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Chambers Twins Homer in 8-7 Loss to Nevada
Release Date: 03/07/2009
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RENO, Nev. - The UO softball team (8-15) came alive offensively with 12 runs in its final two Wolf Pack Classic games Saturday, but still lost to Nevada, 8-7, in eight innings, and Southern Utah, 10-5, at the University of Nevada's Hixson Park.

In the afternoon finale vs. the Wolf Pack, Oregon went up 4-0 in the fourth inning, thanks to back-to-back home runs by freshman twins Kelsey and Lindsey Chambers, but Nevada later tied the game, 4-4, with four runs in the sixth.

UO went back ahead, 6-4, with two more runs in the top of the seventh on a based loaded, 2-RBI single by junior center fielder Neena Bryant.  Nevada, however, answered with two more runs, to tie it 6-6, and sent the game to extra innings. Senior Sari-Jane Jenkins singled up the middle to knock in the go-ahead run in the top half of the eighth with two outs to put UO back up, 8-7, but Nevada came back to win with two runs in the eighth off a wild pitch and double to left center field.

Freshman Duck starter Mikayla Endicott pitched the first five innings, gave up seven hits, struck out five, walked two, and only one of her four runs allowed were earned.

Sophomore Brittany Rumfelt came in the sixth inning with two runners on and no outs, and was credited with an inning of work, and struck out two, walked none, and gave up three hits and two earned runs. Freshman Samantha Skillingstad entered in the seventh inning after the opening two hitters singled, and in the game’s remainder, she struck out two, walked one, allowed two hits, and one of her two runs allowed were earned.

At the plate for UO, Kelsey Chambers’ homer was her second of the season – tops among Duck frosh and second-most overall on the team – and Lindsey’s round-tripper was the first of her career.

Helping UO score sevens or more for the fifth time this season, eight different Duck hitters hit safely in the game – Jenkins (1-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, 1 walk), sophomore second baseman Cortney Kivett (1-for-5, 1 run), Bryant (2-for-4, 2 RBI), sophomore first baseman Monique Fuiava (1-for-4, 1 run), Kelsey Chambers (1-for-4, 1 run, 3 RBI), Lindsey Chambers (1-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI), sophomore catcher Kaitlin Vitek (1-for-3, 1 walk) and junior pinch hitter Carlyn Re (1-for-1).

On the mound for the returning WAC champions Nevada, Mallary Darby pitched the first five innings, struck out six, walked one, and all four of her runs allowed were earned. Katie Halvorson came in and pitched the final three innings in relief, struck out two, walked three, and all three of her runs allowed were earned.

At the plate for the ‘Pack, eight of the nine starters hit safely, and those with multiple hits included cleanup hitter Britton Murdock (3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Noelle Micka (2-for-5, 1 run), Brittany Puzey (2-for-3, 2 runs, 1 walk) and Michelle Beach (2-for-3, 1 RBI).

For the three-game tourney, three Ducks hit .300 or better - Bryant (.500, 5-for-10, 3 doubles, 3 RBI), Ashley Kivett (.500, 2-for-4, 1 run) and Fuiava (.300, 3-for-10, 1 run, 1 double). 

Endicott had the best ERA of the weekend for UO (1.40), and struck out five in her five innings. The Roseburg, Ore., native has allowed only two earned runs and struck out 32 in her last 29 2/3 innings spread over eight games (including tilts vs. returning World Series qualifier Alabama and NCAA veteran Texas). 

Earlier in the day, UO lost its rematch to Southern Utah, 10-5, after the Thunderbirds beat the Ducks, 2-1, on Friday afternoon.

In Saturday’s first game, UO took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second inning on Jenkins’ triple to deep left field. Two batters before in the inning, UO's first run came on Lindsey Chambers' single to left field.

UO also added a run in the third inning after Bryant singled, stole second base, then scored on a throwing error by the shortstop on a grounder by Fuiava. UO’s final run in the game came in the fifth after Bryant doubled in Cortney Kivett who had opened the inning with a single and stolen base.

At the plate in the game, six Ducks combined for eight hits – Jenkins (1-for-4, 2 RBI), Cortney Kivett (2-for-4, 1 run), Bryant (2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI), Fuiava (1-for-4), Ashley Kivett (1-for-2, 1 run) and Lindsey Chambers (1-for-3, 1 run).

Senior Melissa Rice made her third start of the season, and struck out two, walked one, gave up six hits, and one of her five runs allowed were earned. Rumfelt came on in the third inning with two outs, and runners on second and third, and struck out her first batter to end the inning. She got another out in the next inning before she was relieved by Skillingstad who worked the final 3.2 innings, struck out two, walked two, and gave up two hits and neither of her two runs allowed were earned.

Looking ahead, the Ducks return home for their home opener next week against Portland State, Wednesday, March 11 at 5 p.m., and its first game under its new lighting system. A week later, UO opens the Pac-10 season at Oregon State, Saturday, March 21 at 1 p.m., in the season’s first installment of the Civil War Sponsored by Your Northwest Dodge Dealers


Southern Utah 10, OREGON 5 (Mar 07, 2009 at Reno, Nev.)
Southern Utah....... 203 302 0 - 10 12  1      (8-13)
OREGON.............. 031 010 0 -  5  8  7      (8-14)
Pitchers: Southern Utah - K. Kearns; K. Brooks(7). OREGON - Rice, Melissa;
Rumfelt, Brittany(3); Skillingstad, Sam(4).
Win-K. Kearns(1-0)  Loss-Rice, Melissa(0-4)  T-2:11  A-200
Weather: 54, sunny, wind 0-3 mph

Nevada 8, OREGON 7 (Mar 07, 2009 at Reno, Nev.)
OREGON.............. 000 400 21 -  7  9  1      (8-15)
Nevada.............. 000 004 22 -  8 13  1      (14-9)
Pitchers: OREGON - Endicott, Mikayla; Rumfelt, Brittany(6); Skillingstad, Sam(7). Nevada -
Darby, M.; Holverson, K(6).
Win-Holverson, K(8-6)  Loss-Skillingstad, Sam(6-5)  T-2:33  A-475
HR ORE - Chambers, Kelsey; Chambers, Lindsey.
Weather: 56, sunny, wind 0-3 mph
Endicott faced 4 batters in the 6th.
Rumfelt faced 2 batters in the 7th.
Skillingstad faced 2 batters in the 8th.

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