Oregon Softball Nearly Upsets No. 1 UCLA

April 21, 2001

EUGENE - The University of Oregon softball team (25-28, 1-9 Pac-10) nearly upset the No. 1 ranked UCLA Bruins, hitting two seventh inning home runs to stage a late comeback. The rally eventually ended and the Ducks fell 4-3 to UCLA (43-4, 6-4) in front of 245 fans at Howe Field Saturday.

'I'm extremely happy with the way we battled today,' Oregon head coach Rick Gamez said. 'We got behind early, but we played hard through the entire game and that's what we needed to do to compete with this team.'

The Bruins took an early lead, scoring three runs in the first inning. Short stop Natasha Watley started the game with a double to left field and eventually scored on an Oregon error. Third baseman Tairia Mims reached on an error by Oregon and catcher Stacey Nuveman hit a two-run home run to give UCLA a 3-0 lead.

Oregon held the Bruins scoreless until the fifth inning when UCLA scored on another Oregon error. The Ducks were unable to score until the bottom of the seventh inning and it was nearly enough to take the lead. Sophomore Andrea Vidlund hit her seventh home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field fence. Right fielder Rachel Tommasini singled to right field and freshman Kate Peterson drove in Tommasini with a two-run homer that narrowed the gap 4-3. Oregon's rally stalled there as the Bruins secured the victory on the next play.

Sophomore Lisa Wangler (5-8) took the loss for Oregon and Keira Goerl picked up the win for UCLA. Offensively, senior Triawn Custer led Oregon, finishing the day 2-for-3.

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