No. 1 UCLA Tops Oregon 6-3
April 22, 2001
EUGENE - For the second straight day, the University of Oregon softball team fell behind early to the No. 1 ranked UCLA Bruins, staged a comeback and eventually lost. The Bruins improved to 44-4, 7-4 Pac-10 with a 6-3 victory over Oregon (25-29, 1-10) in front of 238 fans at Howe Field Sunday.
'We played well and competed hard, but we had too many costly errors,' Oregon head coach Rick Gamez said. 'When you play the top teams, you can't afford to commit that many errors.'
Oregon kept pace with the Bruins, scoring three runs on eight hits, but committed four errors to UCLA's one. The Bruins scored six runs on nine hits.
The brunt of UCLA's scoring came in the top of the second inning when it scored four runs on four hits. Center fielder Stephanie Ramos hit a two-RBI single to center field that scored Crissy Buck and shortstop Natasha Watley. With Ramos on second base, Tairia Mims hit a home run to give UCLA the early 4-0 lead.
The Ducks' comeback was confined to the third inning as they scored all three of their runs on five hits in the inning. Freshman Kate Peterson walked and Amber Hutchison followed with a single to left field. Both runners advanced on a passed ball and third baseman Lynsey Haij drove in Peterson with a single to left field. Sophomore Alyssa Laux continued the rally with a single to center field that scored Hutchison. Sophomore pitcher Andrea Vidlund (9-7), who picked up the loss for Oregon, loaded the bases with a single to center field and junior Missy Coe scored Haij with a hit to right field. UCLA ended the rally with a double play off senior Triawn Custer's hit back to the pitcher in Oregon's next at bat.
The Bruins extended their lead, scoring a run in the fourth and fifth innings. Freshman Keira Goerl got the win for the Bruins.
Offensively, Oregon was led by Laux, who went 2-for-4 with one RBI.
UCLA 6, Oregon 3UCLA 040 110 - 6 9 1Oregon 003 000 0 - 3 8 4Pitching: UO: Vidlund and Coe, UCLA: Goerl and NuvemanHR: Mims (UCLA)