Ducks cruise past UCLA in Super Regional
EUGENE — Oregon catcher Janelle Lindvall hit two home runs to power No. 5 Oregon to an 8-1 victory over No. 14 UCLA in an NCAA softball Super Regional before 2,517 fans in Jane Sanders Stadium Saturday.
UO starter Cheridan Hawkins allowed only an unearned run to the Bruins, who will need to win today at 4 p.m. to keep the Ducks from clinching their third straight trip to the Women’s College World Series.
The Ducks (48-8) broke open the game in the third inning. They had already scored four times in the inning when Lindvall came to bat with a runner at second and bashed her 47th career home run, breaking the career record she shared with current UO volunteer assistant Kailee Cuico.
“I felt good today,” said Lindvall, who added another two-run shot in the fifth inning as part of a three-hit night. “Fortunately, I got the pitches.”
Three double plays in the first four innings kept the Ducks from manufacturing runs the way they did in sweeping through regionals a week earlier. Thanks to Lindvall’s power display, it didn’t matter.
Oregon's Alyssa Gillespie opened the third with a bunt single. Jenna Lilley walked, and the Ducks then strung together a Nikki Udria single, a Koral Costa double and a Geri Ann Glasco single that, combined with two UCLA fielding errors, made it 4-0.
Hawkins (24-3) needed 36 pitches to get through the first inning, stranding two runners in the process. But Oregon’s ace, 10-0 in her last 10 starts, settled down once the Ducks had the lead, needing just 46 pitches over the final four innings.
OSU 3, UCLA 0: At Corvallis, Bryce Fehmel threw his first career complete game and Nick Madrigal went 2-for-4 with a home run to lead Oregon State in front of 3,258 fans.
Fehmel struck out two, walked one and scattered five hits as the Beavers shut out UCLA for the second consecutive game. The Bruins were 1-for-11 with runners on, 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and 1-for-10 with two outs.
The freshman picked up his Pac-12 Conference leading 10th win. It’s also good enough to tie him with South Carolina’s Braden Webb for the nation’s lead among freshmen.
Fehmel was backed by an Oregon State offense that collected six hits off three UCLA pitchers. Madrigal led the way with a sixth-inning home run, the first of his career, that put the Beavers (34-19 overall, 15-14 Pac-12) up 2-0.
STANFORD 3, OREGON 1: At Stanford, Calif., Oregon couldn’t overcome back-to-back Stanford home runs in the seventh inning as the Cardinal completed a three-game sweep in the regular-season finale.
Pitching dominated through the early stages for the third straight game, with Oregon’s Matt Mercer and Stanford’s Chris Castellanos matching zeros while combining to allow just three hits through the first five innings.
Oregon (29-26, 14-16 Pac-12) broke through in the sixth to take a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by senior Nick Catalano, who scored Jake Bennett after he and senior Steven Packard reached with back-to-back singles.
Stanford (31-23, 15-15 Pac-12) surged ahead in the seventh on a two-run homer by Alex Dunlap and a solo shot by Austin Barr.