CORVALLIS — DJ Sanders crushed a grand slam in the eighth inning and the No. 5 Oregon softball team defeated Oregon State, 5-1, in extra innings on Saturday.
The Ducks (27-6, 4-2 Pac-12) took 2-of-3 games from the Beavers to win the Civil War series. The Ducks have not lost a series to Oregon State since 2012, winning six straight against their rivals. Oregon now owns a 93-92-1 lead in the all-time series with OSU.
Oregon State took a 1-0 lead on a solo homer in the third inning but the Ducks tied it up in the fifth.
With two outs, freshman Lauren Burke hit a pinch-hit RBI single to left to drive in pinch runner Cherish Burks from second.
The Ducks broke through in a big way in the eighth.
Freshman Mary Iakopo led off the top of the eighth with a single to left and moved to second on a single up the middle by sophomore Haley Cruse. After a pair of outs, senior Lauren Lindvall drew a full-count walk to load the bases.
That brought up Sanders, and the senior shortstop crushed a full count pitch for the grand slam to left.
Sanders hit seven home runs in the month of February, but had not hit another in March. She had not recorded an RBI since March 2 at Florida State.
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