Softball Splits On First Day Of UNLV Classic

Feb. 15, 2002

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - The University of Oregon softball team held off a late charge by Central Michigan in its second game of the UNLV Classic, defeating the Chippewas, 9-8, to finish the day 1-1 and improve to 4-3 overall this season.

Oregon sophomore Anissa Meashintubby improved to 2-0 on the season, pitching 6 and one thirds innings. Meashintubby struck out five and walked three. Senior Connie McMurren took over with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning after Central Michingan had scored four runs to cut the lead to just one run. McMurren got two consecutive outs to pick up her first save of the season.

'We really held off a big charge by Central Michigan and that was nice to see,' Oregon head coach Brent Rincon said. 'The players showed a lot of character and composure and I'm very proud of them for that.'

Offensively, junior Andrea Vidlund hit her second and third home runs of the season against the Chippewas. Vidlund now has 15 career home runs and is tied for ninth all-time at Oregon. Vidlund's power hitting accounted for four RBI in the victory.

Alyssa Laux finished the game 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI, while junior transfer Lakeesha Eversley was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

In the tournament opener, the Ducks dropped an 8-3 decision to Cal Poly. The game was tied at three before the Mustangs scored five straight runs to break open the lead. Freshman Lindsey Kontra (2-1) picked up her first loss of the season.

Oregon continues tournament action tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. versus Alabama. The Ducks will then face Kansas at 3:00 p.m.

Oregon 9, Central Michigan 8Oregon 9 13 1 - 220 401 0Central Michigan 8 14 1 - 110 002 4Win: Meashintubby (2-0) Loss: Rasmussen
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