Wednesday’s showdown with Pacific (14-16) was important for Oregon in a variety of ways.
First, the Ducks were riding a 12-game losing streak, including six-straight to begin Pac-12 play. They were also embarking on an 11-game road trip that wouldn’t have them return to the state of Oregon until midway through April.
If the Ducks wanted any chance at turning around their season, it would have to begin in Stockton, California with a single game against the Tigers.
Jordan Dail answered the call for Oregon (12-16) in the pitcher’s circle, striking out 13 batters in her second no-hitter of the season, leading the Ducks to a 5-0 win. She was dominant throughout the entire seven innings, walking five and allowing just two base runners to get into scoring position.
After a 1-2-3 inning to begin the game, Oregon got on the board with three runs in the second.
Haley Cruse started the rally with a single before stealing second. She came around to score when Jasmine Sievers singled up the middle. Sievers, who stole second, crossed home plate when April Utecht blasted a ball over the centerfield fence for the 3-0 lead.
The Ducks added another run in the sixth, but it came in a round-about way.
Sievers, who led off with a triple, was thrown out at home when the Ducks attempted a double-steal. Bayley Bruner, who entered as a pinch runner in place of Utecht, advanced to second base when Sievers was thrown out at home. Hannah Galey came up with the big hit, singling up the middle to score Bruner for the 4-0 lead.
Cruse capped off the scoring when she crossed home plate following a Sievers sac fly. She started the inning by drawing a one-out walk before stealing second and third to get into scoring position for Sievers.
Dail crusied until the fifth inning when she found herself in some trouble. Two walks and a wild pitch put runners at second and third with two outs. But never wavering, she induced a ground ball back to her to get out of the jam before retiring six of the final seven batters for the win.
Sievers led Oregon with a 3-for-3 day at the plate while Shaye Bowden went 2-for-4. Cruse went 1-for-2 but stole three of Oregon’s seven bases on the day.
The Ducks return to Pac-12 pay this week end with a three-game series at Stanford. First pitch is set for Friday at 7 p.m.