Run-Rule Win Highlights Doubleheader Split
SEATTLE – No. 4 Oregon got back on the winning track with a 10-1 run-rule victory over No. 6 Washington in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader, bouncing back after dropping game one, 4-2.
The Ducks have a chance to split the four-game series while they look to take at least one of the games this weekend designated as a conference contest.
Game 1: No. 6, Washington 4, No. 4 Oregon 2
Oregon responded after falling behind early by taking a lead after three innings but couldn't hold on as Washington used a three-run fourth inning hand the Ducks 4-2 loss in the first game of the doubleheader.
How it Happened: Washington struck first again, taking a 1-0 lead following a leadoff homer to start the second inning, but the Ducks would respond immediately with a pair of runs in the top of the third.
Shaye Bowden led off the third by pulling a solo shot down the left field line to tie things up at one. A hit by pitch and walk put two more runners on, but the next two batters were retired on an interference call and a fielder's choice. Terra McGowan delivered a clutch hit though, coming up with a two-out RBI single to left to make it 2-1.
Washington reclaimed the lead with three runs in the fourth. After a foul-out to start the inning, three straight UW batters reached to chase Oregon starter Samaria Diaz. The Ducks brought in Brooke Yanez, who walked the first batter she faced to force in a run before Washington's Sis Bates drove in two more with a single up the middle.
The Ducks got single runners on base in the fifth and sixth innings but couldn't cash in, stranding a runner at first in the fifth and at third in the sixth.
Game 1 Notables: Bowden hit her second homer of the season and 10th of her career … It was also her first multi-hit game of the year and 18th of her career … McGowan recorded her seventh multi-hit game of the year and 15th of her career … Yanez worked 2.2 scoreless innings with five strikeouts out of the bullpen.
Game 2: No. 4 Oregon 10, No. 6 Washington 1 (5 innings)
Rachel Cid belted a go-ahead grand slam in the third inning before the Oregon offense exploded for six runs in the fifth to take the nightcap of the doubleheader against Washington, 10-1 in five innings.
How it Happened: Once again, Washington scored first, taking a 1-0 lead after the second inning on an RBI single off Oregon starter Makenna Kliethermes. The Ducks would respond though with four runs in the top of the third to make it 4-1.
After the first two Ducks to come in the third were retired, three straight Oregon players worked walks on full counts to bring Cid up with the bases loaded and two gone. Cid turned on a 0-1 pitch and crushed it over the left field wall for a grand slam, giving the Ducks a 4-1 lead.
"I knew she was gonna come with the inside pitch because I let it go in my first at-bat and I took it for a ride," Cid told Pac-12 Network following the game. "I looked at it for a bit – enjoyed it."
The Ducks broke things open in the fifth inning, scoring five runs to bring the run-rule into effect. Bowden continued her hot day at the plate by driving in the first run of the inning on a single off the right field wall to make it 5-1. Deijah Pangilinan followed two batters later with a two-run single to right field, stretching the lead to 7-1. After a walk to load the bases followed by a strikeout, Allee Bunker delivered the dagger with a bases-clearing double to put the Ducks up by nine.
Game 2 Notables: Oregon's potent two-out offense was at it again, scoring seven of the 10 with two away … Cid's grand slam was the first of her career and tied her career-high of four RBIs … Bunker's three-run double gave her three RBIs in a game for the third time this year … Kliethermes worked five innings of one-run ball to get her sixth win of the season.
Quotable: Third baseman Rachel Cid
On bouncing back…
"We just picked each other up. We know we have to fully invest in one another and play for each other while still remembering it's just a game and we have to have fun."
Overall Notables: Bowden went 4-for-6 in the doubleheader with a pair of RBIs to go a long with a double and a homer … Cid is 4-for-7 in the series with her four RBIs, a double and a homer … The Ducks scored eight of their 12 runs in the doubleheader with two outs, running their total to 105 of 204 on the season scored with two gone in an inning.
On Deck: The Ducks conclude their series at Washington Sunday at 2 p.m. (Pac-12 Network).