EUGENE - With Saturday's 8-0, five-inning victory, the No. 6 University of Oregon softball team (35-6, 12-2) guaranteed itself of taking its third straight series from No. 17 Arizona (27-16, 4-7).
In the teams' 100th all-time meeting, the Ducks posted their largest margin of victory vs. the eight-time national champions, and bettered their recent six- and five-run victories in '11 (12-6) and '12 (12-7).
The three-time Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week Hawkins struck out 11 Saturday, walked one, and hit two batters. UA's other four outs came via fly balls.
"I hadn't looked at the scoreboard all game, so I didn't know it until we scored the last run and my teammates asked (if I knew I had a no-hitter)," Anderson said. "The offense had 10 hits so that gave me a lot of confidence. I just tried to stayed in control and keep my composure."
Her first seven outs of the game came via strikeouts to help her end with UO's 18th-best 'K' total ever.
Saturday also marked her fifth double-digit strikeout total of the year behind her 15 vs. Boston College (6 innings), 13 against New Mexico (6.1 ip) and 10 vs. Louisiana-Monroe (6.0 ip) and then-No. 4 California (6.0 ip).
The Anderson, Calif,. native had already logged three starts this season with only one hit allowed in six innings or more.
Leading the Ducks at the plate, sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda (3-for-4) tied her season high in hits with her team-leading 22nd multi-hit game of the season.
The returning All-Pac-12 Freshman Team choice also hit her eighth double of the season, and knocked in her second RBI of the game with a seventh-inning single.
"I didn't have a great day yesterday," Takeda said, "so the coaches told me to relax and try to slow things down in the box. Watching Cheridan gave us so much confidence. Once we started getting runners on, hitting became contagious, so we were glad we could do our part, too."
Junior designated player Alexa Peterson (2-for-3, RBI) added her 12th multi-hit contest of the slate, and four other Ducks hit safely once.
"Today was a complete win," Oregon head coach Mike White said. "Cheridan was amazing, and kept their hitters guessing. She challenged them - you're not going to get a no-hitter by pitching around people. The defense was also great, and Danica (Mercado) made a diving catch in left field to preserve the no-hitter (to open the fourth inning). Our offense really came together, and continually put runners on."
Arizona starter Nancy Bowling (4-5) pitched the first three innings, struck out three, walked three, allowed five hits, and all four of her runs allowed were earned.
UO touched her for the first three runs in the third inning after a Mercado hit by pitch, Takeda single, and walk to senior second baseman Kaylan Howard loaded the bases.
Junior first baseman Kailee Cuico followed with an RBI walk, and after a Peterson RBI single, another run scored on a wild pitch.
In the fourth inning, the first three batters reached off Bowling on sophomore third baseman Jamie Rae Sullivan's first double of the campaign, a Mercado single and Takeda RBI double.
Shelby Babcock relieved her, and among the 10 batters she faced, struck out one, walked one, gave up four hits, and three of her four runs allowed were earned.
UO's final runs in the fifth came on a two-run homer by freshman catcher Janelle Lindvall (her ninth of the season), a RBI single by Takeda, and game-ending RBI fielder's choice by sophomore pinch-hitter Hannah Melick.
At the plate for Arizona, Kelsey Rodriguez drew a first-inning walk, and Chelsea Goodacre and Brigette Del Ponte reached on consecutive hit by pitches in the fourth inning.
Including Friday's 5-3 win over the returning Super Regional advancers, UO has won six of their last eight meetings (and 20 all-time). In recent years under their fourth-year mentor White, the Ducks took the series by 2-1 counts in Tucson last year and in Eugene in 2011.
Looking ahead, the two teams meet for the series finale Sunday at noon, and the game will be televised live by the Pac-12 Network.
For Sunday's ASA Day promotion, kids that wear their softball/baseball uniforms to the game will get $2 tickets. The contest is also a BiMart 2-for-1 ticket deal for fans that show their BiMart cards at the gate.
#6 Oregon 8, #17 Arizona 0 (Apr 13, 2013 at Eugene, Ore.)
#17 Arizona 000 00 - 0 0 1 (27-16, 4-7 Pac-12)
#6 Oregon 003 14 - 8 9 0 (35-6, 12-2 Pac-12)
Pitchers: Arizona - Bowling, Nancy; Babcock, Shelby(4) and Goodacre, Chelsea. Oregon - Hawkins, Cheridan and Lindvall, Janelle. Win-Hawkins, Cheridan(14-3) Loss-Bowling, Nancy(4-5) T-1:42 A-630. HR ORE - Lindvall, Janelle (9). Weather: 55, cloudy, wind 1-4 mph. Bowling faced 3 batters in the 4th. Babcock faced 6 batters in the 5th.
#17 Arizona at #6 Oregon
Apr 13, 2013 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
Arizona 0 (27-16,4-7 Pac-12)
|Wilson, Hallie 1b||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||0||0|
|Suitos, Chelsea 2b||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||0||0|
|Rodriguez, Kelsey rf/dp||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Goodacre, Chelsea c||1||0||0||0||0||1||4||1||1|
|Del Ponte, Brigette ss||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||2||0|
|Young, Lauren 3b||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||1||2|
|Perez, Mandie lf||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||0||0|
|Rodriguez, Courtney dp/rf||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0|
|Lavine, Alex cf||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Bowling, Nancy p||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Babcock, Shelby p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
Oregon 8 (35-6,12-2 Pac-12)
|Takeda, Janie cf||4||1||3||2||0||1||0||0||0|
|Ceo, Courtney ss||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Melick, Hannah ph||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Howard, Kaylan 2b||1||1||0||0||2||0||0||0||0|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Pappas, Samantha rf||2||0||0||0||1||2||1||0||3|
|Peterson, Alexa 3b/dp||3||1||2||1||0||1||0||0||0|
|Lindvall, Janelle c||2||1||1||2||1||0||12||0||2|
|Sullivan, Jamie Rae dp/3b||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Costa, Koral pr/3b||1||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mercado, Danica lf||2||2||1||0||0||0||2||0||0|
|Hawkins, Cheridan p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Score by Innings R H E -------------------------------------- Arizona............. 000 00 - 0 0 1 Oregon.............. 003 14 - 8 9 0 --------------------------------------
Note: None out, 2 runners LOB when the game ended.
|E - Del Ponte(8). LOB - Arizona 3; Oregon 9. 2B - Takeda, J(8); Sullivan, J(1). HR - Lindvall, J(9). HBP - Goodacre; Del Ponte; Cuico, K; Mercado, D. SH - Ceo, C(7). SB - Takeda, J(21).|
|Bowling, Nancy L,4-5||3.0||5||4||4||3||3||1||0||2||0||13||19||3||3||72|
|Hawkins, Cheridan W,14-3||5.0||0||0||0||1||11||0||0||2||0||15||18||4||0||94|
| Win - Hawkins, C (14-3). Loss - Bowling (4-5). Save - None. WP - Bowling(3). HBP - by Bowling (Mercado, D); by Bowling (Cuico, K); by Hawkins, C (Goodacre); by Hawkins, C (Del Ponte). Inherited runners/scored: Babcock 2/0. Pitches/strikes: Bowling 72/43; Babcock 45/24; Hawkins, C 94/61.
Umpires - HP: Ron Burkhart 1B: Tracy Hart 3B: Katrina Kershaw
2013 Oregon Softball
#17 Arizona at #6 Oregon
Apr 13, 2013 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
|Arizona starters: 5/1b Wilson; 3/2b Suitos; 24/rf Rodriguez, K; 77/c Goodacre; 4/ss Del Ponte; 9/3b Young; 55/lf Perez; 18/dp Rodriguez, C; 7/cf Lavine; 6/p Bowling;|
|Oregon starters: 19/cf Takeda, J; 22/ss Ceo, C; 3/2b Howard, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 0/rf Pappas, S; 14/3b Peterson, A; 26/c Lindvall, J; 20/dp Sullivan, J; 6/lf Mercado, D; 11/p Hawkins, C;|
|Arizona 1st - Rodriguez, K to dp. Rodriguez, C to rf. Peterson, A to dp. Sullivan, J to 3b. Wilson struck out looking (2-2 BKFFBK). Suitos struck out swinging (3-2 BBKKFBS). Rodriguez, K walked (3-2 FBSBFFFBB). Goodacre struck out swinging (2-2 BSBSS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 1st - Takeda, J struck out swinging (2-2 KKBFBS). Ceo, C flied out to lf (0-0). Howard, K popped up to p (3-2 FKBBB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Arizona 2nd - Del Ponte struck out swinging (1-2 FFFBS). Young struck out swinging (2-2 BKKBS). Perez struck out swinging (3-2 BBBKFS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 2nd - Cuico, K popped up to ss (1-0 B). Pappas, S walked (3-2 KFBBFBB). Peterson, A struck out swinging (2-2 SBFBFS). Lindvall, J walked (3-0 BBBB); Pappas, S advanced to second. Sullivan, J reached on a fielder's choice (1-1 BS); Lindvall, J out at second ss to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Arizona 3rd - Rodriguez, C struck out swinging (2-2 BBKKS). Lavine popped up to c (2-2 BSBSF). Wilson struck out looking (3-2 SBBBKFK). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 3rd - Mercado, D hit by pitch (0-1 K). Takeda, J singled to left field (0-0); Mercado, D advanced to second. Ceo, C out at first 3b to 2b, SAC, bunt; Takeda, J advanced to second; Mercado, D advanced to third. Howard, K walked (3-1 BBSBB). Cuico, K hit by pitch, RBI (0-2 KK); Howard, K advanced to second; Takeda, J advanced to third; Mercado, D scored. Pappas, S struck out looking (3-2 FBBFBK). Peterson, A singled to left field, RBI (2-2 KKBB); Cuico, K advanced to second; Howard, K advanced to third; Takeda, J scored. Peterson, A advanced to second; Cuico, K advanced to third; Howard, K scored on a wild pitch. Lindvall, J grounded out to ss (1-2 FKBF). 3 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Arizona 4th - Suitos lined out to lf (2-2 KFFBFB). Mercado makes diving catch on edge of OF-IF grass. Rodriguez, K flied out to rf (2-2 FBBK). Goodacre hit by pitch (2-2 BBSFF). Del Ponte hit by pitch (0-1 S); Goodacre advanced to second. Young struck out swinging (1-2 BKSS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 4th - Sullivan, J doubled to center field (1-0 B). Costa, K pinch ran for Sullivan, J. Mercado, D singled to left field (1-2 BSF); Costa, K advanced to third. Mercado check-swinged the ball into LF just past the SS. Takeda, J doubled to right center, RBI (0-0); Mercado, D advanced to third; Costa, K scored. Babcock to p for Bowling. Ceo, C reached on a fielder's choice (0-0); Takeda, J advanced to third; Mercado, D out at third p to c to 3b. Howard, K walked (3-1 BBKBB); Ceo, C advanced to second. Cuico, K lined out to lf (2-2 KBFB). Pappas, S struck out swinging (3-2 FBBBSFS). 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.|
|Arizona 5th - Costa, K to 3b. Perez struck out swinging (1-2 KSBS). Rodriguez, C struck out looking (1-2 KSBK). Lavine flied out to lf (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 5th - Peterson, A singled to center field (3-2 BBBKFF). Lindvall, J homered to right field, 2 RBI (3-1 BBBK); Peterson, A scored. Lindvall hits ninth homer of season over WCWS sign in RF. Costa, K singled to left field (2-1 BKB). Mercado, D reached on an error by ss (1-2 BFF); Costa, K advanced to second. Takeda, J singled to right field, RBI (0-1 K); Mercado, D advanced to third; Costa, K scored. Melick, H pinch hit for Ceo, C. Takeda, J stole second. Melick, H reached on a fielder's choice, RBI (3-1 BBBK); Takeda, J advanced to third; Mercado, D scored, unearned. 4 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.|