EUGENE, Ore. -- The Golden Bears put up a strong fight in their series finale against the No. 1 Ducks but couldn't close a five-run gap at the top of the seventh to lose 7-2 Saturday in Eugene, Ore. Oregon sweeps the series as Cal falls to 22-20 overall and 4-9 in Pac-12 play.
Junior Cheyenne Cordes went 3-for-4 with a run and RBI thanks to a solo homer at the top of the third. Fellow junior Breana Kostreba continued a strong weekend against the Ducks with a 1-for-2 performance with a run and a walk, and freshman Alleah Laxamana went 2-for-3.
Freshman Stephanie Trzcinski (7-9) was solid in the circle for most of the game, but allowed 10 hits and six earned runs plus six walks. Trzcinski fanned four batters. Oregon used ace Cheridan Hawkins for 5.2 innings, and Hawkins allowed four hits, two runs and three walks with four strikeouts. J. Smithson-Willett pitched the 1.1 inning remainder, allowing two hits and striking out one.
The first two runs came at the bottom of the second. Janelle Lindvall doubled, then Koral Costa followed with a double of her own to send Lindvall in. A long single to left center by Karine Shaver scored Costa.
Cordes fought back at the top of the third with a solo blast to left center.
Oregon kept its one-run lead until the bottom of the fifth before upping the score on a sac fly. Janie Takeda got two bases on a hit to left field that landed just a few inches fair, then moved over to third on a ground out. Takeda crossed home on a fly ball by Alexa Peterson.
The Bears answered once again in their next chance on offense. Kostreba hit a leadoff double down the left line before sophomore Vanessa Alvarez joined her with a base on balls. Senior Victoria Jones hit into a double play that took her out at first and Alvarez out at second, but Kostreba was able to get to third safely. A single to second base by Laxamana plated Kostreba.
The Ducks started their bottom of the sixth with a single to left by Nikki Udria. Courtney Ceo and Alyssa Gillespie joined her followinga bunt single and a walk to load the bases before Takeda drew a walk of her own and force Udria home. Kailee Cuico used a two-RBI single to bring Ceo and Gillespie in, and Oregon added a fourth run after Alexa Peterson was hit by pitch with a full diamond.
Cal begins a four-game homestand against Sacramento State Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. before hosting UCLA Friday through Sunday.