Hawkins, Ceo lead Ducks to Saturday sweep

by: COURTESY OF LARRY LAWSON - Aubrey Nitschelm was Portland State's top hitter Saturday in a pair of one-run losses at Las Vegas, Nev.SOFTBALL


• The Portland State Vikings scored 12 runs — and lost 13-12 to Hawaii in their first of two Saturday games at the Easton Desert Classic hosted by UNLV.

In the Vikings' nightcap, PSU also suffered a one-run loss, 6-5 in nine innings to Seattle.

• Oregon swept two more games in the Easton Desert Classic at Las Vegas, Nev.

The Ducks improved to 8-1 with victories of 6-4 over Tennessee-Chattanooga and 9-0 against Ohio State on sophomore Cheridan Hawkins' third career no-hitter.

• Oregon State lost to Tulsa and Texas A&M for the second day in a row at the Aggies' tournament, but the Beavers, who fell by a combined 17-1 on Friday, played better, losing to Tulsa 4-0 and to A&M 5-4.

• Concordia beat Willamette 9-4 in the Northwest Cup at Hood View Park.

  • Vikings hit, but lose

    Portland State totaled 18 hits and 17 runs in a pair of games at the Easton Desert Classic, but the Viks lost both games by one run.

    Hawaii scored six runs in the sixth inning, thanks in part to a grand slam, to move into a 12-12 tie. In the bottom of the seventh, the Warriors won 13-12 on a one-out single, a two-out walk and an RBI single.

    Seattle edged the Vikings 6-5 in nine innings later Saturay, after PSU had rallied three times to tie the score at 2-2, 3-3 and 4-4. In the top of the ninth, the Redhawks scored twice. The Viks got a run on singles by Shaw Nelson and Crysta Conn, but left the tying run stranded.

    For the day, junior right fielder Aubrey Nitschelm went 3 for 7 with a double and a home run, five RBIs and two runs. She leads the team with 10 RBIs this season.

    Portland State (2-7) wraps up play in the UNLV tournament with an 11:15 a.m. PT Sunday game against Tennessee-Chattanooga.

  • Hawkins, Ceo on a roll for Ducks

    Sophomore pitcher Cheridan Hawkins no-hit Ohio State in a 9-0 victory that capped a 2-0 day for Oregon.

    In the Ducks' Saturday opener, senior Courtney Ceo lashed a second-inning grand slam that launched a 6-4 victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga. Oregon totaled 11 hits against the Mocs (2-6).

    Then it was Hawkins' turn to shine and give Oregon an eight-game winning streak.

    The lone Buckeyes base runner came on an infield error in the fifth inning, and Hawkins posted four strikeouts.

    Ceo went 3 for 4 with two RBIs, bringing her season batting average to .594, with three doubles, one triple, two home runs, a team-high 12 RBIs and no strikeouts.

    On Sunday, Oregon concludes its stay at the Las Vegas tourney with an 11:15 a.m. game against Cal State Northridge.

  • Beavers improve

    Oregon State gave No. 8 Texas A&M (9-1) a run at the Aggie Classic in College Station, Texas., before losing 5-4.

    Freshman Alexis Gonzalez tied the score at 4-4 with her three-run homer in the sixth inning.

    Oregon State began Saturday with a 4-0 loss to Tulsa, getting outhit 10-2.

    OSU's getaway game in the tourney is 8 a.m. PT Sunday against McNeese State.

  • Cavaliers down Bearcats with big 6th

    Concordia, trailing by one run, exploded for eight runs, with two homers, in the sixth inning as the Cavaliers beat Willamette 9-4.

    The game, part of the Northwest Cup at Hood View Park, was the Bearcats' season opener.

    Meghan Luebbert hit a three-run HR for the Cavs (2-1), giving them a 5-2 lead, and Kate Santos added a two-run blast for a 7-2 edge.

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