No. 20 Softball Downs No. 2 UCLA, 5-4
April 12, 2003
EUGENE - Oregon freshman pitcher Amy Harris pitched a gem and the Duck offense hit two home runs as the 20th-ranked Oregon softball team defeated No. 2 UCLA, 5-4, in front of 327 fans at Howe Field in Eugene Saturday afternoon. With the win, Oregon surpassed its Pac-10 win total from a year ago and improved to 21-12 overall, 3-6 Pac-10 while UCLA fell to 33-5, 5-3.
The win marked Oregon's first home victory over the Bruins since 1998 and improved the Ducks to 10-3 in one-run games this season.
'We showed today what we are capable of,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen said. 'I am extremely pleased with how we responded after yesterday. We were very focused and confident and I'm excited for the team.'
UCLA pitcher Keira Goerl (23-5) intentionally walked Oregon senior Andrea Vidlund to get to Duck first baseman Alyssa Laux in the bottom of the third inning. Laux made the Bruins pay, hitting her second home run of the season, scoring pinch runner Jackie Eliades and Vidlund to put Oregon ahead 3-1.
Oregon extended its lead to 5-1 in the fourth inning when Vidlund, who finished the game 1-for-2 with two runs scored, hit a two-run home run to score freshman Beth Boskovich, who had walked with two outs in the inning. It was Vidlund's fifth home run of the season and third of the week. The senior from Fair Oaks, Calif., also picked up her fifth save of the season, relieving Harris (8-9) in the sixth inning.
UCLA narrowed the gap with a solo home run by Caitlin Benyi in the top of the fifth inning. In the sixth inning things got more interesting as Alissa Eno singled to left with one out and advanced to third on a Toria Auelua double to right center. Emily Zaplatosch then walked to load the bases. Vidlund responded by striking out Michelle Turner and Andrea Duran.
But the Bruins weren't done yet. Natasha Watley singled to lead off the seventh then advanced to second on a throwing error. Watley scored when Caitlin Benyi singled to right field. Tairia Mims then singled to right to bring up clean up hitter Claire Sua. Vidlund struck Sua out in a lengthy at-bat to earn the first out of the inning. Stephanie Ramos singled to left, scoring Benyi and cutting the Ducks' lead to one, 5-4. Toria Auelua then hit into a game-ending double play, as shortstop Breanne Sabol stepped on second and rifled it to first in time for the out.
UCLA 001 010 2 - 4 10 1Oregon 003 200 x - 5 7 1Win: Harris (8-9) Loss: Goerl (23-5) Save: Vidlund (5)HR: Laux (2); Vidlund (5); Benyi (3)2B: Mims (12); Auelua