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No. 9 ASU Softball Tops No. 16 Ducks, 10-3
Release Date: 04/23/2010
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TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 16 University of Oregon softball team (30-9, 6-4) opened its series at No. 9 Arizona State (36-9, 5-5) with a 10-3 loss Friday night at the ASU Softball Complex.

ASU struck early with a run in the first inning and three in the second, then added four more in the fifth and two in the six to end a three-game losing skid after being swept by No. 13 California last week.

In UO’s two-run second inning, sophomore shortstop Kelsey Chambers singled with one out, junior catcher Ashley Kivett followed with a double to left center field, and they scored, respectively, on a wild pitch and single by senior Carlyn Re to center field.

Senior center fielder Neena Bryant added UO’s third run in the fifth inning with her fifth homer of the season and 33rd  of her career, and moved into a tie for third all-time for the Ducks with former great Jill Robinson.

The Ducks tried to comeback in the seventh inning and loaded the bases thanks to a pinch-hit single by Blair Williamson, a bunt single by freshman left fielder Allie Burger, and a walk by junior first baseman Monique Fuiava, but with two outs, a line-out ended the game.

Overall for UO, Kelsey Chambers went 2-for-2 for her 12th multi-hit game of the season – third most on the team. Five others had single hits – Burger (1-for-4), Bryant (1-for-4, home run), freshman second baseman Kaylan Howard (1-for-3), Ashley Kivett (1-for-3) and Williamson (1-for-1).

On the mound, Duck freshman starter Jessica Moore (13-5) pitched the first two innings, struck out two, gave up seven hits, walked one, and three of her four runs allowed were earned.

Sophomore Mikayla Endicott relieved her in the third inning and in her two innings, struck out one, walked one, gave up two hits, and both of her runs allowed were earned. Junior Brittany Rumfelt came on in the fifth and in her two innings of work, she struck out one, walked two, yielded five hits, and three of her four runs allowed were earned.

ASU starting pitcher Hilary Bach (18-4) ended with 10 strikeouts i, two walks, gave up eight hits, and all three of her runs allowed were earned in her complete game.

Seven ASU hitters hit safely, led by Mandy Urfer (3-for-4, 2 RBI), and four others ended with two hits.

Looking ahead, the two teams meet again for single contests Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at noon.



#9 Arizona State 10, #16 Oregon 3 (Apr 23, 2010 at Tempe, Ariz.)
Oregon.............. 020 010 0 -  3  8  1      (30-9, 6-4 Pac-10)
Arizona State....... 130 042 X - 10 14  0      (36-9, 5-5 Pac-10)
Pitchers: Oregon - Moore, Jessica; Endicott, Mikayla(3); Rumfelt, Brittany(5) and Vitek, Kaitlin; Kivett, Ashley. Arizona State - Bach and Castillo. Win-Bach(18-4)  Loss-Moore, Jessica(13-5)  T-2:19  A-1057. HR ORE - Bryant, Neena (5). Endicott, M faced 2 batters in the 5th.


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