No. 19 Softball Tops No. 12 Stanford In 10 Innings
April 4, 2003
STANFORD, Calif. - Oregon senior Alyssa Laux hit a two-out RBI single in the top of the 10th inning to lift the 19th-ranked University of Oregon softball team to a 3-2 victory over No. 12 Stanford in front of 186 fans at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium in Stanford, Calif., Friday evening. With the win, Oregon (18-9 overall, 2-3 Pacific-10 Conference) has matched its conference win total from a year ago and has defeated the Cardinal in two consecutive meetings. Stanford falls to 27-13, 1-3.
'This was an outstanding win for us today,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen said. 'Our defense was excellent, our pitching was tremendous and we were able to get key hits when we needed them. I'm extremely pleased with how we played today.'
It took 2 hours and 50 minutes, but freshman pitcher Amy Harris and senior pitcher Andrea Vidlund combined for eight strikeouts and after Stanford scored a run each in the first and second innings, the Duck defense held the Cardinal scoreless through eight innings. Vidlund replaced Harris in the ninth inning and picked up the win for the Ducks and improved to 3-1 on the season, while Stanford junior pitcher Dana Sorensen (12-5) took the loss.
Oregon catcher Jenn Poore, who finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, hit her first home run of the season - a two run shot over the left field fence - in the top of the second inning to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead. It was Poore's fourth career home run and first home run in a Pac-10 contest and brought her RBI total for the season to nine. Oregon had fallen behind 1-0 after Cardinal shortstop Lauren Lappin hit an RBI double to left center field in the bottom of the first inning that scored freshman Catalina Morris.
Stanford third baseman Elizabeth Bendig quickly responded in the bottom of the second inning, hitting her first career home run over the left field fence to tie the game, 2-2, but it was Stanford's last run of the game.
Oregon continues Pac-10 play tomorrow vs. No. 7 California at 2 p.m. in Berkeley, Calif.
Oregon 020 000 000 1 - 3 7 1Stanford 110 000 000 0 - 2 7 1Win: Vidlund (3-1) Loss: Sorensen2B: Lappin; BendigHR: Poore (1); Bendig (1)