Softball Can't Fend Off Bears, Fall 3-2

May 10, 2002

BERKELEY, Calif. - Oregon came out as the aggressor, scoring two runs - one on a suicide squeeze - in the first inning, but it was two home runs by the fifth-ranked Bears in the fourth inning that propelled California to a 3-2 win before 144 fans at Levine-Fricke Field in Berkeley, Calif.

'This is a game that we should have won,' Oregon head coach Brent Rincon said. 'It wasn't a matter of them taking it away from us, it was a matter of us getting a little flat after we had the lead.'

In the top of the first inning, junior Alyssa Laux led the Ducks off with a double to left center field. Laux advanced to third on a wild pitch and Andrea Vidlund bunted to score Laux on the suicide squeeze. Ashley Richards later scored Vidlund with an RBI single to left field.

Oregon's 2-0 lead lasted through three and a half innings, but in the bottom of the fourth inning, Candace Harper put the Bears on the board with a solo home run and Jessica Pamanian gave California the lead for good with a two-run home run.

The Ducks conclude Pac-10 play in a doubleheader versus Stanford tomorrow.

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