TEMPE, Ariz. — The Melyssa Lombardi softball era at Oregon is off to a rousing start.
Lombardi won her first two games as the Ducks' new coach Friday as Oregon blasted Kansas, 14-5, and Cal State Northridge, 12-5, at the Kajikawa Classic at Arizona State.
After a tumultuous offseason that saw nine players transfer out of the program after former coach Mike White departed for Texas, the Ducks had 13 hits in each game and showed a propensity to hit for power.
Freshman first baseman Hannah Galey hit two home runs and a double while driving in five runs against Kansas. Freshman third baseman Rachel Cid was 3-for-3 with three runs, four RBIs and a homer against Kansas and hit another homer against the Matadors.
Outfielder Haley Cruse, the lone returning starter from last year's Pac-12 championship team, had two hits in each game, including a triple against Cal State Northridge. Outfielder Cherish Burks was 3-for-5 with three RBIs against Kansas and had two hits against the Matadors. Second baseman Shaye Bowden, who played sparingly for the Ducks last year, homered and had two hits against Kansas and then went 4-for-4 against Cal State Northridge.
The Ducks scored in every inning against Kansas and led 7-0 before the Jayhawks scored in the bottom of the fourth. Virginia Tech transfer Jordan Dail earned the pitching win with 10 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Oregon trailed 5-3 against Cal State Northridge before erupting for nine runs in the top of the fourth inning. A two-run homer from Cid and a two-run triple from Cruse were the big blows in the inning.
Dail earned the win against the Matadors by pitching four scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out four.
Meanwhile, Oregon State opened the tournament and its season with an 8-0 victory over Cal State Northridge and a 4-3 win over Weber State.
In the second-game win over the Wildcats, Oregon State scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning when Shelby Weeks singled, stole second and later scored on a Missy Nunes groundout. After Frankie Hammoude singled, Bailey McLaughlin launched a two-run home run.
Nunes hit a solo homer in the fifth inning for what proved to be the winning run.
Meehra Nelson earned the pitching win for the Beavers by throwing five innings in relief of starter Nerissa Eason. Weber State had seven hits and six walks off the two Oregon State pitchers, but Nelson struck out 11 in her five innings and Weber State left 13 runners on base for the game.
Against the Matadors, Mariah Mazon allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked one over six innings as the Beavers ended things early via the run rule.
Hammoude had a two-run homer for the Beavers in the bottom of the first, Nunes homered in the third, Weeks had a two-run double in the fourth and Camryn Ybarra doubled home a run in the sixth.
Weeks, Garcia and Ybarra each had two hits in Oregon State's 11-hit attack.