the No. 1-seeded Ducks’ lineup at the Women’s College World Series last June.
Oregon opens the season Feb. 8 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.