It was a game setup to be a pitchers duel between two of the best in the game for 2014. Oregon Ducks Starter Cheridan Hawkins struggled through the first inning but settled in to give up just one hit in a 3-0 win over Florida State in the Women’s College World Series on Thursday afternoon. Her counterpart FSU Starter Lacey Waldrup did not fare as well giving up ten hits in the game, the most given up in her career.
The Oregon Offense jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with back to back singles by the Ducks by Alyssa Gillespie and Janie Takeda which brought Janelle Lindvall to the plate who hit a groundout allowing Gillespie to score. The Oregon Ducks tacked on another run in the second inning and the final run in the fifth. The story of the game however was Oregon Starter Cheridan Hawkins.
Not only did she throw a one hitter opposite the National Player of the Year, she also retired sixteen straight batters in the game against the Seminoles. She helped the Oregon Ducks to a new win record, which now stands at fifty five for the 2014 season. It was the Oregon Ducks second ever shutout at the WCWS. Up next for Oregon a date with another school from the Sunshine State.
Oregon takes on Florida this afternoon at 4pm PT in the Winners Bracket on ESPN. The Gators took out Baylor on Thursday in a run ruled five inning shutout win 11-0.