Oregon Ducks Softball Overpowered By UCLA

Oregon Softball opens Jane Sanders Stadium with a win over Stanford.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports
Oregon Softball opens Jane Sanders Stadium with a win over Stanford.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports /

The Oregon Ducks saw their 18 game winning streak come to an end following a dominating Offensive performance by UCLA and an error filled performance by the home team.

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It was a matter of time. The Oregon Ducks Softball team has been dominating this season. While Starter Cheridan Hawkins has had a rough outing a few times, what Starter hasn’t this or any season. It was how bad that was the difference. She threw just two innings giving up four hits and a total of seven runs(four earned). She also hit two batters and was pulled by Head Coach Mike White. The damage was done shortly after her departure with UCLA Bruins on base that were still her responsibility.

The most fans ever at a Oregon Softball game watched in disbelief as the team that knocked Oregon out of the Women’s College World Series last season was flexing their muscle. It was 9-0 after two innings. Oregon would attempt to make a comeback, but it would have to be quick. The run rule was in full effect, but Oregon could not do enough to solve the Bruins pitching, and when they did it was errors in the field that led to more runs. It was a game that quickly went from bad to worse and every team is going to have them.

It was an April Fool’s Day prank that came true. The Oregon Ducks were able to put up 11 its including two from Alyssa Gillespie, who bunted twice to get on base. Hailey Decker added a home run, but Oregon fell 16-6 in the three game series opener against UCLA. Oregon also saw their 18 game winning streak that tied a record come to an end. The good thing about Softball – you get to do it again.

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The Ducks and UCLA Bruins will play Game 2 of the three game series on Saturday.If you have an opportunity to see Oregon at Jane Sanders Stadium it will be another perfect evening at the new home of the Oregon Ducks. First pitch is set for just after 7:30pm Pacific Time. If you’re not in the Eugene/Springfield area the game will be on ESPNU.