Oregon softball learns the proper way to celebrate home runs
The No. 2-ranked Oregon softball team received a strict lesson in celebration etiquette during Friday's 8-0 win over No. 19 Washington in Eugene.
During the five-inning victory, the Ducks launched a trio of home runs to support pitcher Cheridan Hawkins, who tossed a perfect game. Not that it mattered, but a celebratory miscue by Hawkins actually took a run off the board for her team.
The episode happened after Nikki Udria belted one over the center-field fence in the bottom of the fourth inning for what appeared to be a two-run homer. But before Udria could touch home plate, she was ruled out by umpire Paul "Smokey" Edds. Why? Because Hawkins stepped into fair territory while getting ready to celebrate at home plate.
But Hawkins and her teammates made no such mistakes in the bottom of the fifth, when Hailey Decker hit a walk-off, two-run homer to seal the mercy-rule win for the Ducks. As Decker made her way to home plate, her teammates made sure to stay far, far away from fair territory.