EUGENE - The No. 4 University of Oregon softball team (41-7, 15-3) celebrated its third no-hitter of the season (and 21st all-time) with a 4-0 victory in Wednesday's doubleheader opener over Seattle (20-29, 8-10) at Howe Field.

Freshman Cheridan Hawkins (16-4) logged her second no-hitter of the year (and first in a regulation, seven-inning game), thanks to a school-record 17 strikeouts among the 21 batters she retired.

"I felt really good," Hawkins said. "I kinda knew it was happening, but didn't ask anybody because I felt a little pressure on my own already. The team played great defense and hit the ball well, too. We've been taking it day by day, one game at a time, so that's how I approached today, too. We had a few bumps here and there but came around eventually."

Only one Redhawk batter reached base Wednesday - lead-off hiter Isabella Geronimo via a seventh-inning outfield error - and the Anderson, Calif., native Hawkins walked none and hit no batters.

Hawkins' 'K' total Wednesday bettered the former Duck best by Ani Nyhus from 2004 vs. Utah State (16), while her former personal best (15) came earlier this year in a six-inning complete game win vs. Boston College.

At the plate, the Ducks scored their first run in the fourth inning after senior right fielder Samantha Pappas singled, advanced on a hit by pitch, then scored on a wild throw on her steal of third base.

In the fifth inning, senior second baseman Kaylan Howard hit a two-run single to score sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda and junior shortstop Courtney Ceo who had singled and doubled.

Howard's RBI raised her season total to 46 - eighth-most in school history - while her 140 career-wise was one shy of the fourth-best all-time Oregon mark.

In the sixth, Takeda knocked in redshirt freshman outfielder Alyssa Gillespie for UO's final run with a single to right field. Gillespie had reached on a bunt single, and advanced on a walk to senior outfielder Allie Burger.

Seattle starter Jessica Ulrich (3-6) pitched the first 4.1 innings, struck out none, walked three, allowed four hits, and two of her three runs allowed were earned.

Richelle Ashburn pitched the last 1.2 innings, struck out none, walked three times, yielded two hits, and one earned run.

 

LINESCORE

#4 Oregon 4, Seattle 0 (May 01, 2013 at Eugene, Ore.)
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Seattle    000 000 0 -  0  0  2      (20-29)
#4 Oregon  000 121 X -  4  6  1      (41-7)
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Pitchers: Seattle - Ulrich; Ashburn(5) and Morrow. Oregon - Hawkins, Cheridan and Peterson, Alexa. Win-Hawkins, Cheridan(16-4)  Loss-Ulrich(3-6)  T-1:28  A-375.Weather: 53, sunny, wind 1-4mph.  

 

BOXSCORE
Seattle at #4 Oregon
May 01, 2013 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)

Seattle 0 (20-29)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Geronimo cf 
Crowley lf 
   Beckstrom ph 
Morrow c 
Lott 1b 
   Sweet ph 
Hardy dp 
Guerrero 3b 
Hurst 2b 
Cable rf 
Wilde ss 
Ulrich p 
   Ashburn p 
Totals  22  17  18  11 
  

Oregon 4 (41-7)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Takeda, Janie cf 
Ceo, Courtney ss 
   Knapp, Stevie Jo ph 
Howard, Kaylan 2b 
Cuico, Kailee 1b 
Pappas, Samantha rf 
Peterson, Alexa 17 
   Shaver, Karine pr 
Sullivan, Jamie Rae 3b 
Gillespie, Alyssa dp/lf 
Burger, Allie lf 
   Melick, Hannah ph/dp 
Hawkins, Cheridan
Totals  21  21 
Score by Innings                  R  H  E
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Seattle............. 000 000 0 -  0  0  2
Oregon.............. 000 121 X -  4  6  1
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E - Morrow; Lott; Takeda, J(3). DP - Seattle 1. LOB - Seattle 1; Oregon 8. 2B - Ceo, C(4). HBP - Peterson, A. SH - Ceo, C(8); Sullivan, J(3). SB - Takeda, J(26); Pappas, S(4); Peterson, A(4). CS - Peterson, A(1).
Seattle   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Ulrich L,3-6  4.1  15  21  65 
Ashburn   1.2  38 
  
Oregon   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Hawkins, Cheridan W,16-4  7.0  17  22  22  106 
Win - Hawkins, C (16-4). Loss - Ulrich (3-6). Save - None. HBP - by Ulrich (Peterson, A). Inherited runners/scored: Ashburn 1/0. Pitches/strikes: Ulrich 65/39; Ashburn 38/22; Hawkins, C 106/70.

Umpires - HP: Ron Burkhart 1B: Don Thompson 3B: Scott Webb
Start: 1 pm Time: 1:28 Attendance: 300
Weather: 53, sunny, wind 1-4mph

 
Play-by-Play
 

2013 Oregon Softball
Seattle at #4 Oregon
May 01, 2013 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)

 

Seattle starters: 17/cf Geronimo; 3/lf Crowley; 11/c Morrow; 7/1b Lott; 39/dp Hardy; 27/3b Guerrero; 2/2b Hurst; 4/rf Cable; 1/ss Wilde; 24/p Ulrich;

 

Oregon starters: 19/cf Takeda, J; 22/ss Ceo, C; 3/2b Howard, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 0/rf Pappas, S; 14/c Peterson, A; 20/3b Sullivan, J; 9/dp Gillespie, A; 2/lf Burger, A; 11/p Hawkins, C;

 

Seattle 1st - Geronimo struck out swinging (0-2 KFS). Crowley struck out swinging (2-2 BBKSS). Morrow struck out swinging (3-2 BBSKFBFS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

 

Oregon 1st - Takeda, J grounded out to 1b unassisted (0-1 S). Ceo, C popped up to ss (2-2 KBFB). Howard, K grounded out to p (1-2 FKB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

 

Seattle 2nd - Lott struck out swinging (2-2 KSBBS). Hardy flied out to cf (1-2 SBF). Guerrero struck out swinging (0-2 FSS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

 

Oregon 2nd - Cuico, K popped up to 2b (1-0 B). Pappas, S walked (3-1 BKBBB). Peterson, A lined out to rf (0-0). Peterson tatoos ball to RF who makes catch on run. Sullivan, J flied out to rf (2-0 BB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

 

Seattle 3rd - Hurst struck out swinging (1-2 KBFK). Cable struck out swinging (2-2 BSBSS). Wilde struck out looking (0-2 SSK). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

 

Oregon 3rd - Gillespie, A reached on an error by 1b, bunt, advanced to second. Burger, A popped up to 3b (0-1 F). Takeda, J walked (3-0 BBBB). Ceo, C grounded out to p, SAC; Takeda, J advanced to second; Gillespie, A advanced to third. Howard, K walked (3-2 FFBFBFBB). Cuico, K grounded out to ss (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 3 LOB.

 

Seattle 4th - Geronimo struck out swinging (2-2 FBFBFFS). Crowley struck out looking (3-2 BSKBBFK). Morrow flied out to cf (0-1 S). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

 

Oregon 4th - Pappas, S singled to left field (0-0). Peterson, A hit by pitch (0-1 K); Pappas, S advanced to second. Peterson, A stole second; Pappas, S stole third, scored on a throwing error by c, unearned. Sullivan, J out at first c to 2b, SAC, bunt; Peterson, A advanced to third. Gillespie, A grounded out to 3b. Melick, H pinch hit for Burger, A. Peterson, A out at home c to p, caught stealing. 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 0 LOB.

 

Seattle 5th - Gillespie, A to lf. Melick, H to dp. Lott struck out looking (3-2 BBSBSK). Hardy flied out to cf (3-2 BFBKB). Guerrero struck out swinging (3-2 BBSBSS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

 

Oregon 5th - Melick, H grounded out to 2b (2-0 BB). Takeda, J singled to center field (3-2 BBKBFF). Ceo, C doubled to right field (0-2 KK); Takeda, J advanced to third. Ceo lines fourth double off right field wall. Howard, K singled to center field, 2 RBI (0-2 FF); Ceo, C scored; Takeda, J scored. Ashburn to p for Ulrich. Cuico, K reached on a fielder's choice (2-2 BKFFB); Howard, K out at second 3b to 2b. Pappas, S lined out to cf (1-2 BKK). 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

 

Seattle 6th - Gillespie, A to dp. Burger, A to lf for Melick, H. Hurst struck out looking (2-2 BSBFFK). Cable struck out swinging (2-2 KBKBS). Wilde struck out swinging (2-2 SBBKS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

 

Oregon 6th - Peterson, A walked (3-0 BBBB). Shaver, K pinch ran for Peterson, A. Sullivan, J grounded into double play 2b to 1b to ss (1-2 BKKF); Shaver, K out on the play. Gillespie, A singled, bunt (0-1 F). Burger, A walked (3-1 BBBKB); Gillespie, A advanced to second. Takeda, J singled to right field, RBI (0-1 K); Burger, A advanced to third; Gillespie, A scored. Knapp, S pinch hit for Ceo, C. Takeda, J stole second. Knapp, S walked (3-2 BKBBFB). Ceo, C to ss for Knapp, S. Howard, K grounded out to 2b (0-2 KFF). 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

 

Seattle 7th - Peterson, A to c for Shaver, K. Geronimo reached on an error by cf (1-0 B). Beckstrom pinch hit for Crowley. Beckstrom struck out swinging (1-2 KSBS). Morrow flied out to rf (2-2 KBBF). Sweet pinch hit for Lott. Sweet struck out swinging (1-2 SSBS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.