EUGENE, Ore. – The undefeated No. 2 ranked Oregon softball team swept a doubleheader from Portland State on Tuesday night at Jane Sanders Stadium.
Oregon has matched the NCAA record for consecutive wins to start a season with 35. The UCLA Bruins in 1999 also opened the season 35-0.
GAME ONE: Oregon won the first game of the doubleheader, 3-1. The Ducks picked up a run in the first when Danica Mercado scored on an infield error. The second, third and fourth innings were all scoreless until Portland State tied it up, 1-1, in the fifth.
Oregon took a 3-1 in the sixth, when freshman Mia Camuso hit an RBI double and freshman Shannon Rhodes lifted a sacrifice fly to right.
GAME TWO: The Ducks won via run-rule in the second game of the doubleheader, 8-0, in five innings. A Gwen Svekis two-run double in the first started the scoring for Oregon. Another two runs scored on an error later in the first.
Oregon added three more runs in the third when Haley Cruse cleared the bases with a triple to make it a 7-0 lead. Another run came in on an error in the fourth. That was all the run support Megan Kleist needed, as the sophomore picked up the run-rule win.
IN THE CIRCLE: In the first game, freshman Miranda Elish went the distance, allowing just one run on five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. In the second game, Megan Kleist tossed five-innings of one hit ball in the second game. She issued no walks and struck out six batters.
AT THE DISH: In the first game, Mia Camuso doubled and drove in a run. Lauren Lindvall, Shannon Rhodes and Madi Bishop also had hits. Freshman Haley Cruse led the Ducks with three RBIs in the second game on her bases clearing triple.
QUOTABLE: Mike White on matching the NCAA record – ""You never set out to set a record, you just set out to get better, time in and time out."