No. 23 Softball Edges Georgia Tech, 2-1
March 7, 2003
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Oregon freshman Amy Harris pitched a one-hitter as the 23rd-ranked Ducks defeated Georgia Tech, 2-1, in Oregon's opener at the National Invitational Softball Tournament in Sunnyvale, Calif., Friday afternoon. With the win, the Ducks improve to 13-5 overall this season while Georgia Tech fell to 12-9.
'This is the best pitching performance we've had all season,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen said. 'Amy did a nice job with her change up and was really just on all day. I'm also pleased with what a team effort the win was. Once again we were able to come from behind and keep ourselves in the game.'
Harris fanned a season-high 11 batters, making her the ninth pitcher in the Pac-10 this season to record 10 or more strike outs in a game. The Eugene native now has 59 strikeouts this season as she improved to 5-3 this season. Georgia Tech pitcher Jessica Sallinger struck out seven batters and allowed two runs in six innings pitched. Sallinger is now 6-6 this season.
'These are the best conditions we've played in all season,' Harris said. 'We didn't get a chance to play last weekend so I was really just excited to be able to play and play in good weather. It felt great today.'
Despite coming up with just one hit - an RBI single by Kirin Kumar in the top of the third inning - Georgia Tech led 1-0 through four innings. Oregon tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI single by senior Andrea Vidlund that scored first baseman Alyssa Laux. Vidlund finished the game 1-for-2 with an RBI while Laux was 0-1 with three walks and a stolen base.
The Ducks took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning after senior Janell Bergstrom walked with one out. Freshman Dani Baird came in to pinch run for Bergstrom and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Erin Goodell. With two outs, sophomore Ashley Richards pinch hit for shortstop Breanne Sabol and drove in the winning run with a single to shallow right field.
Georgia Tech wasn't able to score in the top of the seventh inning as Oregon improved to 7-3 in one run games this season. The Ducks face San Jose State at 6 p.m. Friday before returning to action Saturday morning.
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