When your team is ranked number one in the country it is your opportunity each week in the position to show why you belong there. Not just in Softball, but in any sport. Oregon Head Coach Mike White knows this as well. Starting Pitcher Cheridan Hawkins did not have her best start of the season vs Cal in the Saturday finale going five and two thirds innings with four hits and two runs. She also struck out four Bears batters.
Janie Takeda had a hit and two runs and Koral Costa had a run on two hits in three at bats. For the finale Oregon racked up 10 hits in a 7-2 victory at Howe Field. The game did not go as well as the first to games of the series where Oregon was dominant from start to finish vs Cal.
On Saturday the fourth inning was the decider as every Oregon Ducks hitter reached base not once, but twice in one inning leading to a run ruled 15-3 victory over the Golden Bears. On Friday the results were similar. On Thursday there was some history in the air at Howe Field as the Oregon Ducks Softball team took to the home field for the first time as the #1 ranked team in the nation and they made themselves right at home by run ruling the Cal Bears. California did not have much of a chance as Oregon chased the Bears Starting Pitcher in the first inning winning 5-1 in five innings.
On Friday Oregon led from the beginning as the first five Oregon batters scored jumping out to an early lead. Courtney Ceo scored twice in three at bats and Alexa Peterson drove in four runs. The Oregon Ducks Softball team has now won four of their last five by the run rule and four of their last five by eight runs or more, which is quite a statement.
The Oregon Ducks now head south to Stanford for a three game series next weekend before returning home for a midweek doubleheader against Utah Valley. The first game against the Cardinal next weekend will be on ESPNU at 7pm. Game 2 is set for Saturday(1pm) and the finale on Sunday(12 noon).