Oregon State softball, fresh off straight Pac-12 series wins, went down to Eugene this weekend to take on the 6th ranked Ducks, and the Ducks were not kind hosts. Oregon outscored the Beavs 22-2 in a 3 game sweep of the Beavs.
The first 3 innings were a pitchers dual as both Megan Kleist of Oregon and Taylor Cotton of OSU kept the opposing bats off the board and the game scoreless. Unfortunately for Cotton the Oregon bats woke up in the 4th inning scoring 4 runs on a solo home run, a trio of singles and a double to take a 4-0 lead. Another scoreless inning from Kleist sent the game to the bottom of the 5th where the Oregon bats did some damage once again. Following a hit batter, and a pair of singles the ducks had the bases loaded for Mia Camuso who belted a grand slam to end the game via the 8 run mercy rule.
The Ducks bats got to work a little earlier on Saturday scoring 2 in the second and 2 in the third off of OSU starter Nerissa Eason to take an early 4-0 lead. The Beavs did manage a rally in the fifth inning when Lovie Lopez picked up 2 RBI’s on a base hit to bring the score to 4-2, but the Ducks answered back with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the inning en route to a 7-2 win. While the game did not go the Beavs way, OSU outfielder Shelby Weeks did find her way into the SportsCenter top 10 with a ridiculous catch to rob Oregon off a home run.
Sunday’s series finale was all Ducks again as Oregon got to work right off the bat with a three run home run by Shannon Rhodes in the first to take an early 3-0 lead. The Ducks added a run in the third inning as well a pair in the fifth and one in the 6th en route to a 7-0 victory and the sweep. Oregon starter Megan Kleist baffled OSU all day as she pitched a complete game one hitter, the Beavs only hit was an infield s ingle in the third by OSU catcher Kayleen Shafer.
OSU now sits at 24-22 on the season with a 6-12 record in the Pac-12. The Beavs will travel to Portland State on Tuesday before hosting a 3 game set with Utah starting on Friday.