No. 1 Arizona Holds Off Oregon Softball, Wins 2-0
April 13, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon softball team (18-17 overall, 0-8 Pacific-10 Conference) had chances against No. 1 Arizona in a rain-delayed game before 167 fansat Howe Field Saturday, but the Wildcats hung on to win 2-0. Arizona improves to 37-5, 6-1 with the win and pitcher Jennie Finch improves to 22-1 for the season.
'We are continuing to battle with the toughest teams in the country,' Oregon head coach Brent Rincon said. 'I thought we were very aggressive and played smart, wejust weren't able to get key hits with runners in position to score. But, overall, I thought we played extremely well.'
Oregon freshman Lindsey Kontra went head to head with Finch, pitching all seven innings and allowing just five hits. Kontra struck out a career-high six batters in the effortKontra had only allowed one hit through four innings before Arizona short stop Lovieanne Jung hit a home run to put the Wildcats on the board. The score came after Oregon left tworunners on base -- Alyssa Laux on third and Jenn Poore on first -- in the fourth inning.
Arizona did not score again until the seventh inning after a single by Jung scored Hagen. Oregon had opportunities again in the seventh inningwhen senior Kristi Hall walked to open the inning. Janell Bergstrom advanced Hall to second with a sacrifice bunt, but Finch retired the side for her 13th shut out of the season.
GAME RESULTSArizona 000 010 1 - 2 5 0Oregon 000 000 0 - 0 1 0Win: Finch. Loss: Kontra2B: VandergeestHR: Jung