Softball Splits With Hawaii In Non-Conference Doubleheader
April 30, 2002
EUGENE -- Oregon came out of a three-run deficit in the second game of a doubleheader versus Hawaii in front of 188 fans at Howe Field to secure a split in a non-conference match up Tuesday afternoon. After falling 5-4 in the first game, the Ducks rallied to win the second game, 5-4.
It wasn't without controversy however as a two-out, bottom of the seventh inning home run by Janell Bergstrom was ruled a single after Bergstrom passed Erin Goodell, who was on first base, thus accounting for the third out because of runner interference. Junior Andrea Vidlund was on third base and it was ruled that Vidlund touched home base before the runner interference, which was the third out and could have discounted Vidlund's run if it occurred before she scored.
'I'm pleased with the big time hitting by Janell and the fact that we were able to keep battling when we were down,' Oregon head coach Brent Rincon said. 'But there's no excuse for poor base running and we've got to pay attention to every detail no matter what the situation is.'
Hawaii took the early lead again in Game 2 when Stacey Porter hit a three-run home run in the top of the first inning. Hawaii scored again in the top of the second on an RBI single by Tracie Uchima, which scored Marie Jackson.
Oregon narrowed the gap in the bottom of the second when Rachel Tommasini hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Vidlund, who reached on a double to center field. The Ducks pulled even closer in the bottom of the third when MariLyn Petrick singled to right field to score catcher Jenn Poore.
Hawaii did not score again and Oregon scored two runs in the sixth inning and again on Bergstrom's hit in the bottom of the seventh.
Hawaii led off the scoring in Game 1 when shortstop Kate Judd doubled to right center field in the top of the fourth inning. Trisha Ramos then singled to center field to score Justina Kahaku, who was pinch running for Judd. Hawaii extended its lead to 2-0 in the top of the fifth inning after Stacie Hirano led off with a double down the right field line and later scored on an RBI single by Natalie Gonzales.
Oregon threatened in the bottom of the fourth and the bottom of the sixth innings, but left two runners on base each time. In the seventh, Hawaii seemed to put the game away after back to back home runs by Sheri Oronoz and pinch-hitter Marie Jackson. Heading into the bottom of the seventh, Hawaii held a 5-0 advantage.
But Oregon wasn't out of the game and started a four-run scoring rally with a home run by Goodell. With one out, Lynsey Haij walked and advanced to second on a passed ball. Poore then singled to left field to advance Haij to third base. Hawaii then brought in Oronoz to pitch for starter Melissa Coogan, but Oronoz gave up a single to Alyssa Laux, which scored Haij and then gave up a double to Petrick, which put Oregon within a run, 5-4. Ashley Richards walked in Oregon's next at bat, forcing Hawaii to bring in a third pitcher, Shannon Tabion. With the winning run on second base, Bergstrom hit a two-out shot to center field, that just missed going over the fence. Hawaii held on to win 5-4 despite a huge seventh inning effort by Oregon.
Game 1 ResultsHawaii 000 110 3 - 5 8 1Oregon 000 000 4 - 4 9 2Win: Coogan. Loss: Kontra. Save: Tabion2B: Judd; Hirano; Petrick; RichardsHR: Oronoz; Jackson, Goodell
Game 2 ResultsHawaii 310 000 0 - 4 8 5Oregon 011 001 1 - 5 11 1Win: McMurren. Loss: Tabion2B: Gonzales; VidlundHR: Porter