Ducks rebound with two victories
Oregon thumps Purdue, nips Pittsburgh in Citrus Classic
ORLANDO, Fla. -- No. 18 Oregon got back on the winning track Saturday with an 8-1 win against Purdue to open Citrus Classic second-day action.
UO (10-3) struck for one run in the first and fourth innings, then tacked on four in the fifth and two in the sixth to hand the Boilermakers (10-2) their second loss of the tournament.
Courtney Ceo opened the game with a bunt single, advanced on a wild pitch and sacrifice bunt, then scored on an infield ground-out by Kelsey Chambers.
In the fifth, Ceo and Takeda began with bunt singles, and after a walk by Kailee Cuico, Kaylan Howard knocked in UO's third run on a sacrifice fly. Pinch-hitter Lindsey Chambers followed with a two-run single for her first RBI of the season. After a walk by Alexa Peterson and hit-by-pitch of Samantha Pappas again loaded the bases, pinch-hitter Christie Nieto added the stanza's final run on a walk.
The Ducks claimed their final two runs in the sixth inning, thanks to a two-run home run by Cuico -- her third of the season.
In the circle, the Ducks' Karissa Hovinga (4-0) earned her second win of the road trip, yielding three hits and one earned run in 4 1/3 innings. She struck out two.
Jessica Moore relieved Hovinga when Purdue put runners on second and third with one out in the fifth. After an infield-RBI groundout and a walk, Moore struck out the lead-off hitter to end the inning. She ended with three strikeouts, allowed two walks and two hits and no runs in 1 2/3 innings.
With only two healthy pitchers on the staff, Pappas earned her first collegiate appearance. She allowed one hit, and retired the other batters on a pair of fly outs and a ground out.
Boilermaker starter Erika Petruzzi (1-1) pitched the first 4 2/3 innings, struck out three, walked four, gave up seven hits, and all six runs allowed were earned. Reliever Katie Hackney worked the final 1 1/3 innings, walked one, allowed two hits, and both runs allowed were earned.
At the plate for Purdue, Maia Monchek went 2-for-3.
In UO's second game, Oregon (11-3) needed an eighth-inning RBI single by Kelsey Chambers to edge Pittsburgh 3-2.
Moore pitched eight innings and gave up just four hits while striking out eight. She is now 7-3.