Softball Edged By No. 13 Oregon, 1-0

April 23, 2004

EUGENE, Ore. - A costly error in the second inning, that would have ended the inning, led to the only run of the game as the Arizona State softball team (30-22; 0-8 Pac-10) fell to No. 13 Oregon (33-11; 7-3 Pac-10), 1-0. ASU's Ashley Werschky (6-6) struck out just one batter, but walked none and allowed Oregon just three scattered hits as took the tough loss. Oregon pitcher Ani Nyhus (18-7) struck out 11 batters to come out on top of what was a pitcher's dual at Howe Field Friday afternoon.

Defense proved to be the key as Oregon scored its lone run on an Arizona State error. Kayleen Hudson doubled off the right field wall and scored when Arizona State first baseman Kari Reidhead committed an error that would have ended the inning. The error allowed freshman Kristi Leiter to reach base and scored Hudson to give the Ducks the early lead.

Hudson's hit was Oregon's only until the sixth inning when Ashley Richards and Erin Goodell each singled. Nyhus allowed just two hits and walked one in winning her seventh conference game. Keri Pulcifer and Kristin Crenshaw tallied the two hits for the Devils.

Up next, the Devils will now travel over to Corvallis to face Oregon State on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

ASU 000 000 0 - 0 2 2

Oregon 010 000 x - 1 3 0

Win: Nyhus (18-7); Loss: Werschky (6-6)

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