The California Bears defeated the Oregon Ducks 10-0 in six innings to take the rubber game of the three game series earlier this afternoon. #14 Oregon drops to 32-12 (9-7 in Pac-12) with the loss while #1 California improves to 42-3 (13-2 in Pac-12). As evident by their records, the Bears have not lost any series yet this season and have now won four consecutive Pac-12 series.
Jessica Moore had pitched a great game against California yesterday but couldn’t duplicate her performance. The junior was knocked out after 2.2 innings surrendering four runs, three hits and five walks. Freshman Karissa Hovinga relieved Moore and she threw 3.1 innings giving up eight hits and six runs. With the loss, Moore’s record now stands at 22-8 for the year.
The Ducks offense was shut down by California hurler Jolene Henderson who went all six innings giving up three hits and striking out six for the win. Henderson is now 24-1 on the season. The Ducks did not have a base hit after the third inning. The top of the order contributed all the hits for the Ducks as Kaylan Howard had two and Janie Takeda had one.
The Bears had two big offensive innings in the game scoring five runs in both the third and sixth innings. The team hit three homeruns in the sixth inning as Ashley Decker (two run homer), Breana Kostreba (two run homer) and Valerie Arioto (solo shot) all went deep. It was the 20th homerun of the season for Arioto who broke her own single season record for homeruns.
Ashley Decker had three RBI’s on the day to lead the attack. Kostreba, Danielle Henderson and Jolene Henderson all chipped in with two.
The Ducks will be back in action on Friday, April 27th for the start of a three game series with Arizona. The games will be played in Tuscon.
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