Softball Squad Earns Another Split At Second Day of Red Desert Classic

March 2, 2002

ST. GEORGE, Utah - The University of Oregon softball team dropped a heartbreaker to Brigham Young, 8-7 before rallying to put away Southern Utah 9-1 in five innings on Saturday.

The Ducks were able to put together seven runs early, before the Cougars rallied back and won in the bottom of the seventh on a home run. Ducks freshman Mari Lyn Petrick hit her first collegiate home run, a three run homer, in the effort.

'It was a slugfest,' said Oregon head coach Brent Rincon. 'Both teams came out very strong offensively.'

Oregon was able to rebound in the second game, putting away the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 9-1 in the fifth inning according to the eight-run rule. Senior Connie McMurren earned the win, pitching a complete game. McMurren gave up only three hits and one walk in the affair, with one strikeout, improving her record to 3-3. The win was McMurren's second of the tournament Junior Lindsey Haij hit a grand slam, and freshman Erin Goodell hit her first collegiate home run, a three-run shot, in the game.

'Connie pitched her best game of the year,' said Rincon. 'She had complete command of her pitches. She really dominated the hitters.'

Duck freshman Lindsey Kontra got two hits and batted in a run in her first two collegiate at-bats. Junior Rachel Tommasini had an RBI in the effort as well.

'I was very proud of the girls' effort. It showed great character for them to come back from such a tough first game, and annihilate Southern Utah in the second one.'

Oregon moves to 10-7 on the season, and will face Eastern Kentucky tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. in day three of the Red Desert Classic.

-UO-

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