EUGENE, Ore. – Kelli Suguro matched a career-high with three hits, and Victoria Hayward and Jennie McNeill each drove in runs, as the No. 5 Huskies scored twice in the final three innings of their game against No. 2 Oregon on Sunday in Eugene, Oregon.
Despite Washington’s resiliency after the Ducks (30-4) took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd, the Huskies (21-10) lost, 4-3, on a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 7th inning.
With the Ducks leading, 2-0, Suguro hit a one-out single and advanced to third base after Hayward drove a double. Suguro eventually scored on a wild pitch to bring the Huskies within one at 2-1.
In the 5th inning, again it was Suguro who got the rally going for the Huskies. With one out, the junior from Kent, Washington connected for a hard-hit double. A single by Hayward put runners on second and third with one out for McNeill.
McNeill stroked a groundball through the infield, scoring Suguro to tie the game at 2-2.
The Huskies also got great defense from Suguro who snagged a hard-hit line drive when the Ducks led off the bottom of the 4th.
The Ducks threatened again in the 6th, putting runners on first and second with one out, but Walker got a fly ball and a ground ball to escape the jam.
Leading off the top of the 7th inning, Whitney Jones crushed a double to put the go-ahead run on 2nd base. After an infield single by Suguro, Hayward lifted a sacrifice fly to score Jones and give the Huskies a 3-2 lead.
Suguro’s three hits matched a career-high set on April 6, 2013 vs. Oregon State. With the three hits, Suguro raised her average to its highest since batting .360 on March 1.
Hayward finished 2-for-3, with one RBI and has now hit safely in 13 of her past 16 games, leading the team with a .386 batting average during that stretch.
With the loss, Walker’s record is now 13-6.
The Huskies will be back in action Tuesday in a cross-town showdown at Seattle U. First pitch from Logan Field will be at 6:00 p.m.