HONOLULU – Starting pitcher Cheridan Hawkins struck out 11 Rainbows in a dominating performance as the Ducks knocked off Hawai’i, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon in the first semifinal game of the Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Classic.
Oregon will meet the winner of the James Madison vs. BYU semifinal at 6 p.m. PT in the championship game.
The Ducks (23-2) scored three runs on six hits with no errors while the Rainbow Wahine (13-14) tallied no runs on two hits with one error.
Hawkins (13-2) picked up the win with her eighth shutout and 11th complete game of the season. The sophomore allowed no runs on just two hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts. She threw 72 of her 97 pitches for strikes and worked into two three ball counts all game against Hawai'i.
The lefty has allowed three total earned runs over her last 12 starts (85 innings), for a 0.24 ERA in that span. Hawkins now has 150 strikeouts this season in 98 innings, compared to 34 walks.
Hawkins was dealing early. The sophomore fanned seven batters through the first three innings, all on swinging strikeouts, and she was perfect through four innings. With two outs in the fifth inning, Hawai’i catcher Sharla Kliebenstein singled to left to break up the perfect game.
Ceo was on the other end of the Ducks’ scoring in the fifth inning. She singled over the shortstop to score Koral Costa from second while Nikki Udria was able to come around from first on a throwing error by the left fielder.