No. 1 Ducks Beat Stanford, 7-1
STANFORD, Calif. – The No. 1 ranked Oregon softball team won its eighth straight Pac-12 game and ninth overall with a 7-1 win over the Cardinal on Saturday afternoon in the second game of a three-game set at Smith Family Stadium.
The Ducks (43-5, 16-1 Pac-12) clinched the series win with seven runs on eight hits and no errors. The Cardinal (27-20, 3-14) posted one run on four hits with no errors.
Oregon’s starting pitcher, Karissa Hovinga (13-1) remained unbeaten in Pac-12 play with a 4-0 record. The junior did not allow a hit until the fourth inning. She struck out two batters while walking two in 5 1/3 innings. Jasmine Smithson-Willett tossed the final 1 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and just one hit allowed.
“We were good in all three phases of the game today,” head coach Mike White said. “Karissa threw a great game and Jasmine came in and did very well in the final two innings. We also continue to get two-out hits and make the most of every opportunity at the plate.”
Oregon and Stanford were both scoreless through the first two innings before the Ducks took the lead for good in the third.
Takeda hit her Pac-12 leading sixth triple of the season in the fourth inning to drive in both Gillespie and Nikki Udria to put the Ducks up 4-0.
That brought Kailee Cuico to the plate and UO’s all-time home run leader hit her 46th career bomb, this time a two-run shot to left center.
“That was a bomb,” White said. “It came at a great time, too, to give us a 6-0 cushion.”
Oregon has hit 23 home runs in 17 Pac-12 games this season.
Stanford eventually scored its first run of the series in the bottom of the sixth. After loading the bases with one out, Smithson-Willett came on to pitch. After a getting a swinging strikeout, the Cardinal scored one on a bloop single. Smithson-Willett recorded another strikeout to get out of the jam.
Takeda led the Ducks with three hits on Saturday while five others had one hit each. Takeda, Cuico and Lindvall all had a team-high two RBIs.
The Ducks and Cardinal wrap up the three-game series at noon on Sunday.