No. 23 Softball Defeats Santa Clara, 3-0, To Advance To Championship Game At NIST

March 8, 2003

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - The 23rd-ranked University of Oregon softball team defeated Santa Clara, 3-0, at the National Invitational Softball Tournament in Sunnyvale, Calif., Saturday evening to advance to the championship game vs. No.8 California Sunday at Noon. With the win, Oregon is 16-5 overall this season and 4-0 in the tournament.

'I'm extremely pleased with how we've played in the tournament,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen said. 'To have a chance to face another Pac-10 team for the tournament title is very exciting and I'm pleased with our effort.'

Oregon pitcher Lindsey Kontra improved to 6-0 this season and struck out a career-best seven batters. Kontra allowed no runs in six innings pitched and senior Andrea Vidlund picked up her fourth save of the season. The Ducks now have eight saves this season, just four saves shy of the Pac-10 single season record.

Oregon rallied with two outs in the bottom of the first inning, taking a 2-0 lead. Vidlund drove in left fielder Amber Hutchison - who reached base after being hit by a pitch - for the first run and Vidlund later scored on an RBI single by third baseman Lynsey Haij.

The Ducks extended their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning after freshman Breanne Sabol bunted safely and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by senior Janell Bergstrom. Sabol advanced to third on an Oregon ground out and scored on a wild pitch by Santa Clara pitcher Jaime Forman-Lau to give the Ducks a 3-0 lead.

Oregon 3, Santa Clara 0Santa Clara 000 000 0 - 0 5 1Oregon 200 100 x - 3 8 1Win: Kontra (6-0); Loss: Forham-Lau; Save: Vidlund (4)2B: Hall

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