Oregon Baseball (19-15, 6-9) lost the series, 1-2, to the hated huskies in Seattle, while No. 3 Oregon Softball (34-7, 9-3) took control of the the Sun Devils in Tempe by going 2-1.
This Thursday, the baseball team will enter the Civil War at 6 PM and the softball team will face the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners at 4 PM, but enough about the future, lets talk about the past!
OREGON SOFTBALL RECAP
GAME 1/ DUCKS 5 - SUN DEVILS 0
While the baseball team was battling the rain in Seattle, the softball team attempted to tame the wind in Tempe. Unlike in Seattle, the elements seemed to be in the Duck’s favor as the webfoot women beat the Sun Devils 5-0 through the red-hot pitching of Megan Kleist. The junior had 10 strikeouts and improved her season record to 12-4. Kleist has a season ERA of 0.81, and Oregon’s overall ERA is now 1.00.
The Sun Devils had their best showing in the first inning, but Kleist left two Devils stranded on the corners. The Ducks opened the scoring in the fifth inning when DJ Sanders was batted in by an Alexis Mack bunt aided by an ASU error, and then Shannon Rhodes sent Mack home with a two-out single.
The wind helped Gwen Svekis, a player who needs no help when it comes to scoring, by turning a simple pop fly into an error as two Sun Devils collided while tracking the golden-snitch-like ball. Mary Iakopo then sailed a homer deep center field to make it 4-0 Ducks. Then, Jenna Lilley added a solo-homer in the seventh and Kleist took care of the rest.
A series sweep would set the Ducks up for a top three match-up against No. 2 Oklahoma on Thursday. The Ducks and Sun Devils are now tied 33-6 on the season.
GAME 2/ DUCKS 9 - SUN DEVILS 1
Whether it’s a blowout loss or a dominating win, and this was certainly the latter, a lopsided game can usually be recapped in few words. The Ducks had six homers in Tempe, while Miranda Elish continued her punishing play with 12 strikeouts and zero walks. Gwen Svekis (two solos), Lauren Lindvall (two-run), Mary Iakopo (solo), April Utecht (two-run), and a solo homer by DJ Sanders buried the Sun Devils. A solo home run by DeNae Chatman denied the Ducks yet another run-rule victory. Oregon will attempt the state of Arizona sweep in today’s game.
GAME 3/ DUCKS 0 - SUN DEVILS 4
The Sun Devils broke a three-year streak of Duck domination, by finally beating them in the last game of the series. Oregon only managed three hits and left five runners on base, while Arizona State scored in the first, third, fourth, and fifth. Megan Kleist was handed her fifth loss of the season.
OREGON BASEBALL RECAP
GAME 1/ DUCKS 1 - huskies 2
Oregon fell to Washington 2-1 in the first of a three-game series in Seattle. The rain was constant and abundant, and at times both teams had a hard time controlling the ball. Matt Mercer did his best to keep the Ducks in the game by striking out eight huskies and holding them to two runs on six hits, but it was all in vain.
Gabe Matthews also had a terrific outing fall short of saving the Ducks. The sophomore from Salem went a perfect 3-of-3 with a home run and two doubles. After the huskies took a quick 2-0 lead at the bottom of the first (the first run due to a wild pitch by Mercer), Matthews hit a homer at the top of the second. Unfortunately, the Ducks offense stopped there, and now all the pressure is placed on the next two games.
GAME 2/ DUCKS 6 - huskies 4
The Ducks tied the series 1-1 against their most hated rival yesterday in a grueling 13-inning game. Due to a rain delay, this was part one of a double header.
Oregon scored in the first through a Jakob Goldfarb two-out RBI single, then Washington responded with a run at the bottom of the inning. The Ducks scored in the second when Jonny DeLuca drove in Ryne Nelson, and then at the top of the fifth Gabe Matthews once again hit a homer against the huskies.
The score was 3-1 in the Ducks favor when Levi Jordan nailed a two-run homer to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th. The home run was the first allowed by Kenjon Yovan, and his 7.1 innings pitched was a career high for the converted closer.
Both teams failed to score in the 9th which lead to extra innings. Jordan almost hit another homer for the walk-off win in the 10th, but Evan Williams robbed him of the satisfaction at the wall. Both teams scored a run in the 11th, the Ducks through a DeLuca solo-homer to right center and the huskies through a sacrifice fly by Jordan.
In the end it was Braden Stutzman who would win the game with his two-out, two-run single in the 13th. Though it would be unfair to not mention Ryne Nelson’s career-high performance of six strikeouts in his first win of the year.
GAME 3/ DUCKS 0 - huskies 4
As previously stated while discussing GAME 2 of the softball series, lopsided games can usually be summed up quickly. And although the score wasn’t as bad as the 9-1 beatdown the softball team dealt to the Sun Devils, this was a beatdown of a different nature.
Jordan Jones and Josh Burgmann shutout the Ducks, 4-0, to take the series in Seattle. The two had a combined 11 strikeouts and one walk. The huskies scored in the second, fifth, sixth and eighth inning while the Ducks had no answers for the pitching duo. This is the fifth conference loss when closing a series for Oregon, and puts the Ducks at a tie for 7th in the PAC-12 standings.