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Softball gets upset road victory

Feb. 6, 2001

Lady Bears' open season with 3-3 showing in tourney

By ROB SINCLAIR

Sports writer

The Baylor softball team split six games to finish third in the season-opening Chuck Nash Southwest Texas State Invitational.

The Lady Bears split two games Friday, lost both Saturday and then rebounded with a perfect Sunday. The highlight of the tournament came Sunday when Baylor upset the No. 20-ranked University of Oregon 4-0.

'We played Oregon really well,' catcher Ryan Stukel said. 'We beat them in every aspect of the game.'

Baylor lost its other game to Oregon, took a pair of games from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and lost twice to Southwest Texas.

'Southwest Texas is a really good team for being from the Southland Conference,' Stukel said. 'They played their hearts out and they've got a new coach who gets 100 percent out of them.'

Stukel had seven hits in the tournament and four RBI. On the mound, pitcher Joni Miller collected two wins and one save.

'It was nice to play a different team,' she said. 'Even when we scrimmage it's against our own teammates and they know you so well it's hard to fool them.'

Baylor head Coach Glenn Moore used the tournament to experiment with different lineups and give game experience to Baylor newcomers.

'Colleen Bordages played really well,' Stukel said, 'and Koral King was great with the bat and defensively.'

Up next for the Lady Bears is the University of Texas-Arlington tournament beginning Friday in Arlington. Miller said she expects a step up in the competition this weekend.

'There may not be one powerhouse but there will be a lot of well-rounded teams to play,' she said. 'It's a long road ahead of us. It's going to be tough but I think we can hang in there and do it.'