CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - Texas A&M fell to No. 17 Oregon, 7-5, Saturday to close out the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. The Maroon and White finished the tournament with a 1-2 record to move to 9-5 on the season.
Oregon jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first, but the Aggies responded in the second with four runs, highlighted by a pinch-hit three-run homer from Abby Smith. Kelly Martinez blasted her second home run of the season in the fourth inning to give the Aggies a three-run lead.
In the sixth, the Ducks tied the game at five before taking a two-run lead in the seventh.
Payton McBride earned the start in the circle for the Aggies, allowing five runs, seven hits and two walks, while fanning four. Kendall Potts suffered the loss, throwing 1.1 innings in relief, giving up two runs, one hit, one walk and recording two strikeouts.
T1| Haley Cruse earned a walk and Rachel Cid singled down the right field line before Shaye Bowden doubled to left to give the Ducks an early 2-0 lead. UO 2, A&M 0
B2| Kelly Martinez walked before Ashlynn Walls reached on a fielder's choice. Abby Smith delivered a three-run blast over the left field wall to give the Aggies the lead. Kelbi Fortenberry singled through the left side and stole second before touching home after a Riley Sartain base hit. A&M 4, UO 2
B4| A solo-shot from Martinez to right extended the Maroon & White's lead to three. A&M 5, UO 2
T6| Bowden led off with a base hit through the left side and advanced to third after a groundout and as Cherish Burks reached on a fielder's choice. Allee Bunker singled, plating Bowden, before Burks and Bunker touched home on a Lexi Wagner single to left. A&M 5, UO 5
T7| Cruse earned a walk to start the inning and advanced to third on a Cid single up the middle before touching home after a fielding error by the Aggies' defense. Cid advanced to third on an error and added a run after an obstruction call at home. UO 7, A&M 5