TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 8 ranked Oregon softball team defeated Appalachian State, 9-1, in six innings on Saturday in the first of two games at the Kajikawa Classic.
The Ducks (2-1) scored nine runs on 10 hits with one error while the Mountaineers (0-5) posted one run on six hits with six errors.
Oregon starting pitcher Karissa Hovinga tossed a complete game, allowing one run (unearned) on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
"Karissa was in command today," said head coach Mike White. "She really stuck to the gameplan and got out of a jam in the first and continued to battle. She was in control for the whole game."
Only six of Oregon's nine runs were earned while the only run surrendered by Hovinga was unearned.
The Ducks opened scoring in the first inning with two runs and added one more in the third plus two more in the fourth, fifth and sixth.
Freshman Nikki Udria, who went 1-for-1 with three walks, smacked a two-run single in the sixth inning to put the run rule in effect.
"Nikki did a great job turning over the lineup for us and giving our top of the lineup hitters a chance to drive in runs," White said.
Third baseman Courtney Ceo went 2-for-3 with two runs and a RBI while first baseman Janelle Lindvall went 2-for-4 with a RBI. Center fielder Alyssa Gillespie added two runs and went 1-for-3.
"Defensively I thought we played well," White said. "Alexa Petersen made a great catch in right."
Appalachian State shortstop Cynthia Gomez led the Mountaineers with two hits.
The Ducks will be back in action on Sunday against Boise State to close out the Kajikawa Classic.