EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 1 overall seed Oregon softball team broke a 1-1 tie with a five-run sixth inning and defeated Wisconsin, 6-1, in the Ducks’ second game of the NCAA Eugene regional on Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 1,656 at Howe Field.
Oregon will play in the regional championship game at 11 a.m. on Sunday. NOTE: Sunday's regional final has been moved from 1 p.m. to 11 a.m. to avoid rain in the forecast.
The Ducks (51-7-1) posted six runs on 10 hits with no errors while the Badgers (35-19) tallied one run on two hits with no errors.
It was a tie ballgame, 1-1, until the Ducks broke it open in the sixth inning. Janie Takeda hit a two-run double to break the tie before an illegal pitch plated another run.
That brought up Janelle Lindvall, who crushed her 13th homer run of the season over the fence in left to score a pair.
“We knew that we had to keep chipping away and that we were going to explode at any moment," Takeda said. "We were pretty calm.”
Oregon starting pitcher Cheridan Hawkins 31-4) picked up the win after allowing just one run on two hits with 11 strikeouts. It was her 11th game of the year with double-digit strikeouts.
“I made a few mistakes, like the home run, but I think that I accomplished the game plan and stuck with what the coaches were calling," said Hawkins.
Hawkins started off the game with a 1-2-3 first inning and the Ducks loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the frame but a pop out to first ended the threat.
The Ducks loaded the bases in the first and had a runner at second before finally breaking through in the third. Takeda singled, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a single by Alexa Peterson.
Hawkins had a no-hitter through three and 1/3 innings when Wisconsin’s Stephanie Peace tied the game, 1-1, on a solo homer to left in the fourth.