Cid’s Big Day Keys Doubleheader Sweep
BERKELEY, Calif. – Rachel Cid turned in a near perfect day at the plate while No. 11 Oregon got more strong pitching to fuel a doubleheader sweep of California, winning games 4-1 and 9-4 on Friday.
Game 1: No. 11 Oregon 4, California 1
Samaria Diaz and Brooke Yanez combined for 12 strikeouts while giving up just a run on three hits to lead Oregon to a 4-1 win over California to open the doubleheader.
How it Happened: Unlike the series opener, the Ducks wasted no time jumping in front, scoring single runs in the first and second innings to go up 2-0. Haley Cruse led off the game with a single, then came around to score following an Allee Bunker single and throwing error by Cal to make it 1-0. Cid opened the second inning with a walk before Alyssa Brito plated her with an RBI groundout.
After putting multiple runners on in the third and fourth innings but failing to score, the Ducks single runs in the fifth and sixth to make it 4-0. Cid delivered a two-out RBI single to center to score Bunker and put Oregon in front, 3-0. An inning later, Deijah Pangilinan blasted a one-out solo shot to left center for her first homer of the year.
Makena Smith led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo homer to give Cal its only run of the game.
Game 1 Notables: Yanez earned her 20th win of the season, pitching 3.2 innings with six strikeouts out of the bullpen … Diaz tossed 3.1 scoreless innings with six strikeouts and a walk before being lifted in the fourth … Cid went 2-for-3 with an RBI, run scored and a walk for her ninth multi-hit game of the year … Pangilinan is the 12th different Oregon player to homer this year.
Game 2: No. 11 Oregon 9, California 4
Oregon scored five runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by back-to-back homers by Cid and Shaye Bowden, to break things open in a 9-4 win over California in the back half of the doubleheader.
How it Happened: The Ducks held a one-run lead going in the sixth inning, but broke things open with five two-out runs to go up 9-3. After Ariel Carlson came in to score on a wild pitch, the Ducks put the game out of reach with back-to-back homers. Cid blasted the first one on a three-run shot out to left field to chase Cal starter Haylei Archer, before Bowden followed with a solo shot out to center.
Oregon again jumped ahead early on, scoring a run in the first inning. Cruse opened the game with a base hit and stole second before eventually coming in to score on a Shaye Bowden RBI groundout.
The Ducks added to the lead with a three-run third inning to make it 4-0. After a couple of singles and an error loaded the bases with no outs, a wild pitch allowed Hanna Delgado to score, before Bowden beat out an infield base hit to pick up her second RBI of the game. Brito plated another run with an RBI ground ball to cap off the scoring in the frame.
Cal cut the Oregon lead to just one, hitting a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the third to make it 4-3.
Game 2 Notables: Cid matched a season-high with three hits, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a HBP … Bowden drove in a season-high three runs while going 2-for-3 with the homer … Raegan Breedlove got her fourth win of the year, going four innings with a strikeout while giving up one unearned run out of the bullpen … The Ducks hit back-to-back homers for the first time since Feb. 7, 2020 … The five-run sixth inning marked the 13th time this year that Oregon has scored at least five runs in an inning.
Overall Notables: Cid went 5-for-6 with four RBIs and three runs scored in the doubleheader … She reached base in seven of her eight plate appearances, also drawing a walk and getting hit by a pitch … All four of Cid's RBIs over the two games came with two outs … Cruse extended her hitting streak to eight games, leading off both games with a single … She has led off each of the three games this weekend with a base hit … Cruse moved into seventh place on the UO career stolen bases list with 61 after swiping three bags … Oregon improved to 20-7 on the season in games decided by three runs or less after the game one win.
On Deck: The Ducks close out the regular season with the series finale against the Golden Bears starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.