Death, taxes and the Oregon softball team in the super regionals. Those have become the three certainties in life as the Ducks defeated Baylor 8-1 on Sunday, advancing to their seventh straight super regional appearance in the NCAA softball tournament.
Cheridan Hawkins earned the win, going 4.2 innings while giving up just three hits while walking three and striking out four. Megan Kleist pitched the final 2.1 innings, giving up one run on one hit while striking out three batters.
After the Ducks jumped out to a 2-0 lead, Baylor loaded up the bases with just one out in the second inning. Cheridan Hawkins was able to work out of the jam, retiring the next two batters to escape the inning without allowing a run.
Alyssa Gillespie returned the favor in the fourth, knocking a double to left-center to drive home a run, making it 3-0 Oregon.
The next inning, a double from Geri Ann Glasco set up a sacrifice bunt by Janelle Lindvall, followed by a single by Lauren Lindvall to extend the lead to 5-0.
A three-run home run by Nikki Udria broke the game wide open in the sixth, making it 8-0 Oregon.
Oregon will now face Pac-12 foe UCLA next weekend at Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene, with the winner earning a trip to the Women's College World Series. The super regional matchup kicks off on Saturday night at 6:30 pm, wrapping up Sunday with the first game at 4:30 pm and a second game, if necessary, following after.