Following its third straight sweep of Stanford over the weekend, the #2 Oregon Ducks softball team is undoubtedly the hottest team in women’s softball right now. And today the hot streak continued, as the Ducks scorched visiting #9 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns in a five-inning 8-0 victory and record-breaking performance at Howe Field.
Junior ace Cheridan Hawkins tied her season high with 11 strikeouts, pitching her sixth career no-hitter and her ninth shutout of the season as the Ducks improved to 39-5 overall (16-2 Pac-12).
Today also saw the return of senior left fielder Janie Takeda in her first game appearance since her injury against Washington three weeks ago. The two-time all-American didn’t disappoint in her debut, breaking two school records in a single inning.
— Oregon Duck Softball (@OregonSB) April 1, 2015
In the bottom of the second, Takeda ripped an RBI single, tallying her 289th career hit and surpassing Oregon’s Courtney Ceo as the all-time career hit leader.
And just moments later, Takeda grabbed second base and the new Oregon career record for stolen bases. The 26th overall pick for the Dallas Charge of the National Pro Fastpitch League said today that it was all about preparation.
“Trusting my preparation all week kept me grounded,” Takeda said.
But the Oregon offense didn’t stop there. Third baseman and Pac-12 Freshman of the Week Jenna Lilley knocked a two-run shot to center field to give the Ducks a 7-0 lead going into the fifth inning.
The coup de grâce came from sophomore shortstop Nikki Udria who had a walk-off solo home run to invoke the 8-run rule and give the Ducks the win.
— Oregon Duck Softball (@OregonSB) April 25, 2015
The Ducks continue their series against Louisiana tomorrow at Howe Field in a doubleheader starting at 12 pm PT.
Top photo by Dave Peaks