Softball Returns To Tournament Action At Red Desert Classic

Feb. 25, 2002

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THE LAST TIME OUT The Ducks made their first-ever trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas last weekend. On Saturday, the Ducks split a doubleheader with the Razorbacks, falling 5-1 in the first game and responding with a 3-0 victory in the second game. In Game 1, junior Andrea Vidlund hit her fourth home run of the season and 16th of her career. Sophomore Anissa Meashintubby improved to 4-0 with the win in the second game. Junior transfer Lakeesha Eversley hit her third homer of the season in Game 2 and finished 2-for-3 with two RBI. Vidlund also finished the game 2-for-3 and accounted for the Ducks' other RBI. On Sunday, Arkansas responded with an 8-5 victory. Again, Vidlund was Oregon's offensive spark, hitting a double and finishing the game 2-for-3 with two RBI. Senior Kristi Hall was 1-for-3 and drove in two runs while catcher Jenn Poore had the final RBI.

HEAD COACH BRENT RINCON Begninning his first year as the head coach at the University of Oregon, Brent Rincon (8-5 overall, 8-5 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 EVERYONE Of the 14 Oregon players with an appearance at the plate this year, 12 have at least one hit, led by Andrea Vidlund (20) and Alyssa Laux (16). Oregon is outhitting its opponents, 106-94, and six players have at least 10 hits.

RECORDS WATCH With her fourth home run of the season, Andrea Vidlund is now alone at ninth all-time at Oregon with 16 career home runs. Triawn Custer holds the record with 35 career home runs (1998-2001). Pitcher Connie McMurren is currently second all-time with 374 strike outs.

.400 CLUB After 13 games, three Oregon players are hitting above .400 -- Vidlund (.465), Alyssa Laux (.421) and Kristi Hall (.417). Laux's career batting average currently stands at .318, which is ninth all-time at Oregon.

YOUNG GUNS Freshman pitcher Lindsay Kontra has posted wins over then-No. 19 Southwest Texas State and then-No. 13 Alabama and leads the team with a 1.53 ERA. Kontra has pitched a team-high 32 innings and is 3-2 overall. Sophomore Anissa Meashintubby is 4-0 with a 1.87 ERA and has a team-high 19 strike outs in 30 innings pitched.

MORE HITS Oregon players have had 28 games in which at least one player has more than one hit. Vidlund and Eversley have had two hits in five games while Laux has had two hits in four different games and two instances of three hits in one game. Vidlund also has one game where she had four hits.

STREAKING Vidlund has been held hitless in just one game (Alabama) and is currently on a six game hit streak. Senior Kristi Hall has also had a hit in six consecutive games.

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