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UO softball topples Alabama.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Timely hitting, precise pitching and a solid defensive effort led to an 8-3 upset over No. 13 Alabama for the Oregon softball team in its opening game at the UNLV Classic in Las Vegas on Saturday. In the nightcap, the Ducks defeated Kansas 9-7 to improve to 6-3 overall and 3-1 for the tournament.

Against No. 13 Alabama, freshman Lindsay Kontra (3-1) gave up just one earned run to pick up her second tournament win.

Offensively, Oregon's bats were on fire for the second consecutive game. Lakeesha Eversley's three-run homer in the fourth broke the game open. She finished 1-for-3 with three RBIs.

Senior Kristi Hall hit her first home run of the season - also in the fourth inning - and was 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

Against Kansas, senior Connie McMurren went the distance, picking up her first win of the season. McMurren struck out three and gave up six hits.

"Kansas kept chipping away at the lead and we really showed resilience," Oregon coach Brent Rincon said. "We were fortunate to get off to a good start and got clutch pitching from Connie."

Eversley knocked her second home run of the day against the Jayhawks and was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Alyssa Laux was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Lynsey Haij was 2-for-4, including a triple and three RBIs.

Oregon plays Kent State at noon today in its final game of the tournament.

Oregon State's 18th-ranked squad shut out Texas Tech 8-0 at the UNLV Softball Classic on Saturday.

The Beavers improved on their best start in school history by moving to 11-1 on the year.

OSU opened up a 2-0 lead with runs in the first and third, and then blew it open against the 3-10 Red Raiders with four in the fourth and two more in the sixth to force the end of the game via the eight-run rule.

Brynnen Guthrie led the charge with going 3-for-4 day from the plate - a performance that included three RBIs and four runs.

Clare Burnum was 2-for-4 with two runs and a double, while Kelly Petersen, Miranda Dellinger and Jessica King each crossed the plate for the Beavers.

Monica Hoffman and Crystal Draper combined to shut out the Red Raiders on just two hits. Draper came on in the second after Hoffman faced one batter in the frame and earned the win by pitching the final five innings and striking out seven. Each pitcher gave up one hit.

OSU wraps up play when it faces No. 12 Nebraska at 8:30 a.m. today.

Men's basketball

Paul Miller hit an eight-foot jump shot with 2.9 seconds left in the game to give Lane a 75-73 victory over Mt. Hood in a Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges game in Gresham on Saturday.

Lane, which improved to 9-3 in the Southern Division, is tied for second place with Clackamas behind first-place Southwestern Oregon (10-2). The Titans will play host to the Lakers at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday before ending the regular season with Chemeketa and Umpqua.

Dave Brautigam had 18 points, six rebounds and three assists, and Chris Olson added 17 points and eight assists to pace Lane, which led 36-32 at the half. Keith Baker pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and dished out three assists to go with 13 points. Scott Calhoun contributed 11 points, including two three-pointers, and three steals.

The Saints were led by Shamario Ormond with 19 points and six rebounds and Marquese Jingles with 12 points.

Women's basketball

Lindsay Admire came off the bench to set a school record for three-point shots made and attempted Saturday when the former Elmira and Willamette standout made 12 of her 24 field goals, including 10-of-21 from behind the three-point arc, to lead Lane to an 88-59 victory over Mt. Hood in a Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges basketball game at Gresham.

The Titans, who improved to 8-3 in the Southern Division and 19-6 overall, also got 16 points and nine assists from Springfield's Talisha Rath and eight rebounds and six points from Gold Beach's LeeAnn Genovese.

Jasmine Malman (14), Terri Lee (12) and Sarah Payton (11) all scored in double figures to pace the Saints.

Hockey

One night after beating Tri-City to clinch the Northern Pacific Hockey League title, the Eugene Thunder lost 5-1 to the Titans to split their two-game road trip to Pasco, Wash.

Eugene's Jimmy Ross scored two minutes into the game on assists by Kyle Berquist and Evan McGill to give the Thunder an early 1-0 lead, but Tri-City (25-9-6) scored three goals in the next three minutes and then added another midway through the period to extend its lead to 4-1.

The Thunder, which dropped to 33-7-1, return to action Feb. 28 when they host the Portland Pioneers. Eugene opens play in the first round of playoffs March 8. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Monday at the Eugene Thunder ticket office, 682-7301.

Baseball

Ben Rowe and three relievers combined on a four-hitter for Oregon State in a 6-2 win over Western Kentucky in a nonleague game Saturday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego.

Chris Biles and Seth Pietsch both homered, tripled and drove in two runs each for OSU (3-4 overall). OSU wraps up its trip at noon today against San Diego State.

Rowe pitched three-hit ball over six innings, giving up just one run while walking one and striking out two. Biles and Pietsch hit back-to-back run-scoring triples in the bottom of the sixth to break what had been a 1-1 tie.

Jake Postlewait, Don Stykel and Jared Sanders then pitched the final three innings to hand Rowe his second win of the year. Andy Jarvis also had a big day at the plate for the Beavers, going 3-for-4 and driving in a run.

"Ben Rowe gave us an outstanding start," OSU coach Pat Casey said of the sophomore right-hander, who is 2-1 with a 1.84 earned-run average.

With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, OSU had Brian Barden at first with two out. Biles drove a pitch from Hilltopper right-hander Ryan Bicandoa into the gap in right-center for a triple that put the Beavers up 2-1. Pietsch followed with a triple to the same spot, and Jarvis added a run-scoring single to make it 4-1.

WKU scratched back within 4-2 in the top of the seventh, using two walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch for a run.

Then it was again Biles' turn, as he returned momentum to the Beavers by starting the bottom of the eighth with a home run to right-center field. OSU added a run later in the inning on Paul Richie's bases-loaded groundout.

The Beavers, whose Saturday output matched the six runs they scored all last weekend in being swept in a three-game series at San Diego, outhit the Hilltoppers 12-4.

Wrestling

Oregon State snapped Boise State's seven-match win streak as the Beavers wrapped up the dual-meet portion of their season Saturday with a 20-11 victory at Boise.

The Beavers (7-2 Pac-10, 12-8 overall) dropped two straight dual meets and fell behind 8-0, but rebounded with six consecutive victories.

Micah Houston and Jed Pennell launched the Beaver rally with 6-0 and 3-1 decisions, respectively. Nathan Coy, ranked 12th nationally by Amateur Wrestling News, gave OSU a 9-8 advantage with his 8-1 decision. No. 16-ranked Isaac Weber and Jason Lovel also recorded victories by decisions.

No. 7-ranked Jason Cooley kept Beaver momentum going with a tie-breaking win that lifts his win streak to seven. Nathan Navarro decisioned to finish off the meet.

Oregon State heads for home where it hosts the Pac-10 championships on March 2-3.
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Title Annotation:Regional Roundup: Hot hitting, solid defense give Ducks edge in upset.; Sports
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Feb 17, 2002
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