May 14, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – Jenna Lilley hit a two-run single in the fifth inning and the Ducks defeated Utah, 3-2, on Saturday to end the regular season with a series win.
Senior Cheridan Hawkins was masterful for the Ducks (44-8, 20-4 Pac-12) as well, picking up the complete game win with two runs (both unearned) allowed on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Hawkins also picked up a win in the first game of the series, when the Ducks clinched a fourth-straight Pac-12 title.
“That’s an important win right there,” Hawkins said. “I think it’s important to show people we weren’t just coming for one win (in the series) to win the Pac-12. We were coming for a series win, and that was a good team effort to get that win.”
NCAA TOURNAMENT: The Ducks will find out their seed in the NCAA Tournament tomorrow as the selection show will air on ESPNU at 7 PM PT.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Utah scored a pair of unearned runs in the first inning after a throwing error at first base. Hawkins responded, however, and tossed six scoreless frames after the first.
Oregon’s offense, which was held mostly in check by Utah’s pitching in the series, got one run back in the second when Geri Ann Glasco belted a solo homer to left.
The Ducks did not score again until the fifth inning. Lauren Lindvall started the frame with a single to left and moved to second when Stevie Jo Knapp drew a one-out walk. Alyssa Gillespie dropped down a fantastic bunt single to lead the bases for Lilley, who smashed a single down the right field line to score two runs.
Utah turned one of its four double plays later in the fifth but the one-run lead was more than enough for Hawkins, who was strong in her final regular season start.
SENIOR DAY: The Ducks honored eight seniors – Cheridan Hawkins, Janelle Lindvall, Alyssa Gillespie, Koral Costa, Stevie Jo Knapp, Hailey Decker, Jasmine Smithson-Willett and Geri Ann Glasco – prior to the game. Over the last four season, the Ducks have lost just two Pac-12 series.
UP NEXT: The Ducks will likely host a three-day NCAA regional this weekend at Howe Field, starting either Thursday or Friday. Oregon will find out which three teams it will host during the selection show with game times announced after.