Softball Sweeps Doubleheader With Portland State, Shuts Out Vikings In Both Games
April 16, 2003
PORTLAND - Oregon seniors Alyssa Laux and Lynsey Haij either drove in or scored all but one of Oregon's runs as the 20th-ranked Ducks defeated Portland State 5-0 in the second game of a doubleheader at Erv Lind Stadium in Portland Wednesday afternoon. In all, Oregon outscored the Vikings 9-0 in the two games en route to improving its record to 23-13 overall, 3-7 Pacific-10 Conference while the Vikings fell to 13-21, 5-3 Pacific Coast Softball Conference.
'I thought we played very well in both games today,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen said. 'Offensively we were clicking and I thought all of our pitchers did a tremendous job. These are very important wins for us as we aim to reach the postseason.'
Laux was 3-for-4 with a double and a career-best four RBI in the second game after going 1-for-1 with a run scored in the first game. Haij was also 3-for-4 and tied a career-best with three runs scored. Sophomore Erin Goodell was 2-for-2 as Oregon finished the game with 12 hits.
Oregon freshman pitcher Amy Harris (Eugene) got her second win of the day, allowing just one hit in four innings pitched to improve to 10-9 this season. Sophomore Lindsey Kontra relieved Harris in the fifth, striking out two batters and allowing just one hit in three innings pitched.
The Ducks had the early lead again in the second game after an RBI single up the middle by Laux that scored Haij. Laux and Haij did much of the same in the top of the third inning as Haij scored on a single to right field by Laux to extend Oregon's lead to 2-0.
In the fourth inning, Laux added to her RBI total, hitting her third double of the season with two outs to score Haij and pinch rinner Jackie Eliades. Senior Amber Hutchison scored earlier in the inning on a single by Haij and Oregon led 5-0. The Vikings weren't able to find their offense, tallying just two hits in the game and failing to score a run in either game.
Oregon returns to Pac-10 play this weekend, hosting Oregon State Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. at Howe Field.
Oregon 101 300 0 - 5 12 0Portland State 000 00 0 - 0 2 22B: Laux (3)Win: Harris (10-9); Loss: Hext (3-9)