EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Janie Takeda drove in three runs on two hits and the Oregon Ducks advanced to the women’s College World Series with a 6-2 victory over Minnesota Sunday in their NCAA Super Regional.
The top-seeded Ducks (54-7-1) are making their second trip to the College World Series in three seasons. The Ducks will face eight-seeded Florida State when the tournament gets underway on Thursday in Oklahoma City.
Janelle Lindvall’s RBI single scored Janie Takeda in the first inning. Takeda added a run-scoring double in the third before scoring on Koral Costas’ grounder to short.
Minnesota (44-12) narrowed it in the bottom half on Tyler Walker’s 2-run home run.
Takeda’s two-run triple in the top of the seventh sealed it for the Ducks. She scored on a wild pitch for the final margin and the fans chanted “OKC! OKC!” at Howe Field.
“I’ve felt good in batting practice all week, so it was just trusting my preparation and trusting it’s a new day, and I’m still the same player,” Takeda said.
Cheridan Hawkins (32-4) allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings for the Ducks.
Sara Moulton (27-8) allowed six runs on nine hits over six innings for Minnesota, which was making its first Super Regional appearance.
Oregon won the opener of the Super Regional 10-2 on Saturday night.
“(The crowd) was like our 11th player out there,” coach Mike White said. “It made a big difference, and really pumped us up.”
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