TUCSON, Ariz. - The Ducks' five-run fifth inning made it interesting but the No. 1 ranked Oregon softball team couldn't overcome an early seven-run deficit and lost, 11-8, at No. 9 Arizona on Friday night.
The rubber match of the three-game series and the final regular season game of the year will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The Ducks (48-7-1, 19-3-1) tallied eight runs on eight hits with a season-high five errors while the Wildcats (41-12, 14-9) posted 11 runs on 11 hits with four errors.
Arizona's 11 runs are the most allowed by the Ducks this season (previous high was nine against Fresno State in the second game of the season) and the 11 hits are the third most the Ducks have allowed this year (Utah had 12 hits in each of the first two games of that series).
After going up 2-0 in the first inning, the Ducks committed four errors and allowed four hits as the Wildcats scored six runs in the bottom half of the first.
Arizona added three more runs in the second inning to take a 9-2 lead. Each team scored one run in the fourth to make it a 10-3 game before the Ducks trimmed the UA lead to just two runs with a five-run fifth.
It wasn't enough, however, as Arizona used a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth to add an insurance run and the Ducks lost for the just the third time in Pac-12 play this season.
Karissa Hovinga (15-2) suffered only her second loss of the season after allowing six runs (two earned) in 2 and 2/3 innings. The junior gave up four hits and issued one walk while facing 15 batters.
Jasmine Smithson-Willett relieved Hovinga in the first inning but she re-entered with two outs in the second. Cheridan Hawkins also threw, coming on to start the sixth inning.
Freshman shortstop Nikki Udria went 2-for-3 with a team-high three RBIs to pace the Ducks offensively.
Note: Head coach Mike White was ejected for arguing with an umpire in the bottom of the fourth inning.