SB: Ducks open the season with two wins in the Kajikawa Classic

Offensive firepower by freshmen Hannah Galey and Rachel Cid pace the Ducks to 26 runs in two games

Entering the 2019 season, nobody in the country knew what to expect of Oregon.

After a mass exodus of players — and the coaching staff moving on to Texas — the Ducks entered the season ranked No. 25 in the country yet were picked to finish last in the Pac-12.

Although it’s just the first day of the season, the Ducks appeared to have made a statement in their opening two games of the Kajikawa Classic. Oregon defeated Kansas 14-5 in the first game before beating Cal-State Northridge 12-5.

GAME 1

OREGON 14 — Kansas 5

It was an offensive explosion to kick off the new season for the Ducks as they pounded out 14 hits, four if which came via the longball. Freshman Hannah Galey led the way by finishing 3-for-5 with two homeruns and five RBI’s. Fellow freshman Rachel Cid had a great debut as well, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and four RBI’s.

Oregon jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead as Cherish Burks knocked a two-run single in the first, followed up by Cid’s two-out, three-run blast in the second inning.

Sophomore Shaye Bowden made it 6-0 in the third inning with a solo homerun before Cid added an RBI single in the fourth inning.

Kansas scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, capitalizing on a double, wild pitch and fielder’s choice to break up Jordan Dail’s no-hitter.

Galey got the run back in the fifth inning when she led off with a homerun over the left field fence. She added another homerun, this one a two-run shot, in the sixth inning to give Oregon a 10-1 lead.

Kansas was able to chase Dail from the game in the sixth, knocking two two-run blasts to make in 10-5 heading into the final frame.

Bowden, Burks and Galey all added run-scoring singles in Oregon’s four-run seventh inning to complete the scoring.

Dail (1-0) threw 5.2 innings, striking out 10 but giving up five runs on four hits. Maddie MacGrandle threw the final 1.1 innings, giving up no hits with one strikeout.

Burks and fellow returner Haley Cruse went a combined 5-for-9 to pace the returners.

GAME 2

OREGON 12 — CSUN 5

After the offensive explosion in the first game, it took the Ducks awhile to get going in the second game of the day.

Oregon erupted for 12 runs in the third and fourth innings to stay undefeated in the young season. Bowden went 4-for-4 with a double while Cruse went 2-for-5 with two RBI’s and Cid added a two-run homerun.

CSUN got off to a fast start with two RBI singles in the first inning, both of which came with two outs off MacGrandle.

The Ducks took the lead in the top of the third by scoring three runs, two of which came unearned. Bowden got Oregon on the board with an RBI single before back-to-back walks with the bases loaded plated both Galey and Lexi Wagner for the lead.

CSUN retook the lead in the bottom half of the inning by scoring three more runs of MacGrandle for the 5-3 lead.

Then the Ducks exploded, scoring nine runs in the fourth.

Cid got the scoring started when her two-run shot scored Cruse and tied the game. Wagner added a two-run single while Cruse, in her second at bat in the inning, drilled a triple down the line two score two more runs.

The Ducks took advantage of two CSUN errors for two more runs while freshman Allee Bunker got the final RBI of the day when her sacrifice fly scored Cruse.

Dail entered the game in the fourth and shut down CSUN the rest of the way, giving up one hit with four strikeouts to improve to 2-0 on the season.

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