May 20, 2004 - by
Oregon Tops Bethune-Cookman

May 20, 2004

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Both Oregon and Bethune-Cookman recorded six hits in Game Two of the NCAA Division I Softball Tallahassee Regional Thursday, but the Ducks’ second inning run proved to be enough to advance to the winner’s bracket with a 1-0 victory over the Wildcats. With the win, Oregon improved to 39-19 and will face South Florida at 12:30 p.m. Friday. The loss put Bethune-Cookman at 44-27 on the year. The Wildcats will face Ohio State in the first elimination game of the tourney at 8 p.m. Thursday.

In the bottom of the second inning, Oregon right fielder Kayleen Hudson led off with a triple to right center and scored when the next batter, the designated player Ann Marie Topps singled up the middle. The Ducks’ threatened again in the third inning with two straight hits, but Ashley Richards was called out at the plate on a double steal attempt.

Even though Oregon only collected six hits, three of them went for extra bases. In addition to Hudson’s triple, both Topps and Richards had doubles. Bethune-Cookman managed hits in all but the first two innings of the game but stranded seven base runners and no runner advanced beyond second base. Right fielder Rhoenita Yancey had two hits for the Wildcats and reached base three times, including on an error in the seventh inning.

Down to its last two outs, Bethune-Cookman moved the tying run to second base when Chloe Thomas singled then advanced to second base as Yancey reached on an error by the pitcher. Oregon hurler Ani Nyhus got herself out of the jam when Shaterra Davis lined into a game-ending double play.

The Ducks’ Nyhus threw all seven innings and struck out seven while walking just one batter. She improved to 22-12. BCC’s Lauren McCoy struck out one and walked one in six innings of work. The loss put her record at 23-13.

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