No. 25 Softball Downs Houston, 6-3

Feb. 22, 2003

HOUSTON, Tex. - The No. 25 University of Oregon softball team defeated host Houston, 6-3, in its second game of the Houston Invitational Saturday in Houston, Tex. With the win, Oregon improves to 11-4 overall this season while the Cougars fall to 5-6.

'I was very pleased with our effort today,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen said. 'We played great team defense, had nice pitching performances and were able to get some timely hits with two outs.'

Houston shortstop Jackie Gonzalez led-off with a double to center field in the bottom of the first inning and later scored when Oregon threw to second base trying to pick off Houston catcher Arelis Ferreris, giving the Cougars a 1-0 lead early.

Oregon rallied with two outs in the top of third inning, scoring four runs to come from behind and take the lead, 4-1. Freshman shortstop Breanne Sabol walked to lead off the inning, forcing Houston to bring in a new pitcher, Jamie Falco. Oregon senior Amber Hutchison reached on a fielders choice in the Ducks' next at bat and Sabol was safe at second on the play. Senior Lynsey Haij singled to shallow right field, advancing Sabol to third base while Hutchison was out at second for the second out of the inning. Freshman Beth Boskovich drove in the Ducks' first run of the game with an RBI single to right center field, scoring Sabol and advancing Haij to third base. Boskovich stole second during catcher Jenn Poore's at bat. Poore reached on an error by Gonzales and Haij scored on the play. Senior Alyssa Laux singled down the right side to score Boskovich and Poore scored on a double to deep center field by Janell Bergstrom, giving Oregon its first lead of the game.

Houston responded with a run in the bottom of the third as second baseman Jeanie Davis drove in Gonzales with an RBI single to center field to pull the Cougars within two runs, 4-2, heading into the fourth inning. The Cougars then pulled within a run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Kristen Glowacz hit an RBI double to right center field that scored Ferreris. Oregon brought in freshman Amy Harris with one out in the sixth inning and Harris picked up her fourth save of the season as the Cougars failed to score again and Oregon extended its lead with two runs scored in the top of the seventh inning. Sophomore pitcher Lindsay Kontra recorded the win for the Ducks and improved to 4-0 this season.

Offensively, Oregon was led by Haij, who finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Boskovich was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Oregon continues play at the Houston Invitational tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. PST.

Oregon 6, Houston 3Oregon 004 000 2 - 6 10 0Houston 101 001 - 3 7 1Win: Kontra (4-0); Loss: Falco (2-3); Save: Harris (4)2B: Gonzales, Glowacz; Haij, Laux, Bergstrom

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