Ducks Head to Seattle for Another Top-10 Showdown

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Coming off of its first weekend series loss of the season against No. 2 UCLA, fourth-ranked Oregon will hit the road for another top-10 series, taking on No. 6 Washington starting Friday. The Ducks and Huskies will face each other for the first time in two years, playing Friday at 5 p.m., a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. Saturday and a single game Sunday at 2 p.m. The final three games of the series will be on Pac-12 Network. Washington leads the all-time series between the teams, 58-31.
 
GAME INFO  
DID YOU KNOW?
Oregon second baseman Allee Bunker is hitting .473 with six home runs, 16 RBIs and 11 total extra base hits in the 16 games the Ducks have played against Pac-12 teams.
 
CAN’T TOUCH THIS
Oregon pitching has racked up the strikeouts at a high rate this season. The Ducks are third in the nation with 281 strikeouts and are the only team with three players in the top 40 nationally in strikeouts per seven innings. Brooke Yanez, Makenna Kliethermes and Samaria Diaz are all averaging over 9.30 strikeouts per seven innings.
 
BRINGING THE POP
Oregon second baseman Allee Bunker has turned in massive production offensively in her third season as a Duck. She currently leads the team and is third in the conference with a .416 batting average and is fifth in the Pac-12 and first on the team with 36 RBIs. She’s driven in a run in 21 of the 32 games and is batting .463 with runners in scoring postion. Against UCLA this past weekend, Bunker went 8-for-13 and hit three homers while driving in five runs.
 
FINDING WAYS TO WIN
Oregon has thrived under pressure and in close games this season. The Ducks are 13-1 this year in games decided by three runs or less, including three wins in one-run games. Oregon has also won five times in games in which it has trailed, while winning six games when either tied or trailing after four innings. The Ducks have outscored their opponents 63-31 from the fifth inning on this season.
 
SWING & MISS STUFF
Oregon is currently the only team in the country with three players in the top 40 nationally in strikeouts per seven innings. As a staff, the Ducks are second in the conference with 9.55 strikeouts per seven innings while Oregon is the only team with three players in the top 10 of the Pac-12 in strikeout rate. The Ducks are also third nationally in total strikeouts with 281 on the season, trailing only Alabama and this weekend’s opponent, Washington. Makenna Kliethermes is 15th in the nation and third in the Pac-12 with 11.89 strikeouts per seven innings while Brooke Yanez is fourth in the league and 20th nationally with 10.92 and Samaria Diaz is at 9.31, seventh in the Pac-12 and 35th in the country.
 
NO FREE PASSES
Oregon’s pitching staff has been among the best in the country in strikeout-to-walk ratio over the first nine weeks of the season. The Ducks are currently third nationally and second in the Pac-12 with a 5.40 strikeout-to-walk ratio, recording 281 total strikeouts to just 52 walks this year. Oregon is one of just five teams nationally with a K-BB ratio of over five and the only team in the country in the top three nationally in both total strikeouts and strikeout-to-walk ratio.
 
RALLY WITH TWO
Oregon has done a lot of its damage offensively with two outs over the first 32 games of the year. The Ducks have scored 97 of their 192 runs on the season with two outs in innings. In 18 of the 32 games, Oregon has scored at least half of its runs with two gone in an inning, while scoring at least one two-out run in 28 of the 32 games. The Ducks are also hitting .348 as a team with two outs – 34 points higher than the overall team batting average.
 
PRODUCING AGAINST THE PAC
A trio of Oregon players have done some major damage over the 16 games this season against Pac-12 opponents – regardless of whether the games were considered conference or nonconference. Mya Felder, Allee Bunker and Haley Cruse are all batting at least .400 on the season against Pac-12 opponents with the three of them combining to hit .430 in those games. Additionally, all three are reaching base at a clip of at least .440.
 
1-2 PUNCH
Two mainstays in the Oregon lineup have found a way to get the job done consistently throughout the year. Haley Cruse and Allee Bunker are leading the team in numerous offensive categories and have been two of the Ducks’ most consistent players all season. Cruse has reached base in each of the last 24 games and has gotten on in all but one game this season while she has had a hit in 26 of her 31 games played. Bunker has gotten on base in all but three of the games this season and has a hit in 27 of the 32 games. Additionally, she has driven in a run in 21 of her 32 games played.

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