April 4, 1998
EUGENE -- The 21st-ranked Oregon women's softball team again used timely hitting and aggressive running on the base paths to earn a doubleheader sweep over 17th-ranked California at Howe Field Saturday.
In the opening game pitcher Jennie Cook helped her own cause in the bottom of the second inning with a solo home run, and on Cook's sixth home run of the year the Ducks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. Cook threw a complete game surrendering only one earned run and improved her record to 16-9 on the year as the Ducks took the first game 3-2.
The offense in the second game was led by Katie Mackey's three-run home run in the bottom of the third and sparked the Ducks to a 5-3 victory to complete the afternoon sweep. Freshman Triawn Custer had another productive day going four-for-five with 2 RBIs in the two games, and fellow freshman teammate Bethany Smith earned the decision and improved to 10-3 on the year.
"Today we picked up two big wins," said Oregon head coach Rick Gamez."We talked at the beginning of the week about coming out of this weekend with four wins, and the kids battled hard for us today. We were able to come up with some key hits today and just did the little things right while remaining focused."
Oregon improves its record to 30-13 overall and draws even in conference play at 3-3, and the Ducks host 13th-ranked Stanford at Howe Field Sunday at 12 pm. The Cardinal split two games with Oregon State Saturday and bring a 24-7 record into play Sunday.