EUGENE – No. 16 Oregon (23-6, 2-2) opened its series with defending national champion and No. 5 Arizona State (31-4, 3-1) with a 3-0 win in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Howe Field.
En route to her school-record 586th career strikeout, junior Jessica Moore (14-5) struck out seven, walked two and allowed four hits.
Moore passed former record holder Amy Harris who struck out 584 in her career from 2003-06.
Moore also moved into a tie for fifth all-time for the Ducks in shutouts (15) with Connie McMurren after logging her third of the season.
At the plate, the Ducks struck for three runs in the fifth inning, while ASU stranded nine runners in the made-up game orginally scheduled for Friday afternoon.
Senior designated player Christie Nieto connected on her first game-winning RBI of the season, thanks to her first home run that easily cleared the center-field wall with one out.
After the inning’s second out, a pair of singles to left field by the leadoff hitters Courtney Ceo and Janie Takeda, Kelsey Chambers walked to load the bases. Sophomore Kailee Cuico followed with a sharply hit grounder to the second baseman that made an error for two runs to score.
At the plate for UO, six Ducks hit safely once — senior Kelsey Chambers, junior Kaylan Howard, Ceo, Takeda, Cuico and Nieto.
For ASU, which suffered only it second loss since the first week of the season in early February, sophomore Dallas Escobedo (12-2) struck out nine, walked one, gave up six hits, and only one of her three runs allowed were earned.