TEMPE, Ariz. – Cal Poly hit four home runs on six total hits and the No. 8 ranked Oregon softball team dropped its season-opener, 6-4, on Friday afternoon at the Kajikawa Classic.
It was Oregon's first season-opening loss in five years under head coach Mike White.
Karissa Hovinga, who started for the Ducks, was lifted after 1.2 innings. Hawkins was able to get Lauren Moreno. who opened the game with a leadoff homer, to foul out after relieving Hovinga and pitched another scoreless inning before getting into jam in the fifth.
Jasmine Smithson-Willett, a sophomore transfer from Louisville, saw her first action in the circle in relief of Hawkins after she surrendered the back-to-back homers. Smithson-Willett ended up allowing two hits on 2.2 innings pitched and surrendered one run, a solo homer to Moreno to start the sixth, and struck out two.
"We were able to get Jasmine some innings and she spotted the ball well,” White said. “She only made one mistake, leaving a ball up on the home run. Overall I thought she did very well.”
Freshman Nikki Udria and Takeda both finished the game going 2-for-3 as the pair plated three of Oregon’s four runs.
The Ducks are back on the field Saturday with a pair of games against Appalachian State at 2 p.m. before wrapping up the day with North Carolina State at 3:30 p.m.