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Blair Oaks grad Kliethermes goes 2-2 in NCAA Regional

by News Tribune | May 23, 2022 at 12:10 a.m.
Cally Kildow of Arkansas slides home for a run between Oregon pitcher Makenna Kliethermes and catcher Terra McGowan during the sixth inning of Sunday's championship game of the Fayetteville Regional Softball Tournament at Bogle Park in Fayetteville. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Charlie Kaijo)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Oregon junior Makenna Kliethermes pitched in all four games for the Ducks in the NCAA Regionals, finishing with a 2-2 record.

Kliethermes (Blair Oaks High School) recorded both wins in relief, finishing Friday’s 10-2 win against Wichita State and Saturday’s 8-1 elimination win against the Shockers.

Kliethermes walked one and struck out one in 2⅓ innings Friday and added three strikeouts Saturday in 3⅓ innings against Wichita State, not allowing a run in either contest.

In Saturday’s 6-2 loss to Arkansas — the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament — Kliethermes struck out seven and walked three batters in five innings as the starter.

In Sunday’s 9-3 loss to the Razorbacks in the regional championship game, Kliethermes threw 4⅔ innings of relief, walking three and striking out two.

For the season, Kliethermes posted an 11-7 record with a 3.65 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 117 innings. She pitched in 32 games with 16 starts.

Oregon finished the season with a 33-19 record.


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