May 7, 2016
BERKELEY, Calif. – The Ducks made four errors and the Pac-12’s best pitching staff had an uncharacteristically bad game as California defeated Oregon, 15-4, on Saturday night at Levine-Fricke Field.
A day after the Ducks (41-7, 17-3 Pac-12) defeated California, 15-2, in run-rule fashion on Friday with Cal returning the favor on Saturday. Oregon saw its 14-game winning streak snapped as the Bears tallied 15 runs on 16 hits.
MAGIC NUMBER: Oregon’s magic number for a fourth-straight Pac-12 title is two games. If Oregon wins tomorrow and UCLA loses, the Ducks clinch. If both teams win, the Ducks will head back home needing one more win next weekend to clinch.
HOW IT HAPPENED: In a game where the two starting pitchers featured the top two ERAs in the Pac-12, it was the bats that came out firing in the first inning.
Nikki Udria slugged a two-out solo homer in the first and Geri Ann Glasco followed two batters later with a two-run smash to right center.
The Bears, however, responded with a big seven-run inning in the bottom of the first to take a 7-3 lead.
The two teams traded solo homers in the bottom of the third and fourth – a Gwen Svekis laser just over the fence in center – before the Bears tallied another seven-run inning in the fourth.
The Ducks have dropped just three Pac-12 games this season, but two have been run-rule loses. The Ducks lost 16-6 to UCLA on April 2 before falling, 15-4, on Saturday.
RECORDS WATCH: Janelle Lindvall remains tied with Kailee Cuico for the program’s career home runs record with 46. Nikki Udria now has 16 home runs on the season, which is tied for second in UO single-season history. Udria needs three more to match Ann Marie Topps’ record of 19, set in 2007.
UP NEXT: The Ducks head home to meet top-25 ranked Arizona next weekend, with the first two games on Pac-12 Networks and the Sunday finale on ESPN2.