Bats Stay Hot In Run-Rule Victories
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon got monster production offensively from players up-and-down the lineup while the pitching staff turned in another solid couple of efforts in an 11-0 win over Sacramento State and a 14-6 victory over Oregon State on Saturday at Jane Sanders Stadium.
Game 1: No. 5 Oregon 11, Sacramento State 0 (5 innings)
Brooke Yanez and Raegan Breedlove dominated in the circle while Alyssa Brito drove in a career-high five runs to lead Oregon to an 11-0 run-rule victory over Sacramento State in game one of the doubleheder.
How it Happened: Brito got the scoring started for the Ducks, blasting a two-out, two-run homer to left field in the first inning to score Hanna Delgado and make it 2-0. After going scoreless in the second, the Ducks broke things open with five runs in the third inning.
Haley Cruse led off the third with a double, before Allee Bunker drove her in with a bloop single to left, making it 3-0. Brito followed one batter later with her third RBI of the game, a single to left field to score Delgado to stretch it to 4-0. Rachel Cid made it 5-0 on a sacrifice fly two batters later before Terra McGowan capped off the big inning with a two-run homer to left field.
The Ducks added four more in the fourth inning to put the game out of reach and bring the run-rule into effect. Brito continued her stellar day at the plate with a two-run single up the middle, scoring Cruse and Delgado to put Oregon up 9-0. Shaye Bowden made it 10-0, Ducks with a pinch-hit sacrifice fly before Cid singled one batter later to drive in Brito and make it 11-0.
Oregon pitching dominated from start to finish and nearly tossed the team's second five-inning perfect game of the season. Yanez struck out the first six batters of the game and retired all 11 she faced before Breedlove got the final out of the fourth inning on a dazzling play at shortstop by Brito. A single to lead off the fifth broke up the perfect game, but Breedlove retired the next three to finish the win.
Game 1 Notables: Yanez picked up her seventh win of the year, tossing 3.2 perfect innings with seven strikeouts … The shutout was Oregon's fifth of the season … Brito set season-highs with her five RBIs and three runs scored while tying a season-high with her three hits … Delgado scored a season-high three runs while going 1-for-1 with two walks … Maddie Hopper turned in her first multi-hit game of the season, going 2-for-2 … The Ducks recorded double-digit hits for the third straight game.
Game 2: No. 5 Oregon 14, Oregon State 6 (5 innings)
Oregon jumped out to a big lead early on then traded blows the rest of the way before finishing off a 14-6 run-rule win over Oregon State to cap off the doubleheader sweep, led by Allee Bunker's two-homer, five-RBI game.
How it Happened: After Oregon starter Samaria Diaz set the Beavers down in order in the top of the first, the Ducks came out firing on all cylinders, sending 10 batters to the plate to put up seven runs in the bottom half. Bunker got her monster game started with an RBI double to score Cruse and put Oregon on the board before McGowan plated Bunker on a chopper to third making it 2-0.
The Ducks really poured it on after that, adding a pair of runs on a two-run single by Mya Felder that bounced off the top of the wall, scoring Brito and Cid. Lexi Wagner delivered the exclamation point on the big inning, crushing a three-run shot to left field that made it a 7-0 Oregon lead after one.
The Beavers responded with back-to-back homers to lead off the second inning, before scoring another on an RBI double to make it 7-3. Bunker got one of those runs back in the bottom half of the inning, ripping a solo shot out to left center, putting the Ducks up 8-3 after two.
After Oregon State added another run in the third, the Ducks answered with yet another crooked number, scoring four runs – all with two outs – to stretch the lead to 12-4. Cruse started things off with an RBI single through the right side to make it 10-4, before Delgado doubled to right center, driving in Cruse. Bunker continued her stellar performance at the plate with a two-run shot for her second homer of the game.
Oregon State again answered, this time adding two more on a two-run homer in the fourth, cutting the Ducks' lead to 12-6. Oregon, however, would score the single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to finish the mercy rule win. After McGowan came in to score on a fielder' choice and error in the fourth, she put the finishing touches on the win with an RBI double down the left field line to put the Ducks up eight and end the game.
Game 2 Notables: Bunker homered multiple times in a game for the first time in her career … She's now driven in three or more runs four times this season … Bunker is also the first Oregon player to hit multiple homers in a game since Deijah Pangilinan hit a pair on March 7, 2020 vs. LMU … Three other Ducks drove in multiple runs … Wagner finished with three RBIs on her three-run homer … McGowan went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored … Felder was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored … Makenna Kliethermes struck out a career-high eight batters, recording eight of her nine outs via strikeout to pick up the win … Oregon scored seven of its 14 runs with two outs.
Quotable: Head Coach Melyssa Lombardi
On the offensive production…
"I loved the power that our team displayed today. I really loved that top-to-bottom the entire lineup refused to give away an at-bat. They went up there with their plans and they took some confident hacks. I really loved how we handled ourselves at the plate."
Infielder Allee Bunker
On her big game in game two against Oregon State…
"I definitely had a different mindset going into the second game because I knew that it was a whole new game and my team needed me. We knew Oregon State was going to come out swinging so we were going to need everyone."
Overall Notables: Oregon has recorded double-digit runs and hits in each of the last four games – all of which have been mercy-rule victories … The Ducks hit a combined .460 in the two games with 11 extra-base hits and five home runs ... The Ducks scored in eight of the nine innings they came to bat in the doubleheader … Oregon has had 24 extra-base hits in the last four games, with 11 home runs over that stretch … Brito went 4-for-6 with five RBIs, five runs scored, a double and a homer in the doubleheader … Bunker was 4-for-6 with five runs scored and five RBIs over the two games … McGowan drove in four runs while going 3-for-7 with three runs scored … The Ducks scored 10 of their 25 runs with two outs, bringing their total to 62 on the season … Oregon pitching combined for 19 strikeouts to just one walk in the doubleheader.
On Deck: The Ducks wrap up the weekend with a rematch against Sacramento State on Sunday at 10 a.m
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