No. 20 Softball Defeats Wisconsin, Falls To No. 12 Nebraska At UNLV Softball Classic

Feb. 16, 2001

Las Vegas, Nevada -- The No. 20 University of Oregon softball team (8-6) split a pair of games on the first day of the UNLV Softball Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Ducks defeated Wisconsin in an afternoon game and fell to Nebraska in the nightcap at the Desert Breeze softball complex. The Ducks had similar results last weekend against these teams, defeating Wisconsin 2-0, but falling 2-1 to Nebraska.

'We just can't seem to get the timely hits,' Oregon head coach Rick Gamez said. 'We just need that one spark to get us going and so far things just haven't gone our way.

Oregon faced Wisconsin for the second time this season in their first game of the tournament and picked up a 3-2 win to improve to 2-0 against the Badgers. Sophomore pitcher Andrea Vidlund gave up just three hits in seven innings piched to improve her season record to 3-2. Vidlund was also the winning pitcher in Oregon's win over the Baders last week.

It was Vidlund's offense, however, that proved to be the difference in the game. Wisconsin took an early 2-0 lead when Nicki Starry hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. The Ducks went scoreless for the first three innings, but in the top of the fourth, Vidlund hit her second homer of the season, a two-run blast that tied the game at two. Vidlund finished the game 2-for-4 with one run scored and two runs batted in.

The Ducks took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth after Alyssa Laux scored on a throwing error. Oregon held the Badgers scoreless for the final two innings to secure the win. Sophomore transfer Lisa Wangler, who was hitting a team-leading .488 heading into the tournament was 2-for-4 while junior catcher Missy Coe and senior first baseman Triawn Custer each finished 1-for-3.

In Oregon's second game, the Ducks faced another familiar opponent -- No. 12 Nebraska. The Ducks were unable to get a sweep on the day, falling 7-0. Oregon pitcher Connie McMurren (3-2) kept Oregon in it until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Nebraska scored six runs on seven hits. Heading into the inning, Nebraska was leading only 1-0 and Oregon had the advantage in hits, 4-3.

In the top of the seventh inning, Lynsey Haij walked and Wangler got on base with a bunt, but the Ducks were unable to establish a rally and fell to the Cornhuskers for the second time this season.

Oregon faces Loyola Marymount at 10 a.m. tomorrow and Kansas at 12:30 p.m.

Oregon 3, Wisonsin 2

Oregon 000 210 0 - 3 7 1

Wisconsin 200 000 0 - 2 3 2

UO- Vidlund/Coe, Wisconsin- Reiss/Kirchberg

LOB- Ducks 10, Badgers 3

HR - Vidlund (2), Starry (1)

SB - Hagen. CS - Mendez

SH - Starry

Nebraska 7, Oregon 0

Oregon 000 000 0 - 0 4 1

Nebraska 010 006 - 7 11 0

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