Through 5 full innings, Miranda Elish and the Oregon offense were all over the UCLA Bruins, up 7-0. Elish had been throwing one of her most impressive starts of the year, limiting the Bruins to just 1 hit through 5 innings. Rachel Garcia changed that narrative, unloading a 2 run shot to left field in the 6th. Elish surrendered a second big fly, this time to Aaliyah Jordan, in the top of the 7th frame to cut the Ducks lead to 2. However, strong offensive outings from Gwen Svekis and Mary Iakopo, both of whom reached base 3 times in the ballgame, was enough for Oregon to hang on and defeat UCLA. The rubber game between these two squads will commence tomorrow at Jane Sanders Stadium, with first pitch at 2 PM.
Game Story (by Jordan Brenner)
Head Coach Mike White
Sophmore Miranda Elish
Postgame in the Press Box with Senior, Gwen Svekis
In a game that featured five Oregon pitchers, the Ducks were able to pull of a thrilling comeback, thanks to a six run 7th inning, downing the Gonzaga Bulldogs 6-3. Freshman Brett Walker got the start for the Ducks, but was chased after giving up two runs and four hits in the first inning. Oregon only collected two hits prior to their six run explosion. After Gabe Matthews and Jakob Goldfarb drew walks to start the 7th, senior Daniel Patzlaff laced a double to right-center to pull the Ducks within a run. After a double by Evan Williams that scored Patzlaff, a costly error by former Duck Carson Breshears scored Williams to give the Ducks a 4-3 lead. Spencer Steer then doubled to left-center, bringing home Kasser and DeLuca which proved to be more than enough for the Ducks. George Horton turned to Kenyon Yovan to close the game in the 8th, as the sophomore was able to seal the game for a two inning save.
Game Story (by Collin Catman)
Head Coach George Horton