TUCSON, Ariz. - After dropping the second game of the series last night, the No. 1 ranked Oregon softball team rebounded to take the rubber match at Arizona in impressive fashion, 14-3, in five innings on Saturday afternoon at Hillenbrand Stadium.
The Ducks will find out their postseason fate during the NCAA Tournament selection show at 7 p.m. PT on ESPNU. As the No. 1 overall team in both the NFCA and USA Softball polls, Oregon is in line to host a regional at Howe Field.
The Ducks (49-71-1, 20-3-1), who clinched the Pac-12 championship on Thursday, claimed the series with the game three win on Saturday and finished the regular season with 14 runs on 16 hits with no errors on Saturday while the Wildcats (41-13, 14-10) posted three runs on four hits and one error.
Oregon did not lose a single Pac-12 series all year, with a 1-1-1 tie in a three-game set against then No. 3 Arizona State last weekend the only series the Ducks did not win. The Ducks swept Utah, then No. 5 Washington, Oregon State, Cal and Stanford while taking 2-of-3 games from then No. 1 UCLA and No. 9 Arizona.
After clinching the Pac-12 title on Thursday, the Ducks came out sloppy on Friday night, making four errors in the first inning and a season-high five errors overall.
Oregon did not make a single error on Saturday as Cheridan Hawkins (30-4) won her 30th game of the year after allowing three runs on four hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.
The Oregon offense belted six doubles and a home run while scoring early and often. The Ducks tallied four runs in the first inning, three in the second, four more in the fourth and three in the fifth.
The Ducks started the game with three straight singles in the first inning, including a two-run single by Janie Takeda and a double by Alexa Peterson.
Janelle Lindvall cleared the bases with a double in the second inning to score three runs while Koral Costa hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning. Nikki Udria also drove in two runs in the fourth with a double to right center while a Lindvall double and a Kailee Cuico double in the fifth plated three runs.
Oregon finishes the regular season with a .347 team batting average and a 1.85 ERA. Courtney Ceo led the Ducks with a .481 batting average in the regular season while Hawkins' 1.56 ERA was the best on the roster. Ceo also hit a team-best .494 in Pac-12 games while Costa was second with a .448 batting average in league games. The Ducks hit .377 combined in Pac-12 play while posting a 2.71 ERA against league foes.