EUGENE — Oregon used a three-run fifth inning to derail some momentum for Oregon State and came away with a 7-2 Pac-12 softball victory at Jane Sanders Stadium on Saturday.
Oregon (40-6, 13-6) has now won 14 straight over the Beavers (24-21, 6-11) and will go for the series sweep at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Oregon scored twice in the second inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by Lauren Lindvall and an illegal pitch by OSU starting pitcher Nerissa Eason to take a 2-0 lead.
A walk, single and sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out for the Ducks in the third. Mia Camuso grounded out to bring in a run and Madi Bishop singled through the left side to give the Ducks a 4-0 lead.
The Beavers chipped into the deficit in the fifth. Sammi Noland worked a walk and went to third on Natalie Hampton’s double to deep center.
After Alysha Everett struck out, Lovie Lopez singled to drive in two runs and get the Beavers within 4-2.
The Ducks got those two runs back and one more in the bottom of the frame.
A leadoff single, fielder’s choice and an error loaded the bases with one out.
Eason then hit Jenna Lilley to force in a run and leadoff hitter Danica Mercado ripped a single to left to give the Ducks a 7-2 lead.
Taylor Cotton replaced Eason after Mercado’s single and got a fly out to shallow left and a routine fly out to center to end the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Shelby Weeks robbed Shannon Rhodes of a home run, snaring the ball up against the center field fence.
Oregon State left two runners on in each of the first two innings as Oregon starter Maggie Balint walked three batters.
Michelle Sass' single in the fourth was the Beavers’ first of the game. It was her first at-bat this season.
Miranda Elish worked the final 2⅔ innings for the Ducks, allowing two hits while striking out six to earn the save.