Late Inning Heroics Fall Short, Beavers Downed by Ducks on Sunday
EUGENE, Ore. – A fourth inning two-run rally handed Oregon State softball the 4-2 loss at No. 22 Oregon on Sunday afternoon. Five different Beavers scattered a hit on the day while senior Mariah Mazon led the offense with two runs batted in during the loss.
Mazon got the starting nod for the series finale on Sunday afternoon and suffered the loss in the circle after pitching three 1/3 innings, allowing three hits, four runs and struck out seven Ducks. Freshman Sarah Haendiges threw the final 2.2 frames, giving up just one hit.
Both lineups were retired in order during the first inning before Oregon scored a run in the second. Mazon gave up a two-out RBI double to left as the Ducks lead 1-0.
The Beavers responded in the next half inning with a pair off three hits, leading 2-1. Des Rivera lead with a single to left field, advancing to second after Savanah Whatley ripped a single through the left side. After a fielder's choice and Eliana Gottlieb's walk, Mazon delivered a double to left, plating Whatley and freshman Kiki Escobar.
Oregon evened the game in the bottom half of the frame with a two-out solo home run. With the bases loaded, OSU was unable to capitalize in the fourth which would eventually prove to be costly.
The Ducks would get back to work in the fourth, plating a pair of runs off a hit and a Beaver error. Once again, both teams were retired in order during the fifth while just one hit was allowed in the sixth.
The Beavers threatened again in the seventh as Escobar singled up the middle with one out. After a flyout, Mazon wore a pitch as OSU had runners in scoring position with two outs. Frankie Hammoude sent a deep fly ball to left field that just missed the wall and ended any late inning heroics.
Following the bye weekend, the Beavers return home for the final Pac-12 regular season weekend, hosting Utah May 12-14. The three-game tilt is scheduled to begin on Thursday, May 12 at 6 p.m. PT, continues on Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m. PT with the finale on Saturday for Senior Day at 11 a.m. PT.
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