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#15 Cal Downs Duck Softball, 7-2
Release Date: 04/25/2009
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BERKELEY, Calif. The University of Oregon softball team (15-28, 2-12) fell 7-2 Saturday afternoon at No. 15 California (31-15, 7-7) to even the season series, 1-1.

Five Ducks hit safely in the game senior Sari-Jane Jenkins (1-for-4), juniors Shelley Deadmond (1-for-2) and Carlyn Re (1-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI) and sophomores Monique Fuiava (1-for-2, 1 walk) and Ashley Kivett (1-for-3) the latter of which broke up Cal starter Valerie Arioto’s no-hitter with one out in the fifth inning.

UO scored both of its runs in the sixth. With one out, Deadmond slapped a single to the left side of the infield, and after a fielder’s choice by junior Neena Bryant, the latter stole second base, and came around to score on a single to right field by Re. Fuiava followed with her first career triple off the right center field wall to score Re.

Glancing at the Duck all-time charts, Jenkins’ single in the seventh inning was her 228th career hit and put her all alone in second all-time for UO, and only six shy of the school record (Julie Cavanaugh, 234). Bryant’s stolen base upped her top-10 all-time Duck rankings for thefts in a season (fourth, 26) and career (fourth, 63).

The Bears scored three runs in the second inning, but all three were unearned due to a trio of infield errors to go along with a single. In the fourth, after Cal grounded out twice to open the inning, they added three more runs on another infield error and three singles. The Bears’ final run came in the sixth on a sacrifice fly after the opening hitter singled and next two batters walked.

UO sophomore starter Brittany Rumfelt (2-8) pitched the first 3 2/3 innings, struck out three, walked none, gave up four hits, and none of her six runs allowed were earned.

After Cal had scored three runs in the fourth, freshman Mikayla Endicott came on with two runners on and two outs in the fourth inning, and got a pop-out to end the inning.

The Roseburg, Ore., product ultimately pitched 2 1/3 innings, struck out two, walked two and allowed one earned run. In her first appearance in more than three weeks, she showed little signs of rust, and even when Cal loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth, she escaped the inning allowing only one run, thanks to a line-out to left field, a sacrifice fly to right and a strikeout swinging.

For Cal (31-15, 7-7), starter Valerie Arioto (14-5), pitched the first 6 2/3 innings, struck out six, walked two and both of her runs allowed were earned. Marissa Drewrey came in with two runners on and two outs in the seventh and got the final out via strikeout.

Earlier in the weekend, UO pushed No. 4 Stanford to nine inning Friday night before falling, 2-0, on a home run by Shannon Koplitz. Duck freshman Samantha Skillingstad (11-11) struck out 10 Cardinal batters en route to her 13th complete game of the season.

UO took the first meeting of the season vs. Cal in mid-April in Eugene by a 7-0 count, thanks to a Skillingstad shutout.

Looking ahead, UO plays its final contest vs. No. 15 California this season Sunday at noon.


California 7, OREGON 2 (Apr 25, 2009 at Berkeley, Calif.)
OREGON.............. 000 002 0 -  2  5  4      (15-28, 2-12 Pac-10)
California.......... 030 301 X -  7  5  0      (31-15, 7-7 Pac-10)
Pitchers: OREGON - Rumfelt, Brittany; Endicott, Mikayla(4) and Kivett, Ashley. California -
Arioto, Valerie; Drewrey, Marissa(7) and Masaniai, Bernice.
Win-Arioto, Valerie(14-5)  Loss-Rumfelt, Brittany(2-8)  T-1:56  A-196
Weather: 60, sunny, wind 3-7 mph

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