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Oregon Advances at WCWS; Eliminates Tennessee
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oregon led off its Women’s College World Series elimination game on Saturday with a home run from Samantha Pappas and Tennessee was never able to recover, falling to the Ducks, 2-1.
Pappas took the second pitch of the game from Tennessee’s Ellen Renfroe deep into the stands in center field to give her team the early 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, Kailee Cuico drove the ball down the left field line and plated Kaylan Howard to put Oregon in the driver’s seat with a 2-0 lead.
However, Tennessee (52-14) was able to answer in the second with an RBI-single from Tory Lewis that scored Ashley Andrews, cutting the Lady Vols’ lead in half at 2-1. Despite the run, Oregon (45-17) slammed the door on any comeback attempt in the fourth on a double to left field that scored Christie Nieto and capped the scoring at 3-1.
Jessica Moore improved to 33-14 on the year with win, in which she allowed just one run off of four hits with one walk and four strikeouts over seven complete innings. For Tennessee, Renfroe (27-5) took the loss in her first WCWS start and allowed three hits and two runs with one strikeout over two innings of work.