Softball Drops 8-5 Decision To Arkansas

Feb. 24, 2002

FAYETTEVILLE -- For the second game in a row, the Oregon softball team held an early advantage over the Arkansas Razorbacks. On Sunday, though, Arkansas answered each Oregon rally to defeat the Ducks, 8-5, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Oregon is now 8-5 overall.

'I felt like the effort was there today,' Oregon head coach Brent Rincon said. 'We played seven strong innings and that's a positive thing heading into next weekend. But, defensively we struggled a little and that's something we have to get better at.'

Offensively, Oregon came out strong, scoring two runs in the first inning and defensively the Ducks held Arkansas scoreless in its first at bat. But, in the bottom of the second inning, Arkansas scored five runs to take the lead and establish its own offensive rhythm.

The Ducks tied the game in the third inning, scoring three runs, but the Razorbacks responed with three runs in the bottom of the third inning to take the lead. Neither team scored in the remaining innings.

Oregon senior Connie McMurren (1-3) took the loss for the Ducks after picking up her second save of the season in the Ducks win over Arkansas Saturday.

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