Ducks advance to WCWS semifinals
OKLAHOMA CITY — Megan Kleist came through again for Oregon.
Just hours after she fought out of a bases-loaded jam to earn a save against Baylor, she threw a complete game to help Oregon defeat LSU 4-1 in a Women's College World Series elimination game Saturday night.
Against LSU, she allowed just five hits and struck out nine with no walks.
"She just did a fantastic job, probably one of the best games she's thrown this year," Oregon coach Mike White said. "It's great to see her getting stronger."
It was just the kind of clutch performance the Ducks (53-7) will need when they play defending national champion Oklahoma in the semifinals today. Oregon will need to beat the Sooners twice to advance to the championship series.
Oregon had to expend pitching while Oklahoma took advantage of being in the winners' bracket and rested ace Paige Parker. But the Ducks are better equipped than most to handle the challenge. Kleist, Maggie Balint and Miranda Elish all have pitched at least 100 innings this season.
"We've just got to take it one game at a time," White said. "I'm not sure who we're going to pitch tomorrow, but we've got three good pitchers to choose from."
Alexis Mack had three hits and scored two runs and Mia Camuso added two hits for the Ducks. Gwen Svekis hit a two-run homer to open the scoring.
Shemiah Sanchez homered for LSU's lone run, and Allie Walljasper (18-6) took the loss for the Tigers (48-22) after giving up three runs and six hits in 2 2/3 innings.
OREGON STATE 11, YALE 0: At Corvallis, Jack Anderson and KJ Harrison each homered and No. 1 national seed Oregon State pulled away with a six-run sixth inning for a victory at the Corvallis Regional.
It was the 18th straight win for the Beavers (51-4). Luke Heimlich (11-1) pitched 7 innings, allowing just two hits and striking out eight.
Yale (33-17) will face fourth-seeded Holy Cross today in the double-elimination regional.
Anderson hit a solo home run in the opening inning to give the Beavers the early lead. Adley Rutschman added an RBI single to put the Beavers up 2-0.
Harrison added a two-run homer in the third inning and Cadyn Grenier scored on Nick Madrigal's sacrifice to center in the fourth.
Steven Kwan, Trevor Larnach and Rutschman each hit RBI singles and Madrigal had a sacrifice bunt in a six-run sixth inning. Erick Brodkowitz (6-3) gave up nine runs on 10 hits in the loss.