The Ducks (42-5, 15-1) won their seventh straight league game and eighth straight overall after posting seven runs on 12 hits with one error while the Cardinal (27-19, 3-13) recorded no runs on four hits with no errors.
Hawkins, who improved to 26-3 with her NCAA-leading 11th shutout of the season, was masterful once again for the top-ranked Ducks.
The sophomore lefty allowed a single in the first inning but did not give up another hit until the fifth inning. The Cardinal then managed a double in the sixth and a double in the seventh, but that was it against Oregon’s national player of the year candidate.
“Cheridan really set the tone early using a bunch of different pitches tonight,” said head coach Mike White. “Getting the shutout was tremendous.”
Hawkins now has 235 strikeouts this year, the third most in Oregon single-season history. She is just 21 away from matching Jessica Moore’s program record of 256 strikeouts, set in 2012.
Oregon started off the game with a run in the first inning. After drawing a leadoff walk, Courtney Ceo eventually moved to third on a pair of ground ball outs and scored when Kailee Cuico singled to center. The Ducks are 20-0 this year when scoring in the first.
That was enough with Hawkins on the mound. Oregon is 38-5 over the last two seasons when the sophomore starts a game.
Oregon blew the game open with four more runs in the third and a pair in the fifth.
Janie Takeda started the third with a single and moved to second on another single by Cuico. Alexa Peterson racked up her 52nd RBI of the season when she singled in Takeda. Koral Costa then ripped a triple to right center, scoring both Cuico and Peterson. Karine Shaver singled in Sara Goodrum for the fourth run of the inning. Goodrum entered for Costa, who left with an injury when she slid into third on her triple.
Peterson doubled to start the fifth inning before Goodrum drew a walk. Both moved up 60 feet on a wild pitch which allowed Shaver to drive in Peterson on a ground ball out. Another grounder by Nikki Udria plated Goodrum.
Game two of the series with Stanford starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday with the final game at noon on Sunday.