Oregon 3, Louisiana-Lafayette
Oregon 3, Louisiana-Lafayette 1May 21, 2005
NORMAN, Okla. -- Despite losing to Louisiana-Lafayette in Game 1 of the NCAA Regional No. 14 Championships Friday, the Oregon Ducks avenged their loss by defeating the Ragin' Cajuns 3-1 Saturday night in Game 5 at the OU Softball Complex in Norman, Okla.
Oregon started strong with three runs in the first inning but was unable to score the rest of the game. ULL did not get on the board until the bottom of the fourth when Joy Webre drove in teammate Jill Robertson to score the team's sole run of the game.
The Cajuns ended their season with a 51-10 overall record. Oregon improves to 36-24 and advances to the championship game against Oklahoma at 1 p.m.
* This game marks the seventh meeting of the two teams. Oregon leads the series 4-3.
* Tomorrow's game will mark Oregon's third straight championship appearance.
* Oregon and Oklahoma will meet for the second time this season in tomorrow's championship game. The two teams met earlier this season in the Las Vegas Classic, where the Sooners were winning 2-1 before the game was cancelled due to rain.
* ULL is now 32-23 in all-time NCAA Regional action.
Oregon Head Coach Kathy Arendsen
On the game:
"We left 60 degree weather and cool weather so the heat was something we had to deal with today. The heat hit us pretty hard being in the first base dugout and it was a real battle. I'm so excited about this win tonight because it is such a quality win. I think Louisiana-Lafayette is an outstanding team. We're very excited. It was a great pitching effort by our freshman Alicia Cook and with timely hitting by kids like Kayleen Hudson and good defense it was such a team effort all the way around."
On playing Oklahoma Sunday:
"We played them earlier this season in Las Vegas in four or five innings before it got rained out. We have great respect for this outstanding program. It's one of the powerhouse programs of the country and we realize that we have a great challenge ahead, but we're excited to be there. We're going to try and give it our very best and you just never know what will happen."
Oregon Freshman Pitcher Alicia Cook
On her confidence after team built lead in first inning:
"It's always nice as a pitcher to have a lead because it makes you relax, but I also have such a great defense behind me that I had nothing to worry about."