The Beavers sweep UO for the first time since 2006
Jane Sanders Stadium, a field of postseason dreams entering the weekend, shifted into the setting of a Civil War softball nightmare for the Ducks.
Oregon lost 12-8 to rival Oregon State on Sunday as the Beavers celebrated their first series sweep in the rivalry since 2006.
The Ducks (21-25, 4-14 Pac-12) must win five of their final six regular-season games to be eligible for the NCAA Tournament after giving up 28 runs and committing six errors during the three games.
“I’m very proud of their fight and how they went after it,” first-year Oregon coach Melyssa Lombardi said of her team, which finished the eight-game home stand 4-4. “We fought to the very end. We expected to win that game until the very end. I think what got us was miscues. There were too many miscues and too many errors. …
“We need to clean things up.”
After breaking out the brooms, the Beavers (24-18, 6-13) dramatically improved their postseason chances.
Senior Shelby Weeks hit two home runs to lead Oregon State’s 12-hit attack.
“It’s fun,” Weeks said of finishing her career with the program’s first-ever wins at the Jane. “Sweeping Oregon is something we’re going to take into next weekend with all this energy. It’s going to be great.”
Jordan Dail (17-13, 3.96 ERA) allowed 10 hits and 10 runs (seven earned) over 5 1/3 innings. The sophomore left-hander started all three games in the series, giving up a total of 26 hits and 24 runs (20 earned) over 15 innings.
“I thought she pitched well enough to win the ballgame today,” Lombardi said of Dail, the only scholarship pitcher on the roster. “What’s nice is she will have enough days off to rest and be ready to go next weekend.”
Dail gave up two hits and a run in the top of the first inning. The Ducks, who left 11 runners on base during Saturday’s 8-6 loss, tied the score on a sacrifice fly by Shaye Bowden and took a 2-1 lead when Allee Bunker scored from third base on a wild pitch in the bottom of the frame.
Cherish Burks stole home while the Oregon State defense was preoccupied with Haley Cruse moving between second and first base in the second.
Then Weeks used the jet stream blowing out to right center for a solo home run to begin the Beavers’ five-run third.
“That’s a pop-up on a normal day,” Lombardi said.
Back-to-back errors by right fielder Hannah Galey allowed a pair of unearned runs to score as Oregon fell behind 4-2. The freshman let a pop fly she was in position to catch fall in safely and collided with Cruse in center field, which jarred the ball from her glove.
Kayleen Shafer followed with a two-RBI single to extend Oregon State’s lead to 6-3.
Third baseman Rachel Cid gave the Ducks some life with a solo home run in the bottom of the third. Galey atoned for her earlier defensive sins by hitting a towering solo home run off the foul pole in left field to get Oregon within 6-5 in the fourth.
Bowden came through with a two-out, two-RBI single to give the Ducks a 7-6 lead.
The momentum was short-lived, however, as Frankie Hammoude belted a solo shot to left field to tie the score in the fifth.
In the bottom of the frame, Galey drew a two-out walk and scored on an RBI by Cruse to give Oregon an 8-7 advantage.
Maia Rader tied the score with an RBI single before Weeks’ two-run deep fly gave the Beavers a 10-8 lead in the sixth to chase Dail.
“It feels great,” Weeks said. “It’s what every little girls dreams of.”
Walk-on Kailey Krueger and Cid each allowed a run in relief of Dail in the seventh as Oregon State extended its lead to four runs.
Oregon, which won 16 consecutive Civil War games from May 3, 2013, to March 30, 2018, has suddenly lost four of its last five games against Oregon State.
“We have struggled against them for quite a while now, and I think it’s great for them to go out that way their senior year,” Beavers coach Laura Berg said of Weeks’ class.