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No. 19 Ducks Split Doubleheader with Vikings
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Release Date: 05/05/2010
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EUGENE - In Wednesday's final non-conference action of the season, the No. 19 University of Oregon softball team (32-14, 7-8) came back to beat Portland State (25-25, 14-2) by a 5-4 score in the opener, but the Vikings earned revenge with a 4-1 victory in the nightcap in the doubleheader at Howe Field.

In the opener, PSU scored two runs in both the first and third innings to stake a 4-1 lead, but UO came back to tie the game, 4-4 in the fourth. Senior Neena Bryant then knocked in the deciding run in the fifth on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to the left field warning track - her fourth game-winning RBI of the season.

UO sophomore Mikayla Endicott (3-0) got the win in relief, and her eight strikeouts in 4.2 innings was one shy of her season and career high (9) vs. No. 1 Washington in mid-April. The Roseburg, Ore., native also walked one, and allowed no hits or runs.

After a walk by freshman Kaylan Howard in the second inning, freshman Allie Burger knocked in Oregon's first run with her team-leading third triple of the season.

In the third, UO cut it to 4-2 when Bryant tagged and scored on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Howard.

Oregon finally drew even, 4-4, in the fourth. Burger opened with a single, and after junior Ashley Kivett stroked a base hit to left field, Bryant walked to load the bases with one out. A fielder's choice by freshman Samantha Pappas scored Burger, and Kivett came across on a fielding error by the pitcher.

In her first start of the season at designated player, senior Shelley Deadmond came through with her first career double to open the fifth. After a pair of walks loaded the bases, Bryant connected on her team-leading third sacrifice fly of the season.

For the game, Burger went 2-for-2 with an RBI, and two other Ducks hit safely - Ashley Kivett (1-for-2, 2 walks) and Deadmond (1-for-3).

PSU sarter Tori Rogers pitched the first 3.1 innings, struck out five, walked five, allowed three hits, and two of her four runs allowed were earned. Reliever Nichole Latham (8-6) struck out one, walked two, gave up one hit, and her run allowed was earned.

In the second game, PSU staked a 1-0 lead in the second, scored another run in the fourth and two more in the seventh. UO's lone run came in the fifth on a delayed steal of home by junior Ashley Kivett after Pappas drew a throw to second base on the initial steal attempt.

The Las Flores, Calif., native Pappas went 3-for-4 for her team-high, sixth three-hit day of the season. Burger (2-for-3) singled twice, and Ashley Kivett, Howard and Deadmond each went 1-for-3.

Duck freshman Jessica Moore (13-9) struck out a career-high 14 batters - two more than her previous best with UO's third-best 'K' tally in school history. The Sutter, Calif., native walked two, gave up eight hits, and only one of her four runs allowed were earned in her 10th complete game of the season.

PSU starter Kendra Suhr (1-0), struck out one, walked one, allowed six hits and no runs. Anna Bertrand got her second save of the season, and struck out three, walked one, yielded two hits, and her one run allowed was earned.

Earlier this season in March, UO helped clinch its seventh series over PSU the last eight years with its 3-2 and 2-0 victories in Portland.

The Ducks return to action in their season finale series vs. No. 3 Arizona with single games Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. The season finale is also Senior Day, and UO's five-member class will be honored before their final game at Howe Field.

Promotion-wise, Friday’s game is a Go ‘O’ Day, and fans that wear their ‘Go O or Go Home’ spirit t-shirt can receive a general admission ticket for $1. On Saturday, youth that wear Kidsports shirts get in free. Sunday’s Senior Day is Mother’s Day, and mothers get in free.

Fans should note that Sunday's home finale is scheduled one hour earlier than originally announced, and was changed Wednesday.

 

LINESCORES


Game 1 - #19 Oregon 5, Portland State 4 (May 05, 2010 at Eugene, Ore.)
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Portland State...... 202 000 0 -  4  8  3      (24-25)
Oregon.............. 011 210 X -  5  4  1      (32-13)

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Pitchers: Portland State - ROGERS, Tori; LATHAM, Nichole(4) and . Oregon - Skillingstad, Sam; Endicott, Mikayla(3) and . Win-Endicott, Mikayla(3-0)  Loss-LATHAM, Nichole(8-6)  T-2:05  A-200. HR PSU - DIEDE, Becca (3). Weather: 53, partly sunny, wind 1-4 mph.

 

Game 2 - Portland State 4, #19 Oregon 1 (May 05, 2010 at Eugene, Ore.)
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Portland State...... 010 100 2 -  4  8  2      (25-25)
Oregon.............. 000 010 0 -  1  8  3      (32-14)
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Pitchers: Portland State - SUHR, Kendra; BERTRAND, Anna(5) and SCOGGINS, Brandi. Oregon - Moore, Jessica and Kivett, Ashley. Win-SUHR, Kendra(1-0)  Save-BERTRAND, Anna(2)  Loss-Moore, Jessica(13-9)  T-2:36  A-238. Weather: 50, cloudy, wind 0-3 mph.

 

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