Oregon Ducks Softball Back On Offensive Track After Sweeping Portland State

Oregon faces UCLA at Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene, OregonJustin Phillips/KPNW Sports
Oregon faces UCLA at Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene, OregonJustin Phillips/KPNW Sports /

The Oregon Ducks Softball team brought their bats against Portland State on Tuesday and swept a double header against the Portland State.

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Both games featured a dominating Offensive effort by the Oregon Ducks. In the first game Megan Kleist threw five innings giving up five hits and just one run. Gwen Svekis hit a two run home run and Danica Mercado showed off her speed as the Ducks took control and scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning capped off by Mercado stealing home base for a 3-1 Oregon lead. The Ducks had 7 hits in the 7-1 Game 1 win over the Pilots.

The storyline last weekend against UCLA was Starting Pitcher Cheridan Hawkins. She had a rough outing to open the series throwing just two innings, hitting two batters and starting the series off on a bad note and a 16-6 loss. Oregon would go on to lose the series, but on Tuesday Hawkins looked like her old self. She was dominant. She threw 4 2/3 innings giving up just one hit and struck out 12 Pilot batters.

It was a run ruled effort by the Oregon Ducks and an 11-3 win. Again, the Oregon Offense was up to the task and put up 5 runs in the first inning. Nikki Udria powered the Offense early with a two run home run and Mike White and the Ducks never looked back. The Oregon Ducks tacked on another 4 runs in the third and 2 runs in the fourth inning to sweep the Portland State.

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Oregon will now take the better part of April and play on the road facing Oregon State this weekend before a 12 day break. The Ducks will then take on Arizona State on the road before returning to Jane Sanders Stadium to welcome Arizona to open a 3 game series starting on April 29th.