Feb. 22, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego softball team (2-3) dropped a heart breaker to the 25th ranked University of Oregon Ducks (10-1) Thursday afternoon at the USD Softball Complex.
In the seventh inning, freshman Jennifer Ellenbeck singled to left field then stole second base. Senior Danielle Treiber walked, and Jennifer Ellenbeck took advantage of the live ball and stole third catching Oregon off guard putting runners on first and third with the tying run at the plate. Junior Kathleen Bonja was unable to get the ball past the infield grounding out to the Duck's shortstop to end the game 7-4.
"I'm pleased with our offensive production tonight," said head coach Melissa McElvain. "Oregon was allowing less than one earned run a game and we manufactured four runs against solid defense."
The Ducks scored three runs in the first inning against the Toreros. San Diego could have held them to less had it not been for one of the umpires interfering with a routine pop fly.
The Toreros responded in the bottom of the second inning when Treiber singled up the middle to start off the inning. Bonja followed with a double to centerfield advancing Treiber to third. Massei popped up to the shortstop for USD's first out. Freshman Keely Helbock singled to centerfield pushing Treiber across home plate and moving Bonja to third. Senior Virginia Fritsch bombed a triple to right center field scoring Helbock and Bonja tying the game up 3-3.
Oregon posted two more runs in the top of the third taking a 5-3 lead. USD came right back in the bottom half of the inning scoring a run and bringing the deficit 4-5. San Diego allowed two more runs across in the top of the fourth inning and could not come back from the 7-4 deficit.
As a team, San Diego fought hard offensively keeping up with Oregon posting eight hits to U of O's nine. Treiber hit 2-for-3 with one walk and two runs scored. Bonja also hit 2-for-3 with one double, one walk, and one run scored.
"Virginia Fritsch made a clutch two RBI triple," commented McElvain. "Katie Jo and Christina Haake both had good outings in the circle. They kept us in the game. We just need to settle down on defense, that was the difference in the ball game."
The Toreros continue their action-packed weekend at the San Diego State University Aztec Invitational beginning with Seina College at 9:00 a.m. at the SDSU Softball Stadium.