FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 8 University of Oregon softball team (20-3) opened action in the Fresno State Classic with a 3-2 victory over San Diego State (11-10) Friday afternoon at Bulldog Diamond.
Later in the evening, the Ducks were up 5-1 vs. Fresno State (14-10) in the bottom of the second inning, but an hour rain delay forced the game to be cancelled.
In the day's opener, UO shortstop and junior Courtney Ceo drove in the winning run in the seventh inning with a two-out suicide squeeze to the right side, and easily scored sophomore pinch-runner Sara Goodrum.
Freshman catcher Janelle Lindvall opened the final inning with a single to center field, and advanced to second base on the second baseman's error on freshman left fielder Alyssa Gillespie's grounder.
Sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda grounded into a 4-3 double play to the second baseman, but the lead runner still advanced to third base, and scored three pitches later on Ceo's bunt to the right side.
In the first inning, UO scored its other two runs, thanks to a single by Takeda, RBI double by senior second baseman Kaylan Howard, and RBI single by senior right fielder Samantha Pappas.
For the game, three Ducks rapped multiple hits - Takeda (2-for-4), junior DP Alexa Peterson (2-for-3) and Lindvall (2-for-3).
Ceo's game-winner was her third of the season after she collected others on a single vs. Western Michigan in the season opener, and a double vs. Cal Poly in Palm Springs.
In the circle for the Ducks, freshman starter Cheridan Hawkins pitched the first 2.2 innings, struck out none, walked three, gave up two hits, and both of her runs allowed were earned.
Senior Jessica Moore (11-2) pitched the final 4.1 innings, struck out four, walked one, yielded one hit and no runs.
SDSU starter Danielle O'Toole (4-5) pitched the complete game, struck out five, walked none, scattered 10 hits, and two of her three runs allowed were earned.
At the plate for the returning Mountain West champions, three batters hit safely once - Kamerine May (1-for-3), Lorena Bauer (1-for-2) and Patrice Jackson (1-for-3).
The Aztecs' two runs came in the inning after three walks by Hawkins to load the bases. After an RBI single, another run scored on the same play on the catcher's late throw to second base to try and catch the runner who had over-run the base on the play but returned safely.
Head Coach Mike White inserted Moore into the game, and the All-American responded by getting a ground-out to second base with runners on second and third base.
Looking ahead, Oregon then takes on Iowa State and St. Mary's on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to cap action in its fifth and final tourney of the regular season.