CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon softball team exploded for 11 runs in a huge first inning and matched the school record with 19 hits in an 18-0, five-inning win over Oregon State on Monday afternoon to sweep a three-game series with the rival Beavers.
The Ducks outscored their rivals 38-7 in the three-game series. In addition to matching the single-game team record for hits (19, also coming against Oregon State in 2010), the Ducks set the school record with 16 RBIs. The previous mark was 15 against Idaho State in 2010, when UO scored a program-best 19 total runs.
Monday’s sweep of Oregon State makes it back-to-back years that the Ducks (37-5, 11-1 Pac-12) have swept the Beavers and the first time UO has swept the Beavers in Corvallis since the 1997 season.
The 18 runs were the most by any UO team against its rival. The most runs scored against the Beavers previously, 13, was set in May of 1991 when Oregon won 13-0 over Oregon State (13-20, 3-7 Pac-12) in the first game of a doubleheader. The Ducks' 18 runs was also the most Oregon has scored against any Pac-12 foe.
“We just started the approach of getting our leadoff hitter on base,” head coach Mike White said, regarding the offense this weekend. “We came through with some timely hitting as well, starting with (Janelle) Lindvall who scored the first run. (Alexa) Peterson also came through with that double down the right-field line to score the two runs and Koral Costa who has been on an absolute tear hitting it on the nose as of late.”
Oregon’s 19 hits on the day also tied a single-game record for most hits in a game. Coincidentally, that record was also set against Oregon State back on April 1, 2010.
Kailee Cuico was one of the driving forces behind the offensive explosion, as the UO all-time home run leader smashed two homers against the Beavers' pitching staff.
The Ducks chased Amanda Najdek out of the game having registered just one out after UO put up a nine spot on eight hits (six earned).
Shadinger would get Alexa Peterson to fly out to center to finally end the bleeding but not before Cuico hit her first of two homers.
Dani Gilmore’s double to right in the bottom half of the first was the only hit the Oregon pitching staff would allow between Cheridan Hawkins and Jasmine Smithson-Willett. Hawkins pitched three innings of one-hit ball and four strikeouts before Smithson-Willett came in to relieve her, striking out five of the seven batters she faced.
“I had a good feeling about Jasmine being in the hole for us this weekend,” White said. “She’s been doing well all week, as well as Karissa (Hovinga) who pitched well yesterday. With Cheridan we knew we just had to get some innings and when Jasmine came in, she did exactly what we knew she could do.”
The UO bats, however, weren’t done after the first inning. In her second plate appearance against Shadinger, Cuico smashed her second homer of the day over the left-field wall to make it 12-0 Oregon.
Nikki Udria joined in on the fireworks and capped off the six-run third inning with a three-run shot of her own, extending UO’s lead to 17-0.
Udria’s four RBI in Monday’s game was a career-high for the freshman. It was the first multi-RBI game for the Covina, Calif., native since the UC Davis game where she went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
The Ducks plated one more run in the fourth when Sara Goodrum scored from third on OSU’s third error of the game.The Ducks now return home to Howe Field for a five-game homestand, starting with a three-game series against California, April 17-19. The first two games of the three-game series against the Golden Bears will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. Both televised matches are set for a 4 p.m. (PT) first pitch.