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Ducks Take Two From PSU To Claim Series
Release Date: 04/22/2009
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Junior Neena Bryant belted her seventh homer of the season in the second game of UO's doubleheader Wednesday, and helped Oregon beat Portland State, 4-3, at Erv Lind Stadium.

Bryant went 3-for-4, and was one of five Ducks that hit safely in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader with juniors Carlyn Re (1-for-4, 1 run) and Blair Williamson (1-for-2), sophomore Cortney Kivett (1-for-4) and freshman Lindsey Chambers (1-for-3, 2 RBI).

Bryant's home run was her seventh of the season - second-most for Oregon - and raised her career total to 27, fifth-most all-time for UO.

Starter and senior Melissa Rice struck out one, walked none and allowed seven hits, and two of her three runs allowed were earned.

The Colville, Wash., native Rice appeared in her fifth straight game for the Ducks, and her 14th this season makes it 118 in her career - eighth-most in Duck history..

Sophomore Brittany Rumfelt (2-7) picked up the win in relief, struck out three, walked none and allowed no hits in her 3 2/3 innings of work.

The Lakeport, Calif., native Rumfelt came in with runners on second and third base with one out in the fourth inning. The lead runner was thrown out diving back to third base on a failed suicide squeeze attempt after the batter missed the pitch, and Rumfelt ended the inning with a strikeout looking.

In the first inning, the Ducks jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Bryant's roundtripper that was later followed with a bases-loaded walk to sophomore Ashley Kivett.

In the second inning, the Vikings tied matters, 2-2, after four of the first five hitters singled, but Rice got a pitcher-to-first base-to-catcher double play to end the inning.

Oregon came right back with the deciding runs in the third inning on a 2-RBI single by Lindsey Chambers after sophomore Monique Fuiava and Kelsey Chambers reached via a walk and hit by pitch.

PSU's final run came in the fourth inning on an RBI double that led to the Duck pitching change.

UO took Wednesday's first game, 3-1, thanks to senior Sari-Jane Jenkins' fifth homer of 09, while freshman Samantha Skillingstad (11-10) earned the win and struck out five en route to her 12th complete game of the season. Jenkins’ hit moved her into a tie for second all-time for UO in career hits (227), while Skillingstad’s 130 K’s in ’09 ranks eighth all-time.

The two teams split their two games earlier this season in Eugene as UO won 2-0 in early April in a Skillingstad shutout, while PSU won 7-5 in mid-March.

Looking ahead, UO travels to the Bay Area this weekend and plays at No. 4 Stanford, Friday at 7 p.m., and at No. 15 California, Saturday at 1 p.m., and Sunday at noon.



OREGON 4, Portland State 3 (Apr 22, 2009 at Portland, Ore.)
OREGON.............. 202 000 0 -  4  7  1      (15-26)
Portland State...... 020 100 0 -  3  7  0      (23-22)
Pitchers: OREGON - Rice, Melissa; Rumfelt, Brittany(4) and Kivett, Ashley. Portland State -
O'Neil, C.; SUHR, K.(4) and SCOGGINS, B..
Win-Rumfelt, Brittany(2-7)  Loss-O'Neil, C.(0-1)  T-2:01  A-145
HR ORE - Bryant, Neena (7).
Weather: 55, partly sunny, wind 2-6mph


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