Softball: Ducks enter Saturday Super Regional after a Friday victory
EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon Ducks Softball team is one game closer to securing their advance from the Softball Super Regionals after winning Friday's game against NC State 6-1.
The team has lost only one out of 20 games played at Howe Field this season. This weekend in the Softball Super Regional, NC State would have to beat the Ducks twice on their home diamond to keep the team from advancing.
The Ducks fell behind early in the game when a player from the Wolfpack hit a homerun in the first inning.
However, the Ducks came back to score four runs in the fourth inning and the floodgates were opened up by an NC State error.
Teams have learned, you just can't give the Ducks extra outs.
"I'll take 'em anyway we can get them, but it sure is contagious. We really try to capitalize on mistakes and NC State made a couple of mistakes and we capitalized on them," said Head Coach Mike White.
After 14 strikeouts in Friday's game, pitcher Cheridan Hawkins is already looking ahead.
"Always good to win the first game, but you have to know that NC State is a good team that will come out and compete tomorrow so we just have to stick to our game plan and believe in what we do," Hawkins said.
The series continues Saturday at noon as the Ducks take on NC State once again at Howe Field. If NC State wins the second game, a third game will be played at 3 p.m. Saturday to determine who moves on from the Super Regional.
After the Super Regional, the Ducks will wave goodbye to Historic Howe Field. The bulldozers will move in and begin construction on the Ducks' new state of the art stadium.
"Everything about Howe field, I think the whole thing is pretty quirky. I think everyone is going to miss the homey field. I'm sure the new stadium is going to be what it is, a stadium. But this was a field for the community," said senior outfielder Janie Takeda.
Coach White agreed he'll miss the stadium.
"It gets really loud in here, just with a thousand fans. 1,500 fans gets it really loud and of course being close to the street, we don't need any special effects, we just listen for the noise of the balls hitting the cars. I don't know if that is good or not, but it has definitely been a different kind of place to play," he said.