March 30, 2007
Eugene - Jennifer Salling's seventh inning sacrifice fly to center field scoring Blair Williamson was the difference as the No. 14-ranked Oregon Ducks opened Pac-10 Conference play with a 4-3 win over the visiting California Golden Bears on Friday afternoon.
Cal (23-17) continues league action in a pair of games at Oregon State on Saturday and Sunday. Both games are slated for 1:00 p.m. This is the first time since 2003 that the Bears have lost four straight games.
Oregon unlocked a scoreless tie in the third inning when Sari-Jane Jenkins connected for a double to right field which allowed Amie Morris to score from second base, giving the Ducks a 1-0 lead. Oregon expanded its lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning after Lovena Chatput notched a two-run home run off of Cal starting pitcher Marissa Drewrey.
The Bears did not give up and rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to knot the score at 3-3. Bernice Masaniai produced a one-out single down the left line, and then was replaced with pinch runner Shannon Houston. Houston then moved to second courtesy of a Katie Vickers single up the middle. Vernae Sevilla provided the innings' first clutch hit as her double down the left field line scored Houston and moved Vickers to third. Julie Meyer followed with a sacrifice fly to right field which enabled Vickers to score. After Jessica Moore was inserted to pinch run for Sevilla at third base, Oregon pitcher Melissa Rice threw a wild pitch, allowing Moore to score and tie the game at 3-3.
The Ducks however prevented the game from going to extra innings when Salling's sacrifice fly off of Lauren Frankiewicz enabled Williamson to score.
Sevilla went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Masaniai produced two hits in the losing effort. Frankiewicz took the loss to fall to 10-8 on the season.