Oregon Softball Upsets No. 9 Arizona State Then Falls In Game 2 Of Doubleheader
April 1, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon softball team split a doubleheader with No. 9 Arizona State Sunday, picking up the upset in Game 1, before falling in the second game. The Ducks improve to 23-19, 1-2 Pac-10 and the Sun Devils are 27-9, 2-1.
'We have to be pretty pleased to come out with a win this weekend after splitting earlier this week with Santa Clara,' Oregon head coach Rick Gamez said. 'We did a great job of battling in the first game. Lisa Wangler threw a great ball game. She did what she needed to do.'
Wangler (4-5) threw her third shutout of the season and improved her ERA to 2.86. Arizona State All-American Erica Beach (13-5) tallied the loss, giving up three runs on five hits in 2.2 innings pitched.
Oregon sophomore Janell Bergstrom started a two run rally in the second inning with her first career home run over the right field fence. Amber Hutchison followed with single to center field and Wangler advanced Hutchison with a sacrifice bunt. Third baseman Lynsey Haij scored Hutchison with a double to left center that prompted a pitching change by Arizona State. The Sun Devils brought in freshman Kristen Swetel, who gave up one run on three hits in 3.1 innings pitched. Beach returned in the sixth inning.
Sun Devil juniors Missy Hixon and Nicole Thompson hit a double in the second and third inning, respectively, but Arizona State wasn't able to capitalize. Oregon scored a run in the fourth and six innings to improve to 1-1 in the Pac-10.
'It all came together for us in the first game, Wangler said. 'Our team is coming together and that's helping more than anything,' Wangler said.
Arizona State immediately responded to the loss in Game 2, scoring three runs in the first inning. After two quick outs, shortstop Kara Brun singled up the middle and third baseman Phelan Wright walked. Swetel cleaned up with her second home run of the season to end the Sun Devils' scoring drought.
All-American pitcher Kirsten Voak held Oregon scoreless in the first three innings en route to her 10th win of the season. Voak allowed three hits and one run in six innings pitched. Oregon junior Connie McMurren (8-10) tallied the loss for the Ducks.
Voak keet Oregon's offense in check and propelled Arizona State's offense with a home run in the second inning. The Sun Devils scored two runs in the second inning to extend the lead to 5-0. The Ducks avoided the shutout in the fourth inning on a single by senior Missy Coe that scored Haij.
After a 20 minute rain delay, Arizona State came back to score three runs on a home run by Beach. Oregon was unable to score in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend the game to the seventh inning.
Oregon travels to Portland State for a doulbeheader April 3. Game 1 begins at 3 p.m.
Game 1Oregon 4, Arizona State 0Arizona State 000 000 0 - 0 4 1Oregon 020 101 - 4 8 0Wangler (4-5) and Planche (UO), Beach (13-5), Swetel 3 and Farnworth (ASU)2B: Thompson, Hixon (ASU), Hutchison (UO)HR: Bergstrom (UO)
Game 2Arizona State 10, Oregon 1Arizona State 320 005 - 10 9 1Oregon 000 100 - 1 3 3McMurrne (8-10), Meashintubby 2 and Coe (UO), Voak (10-3) and Farnworth (ASU)HR: Swetel, Voak, Beach (ASU)