Big Third Inning Fuels Win
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon responded after falling behind early with a six-run third inning while recording 14 hits as an offense in a 7-4 win over Stanford on Saturday. The Ducks have won the two games in the series that are designated as conference contests and will look for the overall series win Sunday.
"We've shown all year that any time an opponent scores, we come back and answer," said head coach Melyssa Lombardi. "So to see us answer with six and get one more (in the sixth inning), I think that's what we needed."
How it Happened: The Ducks got the bats going in the bottom of the third, striking for six runs to take the lead. Terra McGowan got the scoring started after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded before Rachel Cid tied it up with a line-shot single up the middle to score Alyssa Brito and Hanna Delgado. Allee Bunker gave Oregon the lead one batter later with a two-run double to right center before another run came home on a double play.
Oregon added a run in the sixth inning as McGowan beat out a potential inning-ending double play to allow a run to score and make it 7-3. Stanford threatened in the seventh, scoring a run after putting the first three runners on base to chase Ducks' starter Brooke Yanez and make it 7-4. Raegan Breedlove came in and shut the door, getting a double play on her first pitch out of the bullpen before ending it with a ground out.
Stanford struck first again, scoring two unearned runs in the second after an error by Brito on a rundown following a failed squeeze bunt attempt. The Cardinal added a run in the third with a two-out double to make it 3-0 before the Ducks responded with the big bottom half of the third to go in front for good.
Notable: Oregon's 14 hits are the most in a conference game since a win over the Cardinal on March 30, 2019 … The 14 hits are also one off of the Ducks' season-high of 15 … The six-run third inning marked the 11th time this year the Ducks have scored at least five runs in an inning … Four Oregon players turned in multi-hit games while three delivered multiple-RBI performances … Haley Cruse led the way going 3-for-4 with a run scored for her 13th multi-hit game of the season … McGowan delivered her seventh multi-RBI game of the year, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs … Cid and Bunker each finished with two RBIs after their big hits in the third inning … Breedlove got her first career save and is the fourth Oregon pitcher to record one this year.
On Deck: The Ducks wrap up the series with the Cardinal Sunday at 10:30 a.m.