Top-Ranked Wildcats Defeat Oregon Softball, 8-1
April 14, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. -- For the second straight day, a fifth-inning home run by the No.1Arizona Wildcats began a scoring rally that eventually led to an 8-1 win overthe Oregon softball team in front of 292 fans at Howe Field Sunday. Arizonaimproves to 38-5 overall, 7-1 Pacific-10 Conference and Oregon falls to 18-18, 0-9.
'I really don't think the score reflects how we played today,' Oregon head coachBrent Rincon said. 'Arizona is a phenominal ball club and they are going to gettheir hits. I thought we played well again today and just need to continue to fight.'
After being plagued by errors early in the season, Oregon committed zero errorsfor the second day in a row to keep the game close through four innings. In the fifth, Arizonapitcher Jenny Gladding homered over the right field fence to give Arizona a 1-0 lead.
Arizona added two more runs on two hits in the sixth inning to extend the leadto 3-0. In the bottom of the sixth, Oregon junior Amber Hutchison reached on an errorby Lisha Ribellia. Gladding then walked Alyssa Laux and both runnersadvanced on a sacrifice bunt by Lynsey Haij. Andrea Vidlund hit a deep fly ballto center field to score Hutchison and pull the Ducks within two runs.
But, in the seventh, Arizona's potent offense scored five runs on three hits, includinga grand slam by Jackie Coburn.
Oregon senior Connie McMurren (6-6) took the loss for Oregon. McMurren struckout seven batters and allowed seven hits in six innings pitched.
GAME RESULTSArizona 000 012 5 - 8 8 1Oregon 000 001 0 - 1 2 0Win: Gladding. Loss: McMurrenHR: Coburn, Gladding