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UA softball team loses at Oregon

The University of Arizona softball team dropped its third straight game Thursday, losing 2-1 at Oregon in 10 innings.

Lindsey Chambers hit a one-out double to score her twin sister, Kelsey, to give the Ducks (16-32, 3-16) the win.

UA (11-7, 39-14) was in first place in the Pac-10 last week, but has fallen to fourth. The Wildcats trail first-place UCLA by two games.

Sarah Akamine (18-6) went the distance for UA, allowing seven hits and striking out 10.

Oregon’s Sam Skillingstad picked up the win, striking out eight in 10 innings.

UA got its only run on Stacie Chambers’ 27th homer of the year in the fifth to tie the game at 1.

Chambers, Brittany Lastrapes and Lauren Schutzler all had two hits for UA.

The Wildcats play at Oregon State at 3 p.m. Friday. UA will then wrap up its season with a noon game Saturday at OSU.

• Junior catcher Chambers is one of 10 finalists for the national player of the year award.

The award is sponsored by the Amateur Softball Association of America, which is the national governing body of softball.

The three finalists will be announced May 20, while the winner will be announced prior to the start of the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City next month.

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