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Notes – Pac-12 Championship Within Reach at Cal

May 5, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 3 ranked Oregon softball team has a chance to clinch its fourth-straight Pac-12 title this weekend in a three-game series at California. 

BROADCAST INFO
Pac-12 Networks will air Oregon’s Saturday and Sunday games at California. There is no live stream for Friday’s game. Fans can, however, catch all three games on Oregon’s student radio station, KWVA 88.1 FM. In addition to the over-the-air broadcast, the station streams at kwva.uoregon.edu. For the games on Saturday and Sunday, you can stream the coverage online via the Pac-12 Now app or online at Pac-12.com.

THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
Oregon needs to win three more games out of its last six conference contests to clinch a fourth straight Pac-12 championship. The Ducks are currently three up in the loss column on UCLA and four up on Utah. With UCLA playing its final conference series of the season this weekend at Utah, the best the Bruins can finish is 17-5-1 in league play. With three more wins, the Ducks could finish no worse than 19-5 and Oregon would claim the outright title via winning percentage. The best Utah can finish is 18-6, with three-game series left against the Bruins this weekend and the Ducks next weekend. With three more wins, the Ducks could finish no worse than 19-5, topping the Utes.

#3 OREGON DUCKS (40-6, 16-2 Pac-12, 1st)
Team BA: .358 | Team ERA: 2.23 | Runs Scored: 375 | Runs Allowed: 115
Recently: Held Arizona scoreless in a three-game sweep, DH sweep of UVU Tuesday
National Rankings: UO is No. 3 in both the NFCA and USA Softball polls
All-Time Series Record: California leads, 77-46 (UO has won seven straight games)
Last Year: No. 2 Oregon swept No. 18 California in a three-game series in Eugene
Notable: The Ducks did something last weekend 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 in program history. Oregon has not allowed a run in 32 consecutive innings and five straight games, one game short of the program record of six straight shutouts set in 1994. The Ducks enter the weekend at California with a magic number of three to clinch a fourth-straight Pac-12 title. Hawkins became Oregon’s all-time wins leader with 101 after the Ducks’ doubleheader sweep of Utah Valley. 

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (29-18-1, 9-7-1 Pac-12, 5th)
Team BA: .309 | Team ERA: 2.44 | Runs Scored: 223 | Runs Allowed: 148
Recently: Cal swept Stanford last weekend; defaeted Pacific, 9-1, on Wednesday
National Rankings: California is unranked in both national polls
Head Coach: Diane Ninemire (29th season)
Notable: California has won six straight entering this weekend’s series with the Ducks. Pitcher Nisa Ontiveros was named ESPNW national player of the week after picking up four wins with 48 strikeouts last week. The senior earned a win in a midweek game with UC Davis and then helped Cal sweep rival Stanford. She recorded 13 strikeouts in a win in the series opener with the Cardinal. She started the second game as well, with a career-high 16 strikeouts in a one-hit shutout. She started the third game, allowing four runs in six innings. Ontiveros leads the Pac-12 with a 1.55 ERA in 130.2 innings. CF Jazmyn Jackson leads the Pac-12 with 73 hits this season.  

OREGON IN THE POLLS
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, earning one first-place vote in the USA Softball poll.

TOP-25 STREAK
Oregon softball has been ranked in the top-25 of the NFCA poll for 100 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.

WHEN PLAYING CALIFORNIA
– Cal leads the all-time series, 77-46, but the Ducks have won seven straight games against the Golden Bears and have won three straight series.
– In the Ducks seven straight wins against California, Oregon has scored 69 runs while allowing 13 runs.
– Mike White is 12-7 all-time against California
– Oregon’s longest winning streak in the series with California is its current seven-game winning streak. Cal’s longest winning streak is 18, running from 1980-87.
– The Ducks won the first-ever meeting between the two teams, 1-0, in 1979, before Cal won the next 18 straight.

LAST YEAR AGAINST CALIFORNIA
– Last year in Eugene, the Ducks out-hit Cal 40-10 in the three-game series sweep and outscored the Bears 31-3, including a 17-1 five-inning run-rule in the series finale.
– Hailey Decker hit .700 in the series (7-for-10) with two doubles, two homers and eight RBIs.
– In the first game of the series, Decker hit both of her doubles, a 5-2 win. Cheridan Hawkins posted 14 strikeouts while allowing two runs on two hits in a complete game.
– In the second game of the series nine different Ducks collected hits, including a pair of home runs for Lauren Lindvall. Decker, Geri Ann Glasco and Nikki Udria also homered in the game. In the third game of the series the Ducks, which was senior day, Decker and Janie Takeda each went 4-for-4 with four RBIs. Takeda, Decker, Gillespie and Koral Costa each homered.
– The Ducks hit a whopping nine home runs in the series.
– Hawkins won two games with a 1.91 ERA in 11.0 innings. The lefty struck out 21 batters with three runs allowed on five hits and three walks.

THE DUCKS UNDER MIKE WHITE
– Oregon is 15-6 vs. Arizona, 11-12-1 vs. Arizona State, 12-7 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 36-12-3 overall in Pac-12 series.
– Ducks have been swept three times in Pac-12 series under Mike White while sweeping opponents 22 times.
– Won 29 of their last 32 Pac-12 series.
– Series loss to UCLA was first in Pac-12 since 2013.

HAWKINS SETS UO WINS RECORD
In just three innings on 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 101-19 in her Oregon career.

LINDVALL NEW OREGON RBI LEADER
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 matching Cuico’s home run record of 46.

HAWKINS BREAKS UO SHUTOUTS RECORD
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.

1,000 CAREER STRIKEOUTS
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. Here are other Pac-12 pitchers to reach that milestone in the last 10 years.
Pitcher, School Senior Year Career Ks
Cheridan Hawkins 2016 1,020
Dallas Escobedo, ASU 2014 1,222
Jolene Henderson, California 2013 1,114
Danielle Lawrie, Washington 2009 1,860
Missy Penna, Stanford 2009 1,267
Katherine Burkhart, ASU 2008 1,670
Anjelica Selden, UCLA 2008 1,441
Taryne Mowatt, Arizona 2008 1,267
Alicia Hollowell, Arizona 2006 1,768
Kristina Thorson, California 2006 1,071

HAWKINS BREAKS UO STRIKEOUT RECORD
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.

HAWKINS GOES UNDEFEATED AGAINST OSU
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 Oregon State.

HAWKINS FIRES SEVENTH NO-HITTER
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.

WEEKLY AWARDS
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)

RECORD-SETTING PACE
Oregon needs just two more home runs this season to match the program record for homers in a season.
– 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 .358 with 79 home runs, 84 doubles, 375 runs, 334 RBIs and 773 total bases.

THREE STRAIGHT SHUTOUTS
The Ducks did something last weekend 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 for the first time in program history.

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