A pair of comebacks came up short Saturday as No. 19 Oklahoma State swept a doubleheader with No. 24 Oregon, 7-6 and 9-6, at Jane Sanders Stadium.
In Game 1, the Cowgirls took a 7-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning when a pair of home runs for Oregon (11-10) cut the lead to 7-6. Rachel Cid hit a two-run home run followed by Annalisa Williamson’s first career home run, a solo shot. But Oklahoma State (18-5) struck out the next batter to end the game.
Jordan Dail (9-5) took the loss as she gave up seven runs in seven complete innings. She also had eight strikeouts.
In Game 2, Oklahoma State used a six-run third inning to again go up 7-3. The Ducks answered with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth to pull within one at 7-6. But the Cowgirls pitching shut Oregon out in the final three frames. They also added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth to put the game away.
Haley Cruse went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs for Oregon, and Jasmine Sievers was 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs. Kailey Krueger (0-1) went the distance for Oregon, as she gave up 12 hits and nine runs.
After being shutout in Friday’s game against Oklahoma State, Oregon coach Melyssa Lombardi said she was pleased the offense showed some life Saturday.
"It was really good to see,” Lombardi said in a statement. “I think they were putting a lot of pressure on themselves.”
Oregon opens Pac-12 play Friday when it travels to Tucson, Ariz., to take on No. 12 Arizona starting at 6 p.m.
Oregon State wins two at LA tournament
LOS ANGELES — Oregon State won both games Saturday at the Loyola Marymount tournament, defeating Western Carolina 7-0 and New Mexico 5-3.
Meehra Nelson (5-1) pitched a complete-game three-hit shutout for the Beavers (15-5). She also had six strikeouts. The offense was led by Kayleen Shafer, who went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored. Western Carolina fell to 8-8.
In the second game, Missy Nunes hit a two-run home run in the first inning to go up 2-0. OSU then took the lead for good in the sixth inning, highlighted by Jessica Garcia’s two-run single that put the Beavers up 5-2. Mariah Mazon (7-3) struck out 11, while allowing six hits. New Mexico fell to 8-14.
OSU plays Western Carolina again at 10 a.m. Sunday in the final game of the LMU tournament.