Oregon’s promising 11-6 win to start the 2018 Women’s College World Series took a hard turn to onto the rocks with a 6-2 loss followed by a 4-1 elimination loss at the hands of the Florida State Seminoles Saturday evening in Oklahoma City.
Continued struggles at the plate and in the field sabotaged any hopes the Ducks held of working their way back into championship contention after dropping Friday’s games to the Huskies. Needing a win against the Seminoles to advance to the semi-finals to face UCLA, Oregon was shackled by FSU’s Kylee Hanson for five hits and a single run.
As was the case in the loss to Washington, the Ducks had opportunities early but were unable to push a run across the plate until after the matter was settled, stranding seven runners on the night.
Three Oregon pitchers combined to surrender nine Florida State base hits and four errors in the field only compounded the Ducks’ problems. Miranda Elish was given the start, allowing six hits and two runs while fanning six. Megan Kleist made her second relief appearance of the year in the fifth, allowing one hit and one run before yielding to Maggie Balint for the final two frames.
Haley Cruse was the only Oregon hitter with more than one hit, going two for three and driving in the Ducks’ only run with a sixth-inning double to the left field wall.
That was all the scoring the Oregon offense could muster, bringing their season to a close. The Pac-12 champions finish the season with a 53-10 record. Four seniors – Jenna Lilley, D.J. Sanders, Gwen Svekis and Lauren Lindval – saw their collegiate careers come to an end with the loss.
~ Rick Morgan