Lombardi Signs Loaded Five-Player Class


EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon softball head coach Melyssa Lombardi has secured an elite recruiting class for the second straight year, signing five top-level student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to join the Ducks in the fall of 2020.

The Ducks will add four infielders and one pitcher to their 2020-21 roster, with three of the five players appearing in the top 35 of FloSoftball’s hot 100 rankings and all five hailing from the state of California. This marks the second straight year that Lombardi has signed a trio of top-35 recruits.

As a group, the Ducks’ 2020 class is ranked No. 9 in the nation by FloSoftball.

Infielder | Cloverdale, Calif. | Cloverdale HS | No. 31 in FloSoftball Rankings
Bio: A true, pure shortstop and a consistent performer at the plate, Bird owns a .720 career batting average with 35 home runs, 31 doubles and 138 RBIs through her junior season, according to MaxPreps.com. Bird has struck out just once in 284 plate appearances, and she has shined in the circle as well with a 1.36 ERA and 571 strikeouts across 413.0 innings pitched. Bird is the second-highest ranked signee for the Ducks at No. 31 by FloSoftball. Over the summer, she teamed up with another future Duck to lead Universal Fastpitch to seventh place at the PGF 18U Nationals hitting .349 with six homers and 27 RBIs.

Lombardi: Tehya is a total athlete. She has the ideal build and arm strength to play any position on the field and also provide exceptional power at the plate.”

Teyha: ““As a 9-year-old girl stepping foot on that softball field for my first Ducks camp, I knew that was where I wanted to be. I had great ambitions to attend Oregon with how successful their athletic program was and still is. From that day forward it was my dream to play softball as a Duck. I fell in love with the campus, the players I would get to call teammates one day and the coaches. I knew Oregon was it, and I am beyond blessed that I am able to make my dreams a reality there.”

Right-Handed Pitcher | Shasta Lake, Calif. | Central Valley HS | No. 15 in FloSoftball Rankings
Bio: A dominant force in the circle, Breedlove has been nearly untouchable throughout her first three high school seasons. According to MaxPreps, Breedlove owns a career ERA of 0.42 while racking up 813 strikeouts against only 75 walks. In a breakout sophomore campaign in 2017-18, Breedlove recorded a whopping 311 strikeouts while going 21-1 with a 0.29 ERA. Oregon’s highest-ranked recruit at No. 15 in the FloSoftball rankings, Breedlove has also been an impact player at the plate with a career .481 batting average and 26 home runs. Playing alongside Bird, Breedlove helped lead Universal Fastpitch to a seventh-place finish at PGF 18U Nationals last summer, earning all-tournament honors after going 5-2 with 46 strikeouts in 39 innings.

Lombardi: Raegan has great size and strength for a power pitcher. She has elite velocity and sharp movement on her ball, and will present a big-time challenge for opposing hitters.”

Raegan: “Ever since I started softball, Oregon has been my dream school. I could never picture myself anywhere else.”

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Infielder | Tustin, Calif. | Pacifica HS | No. 32 in FloSoftball Rankings
Bio: No. 32 in the FloSoftball rankings and No. 17 in the Extra Inning Softball top 100, Brito brings speed and versatility to the Ducks, and she earned both MVP and defensive player of the year honors in her league as a junior. A three-time California all-state selection, Brito was a .510 hitter with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs last season, which included hitting two home runs in one inning in a game in April. Brito has also starred for the 18U OC Batbuters Stith club team, the same team that current Duck Terra McGowan played for as a prep star.

Lombardi: “Alyssa is a versatile athlete with a tremendous work ethic. We can put her anywhere on the field defensively, to go along with her power and ability to produce RBIs at the plate for us.”

Alyssa: “I chose Oregon because the university provides their athletes with the best athletic and academic resources to be successful. I fell in love with the campus and the overwhelming support from the community. I knew I wanted to be a Duck.”

Infielder | Corona, Calif. | Santiago, Calif.
Bio: Delgado enters her senior season as a career .414 hitter, according to MaxPreps, and has mashed 10 home runs while recording 63 RBIs. A member of the 18U OC Batbusters Stith club team along with Brito, Delgado hit .408 with a .495 on-base percentage as a junior for Corona High School, and she is tied for No. 21 on the Extra Inning Softball top 100 rankings. Her club coach, Mike Stith, said Delgado’s “footwork at second base is as good as I’ve ever had and, defensively, she’s about as good as I’ve ever coached.”

Lombardi: “Hanna is a left-handed hitter who can do it all at the plate, with gap-to-gap power. She has an extremely high softball IQ which allows her to be an excellent defender.”

Hannah: “I chose Oregon because as soon as I stepped on campus, it felt like home. The coaches and players are great and I can really see myself thriving with them.”

Infielder | Linden, Calif. | Linden HS
Bio: Another versatile defender around the infield, Herrera has hit .462 through her first three high school seasons with 13 home runs, 35 doubles and an astounding 13 triples, according to MaxPreps. A three-time all-league and all-academic selection, Herrera owns a career .570 on-base percentage, including a .662 mark as a junior, and the left-handed hitter is the Linden High School single-season and career home run record holder.

Lombardi: “Gabby is a versatile athlete who has the ability to play multiple positions on the field. Offensively, she brings power and speed from the left side of the plate.”

Gabby: “I picked Oregon because it’s been a dream school since I was little; I remember watching the World Series between my freshman and sophomore year watching them play LSU and confirming my dream. When I got the opportunity to be a Duck, it was a no-brainer.”