The Oregon Softball team did their best to claw back into the series over the weekend after dropping Game 1 on Saturday, but it did not fall their way. Jessica Moore gave a valiant effort to get her team back in it and Cheridan Hawkins pitch the relief outing of her life, but it wasn’t enough as Oregon fell two games to three to Nebraska who moves on to face Washington next weekend in the Women’s College World Series.
Press Release from the U of O:
EUGENE – The #3 NCAA seed University of Oregon softball team (50-11) saw its record-breaking season come to an end Sunday with a 4-2 loss to #14 seed Nebraska (45-14) in the NCAA Super Regional finale.
UO threatened to score more in the first inning after junior DP Alexa Peterson beat out a sacrifice bunt to again load the bases with one out. However, a pop-up to the pitcher and strikeout ended the threat.
Nebraska went back ahead in the third inning after a pair of two-out singles and a double by Salem, Ore., product Hailey Decker.
Another double by Decker in the sixth inning led to the Huskers’ final run after a sacrifice bunt and single.
The Ducks stranded seven runners for the game, including single runners in the third, fifth and sixth innings.
Takeda tried to lead a seventh-inning comeback with a single to left field to open the inning, but a fielder’s choice and double play ended the game. The 5-4-3 final play was the fifth double play of the series for the national leader who entered the weekend averaging 0.81 per game.
For the game, three Ducks posted multiple hits – Ceo (3-for-4), Pappas (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Takeda (2-for-4).
Combining stats from both of Sunday’s gams, Pappas also added the school career hits record to her name (238) and passed former great Julie Cavanaugh (234).
In the circle, Oregon starter and All-America senior Jessica Moore (27-6) pitched the first three innings, struck out one, walked none, gave up seven hits, and two of her three runs allowed were earned.
Hawkins pitched the last four innings, struck out two, walked none, and yielded two hits and one earned run.
In her first appearance of the Super Regional, Nebraska starter Emily Lockman (15-5) struck out five, walked one, yielded eight hits, and two earned runs.
Offensively for the Huskers, Decker went 2-for-3 with her pair of doubles, and six others hit safely once.
Earlier in the series, Nebraska won the opener, 5-2, on Saturday to finally blemish Oregon’s previous 16-0 game home mark in 2013.
In Sunday’s second game of the series, UO scored single runs in the sixth, seventh and 11th innings to eventually win, 4-3, in its first extra-inning tilt of the year.