Softball: No. 2 Ducks down Dawgs 15-6
EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 2 Oregon softball team closed their weekend series against the No. 19 Washington Huskies with an offensive explosion, taking down the Dawgs 15-6 in five innings on Sunday afternoon at Howe Field.
The Ducks, who improved to 30-4 (8-1 Pac-12), hit eight homeruns, breaking their single-game record that was previously set at six in a game, and scored in every inning they played. Junior Cheridan Hawkins had another nice outing in the circle, pitching 4.2 innings and striking out six batters.
Freshman third baseman Jenna Lilley started the day off with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, and the Oregon offense started rolling from there.
Junior Geri Ann Glasco knocked one out of the park in the bottom of the second, her first of three homers on the day. After two innings, the Ducks led 3-0 with only two hits recorded, both home runs.
In the bottom of the third, the real offensive explosion came. After second baseman Danica Mercado was hit by a pitch, junior Hailey Decker jacked a two-run shot over the center field fence, her first of the inning. Lilley got on base with a single and then stole second base, setting up Glasco's second home run of the day, a two-run shot to left field.
With one out in the bottom of the third, Oregon had recorded five hits in the game, four of which were home runs.
The Huskies brought in Hailey Bator during a pitching change after Glasco's second shot, and junior Janelle Lindvall welcomed Bator with a solo home run to center field. Lindvall's sister Lauren then got on base with a single, and sophomore Nikki Udria brought her home with a two-run homer over the right field wall.
Another Washington pitching change occurred, which lead to a base hit from junior Alyssa Gillespie and a walk of Mercado, setting up Decker's second home run of the inning, a three run shot that made it 13-0.
The Huskies managed to record the last two outs, heading to the dugout after an inning that saw eight hits, five home runs and 10 runs scored.
Washington managed to find some offense in the top of the fourth, hitting back-to-back home runs off of Hawkins to cut the lead to 13-2.
Oregon got both runs back however, when Glasco hit her third home run of the day in the bottom of the fourth, and Mercado drove one in with an RBI double.
The Huskies rallied for four runs in the top of the fifth, but Oregon reliever Karissa Hovinga and Hawkins recorded the final three outs of the game.
Hawkins got the win, improving her record to 15-2 as a starter. The Ducks will now go on the road to face No. 10 UCLA in a weekend series that starts on Friday (Pac-12 Networks).