Ducks bust Beavers 10-2 in 2nd of three-game Civil War series

Ducks bust Beavers 10-2 in 2nd of three-game Civil War series
Oregon Ducks Sammie Puentes (#5) throws the ball to Ducks first baseman Kailee Cuico (#33) to make the out at first. The Ducks won the second game of the three-game series against the Oregon State Beavers. Mary Jane Schulte, Oregon News Lab

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks stomped past the Oregon State Beavers, winning 10-2 in game two of the three-game Civil War series. The game ended in six innings due to the eight-run rule. The Ducks also won the first game of the series, 10-5 on Saturday. 

The Beavers were the first to score, and held their 1-0 lead for the first two innings. The momentum of the game quickly switched in the Ducks favor at the top of the third inning with a two-out rally. The Ducks offense was unstoppable, scoring seven runs to make the score 7-1. 

“We just try to look for a pitch we can drive,” said Head Coach Mike White. “I couldn’t be any more pleased with those runs with the two outs.” 

“When we get runs like that, it makes it easier,” said Hovinga. “I know I don’t have to be too perfect. I can relax and just let my defense work for me.”

Oregon Ducks pitcher Karissa Hovinga gave up four hits in the game, while Oregon State Beavers pitchers Melanie Dembinski and Alleyah Amendariz gave up a combined total of 11 hits. 

“Hovinga pitched so well—if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” said White. 

Oregon Ducks Janelle Lindvall hit a two-run homerun in the top of the sixth inning. Lindvall also hit a grand slam in the first game of the series against the Beavers, making her a definite threat at the plate. 

The Ducks will face the Beavers in Corvallis for the final game of the three-game series Monday at 3pm.