Oregon Softball Nearly Upsets No. 2 Bruins

May 4, 2001

EUGENE - The University of Oregon softball team had a 4-0 lead heading into the fourth inning of its Pac-10 game against No. 2 UCLA at Easton Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif., Friday, but the Bruins responded with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and two in the fifth to secure the win, 6-4. With the win, the Bruins improve to 51-4 overall, 12-4 Pac-10 while Oregon drops to 27-34, 1-15.

'I thought we did a great job of battling,' Oregon head coach Rick Gamez said. 'We were focused throughout and Connie threw a great ball game.'

Oregon sophomore Andrea Vidlund continued her powerful hitting with a three run home run in the first inning to give Oregon the early lead. Vidlund's homer comes one day after she hit a grand slam against UC Riverside. McMurren (8-16) and the defense kept the Bruins at bay and Vidlund scored Oregon's fourth run in the top of the fourth inning to give the Ducks a 4-0 edge.

UCLA started its comeback in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring four runs to tie the game. The Bruins added their final two runs in the fifth inning to go ahead 6-4 and eventually win. Freshman Keira Goerl (24-1) picked up the win for UCLA.

Offensively, Oregon was led by Vidlund, who finished the day 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Sophomore Lynsey Haij was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Lisa Wangler and Kristi Hall each added a hit.

The Ducks travel back to the Northwest to take on Washington at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Seattle.

UCLA 6, Oregon 4Oregon 300 100 0 - 4 6 2UCLA 000 420 0 - 6 6 2Pitching: UO: McMurren and Coe, UCLA: Goerl and Nuveman2B: Hall (UO), Dale (UCLA)HR: Vidlund (UO)
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