No. 24 Oregon Softball Eliminated From National Invitational Tournament

March 10, 2001

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - The No. 24 University of Oregon softball team (20-15) was 1-2 on day two of the National Invitational Tournament in Sunnyvale, Calif. Oregon defeated Purdue 2-1 in Game 1, but fell to No. 4 California, 6-0 and Virginia Tech 8-7 to be eliminated from the tournament.

'Obviously we're not happy with the way things went today,' Oregon head coach Rick Gamez said. 'We did some positive things yesterday, but we weren't able to continue that today. We're disappointed to be going home.'

Oregon improved to 4-0 in the tournament with its 2-1 victory over the Boilermakers. Junior Connie McMurren picked up the win to improve her season record to 8-5.

The Ducks scored both of their runs in the bottom of the first to take an early 2-0 lead. Lynsey Haij reached on an error by Purdue shortstop Katie Crabtree and sophomore Alyssa Laux singled to advance Haij into scoring position. Senior firstbaseman Triawn Custer walked to load the bases. In Oregon's next at-bat, Haij and Laux scored on an error and Missy Coe reached on a fielders choice. The Ducks' rally ended at two runs, but proved to be enough to win. Purdue's lone run came in the top of the third inning.

In Game 2 Saturday, Oregon faced a Pac-10 team for the first time this season - No. 4 California. The Bears took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and held Oregon scoreless through seven innings. California scored two more runs in the fifth inning and added runs in the sixth and seventh to improve to 5-0 at the tournament. Oregon managed just two hits against the Bears, one each by Haij and sophomore Lisa Wangler. Wangler (3-5) tallied the loss for the Ducks.

Oregon played a marathon with Virginia Tech in Game 3, taking the Hokies to nine innings before falling 8-7. McMurren tallied her first loss of the tournament and is now 8-6 on the season. Virginia Tech scored in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead before Oregon tied the game in the top of the third inning. Virginia Tech responded with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning to take the lead again. Oregon scored two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth, but the Hokies scored two runs in each of those innings to tie the game at six. Both teams scored a run in the eighth inning, but Oregon went scoreless in the ninth and the Hokies scored in the bottom of the inning to secure the win and advance in the tournament.

Oregon 2, Purdue 1Purdue 001 000 0 - 1 4 4Oregon 200 000 x - 2 3 2Burke (5-2)  and Hall - Purdue, McMurren (8-5) and Coe - UO

California 6, Oregon 0California 200 021 1 - 6 11 0Oregon 0 2 2Forest (14-0), Davis (7th) and Scott - CAL, Wangler (3-5) and Planche - UO2B: Forest - CALHR: Nelson - CAL

Virginia Tech 8, Oregon 7Oregon 001 023 010 - 7 12 5Virginia Tech 100 122 011 - 8 11 3McMurren (8-6) and Planche - UO, Gilliam, Dobbe (5-4) and Bird - VT2B: Blair, Farmer-VT

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