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Walk-Off Homer Gives Ducks Opener

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EUGENE — Terra McGowan’s two-run home run in the seventh inning Friday gave No. 12 Oregon a 2-1, walk-off victory over No. 7 Arizona at Jane Sanders Stadium.

The Ducks (32-13, 10-9 Pac-12) didn’t have a baserunner through six innings. But senior Haley Cruse led off the seventh with a single, and McGowan launched a one-out home run over the netting several dozen feet above the wall in left field to give Oregon the win.

“From the minute our team stepped on the field, I could feel them today,” UO coach Melyssa Lombardi said. “It was taking a little longer than what we wanted on offense. But it was worth the wait.”

Brooke Yanez allowed two hits over seven innings, one of them a solo home run — which seemed, when the seventh inning began, that it was all the Wildcats would need. But McGowan’s homer made a winner of Yanez, and gave the Ducks their fourth victory of the season over a top-10 team.

“The whole year, we’ve really been talking about taking energy from defense to offense,” McGowan said. “Brooke have us that energy the entire game.”

How It Happened: Yanez (17-5) struck out the side on 12 pitches in the first, and pitched around a walk in the second. She allowed a one-out single in the fourth, but her catcher McGowan picked off the runner.

No. 9 hitter Hannah Martinez broke up the shutout in the sixth when she hit a one-out home run to center field. After a mound visit by Lombardi, Yanez retired the next five Wildcats in order to set the stage for Oregon’s rally in the seventh.

“I just told her to keep fighting, and that we’re going to get runs for her,” Lombardi said. “Even when I went to the mound (after the home run), she had a look in her eye.”

Allee Bunker sent a ball to the left-field fence in the bottom of the first, but it was caught at the wall. The Ducks’ bats then went quiet until the seventh, when they produced all the offense they’d need for the win.

Cruse went ahead in the count 3-0 to lead off the inning, took two strikes and then dumped a single into short right field. Bunker laid down a bunt that moved Cruse to second, and McGowan fouled off a pitch down 0-2 before launching her walk-off homer.

“I finally got that inside pitch,” she said. “And I just turned on it. I was sitting in, but I was really hacking at anything close in that at-bat.”

Notable: Oregon won when trailing after six innings for the first time since a May 27, 2018 Super Regional win over Kentucky … The Ducks improved to 6-0 on the season in one-run games … The Ducks won on a walk-off for the third time this season while McGowan delivered her first career walk-off hit … She extended her hitting streak to seven games by finishing 1-for-3 … Yanez delivered her 10th complete-game win of the season.

On Deck: The Ducks and Wildcats will play at doubleheader Saturday on Pac-12 Networks beginning at 2 p.m.


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Ducks Host Arizona on Senior Weekend

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No. 12 Oregon returns home for its final home series of the regular season when it opens a four-game series against No. 7 Arizona on Friday at 5 p.m. Game one of the series will be on ESPN2, while the final three will be on the Pac-12 Network. The Ducks are facing their fourth ranked opponent in the last five weeks – all of which have been in the top 12 of the NFCA Coaches’ Poll. Arizona leads the all-time series between the two programs, 87-32, though Oregon holds an 18-9 advantage in games played since 2011.
 
GAME INFO  
DID YOU KNOW?
Allee Bunker is the only player in the Pac-12 with at least 150 plate appearances and five or fewer strikeouts. She’s also third in the league with 45 RBIs.
 
CAN’T TOUCH THIS
Oregon pitching has racked up the strikeouts at a high rate this season. The Ducks are sixth in the nation with 359 strikeouts and join Oklahoma as one of just two teams in the country with three players in the top 50 in strikeouts per seven innings. Brooke Yanez, Makenna Kliethermes and Samaria Diaz are all averaging at least 8.8 strikeouts per seven innings and are in the top 50 in strikeout rate.
 
RUNNING THE GAUNTLET
The Ducks have been tested against some of the best the Pac-12 – and the nation – has to offer over the last four weeks. Oregon has faced three top-12 teams in No. 2 UCLA, No. 6 Washington and No. 12 Arizona State, while also facing another quality opponent in Stanford, in the last four series. Of Oregon’s 13 losses this year, 11 have come in that stretch with nine of those coming against ranked teams.
 
FINDING WAYS TO WIN
Oregon has made a habit of winning close games this season. The Ducks are 16-5 this year in games decided by three runs or less, and are 5-0 in games decided by one run. Oregon has also won nine times in games in which it has trailed, while winning seven games when either tied or trailing after four innings. The Ducks have outscored their opponents 79-47 from the fifth inning on this season.
 
SENIOR WEEKEND
Following Sunday’s home regular season finale, Oregon will honor its five student-athletes who will be graduating and moving on from the program at the end of the season. The group of five includes a pair of fifth-year seniors who took advantage of the extra year of eligibility due to COVID-19, Haley Cruse and Samaria Diaz, while a pair of seniors in Shaye Bowden and Maddie Hopper will also be finishing their collegiate careers at the end of the year. The Ducks will also honor Annalisa Williamson, a junior who will be graduating and moving on from the program.
 
SO MANY OPTIONS
Oregon head coach Melyssa Lombardi again has numerous options at her disposal when it comes to the starting lineup. The Ducks have used a different starting combination both in the batting order in 39 of the 43 games this year while using 33 different starting combinations on defense. No Oregon player has started each game in the same spot in the lineup, while only Rachel Cid has started at the same position defensively in each of the 44. In 24 games last year, the Ducks used 22 different combinations in their batting order, going with a different batting lineup each of the last 19 games of the season.
 
SHUT THE DOOR
With the luxury of being able to turn to any one of its five pitchers, Oregon currently leads the conference with nine saves. The Ducks are the only team in the conference to have four pitchers with multiple saves, led by Samaria Diaz, who leads the Pac-12 with three saves. Of those nine saves, five have been outings that covered more than one inning while the four pitchers have combined to allow just one run over 17.2 innings pitched in those appearances.
 
RALLY WITH TWO
Oregon has done a lot of its damage offensively with two outs this year. The Ducks have scored 114 of their 232 runs on the season with two outs in innings. In 21 of the 44 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 35 of the 44 games. The Ducks are also hitting .323 as a team with two outs – 22 points higher than the overall team batting average.
 
CLUTCH BOMBS
Oregon has hit a number of its home runs in key situations this season, with 19 of its 47 long balls either tying the game or giving the Ducks a lead. Alyssa Brito leads the way with five homers that have either scored the tying or go-ahead runs, followed by Haley Cruse with four and Allee Bunker and Rachel Cid each with three. Additionally, 11 other homers have come with Oregon ahead by less than four runs to give the Ducks some key insurance.

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Early Homers Not Enough in Series Finale

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TEMPE, Ariz. – No. 8 Oregon jumped out to an early lead once again, hitting a pair of second-inning homers, but couldn’t hang on in a 9-6 loss at No. 12 Arizona State in the series finale Sunday.
 
How it Happened: For the third time this series, Oregon struck first, going up 4-0 in the second inning behind a pair of two-run homers. After Rachel Cid led off the inning with a single, Ariel Carlson came up two batters later and took one out the other way to right center to make it 2-0. Allee Bunker reached on an error, and Terra McGowan took advantage by blasting another two-run shot out to straight away center.
 
ASU (31-12, 11-7 Pac-12) once again used a big inning to jump in front, scoring six runs in the third inning. Kindra Hackbarth hit a two-run homer and Maddi Hackbarth followed with a run-scoring single to chase Oregon starter Brooke Yanez. Makenna Harper hit a three-run homer off reliever Samaria Diaz to go in front 6-4.
 
The Sun Devils used the long ball again in the fifth to extend the lead with a leadoff solo homer, making it 7-4. They added two more in the sixth to break it open and take a 9-4 lead.
 
The Ducks (31-13, 9-9 Pac-12) got a rally going in the seventh, scoring a pair of runs to cut the deficit to three. Shaye Bowden singled home Hanna Delgado before pinch-runner Hannah Galey scored on a groundout but a flyout ended the game with the tying run in the on deck circle.
 
Notable: McGowan finished the weekend 7-for-16 (.438) with three runs scored, recording multiple hits in three of the four games … Delgado also turned in a strong weekend, going 7-for-15 (.467) with a pair of runs scored … Carlson’s homer was her first of the season, making her the 11th different Duck to go yard this year … Her home run was also the 19th by the Ducks that has either tied the game or given them the lead.
 
On Deck: The Ducks return home for the final home series of the regular season against Arizona starting Friday at 5 p.m. (ESPN2).

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Long Ball Dooms Ducks in Doubleheader

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TEMPE, Ariz. – No. 8 Oregon dropped both ends of its doubleheader at No. 12 Arizona State Saturday, 10-4 and 4-1, with a pair of early homers in each game proving to be the difference.
 
Game 1: No. 12 Arizona State 10, No. 8 Oregon 4
Oregon again jumped out to a lead in the first inning but couldn’t hang on, as eight walks by the pitching staff and homers in the first and third innings came back to haunt the Ducks in a 10-4 loss to Arizona State in the doubleheader opener.  
 
How it Happened: The two teams traded three-run homers in the first to make it 3-3. After Haley Cruse led off the game with a single and Allee Bunker was hit by a pitch, Hanna Delgado came up with two outs and blasted a three-run shot to right center to put the Ducks on top early again. ASU responded with a two-out three-run homer of its own in the bottom half to tie it.
 
The Sun Devils took the lead in the third inning, going in front 5-3 on a Maddi Hackbarth two-run homer off Ducks reliever Makenna Kliethermes.
 
Oregon cut the deficit in half with a run in the sixth inning. After Rachel Cid beat out an infield single with one out, Mya Felder cashed her in with a double to left center that scored Cid from first to put the Ducks within one at 5-4.
 
Arizona State broke it open with five runs in the bottom half of the inning, taking advantage of four walks by the Ducks in the frame to make it 10-4.
 
Game 1 Notables: Delgado blasted her second homer of the season – both of which have been three-run shots … She turned in her second multi-hit game of the series, finishing 2-for-3 with the three RBIs … Terra McGowan also turned in her second two-hit game of the weekend, going 2-for-4 with a double … Cruse moved into a tie for seventh at Oregon in career runs scored with 147, matching Samantha Pappas (2010-13) … Oregon’s eight walks are the most it has issued since March 23, 2019 against Washington.
 
Game 2: No. 12 Arizona State 4, No. 8 Oregon 1
Despite Samaria Diaz’s strong relief effort in the circle, Oregon dropped the nightcap of the doubleheader at Arizona State, 4-1, with a pair of two-run homers in the second inning ending up as the difference.
 
How it Happened: Down 4-0 headed into the seventh inning, the Ducks got back-to-back singles from McGowan and Delgado to open the inning. Shaye Bowden came up next and plated McGowan on an RBI infield hit to put Oregon within three with no outs and two runners on. That was all the Ducks would get though, as the Sun Devils retired the next three to finish the game.
 
Arizona State again used the long ball to strike first for four runs in the second. The Sun Devils hit a pair of two-run homers to chase Oregon starter Jordan Dail and make it 4-0.
 
From there until the seventh, it was a pitcher’s duel between Diaz and ASU’s Allison Royalty. Diaz struck out eight over 4.2 innings out of the bullpen to give the Ducks a chance in the last, while Royalty kept the Oregon bats in check over 5.1 shutout innings.
 
Game 2 Notables: Diaz set a season-high with eight strikeouts and matched the most she’s had in a game in her two seasons as a Duck … Gabby Herrera went 2-for-2 off the bench, turning in her first career multi-hit game … McGowan went 1-for-3 and has a hit in each of the three games this weekend.
 
On Deck: The Ducks will go for the conference series win and overall split at Arizona State Sunday at 12 p.m. (Pac-12 Network).
 

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Ducks Open Series with Extra-Inning Win

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TEMPE, Ariz. – After losing an early lead, Oregon responded by scoring single runs in the sixth and ninth innings to open a big series at No. 12 Arizona State with a 6-5 win in extra innings Friday at Farrington Stadium.
 
Allee Bunker paced the offense by driving in four runs, including the tying run, while Makenna Kliethermes and Raegan Breedlove combined for six innings of one-run relief while allowing just two hits and striking out five.
 
How it Happened: Terra McGowan led off the ninth inning with a single to right field before being sacrificed over to second base. After a pop up, Rachel Cid legged out an infield single to bring up Mya Felder with two outs. Felder hit a first-pitch grounder to shortstop that was booted, allowing McGowan to score from third and make it 6-5.
 
Breedlove came out of the bullpen to start the bottom of the ninth and got the first two batters she faced before hitting the next to put a runner at first with two outs. She came right back and pounded the zone, getting the batter to ground out to end the game.
 
Bunker put the Ducks in front right off the bat, blasting a two-run shot out to left field two batters in to score Haley Cruse, who led off with a single. Shaye Bowden added to the lead with a homer to left field to start the second inning, before Bunker again delivered with an RBI single to make it 4-0, Ducks.
 
The Sun Devils (28-12, 9-7 Pac-12) struck for five runs in the fourth inning to take the lead. Maddi Hackbarth led off the inning with a homer before Makenna Harper hit a three-run shot to chase Oregon starter Brooke Yanez. ASU added another solo homer off Kliethermes to go in front, 5-4.
 
The Ducks (31-10, 9-7 Pac-12) answered with a run in the sixth inning to tie things up at five. Bowden led off the inning with a single before pinch-runner Hannah Galey moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a flyout. Bunker came up with two outs and delivered once again by dropping a single down the right field line to score Galey.
 
Kliethermes (7-4) worked out of some trouble in the seventh and eighth innings. She stranded a one-out double in the seventh to send it to extras before working around a leadoff walk in the eighth with a couple of lineouts, the first of which was a double play to give the Ducks a chance to take the lead in the ninth.
 
Quotable: Senior Shaye Bowden
On opening the series with a win…
“We talked about having that passion and joy for the game, and I really think we came out and left it all out there. We’ve been really working through things this week so I really enjoyed seeing that today.”

Notable: The Ducks played an extra inning game for the first time this year and the first time since March 8, 2020 … Oregon improved to 5-0 in one-run games this season … The Ducks are also 16-3 in games decided by three runs or less … Oregon won when trailing after five innings for the first time this year … Cruse moved into a tie for eighth in career runs scored at Oregon, matching Kaylan Howard (2010-13) with 146 … Bunker drove in at least four runs for the third time this year and at least three runs for the sixth time … Bowden turned in her third multi-hit game in the her last four, going 2-for-5 with the homer … The top four in Oregon’s order – Cruse, Bunker and McGowan – combined to go 7-for-14 with four RBIs and four runs scored.
 
On Deck: The two teams continue the series with a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. on Pac-12 Network.

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Ducks Head to the Desert For Top-15 Matchup

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Oregon heads back on the road for yet another series against a top-15 opponent when it opens a four-game set at No. 12 Arizona State Friday in Tempe. The Sun Devils are the third top-15 conference opponent the eighth-ranked Ducks will have played in the last four weekends as they look to secure some resume-building wins after going 4-8 over the last three weeks. ASU leads the all-time series, 60-50-1, but Oregon has won 13 of the last 18 matchups going back to 2014.
 
GAME INFO  
DID YOU KNOW?
Oregon shortstop Alyssa Brito currently leads Pac-12 true freshmen in batting average, home runs and RBIs while owns a .976 fielding percentage with just two errors all season.
 
CAN’T TOUCH THIS
Oregon pitching has racked up the strikeouts at a high rate this season. The Ducks are seventh in the nation with 324 strikeouts and join Oklahoma as one of just two teams in the country with three players in the top 50 in strikeouts per seven innings. Brooke Yanez, Makenna Kliethermes and Samaria Diaz are all averaging at least 8.7 strikeouts per seven innings and are in the top 50 in strikeout rate.
 
BRINGING THE POP
Oregon’s offense has been led by a trio of players hitting at least .370, with Haley Cruse, Alyssa Brito and Allee Bunker all at that mark or better and in the top 12 of the Pac-12. Cruse is seventh in the league hitting .382 while Brito is right behind in eighth batting .381 to lead all true freshmen in the conference in that category. Bunker is 12th at .370 to make the Ducks one of three teams in the Pac-12 with three players hitting at least .370.
 
FINDING WAYS TO WIN
Oregon has made a habit of winning close games this season. The Ducks are 15-3 this year in games decided by three runs or less, and are 4-0 in games decided by one run. Oregon has also won eight 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 73-39 from the fifth inning on this season.
 
SO MANY OPTIONS
Oregon head coach Melyssa Lombardi again has numerous options at her disposal when it comes to the starting lineup. The Ducks have used a different starting combination both in the batting order in 35 of the 40 games this year while using 31 different starting combinations on defense. No Oregon player has started each game in the same spot in the lineup, while only Rachel Cid has started at the same position defensively in each of the 40.
 
NO FREE PASSES
Oregon’s pitching staff has been among the best in the country in strikeout-to-walk ratio over the first 11 weeks of the season. The Ducks are currently seventh nationally and second in the Pac-12 with a 4.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio, recording 324 total strikeouts to 72 walks this year. Oregon is one of just seven teams nationally with a K-BB ratio of at least 4.50, joining UCLA, Michigan, North Texas, George Washington, Fresno State and Virginia Tech.
 
SCORING IN BUNCHES
Oregon has put together a number of big innings this season, scoring at least five runs in an inning 12 times this season. The Ducks have gotten multiple runs in over half of the innings in which they have plated a run, putting up a crooked number in 48 of the 93 innings this season in which they have scored. Oregon’s monster innings are highlighted by a season-high of nine runs scored in an inning in the bottom of the first against Portland State on March 7.
 
RALLY WITH TWO
Oregon has done a lot of its damage offensively with two outs over the first 40 games of the year. The Ducks have scored 107 of their 215 runs on the season with two outs in innings. In 20 of the 40 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 32 of the 40 games. The Ducks are also hitting .334 as a team with two outs – 29 points higher than the overall team batting average.
 
PRODUCING AGAINST THE PAC
A trio of Oregon players have done some major damage over the 24 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 .375 on the season against Pac-12 opponents with the three of them combining to hit .378 in those games. Additionally, all three are reaching base at a clip of at least .400.

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Ducks Settle For Series Split

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EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon softball team had to settle for a series split with Stanford after dropping Sunday’s finale at Jane Sanders Stadium, 5-0.

The Ducks (30-10) managed just three hits and had three pitchers allow at least one run to the Cardinal (25-13). Oregon is 7-9 in April, and will look to get back on track next weekend against Arizona State, which is a half-game ahead of the Ducks in the Pac-12.

“Just not good enough,” UO coach Melyssa Lombardi said. “We got out-played, out-coached, out-everything.”

How It Happened: A two-out solo home run in the first inning got Stanford on the board first against UO starter Makenna Kliethermes. Hanna Delgado singled in the bottom of the inning and Terra McGowan moved her up on a single with two out, but the Ducks didn’t manage another hit until McGowan’s single in the seventh.

The Oregon Ducks take on the Stanford Cardinal at Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on April 25, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

In between, the Cardinal added on with a two-run homer in the second. Samaria Daiz entered for Oregon in the third and loaded the bases before escaping the jam unscathed, but the Ducks weren’t able to respond at the plate.

“In this league, any time you get an opportunity and you get momentum, you have to take it,” Lombardi said. “And when you don’t take it, you’re going to be on the wrong side of it.”

Stanford broke through for an insurance run off Diaz in the fifth, and added an unearned run off UO reliever Raegan Breedlove in the seventh.

On Deck: The Ducks open a four-game series at ASU on Friday (6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network).

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Big Third Inning Fuels Win

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EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon responded after falling behind early with a six-run third inning while recording 14 hits as an offense in a 7-4 win over Stanford on Saturday. The Ducks have won the two games in the series that are designated as conference contests and will look for the overall series win Sunday.
 
“We’ve shown all year that any time an opponent scores, we come back and answer,” said head coach Melyssa Lombardi. “So to see us answer with six and get one more (in the sixth inning), I think that’s what we needed.”
 
How it Happened: The Ducks got the bats going in the bottom of the third, striking for six runs to take the lead. Terra McGowan got the scoring started after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded before Rachel Cid tied it up with a line-shot single up the middle to score Alyssa Brito and Hanna Delgado. Allee Bunker gave Oregon the lead one batter later with a two-run double to right center before another run came home on a double play.
 
Oregon added a run in the sixth inning as McGowan beat out a potential inning-ending double play to allow a run to score and make it 7-3. Stanford threatened in the seventh, scoring a run after putting the first three runners on base to chase Ducks’ starter Brooke Yanez and make it 7-4. Raegan Breedlove came in and shut the door, getting a double play on her first pitch out of the bullpen before ending it with a ground out.
 
Stanford struck first again, scoring two unearned runs in the second after an error by Brito on a rundown following a failed squeeze bunt attempt. The Cardinal added a run in the third with a two-out double to make it 3-0 before the Ducks responded with the big bottom half of the third to go in front for good.
 
Notable: Oregon’s 14 hits are the most in a conference game since a win over the Cardinal on March 30, 2019 … The 14 hits are also one off of the Ducks’ season-high of 15 … The six-run third inning marked the 11th time this year the Ducks have scored at least five runs in an inning … Four Oregon players turned in multi-hit games while three delivered multiple-RBI performances … Haley Cruse led the way going 3-for-4 with a run scored for her 13th multi-hit game of the season … McGowan delivered her seventh multi-RBI game of the year, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs … Cid and Bunker each finished with two RBIs after their big hits in the third inning … Breedlove got her first career save and is the fourth Oregon pitcher to record one this year.
 
On Deck: The Ducks wrap up the series with the Cardinal Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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Softball Splits Doubleheader Friday

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EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon kicked off its weekend homestand against Stanford on Friday with a walk-off win in the opening game of a doubleheader, taking the Pac-12 Conference matchup before dropping the nonconference nightcap.

“Loved how they fought in the first game,” UO coach Melyssa Lombardi said. “Second game, you could see us putting pressure on the pitcher, but … we needed to get to that pressure sooner. We didn’t get there soon enough.”

Game 1: No. 6 Oregon 2, Stanford 1
Brooke Yanez (15-4) got back in the win column with seven innings of one-run ball, and Hanna Delgado doubled in Hannah Galey in the bottom of the seventh to give the Ducks a walk-off win.

How It Happened: Yanez, whose last win was April 9, allowed a solo home run in the first inning but settled in from there. She struck out seven and scattered four hits while walking two, going seven innings in a win for the ninth time this season.

After missing out on a couple early opportunities to even the score, Oregon finally did so in the fifth. Alyssa Brito was hit to open the inning and took second on a sacrifice bunt. After a one-out walk put two on, Haley Cruse lofted a line drive down the first-base line that carried over the right fielder’s head to the wall.

Brito was the catalyst again in the seventh. After she singled to lead off the inning, Galey was inserted to pinch run. A sacrifice bunt moved her to second, and a two-out intentional walk to Cruse but the bat in the hands of Delgado. She chopped a ball up the line that got past the first baseman, bringing Galey sliding in across home plate for the winning run.

Hannah Galey

There was confusion among the umpiring crew regarding whether the ball was fair or foul, leading Stanford to protest after the home plate umpire made the final call of a fair ball to end the game. The protest was adjudicated during a lengthy delay, after which Oregon was determined to have won.

“My approach was just to relax and get my pitch, and battle as much as I could,” Delgado said. “I thought it was fair from my view; obviously it’s hard for me to watch from my position as a runner.”

Game 2: Stanford 3, No. 6 Oregon 1
After the teams traded runs in the fifth inning, the Cardinal scored twice in the sixth and Oregon was unable to take full advantage of some opportunities late in a game that didn’t count toward the Pac-12 standings.

How It Happened: Makenna Kliethermes faced just one over the minimum through four innings before running into trouble in the fifth. With a runner on second and two out, another razor-thin fair-foul call went Stanford’s way, with a ball up the third-base line ruled fair for a run-scoring single.

Rachel Cid

Rachel Cid led off the bottom of the fifth with a single for Oregon, and Brito followed with a double. Mya Felder reached on an error to plate Cid and put runners on the corners with none out, but the Ducks weren’t able to further capitalize.

“We’re getting our runners (in scoring position),” Lombardi said. “We’ve gotta find a way to cash in.”

The Ducks paid the price in the top of the sixth. After a sparkling defensive play to open the inning by the UO shortstop Brito, diving to her right to snare a line drive in the hole, the Cardinal chased Kliethermes with a triple that just eluded the glove of diving UO center fielder Deijah Pangilinan. Samaria Diaz entered and allowed an RBI single to give Stanford the lead, and three batters later another RBI single made it 3-1.

Allee Bunker reached on a one-hit single in the bottom of the sixth before being erased on a double play. The Ducks mounted a two-out rally in the seventh on a double by Felder followed by Gabby Herrera being hit by a pitch, before the Cardinal escaped the jam to end the game.  

On Deck: After rescheduling the nonconference matchup to Friday due to potential inclement weather later in the weekend, the two teams are scheduled to play a single game Saturday at 1 p.m.


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Ducks Add Transfer to Incoming Class

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Oregon announced the addition of transfer Kailee Luschar to next year’s incoming class. Luschar spent the fall at Arizona State and will join the program during the fall of 2021.
 
“Kailee is an extremely versatile athlete and will help us at numerous positions on the field,” said assistant coach Justin Shults. “She will add a strong left-handed bat and will provide power and speed for us.”
 
As a senior at Carson High School, Luschar was named the Nevada Gatorade State Player of the Year following the shortened 2020 season. She also earned PGF Western Region All-America honors in 2020 after finishing her high school career with a .510 batting average and 90 stolen bases to go along with a .580 on-base percentage and 11 home runs.
 
Luschar was named to the Nevada Preps All-State second-team following her junior season in 2019. She hit .579 with four homers, 26 RBIs and 44 runs scored while stealing 35 bases and finishing with a .633 on-base percentage. Luschar had a hit in all but one of her 28 games played while recording multiple hits 20 times.
 
The Carson City, Nev. native earned all-state honorable mention recognition from Nevada Preps as both a freshman and sophomore. She hit .462 with 50 runs scored and a .556 on-base percentage to go along with 22 stolen bases in 2018 as a sophomore with a hit in 30 of the 33 games. Luschar turned in a stellar freshman year, hitting .480 with seven doubles, four homers and 14 RBIs in addition to 31 stolen bases.
 
Luschar was ranked No. 97 in Extra Inning Softball’s final rankings for the Class of 2020 and will become the fourth top-100 player from that class on the Oregon roster, joining current freshmen Tehya Bird, Raegan Breedlove and Alyssa Brito. She will also join her younger sister, Kedre Luschar, as a part of the incoming group of Ducks next season as Kedre signed in November and will come to Eugene as a freshman in the fall.

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