HONOLULU – Karissa Hovinga allowed just one run on three hits and the No. 2 ranked Oregon softball team defeated Valparaiso, 5-1, on Thursday afternoon in its second game of the Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Classic.
The Ducks (20-2) scored five runs on eight hits with no errors while the Crusaders (4-16) tallied one run on three hits with one error.
Hovinga (8-0) remained undefeated on the season with her third complete game. After giving up a run on three singles in the first inning, the junior did not give up a hit for the rest of the game and issued only one walk.
She retired the side 1-2-3 in the second, third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings and recorded a season-high seven strikeouts.
Oregon jumped on the board early with three runs in the first inning. Courtney Ceo started the game with a bunt single and moved to second on another bunt single by Alyssa Gillespie. After a popout, Janelle Lindvall singled through the left side to score Ceo. Alexa Peterson followed with a ground ball out to second, but Gillespie was able to score on the play. Koral Costa pushed across the third run of the inning when her RBI single to right scored Lindvall.
Peterson tallied her second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to right to score Gillespie in the third as the Ducks took a 4-1 lead. Oregon scored another run on a double-play grounder in the fifth.
Gillespie went 3-for-4 to lead the Ducks while Ceo had a pair of hits. Peterson drove in a game-high two runs.
Oregon will play a doubleheader tomorrow against James Madison (6:30 p.m. PT) and host Hawai’i (9 p.m. PT). The tournament semifinals and championship will be played on Saturday.