Ducks open softball season with sweep of Beavers

EUGENE, Ore. - The No.2 University of Oregon softball team swept their rivals Oregon State University Beavers in a three-game series, 10-0, 23-12 and 9-0 this weekend at Howe Field.

After the Oregon victory Friday afternoon, the Saturday game was called due to rain, and the teams played a double-header on a cold and drizzly Sunday.

The Ducks beat the Beavers in the first game on Sunday by mercy rule in the fifth inning at Howe Field with the most runs ever scored in a single game at the U of O, 23- 12.

Freshman Gwen Svekis broke the RBI record for UO with nine. She had a three-run homerun in the first inning, a triple that brought in two more runs in the third and a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth.

The Ducks' win improved their overall record to 22-3, 2-0 Pac-12, while the Beavers fell to 18-8 overall, 0-2 Pac-12.

The Beavers began the game with four runs in the top of the first, but the Ducks evened the score in the bottom of the inning on a run from Janie Takeda and the three-run home run from Svekis.

OSU scored three more runs in the second inning to take a 7-4 lead, and then in the third inning,
the Ducks hit their stride. They scored seven runs in the inning, two on a home run from Koral Costa. The Beavers fought back with a grand slam of their own from Natalie Hampton, which gave the Beavers a 12-11 lead going into the bottom of the fourth.

The Ducks tried out some new pitchers, including Karissa Hovinga and Geri Ann Glasco, at the start of the game, but during the fourth, brought in their star pitcher Cheridan Hawkins.

And then the Ducks' offense took over, scoring 12 runs in the fourth inningincluding four on Svekis' grand slamthanks to seven walks and three Oregon State errors.

OSU returned to bat in the top of the fifth, but were cut short by a tag out followed by two strikeouts by Hawkins.

In the third game of the series, Ducks pitching star Cheridan Hawkins threw a two-hitter and kept the Beavers scoreless. The Ducks have swept the Beavers in the last three Civil War series, outscoring their opponent a total of 101-20 in those three years.

In game three of the series Hailey Decker blasted a three-run homer and later Janie Takeda added another home run to the score.

Hawkins is now 11-2 for this season with an ERA of 0.38.

The next home series for the Ducks at Howe Field will be against Washington, March 27, 28 and 29.

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