Ducks Beat Huskies in 11

EUGENE, Ore. – Beth Boskovich scored the winning run on a bases loaded error in the bottom of the 11th by Washington third baseman Brooke Woodward to give Oregon a 2-1 victory against the 16th-ranked Huskies Sunday at rainy Howe Field.

Boskovich, a senior from Camarillo, Calif., hit a single through the middle with one out in the 11th. Lovena Chaput then drew a walk to force Boskovich to second. Dani Baird popped out, but Kayleen Hudson followed with a sharp single through the left side to load the bases with two outs. Joanna Gail then cued a soft grounder toward third that Woodward made a difficult play on, but her throw to get Gail was low and first baseman Sarah Hyatt couldn't quite dig it out.

Boskovich's winning run capped her final game at Howe Field that saw her go 2-for-2 with an RBI and a walk to help the Ducks get back to .500 at 24-24 overall, and 4-12 in Pac-10 play.

Caitlin Noble (12-8) was the tough luck loser for the Huskies, going the distance and striking out 14. She allowed no Oregon hits after Sari-Jane Jenkins' fifth inning single until getting in to trouble in the 11th.

Freshman Melissa Rice, Oregon's third pitcher of the day, pitched a pair of perfect innings to improve to 8-5 on the season.

Oregon took a 1-0 lead in the third when Suzie Barnes and Jenkins hit back-to-back one-out singles. A wild pitch then sent the runners to second and third, and Barnes scored on Boskovich's sacrifice fly to center field.

The Huskies knotted the game at 1-1 with a three-hit rally in the top of the seventh. Hyatt led off with a single and Marnie Kozoil pinch ran. Dena Tyson singled to send Kozoil to second. Oregon's Alicia Cook relieved Amy Harris and struck out Nicole Moojen and Alicia Matthews, before Lauren Greer's line drive to right scored Kozoil from second, sending the game to extra innings.

Harris, a senior from Eugene, Ore., allowed one run on five hits and struck out six in six innings. The North Eugene High graduate was in line for her 50th career win before the Huskies knotted things up in the seventh.

Seniors Baird and short stop Breanne Sabol also played in their final games at Howe Field.

The 11-inning affair was Oregon's longest of the season, surpassing a nine-inning loss to Akron on March 26.

The Ducks head on the road for five games to wrap up the regular season, needing to win three to ensure a winning record and become eligible for postseason play.

Oregon will play a doubleheader Thursday at Arizona, the first game being a make-up for an April 2 rain out in Eugene. The Ducks will then drive up to Tempe for a three-game set beginning Saturday. The teams will pick up a suspended game from March 31 that has ASU leading 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Oregon will have runners on first and second with one out when that game resumes. The teams will then play their regularly scheduled game Saturday and the season finale on Sunday.

Oregon (24-24, 4-12) vs. Washington (32-20, 6-12)
Washington – 000 000 100 00 - 1 7 1
Oregon – 001 000 000 01 - 2 6 0
Noble and Matthews; Harris, Cook (7), Rice (10) and Morris
Win – Rice (8-5); Loss – Noble (12-8)
HR – None
RBI – Boskovich, Greer

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