Hawkins Paces Oregon Past The Beach – GoDucks.com
FULLERTON, Calif. – The No. 2 Oregon softball team’s used 13 hits to knock in 12 runs while the Ducks’ lefty ace, Cheridan Hawkins, fanned 10 batters in six innings of work to defeat Long Beach State 12-3 on Saturday in the final game of the Judi Garman Classic.
How It Happened: Hailey Decker got the party started and gave Oregon (20-3) the 1-0 lead with one out in the top of the second when she launched a 3-2 fastball over the left field wall.
In the third frame, Nikki Udria drilled a double down the left field line and then advanced to third after the left fielder couldn’t field the ball in the corner. Alyssa Gillespie put UO on top 2-0 after she lifted a deep fly ball to left center to score Udria on the sacrifice fly.
Janie Takeda then singled through the left side and stole second with Jenna Lilley at the plate. Janelle Lindvall sent Takeda home after she smoked a ball into the left field wall for a double, and gave the Ducks a 3-0 advantage.
The Beach (10-15) finally got a putout against Hawkins in the bottom of the fourth when Shayna Kimbrall was thrown out at first on a bunt attempt.
Hawkins had retired 12-straight batters, 10 of which were strikeouts, before Lauren Lombardi of Long Beach State ripped a single into left to break up the no-hitter.
Oregon tacked on another run in the sixth when Decker roped a ball over the center fielder’s head, scoring Gwen Svekis from second to make it 4-0.
LBSU finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. However, Lauren Lindvall got the run back for Oregon the very next inning when she went yard on a 1-2 pitch from Amanda Henson.
The Oregon bats continued to explode in the top of the seventh, pushing eight runs across the plate on six hits to record the 12-3 victory.
By The Numbers: Hawkins fanned 10 batters in her second-straight start in as many days … Oregon wrapped up the Judi Garman Classic 4-1 with the win over LBSU … Oregon batted .433(13-for-30) in the game as a team, while The Beach was held to just a .200 (5-for-25) batting average … L. Lindvall led the team with a .500 (6-for-12) batting average during the three-day tournament (min. 10 at-bats) … She also led the team with eight RBIs over the weekend.
Up Next: Oregon now heads home for its final home-opener ever at Howe Field. The Ducks are slated to open its Pac-12 season with a Civil War match up against Oregon State, March 13-15.
– Click Here To Visit Article Source