Macon Strikes Out 12 in Huskies 5-2 Win over Oregon
May 9, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. - Aleah Macon struck out 12 and held Oregon to three hits as No. 24 Washington broke a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win on Friday in the first game of a Pac-10 doubleheader.
Macon matched her career-high in strikeouts, which she had against both Florida State and Stanford earlier this season. It was the ninth time this year she has reached double-digits in strikeouts. The freshman right-hander walked four and allowed two earned runs to improve to 16-14.
Oregon (32-26, 4-15 Pac-10) went up 2-0 in the third inning on a two-run home run by Neena Bryant to straight-away centerfield.
The Huskies (27-22-1, 6-13 Pac-10) finally broke through in the fourth to cut the lead to 2-1.
With Alicia Blake on first base after singling through the right side, Ashlyn Watson hit a ground ball to UO third baseman Joanna Gail and Gail threw to second to force out Blake. Watson beat out the throw from second baseman Cortney Kivett to avoid the double play, but ended up taking second base after catching the Ducks with their guard down.
Watson made a heads-up play by running to second base as Ducks pitcher Alicia Cook got the ball back from first baseman Monique Fuiava and Cook didn't immediately return to the circle, which would have resulted in a dead ball.
Washington tacked on four more runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-2 lead.
With one out, Amanda Fleischman got on via an infield single, Bailey Stenson reached on a throwing error and Marnie Koziol followed with another infield single that brought home Fleischman from third.
Blake then doubled off the centerfield fence to score Stenson, and Koziol scored as well when Neena Bryant's throw from centerfield sailed into the Oregon dugout. Blake moved up to third on the error and eventually scored when Watson singled to left center.
Blake led the Huskies at the plate, going 2-for-3, while Fleischman added a stolen base, her 16th of the year.
Alicia Cook (15-12) took the loss for Oregon, giving up six hits, five earned runs and two walks. Lovena Chaput went 2-for-3 for the Ducks.
The two teams play again at approximately 3:45 p.m., and then finish up the series with a 1:30 p.m. game tomorrow that will air on Fox Sports Northwest.
Notes: Washington has a 40-13 lead all-time in the series against the Ducks, and has won four in a row ... The Huskies improved to 9-2 against Oregon under head coach Heather Tarr ... Washington was the designated home team because the game was a makeup of a game that was rained out on March 28 in Seattle.