LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Courtney Ceo hit a grand slam in the Ducks' six-run second inning and the Oregon softball team won its seventh straight game, 6-4, over Chattanooga on Saturday morning in the third of five games at the Easton Desert Classic.
The Ducks (7-1) posted six runs on 11 hits with two errors while the Mocs (2-6) tallied four runs on nine hits with one error.
The Ducks scored all their runs in a big second inning, which was capped by Ceo's grand slam.
Janelle Lindvall opened the second inning with a solo homer to center before Kailee Cuico flied out. Oregon has hit eight home runs this season, with three coming off the bat of Lindvall.
"I was hoping (Janelle) would be one of the players to pick up the home run production we lost last year," head coach Mike White said. "She's done a great job."
After the flyout, next up was Alyssa Gillespie, who reached first on a bunt single and then moved to second on a throwing error. She advanced to third on a passed ball as Jasmine Smithson-Willett drew a eight-pitch walk. The bases were loaded for the first time in the inning when Karine Shaver dropped down a bunt single to third, moving Smithson-Willett up to second.
Freshman Nikki Udria hit an infield single to score Gillespie for the second run of the inning and keep the bases loaded. After Janie Takeda filed out to left, Ceo blasted an 0-2 pitch over the center field fence for a grand slam, the Ducks' first of the season.
That was enough run support for Oregon pitchers Karissa Hovinga and Cheridan Hawkins.
Hovinga allowed four runs (two earned0 on nine hits in 4.1 innings with two strikeouts and a walk. When two Mocs reached in the fifth, Hawkins came on in relief and was dominate.
A day after breaking her own school record with 18 strikeouts in a 10-inning win over UNLV, Hawkins tossed 2.2 innings of perfect relief.
Hawkins strikeout five of the minimum eight batters she faced and earned the save, her first of the season. Hovinga picked up the win, improving her record to 3-0.
The Ducks are back in action later today against Ohio State. The Ducks close out the Easton Desert Classic on Sunday against Cal State Northridge.