SEATTLE — The No. 2 ranked Oregon softball team used a big third inning to defeat No. 4 Washington 5-3 on Sunday and sweep the three-game series.
The Ducks (41-7, 15-3 Pac-12) have swept the Huskies three times over the last five seasons, including twice at Husky Softball Stadium.
With the win, the Ducks are now tied for first place in the Pac-12 with No. 1 ranked UCLA. Both teams are 15-3 in league play. Oregon has a home series with Utah and road trip to California left this season while the Bruins still need to play Cal on the road and No. 9 Arizona State at home.
Washington took an early lead on a run in the second inning. With two outs on the board, the Huskies followed with a double with a RBI single as the Oregon throw home from center was late.
The Ducks took the lead after a big third inning. After Lauren Lindvall and Haley Cruse singled to start the third, Jenna Lilley laced a two-run double off the wall in right-center to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead. Oregon was not done scoring, however, as DJ Sanders mashed a two-run homer to left to make it a 4-1 game. A passed-ball later in the third allowed Gwen Svekis to score from third and Oregon plated five runs on four hits and an error in the frame.
Washington had a great chance to cut into the lead in the fifth. After a single and an out, the Huskies drew a walk and dropped down a bunt single to load the bases. That brought up UW slugger Kirstyn Thomas, but Megan Kleist got Thomas to roll into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
Just like the sixth inning, the Huskies made it interesting in the seventh. Taylor Van Zee started the inning with a double off the wall and came home to score on a Sis Bates single. But another 4-6-3 double play wiped away the runner at first and a ground out to short ended the game.