Softball Sends Second-Seeded Oklahoma State Packing; Advances To Final Day Of NCAA Regionals
May 17, 2003
FULLERTON, Calif. - Oregon senior Andrea Vidlund did it all for the third-seed Oregon Ducks in a 7-6, 12 inning, victory over No. 2 seed Oklahoma State at the NCAA Regionals in Fullerton, Calif., Saturday. Vidlund pitched a season-high 7 and 1/3 innings to improve to 6-1 from the circle this season and secured her win with the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the 12th inning after 4 hours and 15 minutes of play.
'We just decided to slow down and let the game come to us,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen said. 'This is a team of warriors, but the story is [Andrea] Vidlund. She is a big time player who makes big time plays. We are so excited with this win.'
The Ducks set season-highs in at bats (45) and doubles (5) en route to eliminating their second opponent of the day. Oregon knocked off No. 1 seed Fullerton in an 11 a.m. game Saturday morning. The Ducks are now the highest seed remaining in Fullerton and face No. 4 seed Louisiana Lafayette at 1 p.m. Sunday. If Oregon wins that game, the teams will play for the championship at 3:30 p.m.
Oklahoma State catcher Ryan Realmuto hit a two-run home run with two outs in the first inning to give the Cowgirls a 2-0 lead early, but the Ducks responded in the bottom of the inning. Senior Amber Hutchison reached after being hit by a Lauren Bay pitch and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Lynsey Haij. Freshman Beth Boskovich walked to put runners at first and second. Senior Alyssa Laux bunted safely to advance the runners and Hutchison scored on the play when Oklahoma State second baseman Calli Behmer dropped the throw to first. With two outs and the bases loaded, Janell Bergstrom drove in Boskovich and Laux to put the Ducks ahead 3-2 after one inning of play.
Oregon freshman shortstop Breanne Sabol hit her second career home run in the bottom of the second inning to extend Oregon's lead to 4-2.
The Cowgirls took the lead, 5-4, in the top of the fourth inning, scoring three runs on two hits. Left fielder Megan Carey led off the inning with a double to right center field and Oklahoma State loaded the bases after Realmuto and Brooke Siebel each walked. Oregon secured the first out when Crystal Lee grounded to Duck second baseman Erin Goodell, who threw to home for the force out. Realmuto scored on a wild pitch during Stephanie Hodges' at-bat and Oklahoma State took the lead when designated player Afton Burris drove in Lee and Siebel with a double to left center field.
Oregon's offense responded in the bottom of the fifth inning after Vidlund led off with a double to deep center field and scored on a double by Laux to tie the game, 5-5.
Haij hit Oregon's third double of the game in the sixth inning to drive in Hutchison and put the Ducks ahead again, 6-5. But, Oklahoma State battled back in the seventh, tying the game with two outs on a RBI single through the left side by Siebel.
Neither team scored in the next four innings and Vidlund came through with a two-out single to right field that scored Hutchison.
'I just decided to relax,' Vidlund said. 'I just wanted to get a base hit and get the win.'
The Ducks' seniors were stellar in the game as Haij finished 3-for-5 with an RBI; Vidlund was 3-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored; Hutchison was 1-for-4 with three runs scored; Laux was 2-for-6 with a run scored and an RBI and Janell Bergstrom was 1-for-5 with two RBI. In all, the group accounted for five of Oregon's six runs and five of six RBI.
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2B: Carey (11); Burris (1); Vidlund (3); Laux (6); Haij 2 (8)HR - Realmuto (7); Sabol (1)