EUGENE — The third-seeded University of Oregon softball team (49-9) celebrated its fourth straight Super Regional bid with a 3-0 win over No. 25 Wisconsin (44-13) Saturday afternoon at Howe Field.
Offensively, the Ducks made the most of their three hits — two being homers — while its All-Pac-12 pitching duo raised their scoreless streak to 19 straight innings.
In the second inning, senior center fielder Samantha Pappas claimed her sixth game-winning RBI of the season in dramatic fashion with a solo homer into the left field bleachers.
The All-American from Mission Viejo, Calif., also moved into a tie for the Duck career homer record (37) shared by senior second baseman Kaylan Howard and Andrea Vidlund.
After seventh-inninng walk to junior first baseman Kailee Cuico, freshman catcher Janelle Lindvall provided a pair of insurance runs with a two-out homer. That drive over the right center field wall stood as her 12th round-tripper of 2013 and moved her into a tie for eighth all-time in a season for UO.
Freshman Cheridan Hawkins (18-5) won her first postseason start after she struck out three, gave up two hits, walked none and hit two batters.
Moore was later tabbed the Regional MVP, and five others were selected to the All-Regional Team.
The Ducks will find out the dates and times of next weekend's Super Regional dates vs. the Lincoln, Neb., regional winner today.
HOFSTRA 8, OREGON STATE 4 — At Columbia, Mo., Hofstra beat Oregon State in an NCAA Regional elimination game that went 10 innings.
The Beavers were eliminated with the loss.
Down a run in the sixth inning, Liz Santana led off with a double to right center and advanced to third on a wild pitch. A lined single to center by Desiree Beltran tied the score at 3.
Hofstra (45-12) finally broke through in the 10th, hitting three home runs.
Santana went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the Beavers (34-24).
Earlier in the day, Oregon State used a breakout inning to cruise past Stony Brook, 6-0.
The Beavers scored five runs in the fourth inning after two outs.