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SEATTLE - In Sunday's series finale, the No. 14 University of Oregon softball team (29-6, 1-2) handed No. 6 Washington (27-3, 2-1) its second shutout of the season and also tied its biggest win in the series dating back to 1993.

With their 8-0 win, the Ducks beat their fifth top-20 foe of the season thanks to a five-run third inning, then tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning to hand the returning World Series qualifiers its second, eight-run rule shortened loss of the decision.

In the third, the Ducks banged out four straight hits and added two walks to chase one of the nation's top freshman pitchers, Kaitlin Inglesby (15-2), from the game. With one out, freshmen Courtney Ceo and Alexa Peterson led the way with singles, and seniors Monique Fuiava and Kaitlin Vitek followed with two- and one-RBI doubles.

After junior Christie Nieto and sophomore Kaylan Howard walked, reliever Whitney Jones entered and gave up a two-run single to sophomore Samantha Pappas for the Ducks' final runs of the inning.

Oregon did its remaining damage in the sixth after sophomore Allie Burger and Ceo singled. Peterson knocked in Burger on a sacrifice fly; Fuiava delivered another RBI single to left field; and after Vitek also singled, Nieto drove in the final run on a sacrifice fly.

On the mound for UO, sophomore Jessica Moore (14-3) struck out five, walked two and allowed five hits in her 5.2 innings.

Senior Brittany Rumfelt came in and pitched to one batter in the fifth inning with one out, and got Jenn Salling to fly out with the bases loaded.

Moore then came back in and got the final out of the inning on a fly-out, then set the Huskies down 1-2-3 in the sixth and final inning.

For UW, Inglesby's five runs allowed were all earned in her 2.2 innings of work, and the Portland native struck out two, walked three and allowed five hits.

Whitney Jones relieved her in the third inning, and ultimately and gave up the other three runs - two of which were earned - struck out none, walked none and yielded four hits.

Bryana Walker got the final two outs for the Huskies, allowed one hit, no runs, strikeouts or walks.

UO's other eight-run win in the 64-game rivalry was a 10-2 victory by Ani Nyhus in 2004 when current Oregon head coach Mike White was an assistant coach in charge of the team's pitchers and catchers.

For the three-game series, four Ducks collected four hits and batted .400 or better - sophomore Kaylan Howard (.500, 1 BB), Fuiava (.444, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB), Peterson (.444, 1 2B, 2 RBI) and Vitek (.400, 1 2B, 1 RBI).

Fuiava also made moves up the UO all-time career lists in doubles (sixth-tie, 34) and homers (seventh-tie, 25).

On the mound the two days in Seattle, Moore pitched 11.1 of the team's 18 innings, staked a 0.62 ERA, went 1-1, struck out 10 and walked eight, while junior Mikayla Endicott staked a 0.00 ERA (1 K, 1 BB in 1.1 innings)

On Saturday, UW won the doubleheader by 3-2 and 4-2 scores to open the teams' league slates.

In the opener, Nieto and Pappas accounted for UO's two runs via a bases-loaded single and walk in the sixth inning to tie the game.

In the second game, Fuiava hit her 25th career homer to move into a tie for seventh all-time for UO, and also walked and singled to start a new hitting streak after her team-high nine game run ended in Saturday's opener.

Looking ahead, UO looks ahead to its first Pac-10 home games this week and welcomes No. 4 Arizona State for single contests on Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (3 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.), April 8-10.

 

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#14 OREGON 8, #6 Washington 0 (Apr 03, 2011 at Seattle)
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#14 OREGON......... 005 003  -  8 10  1      (28-7, 1-2)
#6 Washington...... 000 000  -  0  5  3      (27-3, 2-1)
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Pitchers: OREGON - Moore, Jessica ; Rumfelt, Brittany (6) and . Washington - Inglesby, K.; Jones, W.(3); Walker, B.(6) and . Win-Moore, Jessica (14-3)  Loss-Inglesby, K.(15-2)  T-2:37  A-1194. Weather: Cloudy

 

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