No. 23 Softball Can't Fend Off Eighth-Ranked Bears, Fall 6-0 In Championship Game At NIST

March 9, 2003

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - The defending national champion California Bears defeated the University of Oregon softball team 6-0 in the championship game at the National Invitational Tournament in Sunnyvale, Calif., Sunday afternoon. The eighth-ranked Bears improve to 19-6 overall this season while No. 23 Oregon fell to 16-6.

The Ducks finished the tournament 4-1 and in second place, just ahead of No. 10 Arizona State and sophomore pitcher Lindsey Kontra was named to the all-tournament team. Kontra was 2-0 with wins over No. 24 Minnesota and Santa Clara. Kontra allowed two runs in nine innings pitched and had nine strikeouts. Against Santa Clara, Kontra (Valencia, Calif.) had a career-best seven strikeouts.

'I'm proud of the way we played in this tournament,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen said. 'Lindsey pitched very well and I'm happy that she received the honor. Obviously we would have liked to finish undefeated, but sometimes things don't go your way.'

California pinch runner LeAnna Holgen scored on an RBI double to left center field by Kaleo Eldredge to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. The Golden Bears extended their lead in the top of the fifth inning after Kristen Morley, Lindsay James and Courtney Scott each singled to load the bases. Clean up hitter Veronica Nelson scored Morley and James on a single to left center field to give California a 3-0 lead.

In the top of the seventh inning, Cal added three more runs to take a 6-0 lead. The Bears held Oregon scoreless through seven innings and held the Ducks to three hits - a single each by freshmen Beth Boskovich and Jackie Eliades as well as a hit by senior Lynsey Haij.

California 6, Oregon 0California 010 020 3 - 6 13 0Oregon 000 000 0 - 0 3 0Win: Anderson (8-3) Loss: Harris (5-4)2B: Eldredge

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