Following a 6-5 victory over Washington in eight innings on Saturday, the Ducks defeated the Huskies by the identical score on Sunday and swept the two game weekend series.
They also improved their overall
record to 31-16 and Pac-10 mark to 8-10, moving into sole possession of
fourth place in the conference, a game ahead of the Huskies, who dropped to
7-11 and 40-13-1 with their fourth straight loss.
With runners on at second and third and two out in the bottom of
the sixth, Oregon coach Kathy Arendsen brought in Harris to relieve Anissa
Meashintubby with a one ball count to Dena Tyson, and Harris struck out
Tyson to end the inning.
Then in the seventh, Harris struck out Aimee Minor
and Megan Owen swinging and Sarah Hyatt looking in order to nail down the
victory for the Ducks.
Fresh off their extra inning victory on Saturday, the Ducks came
out swinging the bats and hammered Husky starter Tia Bollinger for four runs
on four hits in the top of the first.
Amber Hutchison led off with a line
single to right field and Lynsey Haij walked. After Beth Boskovich
sacrificed the runners up a base, Andrea Vidlund smacked a single off the
1999 Regional Champions plaque in right center field to drive in both
Alyssa Laux drove in Vidlund to make it 3-0 with a double into the
gap in left center, and she came in to score on a sharp single to center by
The Huskies rallied from a four run deficit for the second
consecutive game, sending 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the
second to tie the game.
Tyson lined a single to right field and advanced
to third when Boskovich let the ball get under her glove and roll to the
wall for a two base error. After Minor fouled out, Hyatt walked and Owen
brought home Tyson and put the Huskies on the board with a double down the
right field line.
Amanda Oleson then plated Hyatt with a groundout, and
got on base herself when second baseman Erin Goodell mishandled the ball for
an error. Rita Roach slapped an infield hit to short to score Owen.
Arendsen brought in Meashintubby to relieve starter Harris and face Clark.
Meashintubby intentionally walked Clark to load the bases, and after getting
two strikes on the next batter, Kristen Rivera, she walked Rivera to force
home Oleson with the tying run.
The Huskies still had the bases loaded but
Meashintubby struck out both Kathy Fiske and Tyson swinging to end the
Then, just as they did in Saturday's contest, the Ducks regained the
momentum and the lead right after the Huskies tied it by scoring a run in
the top of the third. They capitalized on a leadoff walk to Vidlund, who
scored on a bloop single to left center field just beyond the glove of
Oregon then made it 6-4 with a tally in the top of the fourth,
scoring on a bases loaded infield hit by Boskovich.
The Huskies cut the lead to 6-5 with a run in the bottom of the
sixth, as Oleson reached on an infield single, advanced to second on a
groundout by Roach, and moved to third on a groundout by Clark. Following an
intentional walk to Rivera, Fiske drove in Oleson with an infield single to
shortstop, before Arendsen brought Harris back into the game to relieve
Meashintubby and slam the door on the Huskies.
In the circle, Meashintubby got the victory to improve her record to
5-3, while Boek dropped to 17-4 for the Huskies.
After finishing their home season with a disappointing 4-8 record, the
Huskies end the regular season on the road, traveling to face #16 Arizona
State in Tempe on Friday, May 9 before finishing with a doubleheader against
top ranked Arizona in Tucson on Saturday, May 11. Then the Huskies learn
where they will head for NCAA Regional action from May 15 to May 18.
Sunday's finale was Senior Day for the Huskies, as Jaime Clark and Traci Tawney made their final home appearances. Clark finished 0 for 2 with
two walks, including one intentional, while Tawney entered the game as a pinch runner for Rivera in the bottom of the sixth.
UW 5, Oregon 6
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