Oregon defeats Minnesota, 10-2 in first Super Regionals game

Oregon defeats Minnesota, 10-2 in first Super Regionals game
The Oregon Ducks celebrate another run scored after teammate Alexa Peterson (#14) scored against the Minnesota Goldy Gophers during the first game of the Super Regionals. The Ducks won 10-2. Mary Jane Schulte, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. -- After a 10-2 victory in six innings over the Minnesota Goldy Gophers, the Oregon Ducks are one win away from competing in Oklahoma City at the Women’s College World Series. The Ducks came out on fire in the first inning, with a homerun from leadoff hitter Courtney Ceo to tie the score, 1-1. 

“They scored a run right away, and we countered straight away,” said Head Coach Mike White. “That was big for us, to come right out and score those two runs to get back in front.”

In the second inning, the Ducks put four more runs on the board, followed by another three runs in the third. Courtney Ceo ended the game with three hits, three runs, and two RBI’s. Ducks Nikki Udria had a solid showing at the plate, with three RBI’s as well. 

“We proved to ourselves that we deserve to be here, and this is where we belong,” said Ceo. 

The Ducks defense played yet another errorless game, while Minnesota tallied four errors. Ducks Cheridan Hawkins pitched the entire game, allowing just three hits from the Minnesota Goldy Gophers. Hawkins had four strikeouts as well. 

“This was my first start ever in a Super Regionals, so obviously I was a little bit nervous,” said Hawkins. “After the first inning I settled in a little bit better.”

“It was just a great performance all around by the team, both offensively, defensively and pitching,” said White. 

The Ducks will face the Minnesota Goldy Gophers for game two of the Super Regionals at Howe Field on Sunday at 2pm. If the Ducks win, they will advance to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City with the top eight teams in the nation. If they lose, however, they will play again at 5pm against Minnesota.