SALT LAKE CITY — The Oregon softball team kept its postseason hope alive with a 9-4 victory over Utah on Saturday at Dumke Stadium.
The Ducks (22-26, 5-15), who snapped a five-game losing steak in Pac-12 play, can still qualify for the NCAA Tournament by winning all four of the remaining games in the regular season.
After a struggling in the circle in recent weeks, Jordan Dail (18-14, 3.83 ERA) threw 110 pitches during her complete-game performance, allowing 10 hits and four runs with five strikeouts and one walk.
Oregon provided the lefty some much-needed run support. Freshman Rachel Cid, who filled in at shortstop for an injured Jasmine Sievers, led the attack by going 4-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs.
Allee Bunker, Shaye Bowden and Cid all hit doubles in the top of the first inning to stake the Dail to a 2-0 lead.
Alyssa Barrera answered with an RBI single in the bottom half of the frame to cut the Utes’ deficit in half.
An RBI single by Cid made the score 3-1 in the third.
After another RBI single by Barrera and an RBI double by BreOnna Castaneda, who delivered Utah’s 4-3 walk-off win on Friday, the score was tied 3-3 in the fourth.
Cid delivered again with a two-RBI double to give the Ducks a 5-3 lead in the fifth.
Castaneda continued to torment Dail with an RBI double to center field to get the Utes within 5-4 in the sixth.
Freshman Lexi Wagner provided some insurance by driving in two runs in the seventh. After freshman Haley Galey scored an unearned run, freshman walk-on Annalisa Williamson added an RBI single to give Oregon a five-run cushion.
Bunker finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs to help the visitors even the series with the Utes (16-33, 5-15).
Oregon and Utah will play the rubber match at noon on Sunday.