Ducks Dump Aztecs, 7-3

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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.

Janie Takeda

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Janie Takeda

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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Michael Bigham

Michael Bigham

Raised in the Central Oregon mill town of Prineville beneath deep blue skies and rim rock, I attended the University of Oregon and during my collegiate summers, I worked in a lumber mill and also fought range fires on the Oregon High Desert for the Bureau of Land Management. After graduating from college at the University of Oregon, I swung from being budding hippy to cop work. I’m still wondering about how that came about. I was a police officer with the Port of Portland and after leaving police work, I obtained an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Vermont College. I live in Portland, Oregon with my wife, my daughter and a spunky bichon frise named Pumpkin. I’ve had short stories publishing in two Main Street Press anthologies. Harkness is my first novel.