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Softball Finishes Sweep On Senior Day

May 1, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. — The regular-season finale at Jane Sanders Stadium was a memorable one for Oregon's three seniors, as the UO softball team finished off a series sweep of Oregon State with a 4-2 victory Sunday before 2,102 fans.

Following a rain-shortened shutout Friday and a walk-off win Saturday, the Ducks were in control much of Sunday's game to finish off the sweep. Oregon State had two on with two out in the seventh but the final pitch of the game was driven to left field, where senior Jasmine Williams secured the catch to clinch the victory.

"This weekend was huge for us," UO coach Melyssa Lombardi said. "It was big. To get that sweep, we see the standings in the Pac right now, and it's going to allow us to move up. … What we did here, I think it puts us in a great spot going into our final weekend."

Pitcher Jordan Dail and outfielder Hannah Galey were honored along with Williams in a Senior Day ceremony following the game.

"We want them to win in life," Lombardi said. "You're in with them day in, day out, you celebrate their victories, or you cry with them and see their struggles. To watch these guys come in as young girls, to transform into young, independent women, that's what our job is — and to play a little bit of softball."

How It Happened: UO starting pitcher Stevie Hansen cruised through two innings, striking out five. She was staked to a lead in the bottom of the second, when Ariel Carlson walked with one out, stole second and scored on a two-out double by Paige Sinicki.

A bases-loaded double by Mariah Mazon put OSU up 2-1 in the third. One day after Hansen got the win in relief after an 11-strikeout start by Makenna Kliethermes, it was Kliethermes spelling Hansen and getting out of the third-inning jam Sunday — then shutting out out OSU the rest of the way.

The Beavers' lead was short-lived, as Allee Bunker tied it 2-2 in the bottom of the third with her ninth homer of the season. The Ducks took a 4-2 lead in the fourth when pinch-hitter Gabby Herrera plated Carlson with a bases-loaded single, and Hanna Delgado was hit by a pitch to force in another run.

Kliethermes escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the fourth before 1-2-3 innings in the fifth and sixth. A one-out single and two-out hit batter provided some drama in the seventh, but Kliethermes then coaxed the fly ball that Williams safely secured to finish off the game.

Notable: The Ducks needed just four hits to score their four runs, thanks in part to working four walks and also some clutch two-out hitting — Carlson scored twice after walking, and each of Oregon's first two runs scored with two out. … Kliethermes allowed three runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out 15 in 10 2/3 innings Saturday and Sunday. … She was credited with her first win since North Dakota State on March 12. ... Oregon swept the conference series against the Beavers for the first time since 2017. ... Terra McGowan saw her five-game hit streak come to an end. ... Tehya Bird made her first start at first base since Feb. 12.

Quotable:
Second baseman Allee Bunker, on giving her team a boost with the home run after OSU took the lead
"I know rounding third my emotion is going to come through to them. I just want them to take that and run with it the rest of the game."

Outfielder Gabby Herrera, on starting off May by clinching a series sweep, after being 2-11 in April entering the weekend
"We walked on the field today and Val (Wong) said, 'April showers bring May flowers.' We thought of that. Last month is over. Now it's just reaping the harvest and being ready to go this month."

Up Next: The Ducks open their final series of the regular season at Stanford on Friday (5 p.m., Pac-12 Network).