Ducks defeat Portland State Vikings 4-2 ahead of Stanford series

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon Ducks beat the Portland State Vikings, pulling ahead after a rain delay to win 4-2.

“It kind of opens our eyes a little bit and makes us realize we can’t just cruise into these games and have it happen,” said Head Coach Mike White. “We’ve got to play well.”

Both teams had five hits in the game at Howe Field on Tuesday.

The Ducks were first to score in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Portland State took the 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. The Ducks fired right back with a run in the bottom of the fifth, and two single run homeruns by Janelle Lindvall and Alexa Peterson in the bottom of the sixth inning, making the score 4-2. 

Oregon Ducks player Jasmine Smithson-Willett pitched the first four innings, and was relieved by pitcher Cheridan Hawkins in the fifth. Smithson had three stikeouts and Hawkins had six.

“I think she’s made steady progress the whole season so far,” said White. “When she first came in in the fall, it was a questionable whether she’d be a pitcher for us. Now, she’s a definite possibility.”

The Ducks will travel to Stanford this Friday to begin their next three-game series.