Softball Upsets No. 13 Alabama

Feb. 16, 2002

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Timely hitting, precise pitching and a solid defensive effort led to an 8-3 upset over No. 13 Alabama for the Oregon softball team in its opening game at the UNLV Classic Saturday morning. Oregon improves to 5-3 on the season and is 2-1 at the tournament.

Freshman Lindsay Kontra (3-1) pitched the whole way for the game and gave up just one earned run to pick up her second upset of the season.

Offensively, Oregon's bats were on fire for the second consecutive game. The Ducks had 11 hits after putting up a 13 hit performance in their win over Central Michigan last night. Junior transfer Lakeesha Eversley broke the game open in the fourth inning with a three run home run. Eversley finished the game 1-for-3 with three RBI.

Senior Kristi Hall hit her first home run of the season - also in the fourth inning - and was 3-for-3 with two RBI. Amber Hutchison and Alyssa Laux also sparked the Ducks offense, each finishing the game 2-for-3.

'We are hitting the ball extremely well right now and the hits are coming at the right time,' Oregon head coach Brent Rincon said. 'And Lindsay Kontra continued to put pressure on a very good Alabama team and really took them out of their game.'

Oregon will face Kansas at 3:00 p.m.

Oregon 200 420 0 - 8 11 2Alabama 000 100 2 - 3 10 3Win: Kontra (3-1) Loss: CurrieHR: Eversley, Hall (UO)
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