Softball Tops No. 4 Michigan

Feb. 16, 2003

POWAY, Calif. - Oregon freshman Breanne Sabol knocked over Michigan catcher Monica Schock to score the winning run in an 8-7 eight inning victory over No. 4 Michigan at the Campbell/Cartier Classic in Poway, Calif. With the win, Oregon improves to 9-3 overall this season and 3-0 vs. ranked opponents. Michigan falls to 1-3.

'This was a great win,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen said. 'We ended the game with a great defensive play by Erin Goodell and beat an outstanding Michigan team. Our team percerviered today and this was a team win.'

The Ducks led 7-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Michigan rallied to tie the game and force extra innings. The Wolverines quickly loaded the bases after a base hit each by Courtney Betley and Meghan Doe as well as a walk by Tiffany Haas. Schock hit a two-RBI single to left field to score Betley and Haas and Melinda Moulder's single to left field in Michigan's next at bat scored Doe and tied the game.

Sabol was placed on second base per the international tie breaker rule and advanced home on a throwing error by Michigan third baseman Angie Churchill. Michigan threatened in the bottom of the eighth inning, loading the bases again, but the Ducks' defense used a double play to end the game and improve to 1-2 at the tournament.

Michigan pitcher Nicole Motycka helped her cause in the bottom of the second inning with a two-run home run that gave the Wolverines the early 2-0 lead.

Oregon quickly responded in the top of the third inning after Amber Hutchison led off with a single. Senior Alyssa Laux reached on a throwing error by Haas and Hutchison scored on the play.

Oregon used a two-run fourth inning to go ahead, 3-2. Senior Lynsey Haij led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by center fielder Janell Bergstrom. Sophomore Erin Goodell drove in Haij with a single and later scored on a triple down the right side by freshman Breanne Sabol.

The Ducks extended their lead in the fifth inning after Haij walked and catcher Jenn Poore singled with two outs in the inning. Bergstrom drove both runners in with a double to right center and Oregon led 5-2 heading into the sixth inning. Haas hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to pull Michigan within a run, 5-4, but the Ducks' offense continued to roll in the sixth inning.

Senior Andrea Vidlund (2-1) relieved freshman Amy Harris in the sixth inning and picked up the win. Harris returned to close the game in the eighth inning and picked up her second save of the season.

Amber Hutchison led Oregon offensively, finishing the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Janell Bergstrom was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Sabol was 1-for-4 with and RBI and one run scored.

Oregon 8, Michigan 7Oregon 001 222 01 - 8 10 2Michigan 020 020 30 - 7 10 4Win: Vidlund (2-1); Loss: Moytycka2B: Boskovich; Bergstrom3B: Sabol; HaasHR: Haas, Motycka
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