CLEARWATER, Fla. — The No. 19 Oregon softball team split a pair of games against ranked teams Friday at the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational, downing No. 8 LSU, 8-5, before falling 9-1 in six innings to No. 23 James Madison.
The Ducks are 6-1 under first-year coach Melyssa Lombardi and play Florida Atlantic (7 a.m.) and No. 18 Kentucky (1 p.m., ESPNU) to wrap up the tournament Saturday.
Oregon opened the day with a strong performance against LSU, led by April Utecht, who went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs. Jasmine Sievers was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Cherish Burks and Rachel Cid both scored twice.
An RBI single from Cid and a two-run single from Sievers gave Oregon a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
After LSU scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it 3-3, Oregon answered with an RBI single from Utecht in the sixth inning and a three-run homer from Utecht in the seventh.
Jordan Dail went the distance in the circle for the Ducks to improve to 4-0. She allowed four hits, two earned runs, struck out eight and walked six.
The game against James Madison was scoreless through two innings before the Dukes scored once in the top of the third inning and four runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings.
Five of James Madison's 12 hits were doubles. Kierstin Roadcap was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, Hannah File was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, pitcher Megan Good was 2-for-3 with two runs, Cambry Arnold was 2-for-2 with two runs and Natalie Cutright was 2-for-3.
Good went the distance in the circle for the Dukes, allowing four hits and one run, on an RBI groundout from Cid, in six innings. She struck out eight and walked two. Sievers was 2-for-2 for Oregon.
Oregon State wins twice in tourney
The Oregon State softball team ran its record to 7-0 by downing Fresno State, 5-0, and Long Beach State, 4-2, at the Stacy Winsberg Tournament in Long Beach, Calif.
The Beavers defeated the 49ers behind a dominant pitching performance from Meehra Nelson, who improved to 2-0 by allowing six hits and no walks with four strikeouts in going the distance in the circle.
Long Beach State's two runs came in the bottom of the fifth inning after the Beavers had already led 4-0 on an RBI single from Frankie Hammoude, a two-run single from Hammoude and an RBI single from Maia Rader.
In the Beavers' opener against Fresno State, Mariah Mazon ran her record to 4-0 with a complete-game one-hit shutout. Mazon struck out six and walked three.
Hammoude supplied the offense for the Beavers with a solo home run in the second inning, a two-run homer in the fourth and a two-run single in the fifth. She finished 4-for-4 and drove in all five Oregon State runs.