CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon bats stayed hot on Sunday and exploded for another 10 runs to run rule the Beavers in six innings to clinch the series Sunday afternoon. All 10 of Oregon’s runs came with two outs while nine of the 11 hits also came with two outs.
“I thought that we did a pretty good job,” head coach Mike White said. “We had opportunities early on and weren’t able to capitalize, but we stuck with our game plan and came through. We did a good job driving the ball deep the other way, which was nice to see.”
Karissa Hovinga was sharp in the circle for the top-ranked Oregon Ducks (36-5, 10-1 Pac-12), tossing six solid innings of four-hit ball, giving up just two earned runs.
“Karissa did a great job giving up just four hits and kept them off balance with her difference pitches,” White said.
Courtney Ceo continued to tear the opposing pitcher apart, going 1-for-2 with a run, two RBI and a pair of walks. The senior is now 11-for-19 in her past six games, scoring nine runs with six RBI and a .737 slugging percentage.
Oregon State (13-22, 3-9 Pac-12) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the first, thanks to a solo homer from Dani Gilmore before the Ducks exploded for seven runs in the top of the third.
With two outs, Alexa Peterson started the offensive barrage, lacing a single down the right field line followed by another single to right from Kailee Cuico. The Beaver’s Melanie Dembinski would then walk Janelle Lindvall to load the bases for Koral Costa who roped a single to center scoring Peterson and Cuico.
Sammie Puentes then came in for Karine Shaver, with runners on first and second, and plated Lindvall from second with a single. Nikki Udria would get her lone hit of the day on a single to right, and advanced to second on the throw to home that was late as Costa scored the fourth run of the inning.
Ceo would chase the Beaver’s starter out of the game after she roped a single to center scoring Udria and Puentes before Alyssa Gillespie plated the seventh Oregon run with a double past the center fielder.
With a lofty 7-1 lead, Hovinga settled in nicely retiring the Oregon State batters with ease the next two frames.
Again, with two outs on the board in the top of the sixth, Cuico drew a walk from Alleyah Armendariz to set up Lindvall for the two-run jack to left center. UO put up its 10th run in as many days on the board thanks to a double from Puentes, plating Costa.
The Beavers were able to pick up a run in the bottom of the sixth but Hovinga was able to induce a pair of groundouts to force the run rule.
The Ducks look to go for the Civil War sweep of the Beavers on Monday, April 14, at 3 p.m. in Corvallis.