No. 19 Softball Takes Down No. 5 Washington

May 3, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. - Oregon catcher Jenn Poore hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to lift the Ducks to a 6-5 victory over No. 5 Washington in front of 760 fans at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash., Saturday. With the win, the No. 19 Ducks improved to 29-16 overall, 7-10 Pacific-10 Conference while Washington fell to 40-12-1, 7-10. It is Oregon's first win over Washington since 1999.

'This was an outstanding win for our program today,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen. 'I am extremely pleased that we continued to fight throughout. This is just a great victory.'

Oregon senior Andrea Vidlund (5-1) picked up the win while freshman Amy Harris, who was relieved by Vidlund in the sixth inning, came back in the eighth to get her fifth save of the season.

Oregon senior Amber Hutchison put the Ducks on the board first, hitting her third home run of the season - a deep shot over the left field fence at Husky Stadium.

Washington evened the score in the bottom of the fourth inning when designated player Kristen Rivera scored an unearned run with two outs in the inning. Harris then walked Amy Hanson to load the bases, but struck out pinch hitter Megan Owen to prevent the Huskies from scoring the go ahead run.

Oregon's offense came right back in the top of the fifth inning, capitalizing on Husky mistakes to take the lead. Freshman Breanne Sabol led off the inning reaching on an error by Clark and Hutchison reached after being hit by an Ashley Boek (17-4) pitch. Oregon right fielder Beth Boskovich then drove in Sabol with an RBI single down the left side and senior Andrea Vidlund added to the lead, driving Hutchison in with a hit to left field. The Huskies then brought in All-American pitcher Tia Bollinger to replace Boek, but Oregon added to its lead on an RBI by Laux that scored Boskovich and an RBI single by catcher Jenn Poore that scored pinch runner Jackie Eliades to put Oregon ahead 5-1.

Washington rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring three runs with two outs to pull within a run, 5-4 and tied the game in the seventh with Clark's 12th home run of the season.

The Ducks have not won seven conference wins since notching 10 victories in 1999 and are now tied for fourth in the conference.

Oregon and Washington face off again tomorrow at Husky Stadium at 1 p.m.

Oregon 001 040 01 - 6 7 1Washington 000 103 10 - 5 11 3Win: Vidlund (5-1); Loss: Bollinger (22-9); Save: Harris (5)2B: Minor (9); Clark (7)3B: Oleson (1)HR: Hutchison (3); Clark (12); Poore (4)
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