The University of Oregon softball team came back from a three-run deficit late in the game to shock the visiting Stanford Cardinal at Howe Field with a walk-off win sparked by a double by Samantha Pappas that scored Janie Takeda. The game-ending hit was her second of the season.
Getting the start and eventual win for the Ducks was Jessica Moore, who threw four innings of six-hit, three run softball while striking two out. Cheridan Hawkins came in for Moore in the fifth inning and finished the Cardinals in the last three innings, giving up just one hit while striking out eight.
Starting the game for Stanford was Teagan Gerhart, who came out after pitching 3 1/3 innings, giving up three hits and two runs while recording no walks or strikeouts. Kelsey Stevens would record the loss for the Cardinal, pitching 3 1/3 innings, surrendering four hits, two runs–one earned–and three walks while striking out six.
Stanford got the game going in the second inning, plating an early two runs off Moore. After a single and double to start the inning, the Cardinal used a wild pitch and another single to come away with a 2-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the second. They would then strike in the fourth inning for their final run of the game off a home run by Cassandra Roulund to give them a 3-0 lead with four innings left for the Ducks to strike back.
Oregon would respond to their deficit in the bottom of the inning, plating two runs to pull within one of the visitors. Kaylan Howard got things going for the Ducks in the inning, launching her eighth home run of the season to score Oregon’s first run of the day.Their next run would come in the form of Kailee Cuico, who doubled and then found her way all the way home on two illegal pitches by Stevens.
The Ducks then evened the game in the following inning on a single by Takeda that plated pinch-runner Koral Costa.
Stifling the Stanford hitters for the final three innings of the game, Oregon used their dominant pitching to pave way for Pappas’ walk-off double.
The Ducks and Cardinals will now square off on Sunday at Howe Field in the second game of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 3 pm.