No. 22 Oregon Softball Splits On Day One Of Worth Invitational

March 2, 2001

Fullerton, Calif. - The No. 22 University of Oregon softball team (16-9) split a pair of games Friday on the first day of the Worth Invitational in Fullerton, Calif. The Ducks hammered 16 hits against Long Beach State and went on to beat the 49ers 11-7 in eight innings before falling 6-0 to No. 11 Cal State Fullerton.

'We did a good job of getting timely hits in the first game, but we need to be able to do the same against the top teams,' Oregon head coach Rick Gamez said. 'We had our chances to score against Fullerton, but we're still being haunted by the fact that we can't get hits with runners in scoring position.'

In Game 1, Oregon played an eight-inning battle with Long Beach State. After falling behind 4-0 after four innings, the Ducks came alive in seventh and eighth innings to pull off the win. Oregon scored a run in the top of the fifth, followed by three runs in the top of the seventh to push the game into extra innings.

The Ducks immediately put themselves in a favorable situation, scoring seven runs in the top of the eighth inning to take an 11-4 lead. As per Division I rules, the last batter out in the seventh inning (Vidlund) was placed on second base at the beginning of the eighth inning. Singles by Kelly Planche and Kate Peterson loaded the bases for Oregon. Long Beach pitcher Traci Hensel then walked Lisa Wangler to begin Oregon's scoring rally.

Hensel's struggles continued and she walked Oregon third baseman Lynsey Haij, which brought in Planche. Sophomore Alyssa Laux reached on an error by shortstop Jamie Farnworth to score Wangler and Peterson. The Ducks continued to capitalize on 49er mistakes as junior Missy Coe reached first base on an error that scored both Laux and Haij. A single by Holly Ray scored Oregon's final run of the inning and gave the Ducks a seven run advantage.

But Long Beach State staged a rally of its own in the bottom of the eighth when Jessica Smith led off with a home run that scored Farnworth, who had been placed on second base. Jaclyn Fredrickson singled to center field and sophomore Patricia Espinosa brought her in with a double to center field. That was as close as the 49ers got as Oregon didn't allow another hit.

Against No. 11 Fullerton, Wangler (2-4) picked up the loss. The game was deadlocked at zero for three innings before Fullerton finally got on the board in the top of the fourth inning. The Titans loaded the bases with two outs and scored on a wild pitch to go ahead 1-0. They went on to score in the next three innings and shut Oregon down offensively to maintain a steady lead.

After tallying 16 hits against the 49ers, led by Wangler and Peterson, who went 3-for-4, Oregon managed just two hits against the Titans - singles by Coe and Triawn Custer in the bottom of the fourth.

Oregon continues tournament play tomorrow against Pacific at 2 p.m. and San Jose State at 6 p.m.

Oregon 11, Long Beach State 7Oregon 000 010 37 - 11 16 4Long Beach State 030 100 03 - 7 6 2McMurren (6-3) (Vidlund 8th)/Planche - UO, Nasrawi (Hensel 8th, 0-5)/Tucker - LBS2B: Espinosa-LBSHR: Smith - LBS

Cal State Fullerton 6, Oregon 0Cal State Fullerton 000 121 2 - 6 8 2Oregon 000 000 0 - 0 2 1Wangler (2-4) (Vidlund 6th)/Coe - UO, Robitaille (Oaks 4th, 8-3)/Topping - CSF2B: Topping - CSF

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