Ducks Blank Huskies, 3-0, In Final Regular Season Game
May 10, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. - Alicia Cook pitched a complete-game four-hitter on senior day at Howe Field to lead Oregon past No. 24 Washington, 3-0, on Saturday in Pac-10 softball action.
Three of the Huskies hits came in the first three innings and twice they had opportunities to score, but left runners stranded at third base both times.
Bailey Stenson led the game off with a double to left center and moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt by Marnie Koziol, but was left stranded there as Cook induced a groundout and a lineout to end the inning.
Washington threatened again in the third as Koziol reached on an infield single with one out. She proceeded to steal second base and went to third as Ducks shortstop Lovena Chaput couldn't handle the throw and the ball rolled into right field. Once again Cook escaped the jam, getting Alicia Blake to lineout to short.
Oregon scored in the first inning for a 1-0 lead, and then added single runs in the third and fourth innings for the final margin.
Koziol went 2-for-2 and stole her 23rd base of the season, which leads the team. Stenson and Jace Williams had the Huskies other two hits.
Aleah Macon took the loss for the UW, falling to 16-15 after giving up five hits and three earned runs in four innings. She struck out six and walked three.
Caitlin Noble worked the final two innings for the Huskies, giving up one hit, one walk and striking out two.
For Oregon, Joanna Gail was 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and an RBI, and Neena Bryant hit 2-for-3 and drove in a run. Cook, one of five Oregon seniors, struck out four and didn't walk a batter to improve to 16-12.
Washington finishes the regular season at 28-23-1 and 7-14 in the Pac-10, which ties them with California for fifth place. Oregon upped its record to 33-27, but finished in last place in the conference with a 5-16 record.
The Huskies will now wait to see if they will be invited to the NCAA tournament for the 15th-straight season. The selection show airs at approximately 7:00 p.m. tomorrow on ESPNU.
Notes: The Ducks win snapped a five-game losing streak to Washington, but the Huskies still have a 41-14 lead all-time in the series.