KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Oregon softball team rebounded from its loss to top-ranked Florida Saturday with a 2-0 win over Bradley at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Cheridan Hawkins went the distance once again for the Ducks, tossing seven scoreless innings, scattering three hits with 16 strike outs. It was the fifth shutout for Hawkins and the seventh complete game for the sophomore this year.
The 16 strikeouts from Hawkins also the seventh time Hawkins has struck out 10-plus batters. She now moves to 9-2 on the year with 110 punch outs.
Oregon (16-2) scored the only two runs in the game on a throwing error by Bradley’s (5-12) Kathryn Spenn to second. Janelle Lindvall doubled down the left field line followed by a bunt single from Kailee Cuico to put runners on the corners. Alyssa Gillespie then hit into a fielder’s choice that saw Cuico out at second on the force.
Jasmine Smithson-Willett then hit into another fielder’s choice that that got Lindvall tagged out by Spenn running towards home. The Braves’ catcher then tried to throw Smithson-Willett out at second trying to advance on the play but the errant throw into right center scored Gillespie and Smithson-Willett.
With a 2-0 lead under her belt, Hawkins continued to work the count in her favor and shut the door on the Braves.
Bradley’s pitcher also went the distance in the loss, tossing six innings of five hit ball giving up two unearned runs and two walks.
Oregon returns to action at 2:45 p.m. (PST) against Maryland to wrap up its second day at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic.