Ducks defeat Minnesota 6-2 and move on to College World Series

Ducks defeat Minnesota 6-2 and move on to College World Series
The Oregon Ducks show their fans their appreciation after defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers in game two of the Super Regionals. The Ducks won 6-2 and will advance to the World Series in Oklahoma City. Mary Jane Schulte, Oregon News Lab

Howe Field, Eugene, Ore. May 25, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon Ducks can finally pack their bags for the College World Series in Oklahoma City after a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers in game two of the Super Regionals. It was a tight game, with a score of 3-2 up until the top of the seventh when the Ducks scored three more runs to secure the win. 

“We wanted to go out making a statement,” said Head Coach Mike White. “I thought we did real well coming out and icing that game. It made me feel a lot more comfortable.”

“I’m really excited—I’m happy that we could get there for the seniors,” said Hawkins. “That’s one of the most important things for me. They’re going to finish at OKC, and their last game on Howe Field was a win.”

Hawkins pitched all seven innings. The Ducks’ defense was able to back Hawkins up with no errors. Left Fielder Alexa Peterson and shortstop Nikki Udria both had key catches in the game. Second baseman Karine Shaver made the catch to end the game and clinch their spot at the World Series. 

“I started off not quite myself, but after that talk with Coach White and Janelle, I decided it was time to bear down and go after it,” said Hawkins. 

Ducks Janie Takeda had a big day at the plate, with an RBI double in the third, and a two-run RBI at the top of the seventh. 

“I just came out today knowing that it’s just a game,” said Takeda. “I felt good at practice all week, so just trusting my preparation and that it’s a new day and I’m still the same player.”

The Oregon Ducks will travel to Oklahoma City and will face the Florida State Seminoles on Thursday in the first round of the College World Series. 

“We just have to do that same process,” said White. “We’ve got as good a shot as any—we’ve got to stay aggressive.”