No. 2 Ducks sweeps Cal with 17-1 win
EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon belted out 19 hits and the No. 2 Ducks defeated No. 18 California 17-1 on Sunday in five innings to sweep the series in front of a second consecutive sellout crowd of 1,644 at Howe Field.
The Ducks outhit the Bears 40-10 and outscored them 31-3 in the series.
The Ducks improved to 44-5 (19-2 Pac-12) with their 14th consecutive win. Cal dropped to 35-16 (7-14) with the loss. Oregon is now 17-5 against top-25 foes this season and has won 11 in a row against ranked opponents.
After run-ruling the Bears with five home runs on Saturday, Oregon’s bats remained hot in another run-rule win.
Oregon tallied two runs early when Hailey Decker homered in the first inning for the second consecutive day but the Ducks were hardly done. Oregon posted six runs in the second inning, including a home run by Koral Costa deep to left.
Janie Takeda double in three runs then later scored on a single by Hailey Decker for her second run of the game. The run was the 194th of her career, breaking the UO record of 193 set by Courtney Ceo last season.
The six-run second inning was the second best frame for the Ducks as Oregon poured in nine runs on 11 hits in the fourth. Alyssa Gillespie hit a pinch-hit two-run bomb in the inning and Takeda went back-to-back with a solo shot.
Cheridan Hawkins was stellar once again, allowing just one run on three hits in four innings with seven strikeouts. She allowed a solo home run with two outs in the first inning but was unscathed going forward. Senior Karissa Hovinga pitched a scoreless fifth inning to end the game.
Takeda went 4-for-4 on the day with four runs scored and four RBIs. Decker also had four RBIs on Sunday as she hit .700 in the series with two homers and eight RBIs.
Oregon had 12 different players record a hit in the game and 11 different players scored a run.