Ducks run-rule Utah Valley, 12-1 in first round of Regionals

Ducks run-rule Utah Valley, 12-1 in first round of Regionals
Oregon Ducks Kailee Cuico (#33) slides safely into home during the first game of the Regional playoffs against the Utah Valley Wolverines. The Ducks won 12-1. Mary Jane Schulte, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon Ducks started their road to Oklahoma City with a 12-1 victory over the Utah Valley Wolverines Friday in the first round of Regionals. The game ended after the top of the fifth inning due to the eight run-rule. 

The Ducks started the game off strong with eight runs in the first inning. Freshman shortstop Nikki Udria was a key player for the Ducks, with two hits and four RBI’s. 

“It was pretty exciting going out there for my first post-season game,” said Udria. “It felt great to hand it to them.”

“I’m very happy the way we started off the game with Cheridan coming out and shutting down the first innings, offense coming out and getting on base,” said Head Coach Mike White. “We knew what we had to do, so we came out and had a game plan, and we went out and followed that, so I was real pleased with the way we performed.”

Ducks sophomore pitcher Cheridan Hawkins threw the first two innings, and recorded 5 strikeouts. Karissa Hovinga came in to pitch the last three innings of the game for the Ducks, and had six strikeouts. 

“Whenever I think that we can spare Cheridan some innings, I feel very confident with Karissa coming in and being able to do the job,” said White.  

The Ducks will play the No. 25 ranked Wisconsin Badgers Saturday at 11am at Howe Field. Wisconsin also won their first Regional game 1-0 earlier in the day against the Albany Great Dane’s. The winner of Saturday’s game will play on Sunday at 1pm against the winner of the loser’s bracket. 

“We’re not going to give them bases, that’s for sure,” said White. “We’re going to work hard on our defense.”