Ducks rout Ga. Tech at regional

ATLANTA — The No. 20 University of Oregon softball team (34-20) guaranteed its sixth appearance in a regional final in the last eight years, thanks to an 11-2, five-inning win over the tournament's eighth overall seed Georgia Tech (50-10) on Saturday afternoon at Mewborn Field.

Freshman second baseman Kaylan Howard belted her first career grand slam in the first inning, and freshman pitcher Jessica Moore notched her 13th complete game of the season and second win of the weekend.

Moore (16-11) struck out six, walked one, gave up only two hits and two earned runs that both came in the first inning.

At the plate, the Ducks broke out offensively with runs in all four of their plate appearances, thanks to four runs in the first, another in the second, and two runs in both the third and fourth to meet the game-shortened eight-run rule for the seventh time this season.

UO also scored 10-plus runs for the fifth time this season and first time since topping Idaho State 19-0 and 13-0 in a doubleheader in Eugene on March 26.

Altogether, eight of the nine Duck hitters in the lineup batted safely, and four had multiple hits.

Oregon returns to play this morning, and will face the only remaining team alive in the double-elimination format after Saturday's two remaining games between Auburn (30-25), Georgia Tech and Jacksonville State (30-18). If Oregon loses that game, then the two teams will play again immediately after.

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