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Ducks Drop Series Opener to Cal

Mar 25, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. – No. 12 Oregon dropped the first game of its series with California, 11-2, Friday night at Jane Sanders Stadium.
 
The game was tight through the first four innings before Cal (21-10, 3-1) pulled away.
 
How it Happened: The Ducks (22-5, 2-2) used a delayed steal to score the game's first run in the first inning, Hanna Delgado reached on a one-out double and advanced to third on KK Humphreys' ground out. Vallery Wong walked. With Jasmine Williams at the plate, Wong broke toward second and drew a throw from the catcher. Delgado then scampered home with her ninth stolen base of the season.
 
That was the game's only run until the fifth inning. Oregon missed an opportunity when the Ducks left the bases loaded in the bottom of the second.
 
Allee Bunker singled as part of the second inning to extend her hitting streak to 17 games. That's the longest streak by a Duck since Courtney Ceo, who will throw out the first pitch on Saturday, had a 19-game streak in 2015.
 
Cal broke through for five runs in the fifth and six in the sixth.
 
The Ducks added one run in the sixth when Ariel Carlson singled to plate Humphreys, but that was all the Ducks would get.
 
Noteworthy: Oregon played without head coach Melyssa Lombardi in the dugout. She announced before the game that she had tested positive for COVID-19 and will have to miss the Cal series. Delgado extended her hitting streak to 13 games. Wong threw out her sixth runner in 10 chances this season. Allison Benning made her second appearance of the season in the circle, throwing the final two-thirds of an inning in the sixth.
 
Quotable
Associate Head Coach Sam Marder
"The Pac-12 is going to be a mental grind. Everyone is good, and one day you come out and have a bad day like today and tomorrow's a brand new day. So, I think the message for our team is to evaluate and figure out what we did and what we didn't do, more importantly, and to come back tomorrow ready to go, ready to compete. The series is still absolutely up for grabs so I'm excited to come back tomorrow and get after it."

On Deck: Game two between Oregon and Cal will be Saturday at 2 p.m. (Pac-12 Live Stream).
 
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