Ducks defeat Cal Golden Bears in the 5th with mercy rule, 15-3

Ducks defeat Cal Golden Bears in the 5th with mercy rule, 15-3
Oregon Ducks second baseman Karine Shaver (#8) takes a throw from home to try to tag out California Golden Bears player. The Ducks won 15-3 in the "Strike Out Cancer" pink game. Mary Jane Schulte, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon Ducks stomped the California Golden Bears 15-3 in the second game of the three-game series, scoring an unheard of 15 runs in one inning. The players wore pink uniforms for the “Strike Out Cancer” breast cancer awareness game. 

The game ended, yet again, in five innings. This game marks the fourth consecutive game the Ducks have eight run-ruled their opponent. 

“I don’t think I’ve seen 15 runs in an inning before,” said Head Coach Mike White. “They’re doing a good job right now of seeing the ball and just keeping it rolling.” 

The California Golden Bears started the game off on top, scoring two runs in the top of the third making the score 2-0. The Ducks did not wait to fight back offensively. They crushed the ball one batter after the next, with two homeruns by Koral Costa and Janelle Lindvall, as well as a grand slam by Sammie Puentes in the bottom of the fourth. 

“I was just looking for a pitch to handle,” said Costa. “We’re good at keeping the momentum going.”

 “I was just thinking base hit, keeping it simple—I was not thinking I was going to hit a homerun at all,” said Puentes. “It was in the strike zone, and I hit it. Once I saw it go over the fence, I was really happy.”

Oregon Ducks pitcher Karissa Hovinga pitched the whole game and got three strikeouts. “We had a good pitching performance by Karissa,” said White. 

The Ducks will face the California Golden Bears Saturday at 12pm on Howe Field for the third and final game of the series.