Wong Homers Twice in 5-0 Win
EUGENE, Ore. – Vallery Wong homered twice and Stevie Hansen pitched five shutout innings as Oregon opened the Rivalry Series with a 5-0 win over Oregon State Friday night before 1,646 at Jane Sanders Stadium.
Played in a light shower from the opening pitch, the game was halted after OSU's half of the fifth inning as the rain intensified and did not let up.
"Going into this game, we have just been talking about being connected as a team and since it's senior weekend, I was playing for my seniors today," said Wong. "I was just thinking, "see the ball, hit the ball" and just grind it out for my seniors today."
How it Happened: Hanna Delgado led off the bottom of first inning with an infield single and stole second, her team-leading 14th stolen base of the season. Terra McGowan then singled past third base to score Delgado with the first run of the game.
In the second inning, Wong sent the first pitch she saw from Mariah Mazon out to straightaway center field for a 2-0 lead.
The Ducks (27-16, 6-13) tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning. Ariel Carlson singled up the middle and stole her sixth base of the season. The next batter, Jasmine Williams, pushed a ground ball to the right side to move Carlson to third.
Wong then homered off Mazon for the second time in the game, sending an 0-2 pitch just over the wall in left field.
An out later, Delgado singled to shallow center field and advanced to second on an error. She scored on McGowan's double to the wall in left center.
That was more than enough for Hansen, who allowed just one hit, a two-out single in the third by Kiki Escobar. She struck out four and walked three in improving to 11-7 on the season.
"I just love the confidence that Stevie has right now, and I just love her mindset and the way she's going about it," said coach Melyssa Lombardi. "Just to watch her from when she started with us this year and how far she's come, she's a competitor."
Oregon's defense made big plays behind Hansen as well. Williams ranged back to the wall in left field to catch Mazon's deep fly ball to end the first inning. Allee Bunker and Paige Sinicki turned a beautiful 4-6-3 double play behind her in the second.
And in the third, the only time OSU (31-16, 7-12) had a runner in scoring position, Sinicki crossed in front of second base to snare a ball off the bat of Kaylah Nelson and flipped it to Bunker for the force at second to end the inning.
"For me, I think it just shows how much that we are all here for each other," said Hansen. "If one makes a mistake, then the other is there to pick someone up. We just keep saying "we got you" and today the defense kept telling me "we got you." It is a great feeling pitching and having that behind me."
Noteworthy: With two hits on Friday, McGowan raised her batting average to .424 on the season. … McGowan, Delgado and Wong each had two hits on Friday. … Wong drove in three runs to improve her career-best RBI total to 28. … Oregon wore pink uniforms as part of Breast Cancer Awareness night. … Cindy Mulvey, mother of Oregon freshman Abby Mulvey and a cancer survivor, threw out the first pitch. … Three-time All-American Cheridan Hawkins, who holds the UO record with 1,081 career strikeouts, was at the game on Friday and visited the UO locker room after the game. … Oregon stole three or more bases in a game for the 14th time this season.
Head Coach Melyssa Lombardi
"The last couple of weeks have not gone our way, but what I appreciate is that their mindset still stays the same. Any other team, it would be easy to just lay down and this team refuses to lay down. They just know that we have to continue to get better and keep grinding and keep playing for each other. I think you could really see that tonight."
On Deck: The Rivalry Series between Oregon and Oregon State continues Saturday at 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Network).
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