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CORVALLIS, Ore. – Freshman left fielder Allie Burger picked an opportune time to drill her first career home run Saturday afternoon, and propelled the No. 21 University of Oregon softball team (26-6, 2-1) to a 6-5 win over Oregon State (20-16, 1-2).
With one out in the seventh inning Saturday afternoon, the Spokane, Wash., native turned on a 2-1 pitch and sent it over the right field wall – a three-run shot to help cinch the Civil War series, 2-1, for UO for the first time 2007.
Burger finished 2-for-4 with 5 RBI, and two others banged out two hits - freshman Samantha Pappas (2-for-4) and senior center fielder Neena Bryant (2-for-3, 1 RBI).
Three other Ducks hit safely – junior first baseman Monique Fuiava and catcher Kaitlin Vitek who both went 1-for-3 – and freshman second baseman Kaylan Howard (1-for-2).
Winning her seventh straight game, freshman Jessica Moore (12-2) allowed five hits and struck out eight – including three in the seventh inning. In her ninth complete game of the season, she walked four, and two of her five runs allowed were earned.
Facing a 4-0 deficit in the top of the fifth inning, UO scored its first three runs thanks to a RBI double by Bryant and a two-run triple by Burger to right center field.
For OSU, starter Kelly Dyer (5-3) took the loss and pitched six innings altogether after she re-entered in the seventh and retired the final three outs. The Eugene native struck out five, walked none, and all four of her runs allowed were earned. Page Hall worked the other inning, allowed two earned runs and one hit, struck out none and walked none.
Four OSU batters hit safely, and two had multiple hits – McKenna Lowe (2-for-3) and Maggie Doremus (2-for-3).
Earlier Saturday, OSU held on for a 7-6 win when UO almost came back again with three runs in the top of the seventh and had the bases loaded with only one out. The decision ended a 12-game Oregon winning streak.
On Thursday, UO staked an 8-3 victory in the two teams' first game thanks a school record 19 hits, and Moore struck out 10 and walked only one in the complete game.Entering the weekend, OSU had won four of the last five Civil War series, although UO staked 2-1 advantages in 2003 and ’04 when Duck first-year head coach Mike White served as an assistant coach and mentored the Oregon pitchers and catchers.
In the three-game stretch, Pappas led the team in batting (.583, 7-for-12, double, 4 RBI), and six other starters topped .300 - Fuiava (6-for-12, double, 1 RBI), Allie Burger (.462, 6-for-13, triple, homer, 5 RBI), Bryant (.444, 4-for-9, double, 2 RBI), Howard (.400, 4-for-10), senior Carlyn Re (3-for-8, double, 1 RBI) and Kelsey Chambers (4-for-12, 2 doubles, homer, 5 RBI). Moore struck out 18 batters in 14 innings, walked five, and allowed 11 hits, and three of her eight runs allowed were earned and resulted in a 1.50 ERA.
During the weekend, Bryant moved up two positions on the school career hits chart into eighth place (194). Moore remained ninth all-time for UO in the season strikeouts category (145) and is now only eight shy of the eighth-best mark (153).
Looking ahead, No. 21 UO hosts No. 14 Cal (29-8) next weekend, Friday-Sunday, April 9-11.
Oregon 6, Oregon State 5 (Apr 03, 2010 at Corvallis, Ore.)
Oregon.............. 000 030 3 - 6 9 1 (26-6, 2-1 Pac-10)
Oregon State........ 001 301 0 - 5 6 0 (20-16, 1-2 Pac-10)
Pitchers: Oregon - Moore, Jessica and Vitek, Kaitlin. Oregon State - Dyer; Hall(7) and Roderfeld; Black. Win-Moore, Jessica(12-2) Loss-Dyer(5-3) T-2:04 A-275. HR ORE - Burger, Allie (1). HR OSU - Kutz (5). Weather: Completely Cloudy, 43 Degrees. Dyer faced 1 batter in the 6th. Hall faced 2 batters in the 7th.
HEAD COACH MIKE WHITE
“We had several things to prove this weekend. It was our first Pac-10 series, we were on the road, and were relying a lot on four freshmen in that situation for the first time. I thought they stood out and handled the situation well. It wasn’t easy considering the cold and wet weather – the stopping and starting made it difficult to get rhythm or momentum. We hung in there and came from behind to win a Pac-10 series that we knew would be tough.”
“Looking around the Pac-10 – nobody went through unbeaten, and I’m not surprised. It’s going to be hard to do that. I felt we had good intensity the first two days, and it can be hard to keep a high level all three days. But, we hung in there Saturday, and we were patient. Unfortunately we fell one run short in the one game we lost. In the last game, OSU’s Dyer pitched well, and we did our best to keep fighting and try to come came back. This weekend was important in setting the tone for the conference season. We showed that we’re scrappy, and we never give up.”
“Jessica (Moore) pitched very well – I thought the seven runs given up were a little misleading. She gave up the home run on a mistake pitch in the second game. Other than that, she moved ball the ball well, had good velocity and location, except for a few walks in the last game.”
“At the plate we did a good job except we were trying to rush ourselves the second game. We ran ourselves out of it, and maybe over-swung a little – you can’t score four runs before you score one. When we settled down, we tried to be patient and make their staff throw good pitches.”
“It was good to see Neena come through with a big last game. We want to get her on a roll because she’s a big-time player, and keep everyone else hot. I thought we got solid contributions all through the lineup, including from Kaitlin Vitek and Carlyn Re. I’ve been stressing to the players that as we get into Pac-10 play – we’re going to see the same team three straight days, so they all have to step in and be ready to contribute anytime. That’s especially true with our four pitchers, and I’m confident in the way they’re throwing. Mikayla (Endicott) gave us three good innings in a challenging situation, and Brittany’s (Rumfelt) always done a good job relieving.”
“We have two difficult series coming up at home against highly ranked teams. Cal is first – they’re always difficult, scrappy, explosive, and have good pitching. Our goal is to win one game in every series on average, same with Washington, and we have the ability to do that.”
“(About Allie’s home run) I was a little surprised how far it went. She hit it into the wind, and it still hit the back fence. Her confidence in her swing is continuing to grow, and she knows she belongs here. She was trying to hit it hard somewhere, and that’s when home runs often happen.”
ALLIE BURGER, LF, Fr., Spokane, Wash.
“That’s my first career home run in a game, ever. I was in shock as I was round the bases, smiling from ear to ear. Everybody was speechless, and thinking how could it come from me? I’ve hit one over the fence during fall practice off Coach Dodd, but that was off a 'feel good' pitch - it’s certainly not the same compared to a game.”
“I had a triple the at-bat before, and I thought that was the furthest ball I had ever hit because it hit the fence. The previous game, I was the last at-bat, and I hit it hard to second base, but it didn’t go through and I got out, so I was thinking that I had to do better this time. I wasn’t expecting a home run to happen, especially since Coach White says we need to get one run at a time.”
“Going into the last inning, Coach told us that we had been hitting their pitchers all weekend. We need to stay calm, hit the ball long, not get ahead of ourselves, see the ball, and hit it hard.”
“(How she stayed focused and positive despite the rain delays and OSU being ahead) We wanted all these wins, so we had to stay focused, and do our best to contribute to the team.”
“Coming into the weekend, we were all really excited to start the Pac-10 season – we’ve been practicing for so long, and we wanted to show that we’re a new team, and everybody’s working hard. We’re really excited to be out there. I was a little nervous since it was my first Pac-10 game, and being shifted to first in the line-up. But, I wanted to be a spark for my team so I channelled my butterflies that way.”
(Her maturity/confidence as a freshman now compared to two months ago). “We’ve been talking to our sports psychologist which has been really healthy. For my-at bats, I was trying to stay mentally and spiritually up. When I struck out the first game, I kept telling myself it was OK and just to make an adjustment, and I came back with two more singles. Coach says you can strike out three times, but the fourth time you can still come up with a game-winner, and be ready to help the team and have a positive attitude.”
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