No, it wasn’t an April fools joke. Maddie MacGrandle left the University of Oregon on April 1 after winning the only game in the Stanford three-game series.
The sophomore transfer from Texas A&M was 3-7 on the season with a 7.81 ERA while allowing 54 runs with 44 walks and 36 strikeouts in 43 innings pitched.
Her departure leaves the Ducks with only two pitchers and Coach Lombardi looking to her roster for potential pitching support. MacGrandle becomes the tenth player to leave the program.
McGrandle’s father wasted no time Monday night criticizing the program.
Horrible place to play!— David MacGrandle (@dmacgran) April 2, 2019
Judging from the tweets, it’s implied that MacGrandle was under the weather and still recovering from a concussion in early March.
Why don’t you guys take a break and realize she is a 20 yr old girl who still has headaches where she was hit... I can’t think of a worse place to play softball... #OnlyPAC12Win pic.twitter.com/ag90wVTokB— David MacGrandle (@dmacgran) April 2, 2019
At this point, it's unclear if MacGrandle will return to softball or transfer to another school.