Oregon continues to roll on day two of Kajikawa Classic
By Maren Angus
Games started at 9 a.m. in Tempe, Ariz. for day two of the Kajikawa Classic. They didn’t end until 11 p.m. but it was time well spent and full of action.
Oklahoma opens GCU Kickoff Classic with pair of wins
Oklahoma came from behind in a 6-3 win over Weber State in its first contest of 2018. The Sooners out-hit WSU 13-7 with three-hit performances from Jocelyn Alo and Sydney Romero. Alo, a freshman, hit her first career homer to tie the game at 3-3 in the fifth and Fale Aviu put OU on top with a two-run single. Paige Lowary earned the win in relief. She struck out three runs on six hits while striking out four in 3.2 innings of work.
Paige Parker made her 100th career start in the circle and threw five scoreless innings in OU’s 8-1 win over Grand Canyon. Shay Knighten paced the Sooners offense with a 4-for-4 performance. Nicole Pendley was 1-for-2 with a two run homer and Romero also finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Mizzou wins season openers
After travel issues forced Missouri to cancel Thursday night’s game against San Jose State, the Tigers stepped up and defeated UTEP 3-0 Friday afternoon. Kolby Romaine had the lone RBI for the Tigers and Amanda Sanchez finished 3-for-4. Eli Daniel, a Breneau University (NAIA) transfer, got the win in her NCAA debut. She didn’t give up a hit and struck out five in three innings. Madi Norman got the save and only allowed two hits in four innings of relief.
In the nightcap, Mizzou defeated CSUN 19-10. The 19 runs scored marked the highest single-game runs scored since March 16, 2007. Cayla Kessinger extended her hitting streak to 12 games that dates back to last season. Sanchez finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored, two doubles, a home run and three RBIs.
Oregon continues to rake
The third-ranked Oregon Ducks didn’t let up on Friday. They are averaging 10 runs per game through three games and are off to a 3-0 start for the fourth consecutive season.
In game one’s 8-0 win against Fresno State, Gwen Svekis and Shannon Rhodes hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning. Lauren Lindvall put the run-rule into effect with a bases-loaded two-RBI single in the fifth. Mary Iakopo finished 3-for-3 with an RBI and Shaye Bowden was 1-for-2 with an RBI in her first collegiate start.
The Ducks powered their way to a 15-6 victory against CSUN. DJ Sanders hit two home runs and drove in four and both Rhodes and Svekis homered in as many games.
UGA has Top 20-worthy day
Brittany Gray pitched a complete-game in a 5-1 win over No. 15 Utah. Gray allowed Utah’s lone run to score in the first inning, she allowed five hits and struck out five. The Bulldogs recorded nine hits with Alysen Febrey, Ciara Bran and Kendall Burton collecting two hits each. Bryan and Justice Milz both hit two-run homers in the seventh innings to push the Bulldogs to victory.
Alyssa DiCarlo’s three-run homer followed by Febrey’s solo shot in the fourth inning sealed the deal for Georgia in a 13-1 win against No. 19 BYU. Adding to the offensive onslaught, Milz finished 4-for-4 with two doubles.
Kylie Bass got the win in relief, pitching 4.2 innings and allowing three hits one walk and striking out a career-high, 12.
Oklahoma State downs No. 7 Arizona
Madi Sue Montgomery finished 2-for-4 at the plate with two home runs and career-high five RBIs in a 9-4 win. Emmie Robertson limited the Wildcats to six hits, three walks and struck out four in seven innings pitched.
Vanessa Shippy reached base all eight times on Friday. She finished the day 5-for-5 with three walks. She is now in sole possession of the career walks record (123) and eighth all-time in OSU history in hits (198).
CSUN’s offense comes alive
Despite losing both games on Friday, the CSUN offense isn’t going down quietly. In game one against Oregon, the Matadors trailed by 10 headed into the fifth when Savannah Horvath blasted a three-run home run to avoid the run rule. Horvath finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Mackenzie Babbitt also went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
CSUN sent five balls out of the park in a 19-10 loss to Missouri. Horvath hit her second home run of the day and Megan Stevens had a night. Stevens was 2-for-4 with two home runs, six RBIs and two runs scored.