EUGENE — Brooke Thomason hit a grand slam in the fifth inning and Nebraska opened its NCAA Super Regional series with a 5-2 victory over Oregon on Saturday evening.
Thomason hit her ninth home run of the season on a 2-2 pitch with two outs in the fifth, after Gabby Banda hit an RBI single to give the No. 14 seed Huskers (44-13) a 1-0 lead. It was the fourth grand slam of Thomason's career.
"I was looking for an outside pitch, but she came in and I went with it," Thomason said. "It was really exciting. I don't think anyone on our team tries to hit a home run, I just got under it and drove it."
Tatum Edwards (30-9) went the distance for the win, allowing two runs on five hits.
"It's always nice to have runs behind you. We felt that energy on defense and we were making great plays the whole game," Edwards said.
Jessica Moore (27-5) allowed five runs on six hits over five innings in the loss for the third-seeded Ducks (49-10), who had not lost a game this season at Howe Field.
Moore had a pinch-hit RBI groundout in a two-run seventh inning for the Ducks.
The best-of-three series continues today, with two games if necessary. The winner advances to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
"We play well with our backs against the wall, I think we do our best when we're down and I think we will come out hard tomorrow," Moore said.