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THURSDAY COLLEGE SOFTBALL ROUNDUP/No. 3 Oregon improves to 7-0 behind Kleist's one-hitter/Beavers fall to Louisiana Lafayette


Oregon 1, Houston 0KLEIST

• The third-ranked Ducks improved to 7-0 with the win at Puerto Vallarta.

After opening the season last weekend with 73 runs and 17 home runs in Tempe, Arizona, the Ducks won on a first-inning single by Gwen Svekis, who blasted five home runs in the first six games to tie for the NCAA lead.

Houston fell to 3-2, held to one hit by Megan Kleist (3-0), who walked none and struck out 10. She allowed a one-hit single in the third inning, but the runner did not advance.

Oregon, which batted .472 in its six Kajikawa Classic games last week, had five hits in the one hour, 25-minute game. The only extra-base hit was a double by Alexis Mack.

The Ducks have given up 12 runs in their first seven games.

Oregon will play three more times on this trip. The Ducks have two games set for Friday, facing Rutgers at 3 p.m. PT and Texas at 6 p.m. PT. On Saturday, Oregon and 15th-ranked Mississippi will meet at 6 p.m. PT.

Louisiana-Lafayette 9, Oregon State 4

• OSU got out-hit only 9-8 at Louisiana-Lafayette, which is ranked 16th in the nation this week.

The Beavers dropped to 4-2, while

the Ragin' Cajuns went to 6-0.

Missy Nunes' straightaway-center home run in the second inning gave Oregon State a short-lived, 1-0 lead. Louisiana scored three runs in the bottom of the frame.

A three-run homer by Shelby Weeks in the fifth pulled OSU to within 8-4.

The Beavers will a five-game stint in the Purple and Gold Challenge at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Friday, facing Central Arkansas at 7:30 a.m. PT and Southern Utah at 10 a.m. PT.

Oregon State's final two games in the tournament will be versus No. 7 LSU at 5:30 p.m. PT Saturday and 10 a.m. PT Sunday.

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