Photos: Oregon softball — Ducks defeat Portland State 4-2

Posted by Taylor Wilder on Tuesday, Apr. 22 at 6:53 pm.

The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks softball team (40-5, 14-1 Pac-12) hosts the Portland State Vikings (7-31) in a nonconference game at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore., on April 22, 2014. The Ducks swept the California Bears three-game series over the weekend and have scored 69 runs over the last six games. With Oregon being 10-1 at home and Portland State having a 1-12 record on the road, the ducks are looking to hold on to their No. 1 ranking after playing the Vikings.

Next for the Ducks is an away game against Stanford University at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 25.

Oregon outfielder Janie Takeda (19) slides into second base as Portland State infielder Alicia Fine (11) missed the throw from a fellow teammate during the bottom of the second inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore. on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Oregon outfielder Janie Takeda (19) slides into second base as Portland State infielder Alicia Fine (11) missed the throw from a fellow teammate during the bottom of the second inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore., on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Oregon outfielder Janie Takda (19) looks toward the infield prior to throwing the ball during the top of the fifth inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore. on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Oregon outfielder Janie Takda (19) looks toward the infield prior to throwing the ball during the top of the fifth inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore., on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Portland State infielder Crysta Conn (24) looks up toward the fly ball she hits during the top of the second inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore. on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Portland State infielder Crysta Conn (24) looks up toward the fly ball she hits during the top of the second inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore., on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Oregon utility player Kailee Cuico (33) swings at the ball during the bottom of the third inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore. on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Oregon utility player Kailee Cuico (33) swings at the ball during the bottom of the third inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore., on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Portland State left-handed pitcher Meagan Hendrix (18) pitches the ball to an Oregon hitter during the bottom of the second inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore. on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Portland State left-handed pitcher Meagan Hendrix (18) pitches the ball to an Oregon hitter during the bottom of the second inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore., on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Oregon shortstop Nikki Udria (3) misses the grounder during the top of the sixth inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore. on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Oregon shortstop Nikki Udria (3) misses the grounder during the top of the sixth inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore., on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Portland State outfielder Candice Orozco (23) slams against the fence after Oregon hitter Alexa Peterson (14) hits her seventh grand slam during the bottom of the sixth inning. hits her The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore. on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Portland State outfielder Candice Orozco (23) slams against the fence after Oregon hitter Alexa Peterson (14) hits her seventh grand slam during the bottom of the sixth inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore., on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Oregon catcher Alexa Peterson (14) holds up the "O" sign while running the bases after hitting her seventh grand slam during the bottom of the sixth inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore. on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Oregon catcher Alexa Peterson (14) holds up the “O” sign while running the bases after hitting her seventh grand slam during the bottom of the sixth inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore., on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Portland State outfielder Brianna Celaya (3) chucks the ball toward the infield during the bottom of the third inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore. on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Portland State outfielder Brianna Celaya (3) chucks the ball toward the infield during the bottom of the third inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore., on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Oregon right-handed pitcher Jasmine Smithson-Willett (16) winds up to pitch the ball during the top of the fourth inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore. on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Oregon right-handed pitcher Jasmine Smithson-Willett (16) winds up to pitch the ball during the top of the fourth inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore., on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Portland State outfielder Candice Orozco (23) catches the fly ball in mid air during the bottom of the fifth inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore. on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Portland State outfielder Candice Orozco (23) catches the fly ball in mid air during the bottom of the fifth inning. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore., on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Several Vikings meet on the pitcher's mount prior to the start of the game. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore. on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Several Vikings meet on the pitcher’s mount prior to the start of the game. The No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks play the Portland State Vikings at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore., on April 22, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)