Softball Hits The Road For UNLV Softball Classic

Feb. 12, 2002

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THE LAST TIME OUTAfter dropping its season opener to Houston, Oregon responded with three consecutive victories, including a 3-1 win over No. 17 Southwest Texas State. On the final day of action, the Ducks fell 9-1 to Texas Tech University to finish the tournament 3-2 overall. Freshman pitcher Lindsey Kontra came on strong in her collegiate debut, picking up the 7-2 victory over Texas Tech in the first meeting before handing Southwest Texas the 3-1 loss. Kontra pitched a team-high 16.1 innings and struck out 12 batters while allowing just three earned runs. Her ERA stands at 1.65 just behind sophomore Anissa Meashintubby, who pitched a 6-1 victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi and currently has a 1.29 ERA. Offensively, Andrea Vidlund stormed out of the gates, hitting .438 over the five games. Vidlund hit the Ducks' first home run of the season, scored four runs and had a team-high six RBI. Three other Oregon players are hitting above .400 - MariLyn Petrick (.667), Lakeesha Eversley (.429) and Alyssa Laux (.412).

HEAD COACH BRENT RINCONBegninning his first year as the head coach at the University of Oregon, Brent Rincon (3-2 overall, 3-2 Oregon) brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the program. Originally coming to Oregon to serve as an assistant for the upcoming season, Rincon took over the program as interim head coach in the Fall of 2001 following the depature of previous head coach, Rick Gamez. Rincon has been involved in softball as both a high school coach and as a head coach of various elite ASA travel teams. A highly successful high school and ASA coach in Arizona, Rincon helped develop many players who went on to play at the Division I level. In addition to coaching in the high school and ASA ranks, Rincon was also selected to coach the Arizona High School All-Stars in 1996.

HITS FOR EVERYONEOf all the players that have seen time at the plate, each has at least one hit, led by Vidlund and Laux, who have seven hits each. Janell Bergstrom, Ashley Richards and Lynsey Haij each have five hits and as a team, Oregon is outhitting its opponents, 42-25. The Ducks also hold the edge in doubles (10-4), RBI (15-11), total bases (55-31) and batting average (.316-.203).

ASSAULT ON THE RECORD BOOKSWith her home versus Texas A&M Corpus Chirsti, Vidlund is now tied for 10th all-time with 13 home runs. Triawn Custer holds the record with 35 career home runs (1998-2001). Pitcher Connie McMurren is currently second all-time with 370 strike outs.

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