No. 19 Softball Downs No. 5 Dawgs, 6-5, To Win Series

May 4, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. - The 19th-ranked University of Oregon softball team defeated No. 5 Washington, 6-5, at Husky Stadium Sunday afternoon to improve to 30-16 overall, 8-10 Pacific-10 Conference. With the loss, Washington falls to 40-12-1, 7-11. Oregon is now alone in fourth place in the conference heading into the final weekend of play.

'I am so pleased with how we played this weekend,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen said. 'We battled throughout and never gave up. We played very solid both offensively and defensively.'

Oregon junior Anissa Meashintubby (5-3) picked up her first career conference victory, striking out four in the win. Freshman Amy Harris, who started the game and was replaced by Meashintubby in the second inning, came back in the bottom of the sixth inning to pick up her sixth save of the season.

Oregon's offense stormed out early, taking a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Senior Amber Hutchison led off with a single to right field and advanced to second when senior third baseman Lynsey Haij walked. Both runners advanced on Beth Boskovich's sacrifice bunt. With one out, senior Andrea Vidlund drove in both runners with a single off the right field fence. Senior Alyssa Laux then drove in Vidlund with a double to left center field and catcher Jenn Poore drove in Laux in Oregon's next at-bat to put the Ducks up 4-0.

Washington came back in the bottom of the second inning after Dena Tyson singled to right field and advanced to third base on an Oregon error. Sarah Hyatt then walked to put runners at first and third. Designated player Megan Owen drove in Tyson and advanced Hyatt to third with an RBI double. A second Oregon error put Amanda Oleson on safely while Hyatt scored on the play for the second Husky run. Center fielder Rita Roach extended Washington's lead, driving in Owen with a hard infield single. Roach and Oleson advanced on a double steal and Washington loaded the bases when the Ducks intentionally walked All-American shortstop Jamie Clark. The Huskies tied the game when clean up hitter Kristen Rivera walked, scoring Oleson. Oregon pitcher Anissa Meashintubby, who relieved freshman Amy Harris in the inning struck out Kathy Fiske and Tyson to end the inning and prevent Washington from scoring the go-ahead run.

Oregon senior Janell Bergstrom drove in Vidlund in the top of the third inning to give the Ducks the lead again, 5-4, and Boskovich drove in freshman Breanne Sabol in the fourth to extend the lead to 6-4.

The Huskies pulled within a run on an RBI single by Kathy Fiske in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs and runners on second and third, Harris came back into the game for Meashintubby and struck out Tyson to prevent Washington from scoring the go ahead win. Harris then struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure the victory.

Vidlund finished the game 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI while Bergstrom was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Oregon 401 100 0 - 6 10 1Washington 040 001 0 - 5 10 2Win: Meashintubby (5-3); Boek (17-4); Save: Harris (6)2B: Roach (2); Owen (3); Bergstrom (5)
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