Oregon 2, UW 1

Erin Goodell led off the seventh inning with a home run to break a 1-1 tie and lift the 14th ranked Oregon Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the fifth ranked Huskies in Pac-10 action at Husky Softball Stadium on Friday afternoon.

With the victory the Ducks improved to 5-2 in the Pac-10 and 31-10 overall, and snapped Washington's four game winning streak, dropping the Huskies to 4-1 in conference and 28-8.

After Washington tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, Goodell fell behind in the count to Husky starter Ashley Boek 1-2 before lining the next pitch over the fence in left field for her first home run of the season.

The long ball by Goodell made a winner of Ani Nyhus, who started in the circle for the Ducks and went the distance in notching her 11th complete game of the season. Nyhus improved her record to 16-6, allowing only one unearned run on three hits and a walk with 11 strikeouts. She began the game by striking out the first five Huskies in the game, all swinging, and not until Kathy Fiske flied out to center in the second did a Husky even put the ball in play.

The first baserunner against Nyhus came in the third when Amanda Oleson led off with a shot off the glove of third baseman Ashley Richards for an infield single.

The only run against Nyhus came in the sixth, when Dominique Lastrapes doubled after left fielder Dani Baird misjudged her fly ball, advanced to third on a one out sacrifice by Aimee Minor, and scored when shortstop Breanne Sabol bobbled Sarah Hyatt's apparent inning-ending grounder for an error.

Boek dropped to 19-5 despite recording her 19th complete game of the season, allowing both Oregon runs on five hits, while walking four and matching Nyhus with 11 strikeouts.

The only other run against her came in the top of the fifth and broke a scoreless tie when Kristi Leiter, a freshman from Lake Stevens, Washington, led off with a solo home run, her third of the season, just over the fence into the first row of the right field bleachers.

The Huskies next host 15th ranked Oregon State for two games on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's game will begin at 2 p.m. and will air live on Fox Sports Net, while the contest on Sunday will begin at 1 p.m.

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