No. 6 California Defeats Softball 3-2
April 6, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. - Junior infielder Alyssa Laux hit her first home run of the season to give the Ducks a chance for an upset for the second straight game. Laux's effort came up just short as the Ducks fell, 3-2, to No. 6 California in front of 286 fans at Howe Field. It is the second game in as many days that Oregon has lost by one run to a Top 10 program.
'I really feel like we can play with anybody, we just need to make the most of some opportunities,' Oregon head coach Brent Rincon said. 'Our offense is really giving us a chance to win ball games.'
California seemed to have a lock on the game, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning and holding Oregon scoreless through five innings. In the top of the sixth inning, the Bears scored again to extend the lead to 3-0. In the bottom of the inning, Amber Hutchison, who finished the game 1-for-2 with a run scored, singled to left field. Laux followed with a deep shot off the Oregon scoreboard in right field to bring the game within a run.
Although Andrea Vidlund showed her offensive prowess in the bottom of the seventh inning, hitting a deep ball that went just foul in left field, the Ducks were unable to score in the final inning. Oregon is 18-13 overall, 0-5 Pacific-10 Conference, while Cal improves to 36-12, 3-2.
GAME RESULTSCalifornia 200 001 0 - 3 7 0Oregon 000 002 0 - 2 4 0Win: Deering. Loss: McMurren Save: Forest2B: ScottHR: Laux