No. 2 Oregon softball explodes in fifth, run rules Wisconsin to move to 5-0
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Oregon bats came through for the second-ranked Ducks, putting up a five spot in the fifth inning to run rule Wisconsin 10-2 on Sunday at the Tempe Sports Complex.
Wisconsin (1-4) was the first to score in the top of the third. With a runner on second, Danica Mercado couldn’t get a handle on a ground ball hit her way. The Badgers’ runner that advanced to third made a speedy turn going into third and scored after Mercado’s throw was high at the plate.
The Ducks (5-0) took control of the lead in the very next half frame thanks to a bad throw by the Badgers’ catcher trying to catch Jenna Lilley on the steal at second followed by a passed ball to score Lilley from third to give Oregon the 2-1 lead.
Koral Costa extended that lead in bottom of the fourth with a leadoff solo home run to left-center. Mercado followed with a sharp grounder to short and beat out the throw. Nikki Udria then drew the walk which set up Janie Takeda’s RBI single to center, scoring Mercado. UO scored another run in the very next at-bat when Alyssa Gillespie hit a high sacrifice fly to left to score Udria from third and gave the Ducks a 5-1 lead.
With two outs and runners on the corners, the Badgers pushed across a run in the fifth to make it 5-2.
Janelle Lindvall put an end to the game when she pulled a pitch to deep left field to plate the fourth and fifth runs of the inning for Oregon to run rule the Badgers 10-2.
Mercado went 3-for-3 with an RBI and scored two runs. The Ducks hit .500 as a team (12-for-24) against the Wisconsin pitching staff.
Geri Ann Glasco pitched a complete game to earn her first win as a Duck. The Ducks have now outscored their opponents 43-7 through five games.