May 3, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – Pitcher Cheridan Hawkins became Oregon’s all-time wins leader as the Ducks swept a doubleheader with Utah Valley on Tuesday night at Jane Sanders Stadium.
The Ducks (40-6) won the first game, 7-0, in seven innings before run-ruling the Wolverines, 19-0, in the second game. Hawkins pitched three innings in the five-inning run-rule to secure her 101st career victory, breaking Jessica Moore’s program record of 100 wins.
“It’s exciting (to set the record),” Hawkins said. “Those wins go next to my name but essentially they’re not mine. It takes a team to win those games. It’s so cool to do that with my team. All my teammates throughout my four years, it’s different people winning those games together.”
Hawkins is now 101-19 during her stellar four year career with the Ducks. She went 19-5 as a freshman, 35-6 as a sophomore (the second-most in UO single-season history), 30-5 as a junior and Hawkins is now 17-3 this season as a senior. To reach 101 wins, Hawkins needed just 108 career starts and 161 career appearances.
SCORELESS STREAK: Oregon’s pitchers have held the opposition scoreless in 32 straight innings going back to the eighth inning at Arizona State on April 24. Oregon blanked Arizona in 19 innings over a three-game sweep and shut out Utah Valley in 12 innings of a doubleheader Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Ducks have scored 46 runs in that same stretch (three in the eighth inning at ASU, 17 runs in the Arizona series and 26 runs in the UVU doubleheader).
Oregon tallied three more runs in the third on a scorching Glasco homer to left center in the third. Oregon scored twice more in the fourth after a RBI single by Glasco was misplayed to allow a second run to score on an errant throw to third. That was more than enough runs for Glasco and Megan Kleist, who combined to toss seven scoreless innings with just two hits allowed each.
Glasco went 3-for-3 in the first game with a team-high five RBIs, a new career-high for her two years in an Oregon uniform.
GAME TWO: In the second game of the doubleheader Svekis crushed a grand slam in the first to get things going for the Ducks. That would be the first of two grand slams in the game for the Ducks.
Four Utah Valley errors helped the Ducks score seven runs in the second and six more in the third, including a grand slam from Janelle Lindvall.
Stevie Jo Knapp, who played first base for the Ducks in the second game, went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles and two singles. She actually singled to start the second inning and later, still in the second, drove in two runs with a double to left.
The Ducks saw eight different players tally a hit in the big second game of the doubleheader, while Lindvall, Knapp and Svekis each drove in four runs. Lauren Lindvall went 2-for-3 with three RBIs in the second game.
KNAPP’S CAREER NIGHT: While Hawkins set the UO wins record in the second game on Thursday, Stevie Jo Knapp also had a night to remember. The first baseman went 4-for-4 with four RBIs in the second game, both career-highs for the senior.
RECORDS WATCH: With her grand slam in the second game, Janelle Lindvall needs just one more home run to match Kaille Cuico’s school record of 46 career homers.
UP NEXT: The Ducks will look to clinch a fourth consecutive Pac-12 title this weekend with a three-game series at Cal. If Oregon sweeps the series, the Ducks will win the conference crown. The series starts Friday with the Pac-12 Network picking up the games on Saturday and Sunday only.