May 13, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – Utah pitcher Katie Donovan held the Ducks to just five hits and Oregon lost, 3-2, to the Utes on Friday night at Jane Sanders Stadium.
The No. 3 ranked Ducks (43-8, 19-4 Pac-12), who clinched a fourth-straight Pac-12 title yesterday night, entered the weekend ranked third in the NCAA averaging 8.1 runs per game but were held in check by Donovan, leaving five runs on base.
The loss snapped a 17-game winning streak for the Ducks against the Utes.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Utah struck first with a solo homer in the top of the second. In the bottom half of the inning the Ducks evened it up after Alyssa Gillespie dropped down a bunt single and an error on the throw allowed freshman Madi Bishop to score all the way from first.
Utah scored again in the top of the third on a similar single and error play.
The Utes held a 2-1 lead until Bishop unloaded a solo homer high over the fence in left, her second of the season. The tie was short-lived, however, as a solo shot in the top of the sixth by Utah again made it a one-run game and the Ducks couldn’t rally in the seventh.
BISHOP BLAST: Bishop, a top-100 recruit last season out of Jonesboro, Ark., now has two doubles, a triple and two homers out of eight total hits in less than 30 at-bats this year.
IN THE CIRCLE: Freshman Megan Kleist suffered the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits in 5.1 innings. The righty struck out a pair and walked one batter. Donovan picked up the win after surrendering two runs (one earned) on five hits in a complete game.
UP NEXT: Oregon and Utah meet for the rubber game of the three-game series at 2 PM on Saturday. The Ducks will honor their eight seniors prior to first pitch.