Oregon's Two Wins Improve Mark To 12-1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – University of Oregon redshirt freshman Jennifer Salling combined for six hits in seven at bats in two games, including driving in the go-ahead runs in the fifth inning of the second contest, to lead the 25th-ranked Ducks to a 13-0 five-inning win over Siena College as well as a 7-1 come-from-behind victory over Long Beach State Friday in the Aztec Invitational.

The Oregon shortstop paced the Ducks' season-best 14-hit attack with a 4-4 afternoon, in addition to scoring three runs and driving in six RBIs, to lead her team in the first game before coming back to go 2-3 from the plate and batting in two runs and scoring once in the second.

The pair of wins improved Oregon's record to 12-1 with its 12-consecutive victories.

The Ducks trailed 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning in the nightcap as Long Beach State (3-8) jumped in front early. Brianna Goad led off the game with a walk, advanced to second base on a single by Whitney Radcliff and to third on an error by Oregon third baseman Joanna Gail. One out later, Goad scored the unearned run on a foul ball down the left field line caught by Lovena Chaput.

The scored remained unchanged until the bottom of the fifth when pinch hitter Blair Williamson doubled to left for the Ducks with one out. She advanced to third when Suzie Barnes reached first base safely on the first of three errors in the inning by the 49ers' second baseman Radcliff. After Barnes' stolen base placed runners on second and third, Williamson scored the tying run when Sari-Jane Jenkins reached safely on a fielders choice. Salling drove home Barnes and Jenkins on a single to provide Oregon a 3-1 advantage it would never relinquish.

It added four more runs in the fifth inning on a walk, two more errors from the Long Beach State second baseman and an RBI double from Ann Marie Topps as only two of the seven runs in the inning were earned.

Elmira junior Alicia Cook allowed six hits and no earned runs while striking out six batters over the course of seven innings to improve her record to 7-1. She averted further trouble by benefiting from a double-play ball to get out of the second inning and allowed a two-out triple in the fifth.

The Ducks scored all the runs they would need in the opening frame of the first game to drop Siena in its season opener.

Salling drove in one run in the first inning with a triple to left center field and scored when Neena Bryant hit her second home run of the year. Salling singled and scored in the second, smacked a three-run homer in the third and hit a two-run triple in the fourth to account for her team's final tallies.

The home run was Salling's second of the season as she now has tallied a team-high 20 RBIs following Friday's two games.

Bryant contributed three hits in four at bats to the cause in the afternoon outing, scoring two runs and driving in four.

Sophomore Melissa Rice allowed only three hits in four innings of work to improve her record to 5-0.

Oregon returns to action Saturday to face North Dakota State (11-2) at 2 p.m., followed by San Diego State (6-5) at 4:30 p.m.

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