Softball Narrowly Defeated By No. 3 Stanford

April 5, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Offensively, the Oregon softball team matched the third-ranked Stanford Cardinal on a misty Friday afternoon, but defensively, the Ducks opened the door for the Cardinal to pull away with a 4-3 victory in front of 205 fans at Howe Field. Oregon committed four devastating errors to fall to 18-13 overall, 0-4 Pacific-10 Conference while Stanford narrowly improved to 31-5, 2-2. All three of Oregon's runs were earned, while all four of Stanford's were unearned.

'I thought we did an outstanding job hitting the ball today,' Oregon head coach Brent Rincon said. 'But the Pac-10 is the toughest league in softball and unfortunately we weren't sharp enough on the defensive side today.'

Oregon had the early 1-0 lead when Andrea Vidlund drove in Lynsey Haij with a double to right center in the bottom of the first inning. Led by superb pitching by Anissa Meashintubby, the Ducks held Stanford scoreless in the first three innings. Stanford was able to tie the game in the top of the fourth inning after two Oregon errors led to a run by Jessica Mendoza.

Stanford then took the lead in the fifth inning on an Oregon throwing error, but in the sixth Oregon's offense struck again. Haij, who finished the day 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, hit a home run to tied the game. The Cardinal struck back in the top of the sixth inning, scoring two runs to take a 4-2 lead.

In the seventh inning, Oregon made another run after a double by Alyssa Laux, who finished 2-for-4, drove in Erin Goodell. A single by Haij in the next at bat wasn't quite enough as Laux was thrown out at home to end the game. Oregon finished the game with 10 hits, with seven different players tallying at least one hit.

The Ducks return to action tomorrow, hosting No. 6 California at Howe Field. Game time is 2 p.m.

GAME RESULTSStanford 000 112 0 - 4 10 0Oregon 100 010 1 - 3 10 4Win: Maureen LeCocq. Loss: Lindsey Kontra2B: Vidlund, Richards, TommasiniHR: Haij
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