But Mia Camuso pounded a two-run double in the seventh as the No. 3 Ducks held on for a 7-4 win on a rainy Saturday afternoon to send the No. 15 Lady Bears home with their second straight loss before 8,696 fans at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
OR concludes a fantastic season with a bad taste in their mouth. "We can use this and kind of let it fire us to be better next year and just kind of know that we tasted the chance to actually get to the end". It just wasn't meant to be for UO this season.
After using two strikeouts to pitch around an infield single in the first inning, Kleist was staked to an early lead by Svekis' homer that followed Mack's one-out single. Impressively, she did not allow a run until two outs in the Duck fifth on Sunday. Lowary has given up just two earned runs in 24.0 innings this postseason for a 0.58 earned run average. The 2-run homer was the first tally of the day, as OR crept ahead of the defending champs 2-0.
OR held a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth inning. However, Oregon pitcher Megan Kleist was unable to get a shutdown inning, as the Sooners chased Kleist with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. This game is played at a high speed. After laying down a bunt that seemed inches foul, the umpire continued play. UO catcher Gwen Svekis picked it up and threw it to first, but the ball flew into the outfield and Wodach landed on second base. Against LSU on Saturday night, Mack singled and took third on an error in the third, then scored on a single by Udria for a 3-1 lead. Not conceding a run for an out cost the Ducks dearly.
"Holy cow, that really saved our bacon", OR coach Mike White said.
"As usual, when our backs are to the wall, we tend to perform our best, and that's what Megan Kleist did in this situation", White said. Opponents entered play hitting.198 off the righty.
It is remarkable enough that, with such a premium on pitching, Florida managed to horde three of the best arms for not just one season but two.
"I think adrenaline just kicked in as I was trying to hit my spot", Lowary said.
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OR kept the pressure on, taking another two-out run in the fifth to push the Ducks' lead to 5-0. She struck out the first two batters she faced and got the third to ground out to earn the save. Kvistad went 2-for-4 with three RBIs for Florida, as her solo home run in the first gave the SEC champions a 1-0 lead and her two-run single put the Gators up 4-0 in the second. The right-hander breezed through the order in Oregon's final frame. "They are the defending champions and then throw in the fact they are playing in Oklahoma City". OR wrapped up one of the most successful seasons in school history and made a lot of noise along the way. Mercado's blast was the lone highlight of the day for the Ducks.
The Sooners will be looking to defend their crown at the World Series.
Those two might not be Barnhill and Gourley, but they're awfully good as well.
Six combined runs were tallied in the fifth inning on Sunday between OR and Oklahoma.
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The Gators don't have great power, but they have 5 or 6 players that can beat you with the long ball at anytime, including Amanda Lorenz, their leading hitter, who is at a.396, with 11 homers and 46 RBI's. The Gators won their two national titles in consecutive seasons back in 2014 and 2015.
The year ended in not a rebuilding year as many thought, but by building on the success from last season.