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Carlson Homers Twice as Ducks Beat Penn State

Mar 4, 2022

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Ariel Carlson hit two homers in an eight-run fourth inning to lead No. 12 Oregon past Penn State, 12-4 in five innings, Friday at the Carolina Classic. Carlson, who had two of the Ducks' four home runs on the day, homered for the third consecutive game.
 
Oregon scored eight runs in an inning for the second straight day; the Ducks had eight runs in the 10th inning Thursday at UNC Greensboro.
 
"I think it shows just how good our chemistry is as a team and how contagious hitting is," said Carlson, who has raised her batting average 112 points during her current five-game hitting streak. "And once one person gets it going, it's easy for everyone to get it going."
 
How it Happened: Oregon (13-3) scored two runs in the first inning on Vallery Wong's two-run home run to left. It was the second straight game that Wong hit a home run.
 
Penn State (8-6) took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third inning on a two-run home run by Ally Kurland, and made it 4-2 on a home run by Michelle Leone leading off the fourth. Oregon got out of the inning when Lilia Crouthamel lined into a double play. KK Humphreys snared Crouthamel's line drive at first base, and fired to Paige Sinicki at third where Shelli Rivard was caught off the base.
 
That set the stage for Oregon's fourth inning when the Ducks sent 11 batters to the plate. Carlson led off with her fifth home run of the season. Sinicki then singled to right and Jasmine Williams sacrificed her to second base. Gabby Herrera, making her first start of the season, gave the Ducks a 5-4 lead with her first career home run.
 
Hannah Galey walked, Allee Bunker reached on a bunt single to extend her hitting streak to six games and Hanna Delgado walked to load the bases. Two runs scored on KK Humphreys' single to make it 7-4 Oregon, and then Delgado scored on Wong's sacrifice fly for an 8-4 lead.
 
Carlson came up for the second time in the inning and launched a two-run blast to right center, her sixth home run of the season, to cap the Ducks' eight-run inning.
 
Leading 10-4, the Ducks closed out the game with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.
 
Williams and Herrera both walked and Galey advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Bunker flew out to center to score Williams and then Delgado registered her seventh hit of the weekend to plate Herrera and end the game by virtue of the run rule.
 
Noteworthy: The last Duck to hit two home runs in the same inning was Hailey Decker, who hit a pair of round-trippers in the third inning March 29, 2015, at Washington. Oregon also hit four home runs Thursday night at UNC Greensboro. Delgado is now 7-for-9 on the Carolina road trip, which has raised her batting average to .418. Makenna Kliethermes (5-2) came on in the fourth inning and got the win in relief. Humphreys went 3-for-3 with an RBI. Wong matched her career high with three RBI for the second straight game. All nine Duck batters scored at least one run on Friday.
 
Quotable
Outfielder Gabby Herrera on her first career home run
"It was really good. It felt really good off the bat."
 
On Deck: Oregon continues play in the Carolina Classic with two games on Saturday. The Ducks will face Connecticut at 7 a.m. PT, before playing host North Carolina at 9:30 a.m. PT. The game with the Tar Heels will be available on ESPN+.
 
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