No. 23 Softball Defeats No. 24 Minnesota, 3-2, In Eight Innings

March 8, 2003

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Oregon senior left fielder Amber Hutchison drove in senior Janell Bergstrom in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift No. 23 Oregon to a 3-2 victory over No. 24 Minnesota. With the win, Oregon remains perfect in the tournament and improves to 15-5 overall this season. Minnesota fell to 11-6.

The Ducks advanced to play Santa Clara Saturday at 4 p.m. The winner of that game will play either Arizona State or California for the tournament championship Sunday at Noon.

In what was a pitching dual for most of the game, both teams were scoreless through four innings. Bergstrom (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) hit her first home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth inning to finally put Oregon on the board. Minnesota quickly responded, tying the game in the top of the sixth inning when Allie Fisk scored on the Ducks' throw to second base in attempt to pick off Anne Thul.

Minnesota center fielder Veronica Roberts scored on an infield ball hit to second base in the top of the eight inning to take a 2-1 lead heading into Oregon's at bat. As per international rules, Oregon third baseman Lynsey Haij was placed on second base. Haij advanced to third on bunt by Bergstrom. Freshman Breanne Sabol drove the ball deep to left field, scoring Haij on a sacrifice. Bergstrom advanced to second on the play and scored when Hutchison singled to right field.

Freshman pitcher Amy Harris struck out 10 batters - her second consecutive double-digit strikeout performance - and allowed just one run, but it was sophomore Lindsay Kontra (5-0) who picked up the win after relieving Harris with the game tied 1-1 in the sixth inning.

The Ducks are now 4-1 in extra inning games this season and 4-0 vs. ranked opponents.

Oregon 3, Minnesota 2Minnesota 000 001 01 - 2 4 2Oregon 000 010 02 - 3 3 1Win: Kontra (5-0)   Loss: Marten (5-4)HR: Bergstrom (1)

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