Ducks Drop Game One to UCLA
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – No. 12 Oregon put up a valiant effort in Friday's series opener at UCLA but fell to the third-ranked Bruins, 3-1, in front of 1,328 fans at Easton Stadium.
The Ducks (24-6, 4-3) got a home run from Ariel Carlson and a strong pitching performance by Stevie Hansen, but UCLA (29-3, 7-0) mustered just enough offense to prevail.
How it Happened: Hansen (8-1) was able work out of trouble in the early going. UCLA got two runners on with two outs in the first inning, but she retired Maya Brady on a swinging third strike to get out of the frame.
Carlson hit her team-leading 10th home run of the season, an opposite field shot to right centerfield on a 2-2 pitch in the second inning that gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Kai Luschar made the defensive play of the game for the Ducks. With two outs and runners on first and second, Briana Perez lined a shot off the glove of a diving Paige Sinicki in the hole between third and shortstop. Megan Faraimo rounded third as the ball ricocheted into shallow left field where Luschar picked it up and threw a strike to Vallery Wong for the out on Faraimo at the plate.
The Bruins tied the game with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, went ahead, 2-1, with a run in the fifth and added a home run in the sixth.
Noteworthy: Hansen pitched six innings, struck out six, and yielded just two earned runs with no walks. … Terra McGowan returned to the lineup for the first time since her throwing hand got hit by a foul tip Feb. 18 at Baylor. She went 0-for-3 as the Ducks' designated player. … Allee Bunker struck out in the fourth inning – it was just the third strikeout of the year for Bunker, who went 1-for-3. … Luschar and Sinicki also had hits for the Ducks.
On Deck: Game two of the Oregon-UCLA series is Saturday at 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Network).
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