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Ducks Win 14th Straight, Beat UC Davis
Release Date: 02/23/2014
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CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - The Oregon softball team won its 14th straight game and swept through the Mary Nutter Classic with a six-inning win, 8-0, over UC Davis on Sunday afternoon.

The Ducks' 14-game win streak is the longest for UO under head coach Mike White.

"It took us a little while to get going offensively, but once we did the bottom of our lineup came through thanks to Alyssa Gillespie and Nikki Udria," White said. "Hopefully we can continue the run production from the bottom of our lineup with the big tournament coming up in Florida."

Oregon (14-1) posted eight runs on 11 hits with no errors in six innings while the Aggies (4-13) tallied just three hits and also did not make an error.

UO starting pitcher Karissa Hovinga improved to 6-0 after giving up just three hits in the complete game. She struck out two batters and walked one.

"Hovinga pitched really well to garner her first shutout of the year in the win," White said.

Gillespie, Janie Takeda and Udria each had two hits to pace the Ducks.

It was scoreless until the Ducks broke through on a sacrifice fly by Alexa Peterson, which scored Takeda in the second.

Udria hit a RBI single in the third before Takeda scored two with a double to put the Ducks up, 4-0. Gillespie crushed a two-run homer to make a 6-0 game in the fifth before Udria homered and Koral Costa's RBI double in the sixth run-ruled the Aggies.

The Ducks knocked off a pair of top-25 foes in LSU and Notre Dame at the Mary Nutter and also defeated Fordham, Virginia and UC Davis.

Oregon heads to Orlando, Fla., next weekend to compete in the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic. The Ducks will meet No. 1 ranked Florida on Friday after playing Auburn.


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