No. 18 Oregon Outlasts No. 9 Cal
May 9, 2003
EUGENE, Ore. - Ninth-ranked California couldn't match the offensive production put forth by No. 18 Oregon as the Ducks pounded out nine runs on 11 hits for a 9-1 victory Friday at Howe Field. This was the Golden Bears' first loss to Oregon this season as compared to three victories.
With the win, Oregon improves to 31-16 overall and 9-10 in the Pac-10. Cal falls to 40-17, 9-10.
Cal struck first in the top of the third inning. With two outs, Lindsay James and Kaleo Eldredge took back-to-back walks and Haley Woods knocked Oregon starter Amy Harris off the hill with a bloop single to shallow right field that brought James in from second. New pitcher Anissa Meashintubby walked the first batter she faced to load the bases, but was able to get out of the inning with no further damage. Meashintubby threw 3.1 innings of strong relief, allowing no hits while striking out five.
Cal would not put another runner on base, while Oregon continued to pound away. Lynsey Haij sent a bomb over the right field fence for her third home run of the season tying the contest at one apiece in the bottom of the third.
The Ducks loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, but relief pitcher Kristina Thorson tossed a pair of strikeouts to end the threat. But Oregon put the pressure right back on in the next inning.
Three straight singles to open the home half of the fifth led to five Oregon runs on four hits in the inning. But Thorson walked Jenn Poore to knock in a run that would prove to be the gamewinner. The big hit of the inning was a two-run single to center from Janell Bergstrom.
Oregon struck again in the sixth scoring three runs on five hits before sending the game to an early finish due to the eight-run rule.
Today's game served as the first of a two-game suspension for five Cal seniors disciplined for their actions last Monday.
The Bears close out the regular season tomorrow, May 10, when they play a doubleheader at Oregon State beginning at 1 p.m. The team will then await word of where it is headed for regional play when the NCAA Tournament selections are announced Sunday, May 11 at 7 p.m. on ESPN News.
*** Pitcher Kelly Anderson was named to the Verizon Academic All-District VIII Team. The sophomore from Woodland, Calif., has a 3.26 grade-point average in Legal Studies. With this selection, Anderson is eligible for national Academic All-American consideration.
Softball Results at Howe FieldEugene, Ore.
California 001 000 - 1 3 1Oregon 001 053 - 9 11 0Anderson, Thorson (4), Bobrow (5), Anderson (6) and Woods. Harris, Meashintubby (3) and Poore.W - Meashintuby (6-3). L - Thorson (13-7).HR - ORE - Haij (3), Vidlund (11). 2b - ORE: Poore, Bergstrom.
Records:California: 40-17, 9-10Oregon 31-16, 9-10