Rutgers (2-5) drew a tough task on Friday, facing the No. 3 Oregon Ducks (8-0). Behind a powerful offense and an deliberate pitching performance from Maggie Balint, the Ducks cruised to a 10-0 win.
The Ducks wasted no time finding its offensive rhythm. It took just four hits, including a home run from DJ Sanders, to put a five spot on the board in the opening frame and it didn’t stop there. Adding two runs in the second and three in the third, the Ducks were led by Jenna Lilley who totaled three hits, an RBI and three runs scored.
Maggie Balint didn’t quite match the 10-strikeout performance from Kleist on Thursday, but the sophomore pitched five solid innings, holding the Scarlet Knights scoreless, giving up just two hits and striking out three. Oregon’s defense didn’t mess around either, dialing up three double plays throughout the afternoon.
Erin Collins and Nicole Bowman came up with only hit on the afternoon for Rutgers.