CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. — The No. 17 Oregon softball team split two games on the opening day of the Mary Nutter Classic on Thursday, beating New Mexico State, 3-1, before falling 5-3 to Bethune-Cookman.
Jordan Dail ran her record to 6-0 by going the distance in the circle for the Ducks (8-3) in the win over the Aggies. She allowed one run in the top of the fourth inning and finished the game with seven strikeouts, four walks and three hits allowed.
April Utecht got Oregon on the board first with a sacrifice fly in the first inning for a run. After New Mexico State tied it in the top of the fourth, Shaye Bowden led off the bottom of the fourth with a home run for the Ducks, who added a run in the fifth when Cherish Burks delivered a bases-loaded single after a walk, a single and a hit batter loaded the bases.
Oregon had five hits against New Mexico State with Rachel Cid, Bowden and Lexi Wagner scoring. Cid walked twice.
Bethune-Cookman led 5-0 after 1 1/2 innings of the second game thanks to a pair of Oregon errors, an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run single in the second inning.
Oregon scored once in the second on a walk and two Wildcat errors. In the third, Allee Bunker had a two-run double to make it 5-3, and Oregon had two more runners in scoring position with two outs but a popup ended the threat.
The Ducks were held to four hits with Cid, Bunker, Bowden and Jasmine Sievers all having a hit.