Softball Advances To NCAA Regional Championship Game With 9-2 Win Over Louisiana Lafayette
May 18, 2003
FULLERTON, Calif. - It's been a long, difficult road, but the No. 17 University of Oregon softball team won four consecutive games, including a 9-2 win over Louisiana Lafayette Sunday afternoon to advance to the championship game of the NCAA Regionals in Fullerton, Calif. The winner of the game will advance to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City next week.
The Ducks defeated No. 1 seed Fullerton and No. 2 seed Oklahoma State on Saturday to advance to Sunday's games versus Louisiana Lafayette, which had not lost in the tournament. Oregon scored runs in every inning except the sixth and seventh to hand the Ragin' Cajuns their first loss of the tournament. The Ducks will face Louisiana Lafayette again in the championship game beginning at 4:05 p.m. Sunday.
Oregon senior Andrea Vidlund was stellar once again, going 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double, a career-high five RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore Erin Goodell was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored while Oregon freshman Amy Harris (17-13) had a career-high nine strikeouts in the win.
After Louisiana Lafayette ace Brooke Mitchell - who had not given up a single run or walked a batter in the first three games of the tournament - left the game in the first inning with what appeared to be a shoulder injury, the Ragin Cajuns brought in redshirt freshman Afton Thoms. Andrea Vidlund hit her 15th home run of the season - a three run shot over the left center field fence - on the very first pitch from Thoms to put Oregon ahead 3-0.
Senior Lynsey Haij drove in Amber Hutchison with a two-out single to right field to extend Oregon's lead to 4-0 in the second inning.
Louisiana Lafayette designated player Lauren Castle singled to center field and scored on an RBI single by left fielder Crystal George to put the Ragin Cajun's on the board in the second inning.
Oregon's offense added another run in the third inning after Vidlund led off with a double and Alyssa Laux reached on an error by Louisiana Lafayette second baseman Brittany Bryant. With two outs, Goodell singled to load the bases and Vidlund scored on catcher Joy Webre's errant throw down to third.
With two outs in the fourth inning, freshman Beth Boskovich singled up the middle and Vidlund hit her second home run of the game - her 16th of the year - to put Oregon ahead 7-1. Vidlund is now the all-time leader at Oregon with 37 home runs, surpassing Triawn Custer's record of 35.
George had her second hit of the game - a double to right center - to drive in Tiffany Grayson in the fourth inning, but Oregon got two runs back in the fifth inning, capitalizing on three Louisiana Lafayette errors to take the lead, 9-2. The Ducks tied a season-high with 13 hits.
Oregon 311 220 0 - 9 13 2Louisiana Lafayette 010 100 0 - 2 6 5Win: Harris (17-13); Loss: Mitchell (25-7)2B: Vidlund (4); Grayson (10); Bryant (4)HR: Vidlund 2 (16)