The Oregon Ducks dumped the San Diego Aztecs Saturday evening, 7-3, and the win helped ease the hangover of the previous day’s loss to No. 1 Florida. Oregon started fast, piling up six runs in the first three innings; the spurt was highlighted by Junior Koral Costa‘s 2-run homer in the third inning. She almost knocked another one out of the park with a long double off the center field wall later in the game. Kosta was the leading hitter for the Ducks, going three for four and knocking in two RBIs.
The game wasn’t all bright and shining for the Ducks, however. Duck star outfielder Janie Takeda was forced out of the game in the top of the first after sustaining a left arm injury stealing second base. Her status is unknown at this time. The game was also interrupted by a rain delay in the bottom of the third inning.
Cheridan Hawkins earned the victory, only allowing one run and two hits in her four innings of work. This win improved Hawkins record to 6-2. Reliever Geri Ann Glasko gave up a run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the third and a 2-run homer to Aztec Kayla Jordan in the bottom of the fifth. She held the Aztecs scoreless in the last two innings of the game. Aztec Taylor Hawkins absorbed the loss.
Oregon’s Sunday game with Grand Canyon was cancelled due to rain in San Diego. The Ducks fly back down to Fullerton, California for another tilt Friday March 6 against No. 1 Florida. The Ducks are aiming for a win; Duck fans know that’s the best cure for softball hangover. The first pitch is set for 3pm PST.
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