Oregon softball wraps up fall with intra-squad scrimmage

KK Humphreys hit a double and home run and Ariel Carlson and Paige Sinicki each hit three-run home runs as Oregon softball wrapped up its fall slate with an intra-squad scrimmage.

Humphreys hit a two-out solo shot to center off Morgan Scott to give the Yellow team the early lead and opened a five-run third inning that proved decisive in the 6-4 win in five innings for that squad over the Green team Thursday afternoon at Jane Sanders Stadium.

The Green team tied the game in the bottom of the first on an the first of two doubles by Allee Bunker. It was the lone run allowed by Allison Benning on three hits over 4.0 innings.

“I think we saw some things show up that we were working on in the fall like in all areas,” Oregon coach Melyssa Lombardi said. “I thought it kind of went both (hitting and pitching). Allison did an unbelievable job. I thought the Yellow team did a good job of shutting down the Green team and then late in the game the Green team showed up. Then I thought the Yellow team did a good job of coming up big in the third inning.”

The Yellow team opened the third with back-to-back doubles by Humphreys and Tehya Bird, who scored on a sacrifice bunt. Carlson capped the inning with a three-run shot off Raegan Breedlove to make it 6-1.

Scott allowed four runs on five hits and a walk and struck out one over 2.1 innings and Breedlove allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over 2.2 innings.

Bunker doubled and Alyssa Daniell was hit by a pitch to put two on for Sinicki, who drove a three-run blast to left-center off Stevie Hansen in her lone inning of work to cut the deficit to 6-4.

Thursday’s scrimmage marked the end of fall ball for the Ducks, who move to eight-hour practice weeks for the remainder of the fall.

In seven exhibition games, eight UO players hit at least .500, 10 topped .400 and three more were over .300. All four pitchers had ERAs of 2.00 or less against over-matched competition and allowed a combined 37 base runners over 52 innings with 61 strikeouts.

“I feel like we got a lot of answers,” Lombardi said. “I thought we had a really, really good fall. Every one of these guys, they’re working on something. I think it’s continuing to work on some things that we’re trying to accomplish in the fall.”

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