Oregon’s case of Jekyll and Hyde continued on day three of Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.
In the first game, the Ducks’ offense was prolific against a talented Texas A&M (9-5) squad, scoring five runs in the final two innings for the 7-5 victory.
But that same offense that got hot at the end of the first game struggled mightily in the second, a 5-0 loss to No. 23 Texas Tech (12-0) where Oregon (10-4) managed just four hits.
OREGON 7 — Texas A&M 5
It was a battle for the young Oregon squad in the first game of the day — but they never gave up and were able to stage a late comeback in the victory.
Trailing 5-2 entering the top of the sixth, the Ducks began their comeback when Allee Bunker singled home Shaye Bowden for the first run of the inning. A wild pitch and an out later brought up Lexi Wagner and she delivered, knocking a two-run single down the left field line to tie the game with one inning to play.
Haley Cruse started the seventh inning with a walk before advancing to third on Rachel Cid’s single. Bowden then hit a ball to the Aggie’s shortstop, who bobbled it and allowed Cruse to score for the lead. Bowden would come around to score later in the inning when an obstruction play at the plate went Oregon’s way.
Jordan Dail, who earned her eighth win of the season, shut Texas A&M down in order in the bottom of the seventh for the win.
Despite the comeback, the Ducks struck first in the opening when Bowden’s one-out double scored Cruse (walk) and Cid (single) for the 2-0 lead. But the Aggies fought back, scoring four runs in the second inning, none bigger than when Dail was tagged for a pinch-hit, three-run blast that came with two outs and two strikes in the count.
Texas A&M added one more run in the fourth before Oregon’s comeback.
It appeared the Aggies would respond in the bottom of the sixth when they got runners and second and third with one out, but Dail shut the door with a strikeout and ground out to get out of the jam.
For the game, Dail threw 7.0 innings, giving up five runs on six hits with 5 strikeouts — Bowden, Cid and Wagner all had two hits in the game.
Texas Tech 5 — OREGON 0
The Ducks were unable to keep the offensive momentum picked up from the first game of the day, instead being shut out for the first time all season. Cruse, Cid, Bunker and Bailey Cook all collected singles, but the Ducks never threatened in the game, failing to get a runner past first base.
Maddie MacGrandle got the start in the pitcher’s circle and did well through the first three innings, giving up one run on a wild pitch. But she struggled with pitch location later on and gave up two-run innings in both the fourth and fifth innings to complete the score.
For the game, she threw 6.0 innings, giving up five runs on five hits with eight strikeouts but walked nine batters.