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#21 Ducks Power Past #13 Bears Again in Extra Innings, 8-6
Release Date: 04/11/2010
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EUGENE - The No. 21 University of Oregon softball team (28-6, 5-1) celebrated its first Pac-10 series sweep in five years thanks to another extra-inning comeback over No. 13 California (30-11, 1-5), this time by an 8-6 count in nine innings Sunday afternoon at Howe Field.

Junior first baseman Monique Fuiava belted her fourth homer of the season - a 2 run-shot to center field - with two outs in the ninth inning to keep Oregon in a tie for first place in the Pac-10.

The Ducks added three other homers Sunday courtesy of a first-inning solo shot by senior centerfielder Neena Bryant, a three-run bomb by freshman right fielder Samantha Pappas in the third, and a two-run shot by sophomore shortstop Kelsey Chambers in the sixth.

Bryant's homer marked her 31st career-wise and moved her into a tie for fourth all-time for UO, while Pappas' team-high 11th round-tripper of 2010 moved her into a tie for eighth all-time for UO in a season.

For the game, four Ducks claimed multiple hits - junior catcher Kaitlin Vitek (2-for-3), Bryant (2-for-5, 1 RBI), Fuiava (2-for-5, 2 RBI) and Kelsey Chambers (2-for-3, 2 RBI).

Pappas (1-for-3, 3 RBI) also reached base twice late in the game via intentional walks.

Duck head coach Mike White used three pitchers Sunday, and freshman starter Jessica Moore (13-2) earned her eighth straight win.

The Sutter, Calif., native ended with three strikeouts, walked one, and two of her three runs allowed were earned in her 4.2 innings. She re-entered the game in the seventh inning with two outs and a runner on third base, and retired the last out on a fly ball to left field.

In the eighth inning, after a pair of one-out singles up the middle, Cal seemed prime to score after the runners advanced to second and third on a passed ball. However, Moore responded with a strikeout and groundout to freshman second baseman Kaylan Howard who smoothly ranged behind first base to end the inning.

Sophomore Mikayla Endicott made her fifth appearance in the last 10 games, and struck out one, walked one, allowed two hits and two earned runs, and retired six batters in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

Sophomore Samantha Skillingstad came in to retire seven batters in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, struck out five, walked none, and one of her two runs allowed were earned.

For Cal, starter Valerie Arioto (14-6) pitched eight innings, struck out 10, walked two, and all five of her runs allowed were earned. Jolene Henderson pitch 2/3 of the third inning, struck out none, walked one, allowed two hits, and all three of her runs allowed were earned.

Six opposing batters hit safely, and three collected multiple hits - Ramia Reid (2-for-5), Taylor Kelly (2-for-4) and Lindsey Ziegenhirt (2-for-4, 1 RBI).

Earlier in the weekend, the Ducks beat Cal 1-0 Saturday on a home run by Vitek, and 6-5 Friday in nine innings on Fuiava's RBI double in the ninth inning after Pappas tied the affair with a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning.

For the three-game set, Vitek led the Ducks in hitting (.667, 4-for-6, 1 homer, 1 RBI) and Fuiava also topped .500 (.500, 6-for-12, 1 homer, 4 RBI). On the mound, sophomore Samantha Skillingstad went 2-0 (0.78 ERA, 13 strikeouts, 9 innings, 2 walks, 9 innings), and Moore went 1-0 (2.10 ERA, 9 strikeouts, eight walks, 10 innings, 1 save).

UO's last series sweep came in 2005 when UO beat UCLA three times, with the Bruins ranked #7 for the first two wins in Eugene (3-1, 2-1) and #12 in the clincher in Westwood (3-0).

Looking ahead to next weekend's homestand (April 16-18), UO welcomes another team tied for the league lead, No. 1 Washington, for single games Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at noon.



Oregon 8, California 6 (Apr 11, 2010 at Eugene, Ore.)
California.......... 021 030 000  -  6  9  1      (30-11, 1-5 Pac-10)
Oregon.............. 103 002 002  -  8  9  3      (28-6, 5-1 Pac-10)
Pitchers: California - Arioto, V.; Henderson,J.(9) and Ziegenhirt,L. Oregon - Moore, Jessica;
Endicott, Mikayla(5); Skillingstad, Sam(7) and Vitek, Kaitlin. Win-Moore, Jessica(13-2)  Loss-Arioto, V.(14-6)  T-2:35  A-268. HR CAL - Arioto, V. HR ORE - Bryant, Neena (3); Pappas, Sam (11); Fuiava, Monique (4); Chambers, Kelsey (6). Weather: 54, cloudy, wind 0-4 mph



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