Ducks Belt Five Home Runs in Win at Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. – No. 17 Oregon belted five home runs to snap a seven-game losing streak with an 11-3 win at No. 25 Arizona Friday at Hillenbrand Stadium.
The Ducks' most prolific long ball effort since 2018 was more than enough for starter Stevie Hansen, who threw a two-hitter and retired 10 of the last 11 batters she faced.
"Total team effort," said coach Melyssa Lombardi, who also saw her defense play an error-free game. "I love how they came out fired up ready to get after it right from the beginning. Offense, defense, pitching, I loved how they took care of their business."
How it Happened: Oregon (25-14, 5-9) scored twice in each of the first three innings.
Hanna Delgado beat out a bunt single to lead off the game and scored on Allee Bunker's eighth home run of the season.
Arizona (22-15, 3-11) got a run back on a home run in the bottom of the first, but the Ducks answered in the top of the second.
Hannah Galey drew her 12th walk of the season on a 3-1 count and was on first when Paige Sinicki launched a majestic drive to left that landed just four rows from the top of the outfield bleachers for a 4-1 lead.
"They were working hard to get their pitch and when they did, they didn't miss," said Lombardi.
The Wildcats got two runs back with a home run in the bottom of second but Oregon manufactured a couple of runs in the third to double the lead.
Terra McGowan led off with a bunt single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. She moved to third on a fly ball to center by Rachel Cid and then scored on a wild pitch to KK Humphreys. The pitch was ball four to Humphreys who smartly advanced to second while Arizona had trouble corralling the wild pitch.
Yet another wild pitch – the third of the night for Arizona pitcher Madi Elish – sent Humphreys to third and she came home on Ariel Carlson's single up the middle.
The Ducks put the game away by scoring five runs with two outs in the top of the fifth.
After McGowan and Cid grounded out, Humphreys went the opposite way for a ground-rule double to right field.
Carlson then smashed her team-leading 12th home run of the season out to left field to make it 8-3.
Gabby Herrera reached on an error that set the stage for Galey's second home run in as many days, pushing the Ducks into double figures for the seventh time this season, 10-3.
Sinicki added the Ducks' the 11th run of the game with her second home run of the night.
"I was looking inside," said Sinicki. "I just wanted to barrel up two bombs like that. That was pretty much it."
Hansen allowed a two-out walk in the bottom of the fifth, but got Jasmine Perezchica to ground out to Cid to end the game via the mercy rule. Hansen struck out four and walked one in improving to 9-4 on the season.
Noteworthy: Carlson is 4-for-6 with two home runs and five RBIs in the Arizona series. She's now tied for third in the Pac-12 with 12 home runs. … Oregon last hit five or more home runs in a game on April 14, 2018, when the Ducks had six at Arizona State. … Friday was the Ducks' first win at Arizona since April 23, 2017. … With 53 home runs on the season, the Ducks are one long ball away from matching last season's total of 54. … In addition to Carlson, a number Ducks have posted impressive stat lines in the Arizona series. McGowan is 4-for-6 with a home run and two RBI; Humphreys is 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI; Galey is 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI; Sinicki is 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI.
Shortstop Paige Sinicki
"I think this is going to be a big turning point. We talked about how Arizona was going to be the place that we turned things around and I think that tonight was the night that you saw that."
Head Coach Melyssa Lombardi
"Tomorrow we need to come in and come back with the same energy and get after it one more time."
On Deck: The series between Oregon and Arizona wraps up Saturday at noon (Pac-12 Network).
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