After a tumultuous offseason, No. 25 Oregon staked claim to its national ranking by finishing undefeated at the Kajikawa Classic over the weekend. Following a 4-0 start during the first two days, the Ducks defeated a pesky Seattle squad 8-6 on Sunday.
Freshman Jasmine Sievers was sensational in her debut. After missing the first four games recovering from a concussion, Oregon’s highest ranked freshman finished 3-for-3 with three RBI’s and a homerun.
Hannah Galey added a three-run homerun, her third of the season, tying her for the team lead with Rachel Cid.
Seattle got off to a fast start with runs in the second and third innings off Oregon starter Jordan Dail. Dail was pulled in the bottom of the third with two outs, being replaced by Maddie MacGrandle. MacGrandle got the last out on a pop fly to get the Ducks out of the jam.
Oregon tied the game in the bottom half of the third when Sievers, who led off with a double, came around to score on a single by Cid. Shaye Bowden then tied the score when her triple scored Cid.
Not to be outdone, Seattle responded with a two-out, three-run homerun off MacGrandle, leaving the Ducks trailing 5-2. Sievers cut into that deficit when she singled in Galey in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Ducks took the lead for good in the fifth when two swings of the bat produced five runs, all of which came with two outs. First, Galey homered over the left field fence, scoring Bailey Cook and Cherish Burks to give Oregon its first lead at 6-5. Lexi Wagner then followed Galey’s blast with a double before Sievers delivered with a two-run shot over the left-center fence for the 8-5 lead.
Seattle got one back in the sixth but Dail, who was reinserted in place of MacGrandle, shut the door in the seventh to pick up the save.
MacGrandle (2-0) got the win by throwing just 1.1 innings, giving up one run and five walks. Dail threw 5.2 innings and gave up five runs, two earned, with six strikeouts.
The Ducks have the week off before traveling Clearwater, Florida to take place in the St. Pete/Clearwater Invitational. Oregon will face No. 11 LSU and No. 23 James Madison on Friday before finishing up with a doubleheader of Florida Atlantic and No. 13 Kentucky on Saturday.