UW 5, Oregon 6

Amy Harris struck out the final four batters of the game to earn her sixth save and second in as many days as the #21 Oregon Ducks defeated the fifth ranked Huskies 6-5 in a lengthy affair at Husky Softball Stadium on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

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 runners.

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 Jenn Poore.

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.

Then 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 inning.

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 Clark.

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.


NOTE:
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.

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