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Kliethermes K’s 11 in Oregon’s Walk-Off Win

Apr 30, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. – Makenna Kliethermes struck out 11 Oregon State batters and Ariel Carlson scored the winning run on a throwing error in the bottom of the seventh as No. 22 Oregon defeated the Beavers 4-3 Saturday night in front of a Bark in the Park crowd of 1,968 at Jane Sanders Stadium.
 
Carlson, who homered in the third inning, led off the seventh by reaching first on a seven-pitch, full count walk. She advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jasmine Williams then beat out an infield single and when the throw from shortstop Savanah Whatley sailed wide of first base, Carlson sped home with the winning run.
 
"When the throw went away, I just took off as fast as I could just to take it home, because getting home meant that we won," said Carlson.

 
How it Happened: Oregon State (31-17, 7-13) opened the scoring on Grace Messmer's two-run home run in the second inning. After that, Kliethermes shut down the Beavers until the fifth inning.
 
Kliethermes' 11 strikeouts were the most she has fanned since striking out 15 against Ole Miss in the season opener. She struck out two batters in each of the first five innings and capped her night with a called third strike on Lici Campbell to end the top of the sixth.
 
"I think Makenna's got great stuff and it was cool to just allow her to display what she's capable of doing," said coach Melyssa Lombardi. "She moves the ball well, she throws the ball hard and she can change speeds. So, to do those three things and manage her counts, I think she's going to be tough to beat."
 
Oregon (28-16, 7-13) took a 3-2 lead on Carlson's three-run home run in the fourth inning. Hanna Delgado led off with a bunt single and one out later, Allee Bunker smacked a hard shot off pitcher Sarah Haendiges for a base hit, putting two runners on for Carlson. The junior from Eugene launched Haendiges' 3-1 pitch high off the screen in left field for her team-leading 13th home run of the season.
 
"It was a 3-1 count, and I was just waiting for a good pitch," said Carlson. "I wasn't really guessing what (Haendiges) was going to throw me, whether it was fast or change. I was kind of just letting myself react, and trusting my gut. So, really I wasn't thinking anything. I just knew it was 3-1 and I was going to get a good pitch."
 
The Beavers tied the game, 3-3, with a couple of two-out hits in the fifth inning. Kiki Escobar doubled and then came around to score on Eliana Gottlieb's triple.
 
Stevie Hansen came on in relief for the Ducks in the top of the seventh. She worked around a one-out walk to retire the side, and in the process, won her 12th game of the season against seven losses.

 
Noteworthy: Terra McGowan, who has a five-game hitting streak, saw her batting average climb again on Saturday to a team-leading .426. … Carlson's 13 homers are one shy from entering the UO single-season top 10. … Carlson has 34 RBI on the season, two behind Bunker's team-leading 36. … Three-time All-American Cheridan Hawkins, who holds the UO record with 1,081 career strikeouts, threw out the first pitch on Saturday. … The start of Saturday's game was delayed 1:14 due to rain. … Saturday's crowd included 15 dogs as the Ducks hosted their first-ever Bark in the Park game.

 
Quotable
Head Coach Melyssa Lombardi on Jasmine Williams' game-winning at-bat
"I love the at-bat Jas had, she was not going to be denied. She was going to find a way to put the ball in play. I just loved her toughness, her fight and just her grittiness at the plate."
 
On Deck: The Rivalry Series between Oregon and Oregon State concludes Sunday at 4 p.m. (Pac-12 Network). Oregon will honor its three seniors, Jordan Dail, Hannah Galey and Williams, during a postgame ceremony.
 
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