No. 18 Softball Wins Third Consecutive Pac-10 Contest; Defeats No. 5 California, 9-1, In Six Innings

May 9, 2003

EUGENE - The 18th-ranked University of Oregon softball team won its third consecutive Pacific-10 Conference game Friday afternoon, defeating the defending national champion California Bears 9-1 in six innings at Howe Field. With the win, Oregon improves to 31-16 overall, 9-10 Pac-10 while the fifth-ranked Bears fall to 40-17, 9-10. The two teams are now tied for third in the conference heading into the final two games of the regular season.

'I told the players that we control our own destiny this weekend,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen said. 'We need to just focus on our own game and winning and that's what we did today. I am extremely pleased with how we played on both sides of the ball. This was a tremendous win for our team.'

Oregon had its second-highest hit total in conference play, finishing the game with 11 hits. Defensively, the Ducks were perfect, committing zero errors and allowing just one earned run. Junior pitcher Anissa Meashintubby (6-3) picked up her second career conference victory in as many games, facing 11 batters, allowing zero hits and striking out five batters in 3.1 innings pitched.

The Bears went ahead 1-0 in the third inning on an RBI single to shallow right field by Haley Woods that scored Lindsay James. Oregon senior third baseman Lynsey Haij quickly evened the score 1-1 in the bottom of the inning with her third home run of the season - a high deep shot over the scoreboard in right field.

Oregon finally took the lead after a single each by Beth Boskovich, Andrea Vidlund and Alyssa Laux loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth inning. California pitcher Kristina Thorson then walked catcher Jenn Poore, scoring Boskovich to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead. Senior Janell Bergstrom, who finished the game 2-for-3, then extended Oregon's lead, driving in Vidlund and Laux with a hit to shallow center field. With Oregon leading 4-1 and no outs in the fifth, California brought in its third pitcher of the game, Cassie Bobrow. The Ducks continued to rally as sophomore Erin Goodell reached on a fielders choice with Poore scoring on the play to put the Ducks ahead 5-1. Senior Amber Hutchison's sacrifice bunt in the Ducks' next at-bat scored Bergstrom as Oregon finished the inning with five runs scored.

In the sixth inning, Vidlund, who was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, hit her 11th home run of the season and Poore drove in Laux with a double to right center field to give Oregon a secure 8-1 lead. Pinch hitter Julie Jaime drove in Poore in the Ducks' next at-bat and the game ended as Oregon was up by more than eight runs after five complete innings.

Boskovich finished the game 2-for-3 with a run scored and Laux was 2-for-4 with two runs scored as four of Oregon's starters finished with two hits.

The Ducks face No. 12 Stanford in a doubleheader Saturday in their final home games of the season.

California 001 000 x - 1 3 1Oregon 001 053 x - 9 11 0Win: Meashintubby (6-3); Loss: Thorson (13-7)2B: Bergstrom (6); PooreHR: Haij (3); Vidlund (11)
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