EUGENE, Ore. – Alyssa Gillespie’s grand slam in the second broke it open and the No. 2 ranked Oregon softball team run-ruled No. 5 ranked Washington, 8-0, in five innings on Saturday morning in the Ducks’ 2014 home opener.
The Ducks (28-4, 4-0 Pac-12) scored eight runs on seven hits with no errors while the Huskies (21-7, 2-3) tallied no runs on two hits with no errors.
Cheridan Hawkins (16-2) picked up the win after allowing just two hits over five scoreless innings with six strikeouts and no walks. Washington starter Kaitlin Inglesby (6-3) took the loss after giving up six runs on four hits and three walks in two innings pitched.
Oregon broke the game open with a six-run second inning, capped by Gillespie’s grand slam.
After a strikeout started the inning, Kailee Cuico singled and moved to second when Koral Costa drew a walk. Lexy Beaudrie-Pierson pinch ran for Cuico and came home to score when Janelle Lindvall singled up the middle. A fielder’s choice was the second out but the Ducks soon loaded the bases when Nikki Udria drew a walk. Courtney Ceo drew another walk, this time with the bases loaded, to score the Ducks’ second run of the game.
That brought up Gillespie, who crushed the first pitch she saw high over the fence in left center for her third homer of the season. Ceo’s run scored on the grand slam gave her 155 in her career, breaking the Oregon career record of 154 held by Jill Robinson.
Oregon appeared to add on another run in the third when Lindvall singled in Cuico from third. But it was ruled that Cuico was never officially re-entered after Beaudrie-Pierson pinch ran for her in the second and the run was taken off the board.
After a 32 minute rain delay, play resumed in the fourth inning and Ceo smacked a two-run homer to right center that was enough to run-rule the Huskies in the series opener and add to her career record run total.
The Ducks had six different players get hits, with Lindvall’s two hits leading the way. Oregon’s Nos. 1 and 2 hitters – Ceo and Gillespie – combined to go 2-for-5 with three runs scored and seven RBIs.