Oregon Softball Dominates UC Riverside In Doubleheader, Wins 10-0 and 9-1

May 3, 2001

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The University of Oregon softball team (27-33 overall, 1-14 Pac-10) got two dominating wins over UC Riverside at the UCR Softball Field in Riverside, Calif., Thursday afternoon. The Ducks snapped a nine game losing streak with a 10-0 win in Game 1 and a 9-1 win in the second game.

'It was definitely good to get some early wins on this road trip,' Oregon head coach Rick Gamez said. 'We swung the bat well and got great performances from our pitchers.'

Oregon tallied 21 hits, including two grand slams and four other home runs in the two games. The Ducks allowed just one run and four hits by the Highlanders. Freshman Anissa Meashintubby got the win in the first game, giving up two hits and zero runs in five innings pitched. In the second game, sophomore Andrea Vidlund allowed one hit and one run in four innings pitched to pick up the win. Offensively, Vidlund was 1-for-4 with four RBI in the second game after a fifth inning grand slam.

In Game 1, the Ducks scored a run in the first inning and hit a dry spell for the next two innings before exploding for nine runs in the top of the fourth inning. After a two-run home run by sophomore Janell Bergstrom and a solo shot by Alicia Mickes, senior Triawn Custer extended Oregon's lead with a grand slam. It was Custers' ninth home run of the season. Custer finished the game 1-for-1 with two runs scored and five RBI.

Sophomore transfer Lisa Wanlger was perfect at the plate for Oregon, finishing the first game 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Eight different Oregon players got a hit in Game 1 as the Ducks finished the game with 10 runs on 10 hits and committed zero errors.

In the second game, the score was tied at one heading into the fifth inning. Again, Oregon caught fire late, scoring eight runs in the top of the fifth inning to secure the victory, 9-1. After a single by Wangler and Lynsey Haij, sophomore Alyssa Laux reached after being hit by a pitch. That loaded the bases for Vidlund, who hit her first career grand slam.

The rally continued when Custer and Bergstrom each singled. Kristi Hall cleaned up again, hitting her second home run of the game, a three run shot that gave Oregon an 8-1 lead. Freshman Samantha Shutes scored Oregon's final run after UC Riverside pitcher Monique Baeza walked Laux with the bases loaded.

Both games were called after the fifth inning because of the eight run mercy rule. The Ducks return to Pac-10 play tomorrow when they take on No. 2 UCLA at Easton Stadium. Game time is 2 p.m.

Oregon 10, UC Riverside 0Oregon 100 90 - 10 10 0Riverside 000 00 - 0 2 0Pitching: UO: Meashintubby (4-1) and Coe, UCR: Baeza (4-20), Jackson 4 and Cunningham2B: Hall (UO)HR: Custer, Bergstrom, Mickes (UO)

Oregon 9, UC Riverside 1Oregon 010 08 - 9 11 1Riverside 001 00 - 1 2 1Pitching: UO: Vidlund (10-8), Wangler 5 and Shutes, UCR: Jackson (5-12), Baeza 5 and Cunningham2B: Laux (UO)HR: Vidlund, Hall 2 (UO)

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