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Rain Denies Ducks From Fifth Win in Desert
Release Date: 02/27/2010
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PALM SPRINGS - With a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of a regulation-meeting fifth inning vs. Pacific, a pre-arranged time-deadline prevented the University of Oregon softball team (12-4) from winning its fifth game of the Cathedral City Classic Saturday afternoon.

The Ducks started their 10 a.m. game on time, but after the opening batter walked, a rain delay held up the game for an hour and 40 minutes.

When play resumed, UO quickly scores two runs in both the first and second innings and another in the fourth, but was a half-inning shy of the win when the clock reached 12:50 p.m. - only an 1:25 before the Ducks' flight back home was scheduled to leave.

For the game, sophomore shortstop Kelsey Chambers went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI's, and four others hit safely - senior designated player Blair Williamson (1-for-2, 2 runs, 1 RBI, 1 walk), freshman right fielder Samantha Pappas (1-for-2, 2 runs, 1 RBI), junior first baseman Monique Fuiava (1-for-3) and freshman pitcher Jessica Moore (1-for-3).

On the mound, Moore continued her early season surge and struck out five, walked none and allowed two hits and no runs in her four innings.

For Pacific (4-6), starting pitcher Shaina Brock pitched the first 1.1 innings, struck out two, walked two, gave up three hits, and two of her four runs allowed were earned. Gabby McDaniel came in and pitched the final 3.2 innings, struck out five, walked two, yielded four hits, and allowed one unearned run. Tiger batters that hit safely included Megan Hom (1-for-2) and Kellee Wilson (1-for-2).

After Williamson walked to open the game, she stole second base, advanced to third base on a single by Pappas. A throwing error by the catcher on a Pappas steal allowed Williamson to score, and Pappas soon after advanced to third on an illegal pitch by the pitcher. Two batters later, Chambers knocked her in on a single to left field.

In the second inning, junior third baseman Cortney Kivett reached on a bunt via an error by the first baseman and continued on to second base. She scored on a double by Williamson, and the latter player moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Pappas sacrifice fly to center field.

The Ducks’ last run came in the fourth when after two outs, Pappas reached on an error by the third baseman. Fuiava followed with a single to left field, and Chambers added her second RBI of the day with a single to center field.

Earlier in weekend contests also held at the Big League Dreams Complex, the Ducks scored a pair of wins on Thursday vs. No. 19 Texas A&M, 4-0, and Utah, 4-2, and on Friday vs. Hawai’i, 4-3, and Long Island, 3-1.

Oregon’s fab freshman class continued to shine as left fielder Allie Burger batted a team-high .800 (8-for-10) in the four official contests and paced UO in hits (8). Second baseman Kaylan Howard belted UO’s only homer of the trip and hit .273 (3-for-11), and right fielder Samantha Pappas batted .417 in the tourney (5-for-12, 3 runs, 2 RBI) and topped the team in doubles (3). Moore led Duck pitchers with her two wins, and struck out 24 batters in 17 innings, allowed only one earned run for a 0.41 ERA, and picked up the team’s first save of the season.

Besides Moore, two other Duck pitchers logged wins on the trip – sophomores Samantha Skillingstad (1-0, 10 strikeouts, 7 innings) and Mikayla Endicott (1-0, 2 innings, 1 strikeout) – while junior Brittany Rumfelt did not allow an earned run and struck out one in her two innings.

Three other Duck hitters topped .300 –Williamson (.500, 6-for-12, 3 runs, 2 doubles, 2 RBI), junior third baseman Cortney Kivett (.364, 4-for-11, 3 runs, 1 double, 1 walk) and Chambers (.364, 4-for-11, 1 double, 5 RBI).

Looking ahead, UO heads south next weekend for one more non-conference West Coast tournament, and plays five games at San Diego State, Friday-Sunday, March 5-7. Oregon takes on Long Beach State and San Diego State Friday at 4:30 and 7 p.m.; Cal Poly and San Diego Saturday at 2 and 4:30 p.m. and Wisconsin Sunday at 9 a.m.



Oregon 5, Pacific 0 (Feb 27, 2010 at Palm Springs, Calif.)
Oregon.............. 220 10 -  5  7  0
Pacific............. 000 0X -  0  2  3

Pitchers: Oregon - Moore, Jessica and Kivett, Ashley. Pacific - Brock, Shaina;
McDaniel, Gabby(2) and Moore, Amy.
  T-  A-0
Weather: rainy, 55, wind 0-3 mph


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