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Notes: Ducks Close Regular Season vs. Utah

May 11, 2016

Notes: Ducks Close Regular Season vs. Utah

EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon softball team is one victory away from a fourth straight outright Pac-12 title as the Ducks close out the regular season this weekend against Utah. 

The Ducks and Utes meet for a three-game series starting Thursday. The NCAA tournament selection show is at 7 PM PT on Sunday on ESPNU. 

#3 OREGON DUCKS (42-7, 18-3 Pac-12, 1st)
Team BA: .357 | Team ERA: 2.43 | Runs Scored: 399 | Runs Allowed: 134
Recently: Took 2-of-3 games at California, winning 4th straight series over the Bears
National Rankings: UO is No. 3 in both the NFCA and USA Softball polls
All-Time Series Record: UO leads, 23-9 & have won 16 straight against the Utes
Last Year: The No. 2 ranked Ducks swept Utah on the road, outscoring the Utes 31-11
Notable: Oregon needs just one more win to clinch a four-straight outright Pac-12 championship, breaking the league record of three straight held by both Arizona and UCLA. The Ducks can have no worse than an 18-6 league record, which at a .750 winning percentage, would put them in a tie for a Pac-12 title with UCLA. The Bruins are 16-5-1, with the tie counting for half of a win in their winning percentage (16.5 wins, divided by 22 games = .750). The Ducks are fighting for more than just one win, however, as Oregon is currently No. 9 in the NCAA’s RPI rankings. The top eight teams in the bracket host super regionals in the NCAA championships.  

UTAH UTES (31-7, 12-8 Pac-12, 4th)
Team BA: .310 | Team ERA: 2.84 | Runs Scored: 266 | Runs Allowed: 156
Recently: Utah dropped two games against UCLA with the series finale rained out
National Rankings: Utah is unranked in both top-25 polls
Head Coach: Amy Hogue (Ninth Year)
Notable: The Utes started the Pac-12 season strong, going 11-4. However, since back-to-back sweeps of then No. 22 Arizona State and Stanford, Utah has lost four of its last five league games to top-25 ranked Washington and UCLA. Utah is paced in the circle by Salem, Ore., native Katie Donovan, who sports a 2.50 ERA, the sixth-best ERA in the Pac-12. On offense, infielder Hannah Flippen is hitting .429 on the season with a team-high 13 home runs and 29 walks. Anissa Urtez leads the Utes with 41 RBIs. Utah is hitting just .244 against left-handed pitchers in 254 at-bats this season. 

Pac-12 Networks will air all three of Oregon’s games this week against Utah. Thursday’s game will be on Pac-12 National, Pac-12 Mountain and Pac-12 Oregon. Friday’s game will just be on the two regional channels while Saturday’s game will be back on the national network as well as the regional Mountain and Oregon channels. You can stream the coverage online via the Pac-12 Now app or online at Fans can also follow live stats or catch all three games on Oregon’s student radio station, KWVA 88.1 FM.

Oregon needs just one more win to clinch a fourth-straight outright Pac-12 title. The Ducks have already secured a share of the league championship with UCLA. UCLA, who has this weekend off, finished the season with a league record of 16-5-1, good for a .750 winning percentage. If Oregon were to lose all three games to the Utes, the Ducks would finish with a .750 winning percentage at 18-6.

Oregon debuted at No. 6 in the NFCA poll and No. 4 in the USA Softball poll. This week the Ducks are No. 3 in both the NFCA poll and the USA Softball poll.

Oregon softball has been ranked in the top-25 of the NFCA poll for 101 straight weeks (preseason and postseason polls included). The Ducks climbed to No. 23 in week 10 of the 2010 season and have never dipped below that mark since.

– UO leads the all-time series, 23-9, and has won 16 straight games against the Utes, dating back to 2007.
– Since Utah joined the Pac-12 for the 2012 season, Oregon is 12-0 with sweeps in four straight seasons.
– Oregon last loss to Utah, 7-2, was on March 1, 2002.
– Oregon has scored 11+ runs in five of the last seven games against Utah.

The Ducks swept the Utes last season in a three-game set in Salt Lake City. Oregon won the first game closely, 4-2, before winning 15-9 in the second game and 12-0 in the finale.
– Cheridan Hawkins tossed six shutout innings in the first game, a 4-2 win, before a pair of errors in the seventh inning allowed Utah to score two unearned runs. Jenna Lilley drove in two runs with a RBI single and a RBI triple.
– In the second game the Ducks smashed five home runs in a 15-9 win. Hailey Decker hit a two-run homer in the fourth and a three-run homer in the fifth. Mercado also homered in the fifth with a solo shot. After Utah nearly tied the game with seven runs in the fifth, Jenna Lilley hit solo homers in the sixth and seventh to put it away.
– In a 12-0 win in the third game of the series, the Ducks had a six-run fourth inning and a five-run seventh to bury the Utes. In the fourth, Oregon scored six runs on just two hits. The Ducks scored three runs on bases loaded walks plus two more on a two-run double by Hailey Decker and another on a Danica Mercado sac fly. Sammie Puentes hit a grand slam in the five-run seventh. Cheridan Hawkins was outstanding, allowing just two hits and one walk in a shutout with nine strikeouts. She had a no-hitter going until the seventh.

– Oregon is 15-6 vs. Arizona, 11-12-1 vs. Arizona State, 14-8 vs. California, 18-3 vs. Oregon State, 16-5 vs. Stanford, 11-10 vs. UCLA, 12-0 vs. Utah and 13-7 vs. Washington under Mike White.
– 28-13 in the postseason, 18-0 in regionals.
– Longest losing streak is just four games (2010)
– Longest winning streak is 18 games, earlier this year.
– The Ducks are 37-12-3 overall in Pac-12 series.
– Ducks have been swept three times in Pac-12 series under Mike White while sweeping opponents 22 times.
– Won 30 of their last 33 Pac-12 series.
– Series loss to UCLA was first in Pac-12 since 2013.

– Last year the Oregon offense set single-season school records for batting average (.359), home runs (81), doubles (97), runs (445), RBIs (399) and total bases (927).
– This year the Ducks are hitting .357 with a school-record 89 home runs, 85 doubles, 399 runs, 357 RBIs and 829 total bases.

Megan Kleist Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week (3/8)
Gwen Svekis Pac-12 Player of the Week (3/21)
Gwen Svekis ESPNW Player of the Week (3/23)
Nikki Udria Pac-12 Player of the Week (3/28)
Cheridan Hawkins Pac-12 Player of the Week (3/28)
Cheridan Hawkins NFCA Player of the Week (3/28)
Cheridan Hawkins Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week (4/11)
Cheridan Hawkins Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week (5/2)

In just three innings last Tuesday in a run-rule win over Utah Valley, Cheridan Hawkins broke Jessica Moore’s program record of 100 career wins. Moore earned her 100 wins in 148 career starts and 176 appearances. Hawkins reached 101 victories in 108 starts and 161 appearances. Hawkins is an amazing 103-19 in her Oregon career.

When catcher Janlle Lindvall crushed a solo homer to right center to leadoff the fourth inning against No. 17 Arizona on May 1, Lindvall became Oregon’s all-time RBI leader with 181 in her career. She broke Kailee Cuico’s record of 180 set in 2014. Lindvall is also just one home run away from breaking Cuico’s home run record of 46, they are currently tied.

After tossing two one-hit shutouts in a three-game series against No. 17 Arizona, Cheridan Hawkins tied and then broke the program’s career shutout record with 32. With her 31st career shutout in the first game of the series, Hawkins matched Katie Wiese for the UO record. Her 32nd shutout to break the record came in a run-rule win in the third game of the series as the Ducks did not allow a single run to the Wildcats over the weekend. Hawkins has thrown back-to-back shutouts six times in her career.

On April 29 in a one-hit shutout of Arizona, Cheridan Hawkins became the first in the Pac-12 to reach 1,000 career strikeouts since Dallas Escobedo did it for the Sun Devils in 2014. 

With her ninth strikeout of the game (in just the third inning) against Florida Atlantic on Mar. 5, senior LHP Cheridan Hawkins became the Ducks’ all-time leader with 916 career strikeouts. She broke Jessica Moore’s record of 915 set in 2013. Hawkins broke the record in over 200 fewer innings than Moore. To join the top-25 all-time in NCAA history, Hawkins needs to reach 1,290 strikeouts. The Pac-12 record is 1,860, set by former Washington pitcher and current Pac-12 Networks analyst Danielle Lawrie. Former Cal pitcher Jolene Henderson is 10th in Pac-12 history, with 1,114 strikeouts.

LHP Cheridan Hawkins has gone 8-0 in nine career appearances against Oregon State, with five total earned runs allowed in 38.1 innings. In her career against the Beavers, Hawkins has allowed 22 total hits with nine walks and 48 strikeouts. Hawkins, along with her fellow seniors, have never lost in 12 career games against rival Oregon State.

In Oregon’s 15-0 (5) win over Pacific on Mar. 11, LHP Cheridan Hawkins tossed her seventh career no-hitter, the most in UO history and tied for the ninth most in Pac-12 history. In five innings against the Tigers, Hawkins allowed no hits, walked two batters, hit two batters and struck out 13. Hawkins had three no-hitters last season, including her first career perfect game against Washington on Mar. 27, 2015.

Senior Hailey Decker struck out for the first time in 2016 in Oregon’s opening game at Oregon State on April 9. The infielder went 81 at-bats to start the season without striking out before going down looking in her first at-bat against the Beavers.

The Ducks did something this season that no other team in the nation has ever done – shut out Arizona three straight times. The Ducks, behind complete games from Cheridan Hawkins and Megan Kleist, posted their first shutout of a three-game Pac-12 series since the league went to three-game sets in 2010.

From Feb. 19 at Louisiana-Lafayette to March 21 at Washington, the Ducks hit a home run in 20 straight games. The streak ended in the Jane Sanders Stadium opener against Stanford on March 25. The Ducks have hit a school-record 89 home runs this year.

Of Oregon’s 42 total wins this season, nearly half (19) have been run-rule victories. The Ducks’ biggest win was a 19-0 victory against Utah Valley at Jane Sanders Stadium. Both Gwen Svekis and Janelle Lindvall hit grand slams in the game. Oregon has scored 10-or-more runs 14 times this season, including an 11-6 win and a 16-4 (6) win at #8 Washington to open Pac-12 play and a 10-4 win at #25 Arizona State. Oregon also run-rule California, 15-2, in Berkeley.

Oregon is 13-5 against fellow top-25 teams this season. Most recently, the Ducks swept a three-game series against No. 17 Arizona, not allowing a single run in the series.

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