Ducks tie ASU, 2-2 in series closer: 'Not used to that in softball'

Ducks tie ASU, 2-2 in series closer: 'Not used to that in softball'
Arizona State Sun Devils Amber Freeman (#9) slides safely into second base as Ducks shortstop Nikki Udria (#3) takes a throw from the outfield. The Ducks tied the Sun Devils 2-2 after six innings due to rain in the third game of the three-game series. Mary Jane Schulte, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon Ducks ended the three-game series with a 2-2 tie against the Arizona State Sun Devils.


This was to be the determining game of the 1-1 series, however, the game was called off after the sixth inning due to Oregon’s lovely spring rain. There were two official rain delays during the game as well.


“This is the first tie of my career,” said Head Coach Mike White. “I’m not used to that in softball.”


The Sun Devils won the first game 4-2 and the Ducks took the second 12-2, which left the series tied 1-1 going into Sunday's game.


Although the game does not count as a win or a loss for either team, the individual player stats do count. Ducks left fielder Janie Takeda had a two-run RBI in the bottom of the fifth inning, to tie the game.


Ducks pitcher Cheridan Hawkins threw a little over four innings for the Ducks. She had two strikeouts and allowed six hits. Ducks Jasmine Smithson-Willett stepped in to relieve Hawkins in the fifth inning, and got one strikeout.


“In the fall, we had her throwing about 58 mph, and now she’s hitting 67 mph, so she’s got a lot of confidence right now,” said White. “She could be a closer extreme for us.”


The Ducks will travel to Tucson, Ariz. to face the Arizona Wildcats in a three-game series. This will be their last Pac 12 series before regionals. The first game is Thursday, May 8, at 5pm.