Takeda Perfect, Ducks Bury Cal 17-1 in Series Sweep

Jordan Ingram reporting for FishDuck.com from Howe Field in Eugene, Ore.

The No. 2 Oregon Ducks softball team soared at topflight Sunday afternoon in a 17-1 rout of the No. 18 California Golden Bears. The Ducks had 19 hits from 12 players in their second straight three-game series sweep over a top 25 team. The Ducks earn their 14th straight win and improve to 44-5 overall (19-2 Pac-12).

Takeda steals her 100th career base in another record breaking performance for the Ducks.

Gary Breedlove

Takeda steals her 100th career base in another record breaking performance for the Ducks.

The day belonged to Oregon senior Janie Takeda who was perfect before the sellout home crowd. The two-time All-American went 4-for-4 with four hits, four runs, and four RBIs on the day. Takeda set yet another school record, earning her 194th career run on a single by Hailey Decker.

“Fours across the board,” White said. “[Takeda] very well could be our first three-time All-American. I hope that happens for her because she’s been a great player for us and I wish her the best of luck on the rest of her way.”

The Ducks final regular season game at Howe Field was arguably their finest performance of the season with big plays on both offense and defense that snuffed any hope

In an attempt to leave Eugene with a win, Cal struck first with a solo home run from Danielle Henderson, giving the Bears an early 1-0 lead. Oregon answered quickly with a two run home run by Decker, putting the Ducks up 2-1.

Unfortunately for Cal, that was just the appetizer. After an incredible defensive play by shortstop Nikki Udria that kept Cal’s offense from gaining any kind of momentum, the Ducks ripped the game wide open in the second inning as Koral Costa‘s two-run homer, Takeda’s three-run double, and Deckers RBI single put the Ducks up, 8-1.

Gillespie celebrates a  two-run home run.

Gary Breedlove

Gillespie celebrates a two-run home run.

The Golden Bears didn’t have an answer to Oregon’s junior ace Cheridan Hawkins who had had seven strikeouts and relinquished one run and three hits in four innings.

The fourth inning put the game out reach for Cal as the Ducks had 11 hits and nine runs, including back-to-back home runs by junior Alyssa Gillespie and Takeda. The Ducks won by run-rule for the second straight game and gave the home crowd an unforgettable final regular season performance.

“I feel like we’re really gelling at the right time,” Takeda said. “We’re just having a lot of fun right now.”

The Ducks will close the regular season in Tucson, Ariz. against the Arizona Wildcats in a three-game series beginning on Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00 pm on the Pac-12 Networks.

Top photo by Gary Breedlove


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