No. 22 Softball Knocks Off No. 17 Oregon State, 10-2, In Corvallis
March 15, 2003
CORVALLIS - The 22nd-ranked University of Oregon softball team used a heavy dose of offense and another strong pitching performance by freshman Amy Harris to knock off No. 17 Oregon State at the OSU Softball Complex in Corvallis Saturday afternoon in the conference opener for both teams. With the win, Oregon improves to 17-6 overall, 1-0 Pac-10 while the Beavers fall to19-10, 0-1.
'This was a phenomenal team effort,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen said. 'We had some very clutch hitting - especially from Erin Goodell - and our defense carried us the rest of the way. I am extremely pleased with our effort and to be 1-0 in the Pac-10.'
The Ducks, who finished last season with just two conference wins, haven't won a conference opener since defeating Oregon State 2-0 in 1998. It also marks Oregon's first win over Oregon State since sweeping the Beavers in a doubleheader in 1999.
Oregon finished the game tying a season-high with 13 hits led by Goodell (Roseburg), who was 2-for-3 with two home runs, three runs scored and three RBI. Senior Amber Hutchison (Lake Oswego) was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI while Janell Bergstrom finished 2-for-2 with a double, two RBI and a run scored.
'We just came out very confident today,' Goodell said. 'We knew we could win and we wanted to start off the Pac-10 with a win. Everything just felt right and we were clicking on both offense and defense. It feels awesome.'
Harris improved to 6-4 this season and is now 3-1 versus ranked opponents while the Ducks improve to 5-1 against teams in the top-25. Harris had five strikeouts in the game and gave up zero earned runs. The Eugene native now has a team-high 75 strikeouts on the season and improved her ERA to 0.93.
Through three innings it looked as though pitching would be the story as neither team scored a run. But in the top of the fourth inning, Oregon's offense came alive after Bergstrom doubled to center field, scoring catcher Jenn Poore to put the Ducks ahead, 1-0. Goodell extended the lead to 3-0 with her first home run of the game, a two-run shot over the left field fence.
Oregon loaded the bases in the top of the fifth inning and later added three runs on three hits and two Beaver errors to take a 6-0 lead. Oregon State finally scored in the bottom of the fifth inning after Lisa Allen scored on an infield groundout by Cara Maxey.
In the sixth, Goodell led of the inning with her second home run of the game and the Ducks later rallied with two outs to take a 9-1 lead. Hutchison singled through the right side and stole second during freshman Beth Boskovich's at-bat. Boskovich, who finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, scored Hutchison with a double to shallow right field. Boskovich later scored on an RBI single by senior Andrea Vidlund, who then scored on an RBI single by Bergstrom.
Both teams added a run in the seventh inning to combine for 12 runs and 19 hits in the game.
The Ducks head to Fort Collins, Colo., next week to face Colorado State in a doubleheader Sunday before a single game vs. the Rams Monday.
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