Ducks Drop Series Finale In Seattle
SEATTLE – The Oregon softball team came up short in its bid to split the four-game series with No. 6 Washington on Sunday afternoon, suffering a 6-1 loss in the series finale at Husky Softball Stadium.
How it Happened: The No. 4 Ducks (28-8, 6-6 Pac-12) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, with freshman Hanna Delgado working a 10-pitch walk before stealing second and coming around to score on an RBI single by catcher Terra McGowan.
McGowan threw out Washington star Sis Bates trying to steal in the bottom of the first to erase a leadoff single and help starter Brooke Yanez (14-4) work a scoreless frame. The Ducks got runners on the corners in the second but couldn't cash in, and the Huskies evened the game at one apiece in the bottom half on a solo home run.
Washington (34-6, 12-2 Pac-12) jumped on Yanez in the bottom of the third, taking a 3-1 lead on a pair of doubles and a triple. Samaria Diaz took over for Oregon in the circle, and the Huskies made it 5-1 on a two-run homer before Diaz ended the frame with back-to-back strikeouts.
The Ducks put runners in scoring position in the third, fourth and fifth innings but were unable to push any runs across against all-American Gabbie Plain, who came on in relief to get Washington out of the first-and-third jam in the second inning.
Washington added an insurance run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly, and Plain put the Ducks down in order before working around a Delgado single in the seventh to secure the series win for the Huskies.
Notable: Oregon outhit Washington, 9-8, but the Ducks had all singles while the Huskies came away with five extra-base hits … Delgado, McGowan and Alle Bunker each finished with two hits, and Haley Cruse, Mya Felder and Deijah Pangilinan each had one … Sunday marked the 12th multi-hit performance of the season for Bunker, the eighth for McGowan, and the fifth for Delgado … Delgado, Hannah Galey and Alyssa Brito each stole a base … Diaz struck out four in 3.2 innings of relief.
On Deck: The Ducks return home to host Stanford in a four-game series at Jane Sanders Stadium beginning on Friday at 5 p.m. PT.