Softball To Host No. 1 UCLA, No. 6 Washington In Final Home Games Of Season
May 2, 2002
OREGON THIS WEEK Oregon (23-25 overall, 1-14 Pacific-10 Conference) hosts No. 1 UCLA (44-6, 12-3) Friday and No. 6 Washington (39-15, 8-7) Saturday and Sunday in its final home games of the season. The Bruins are currently riding a 10-game conference win-streak while Washington has won seven of its last nine contests.
THE LAST TIME OUTOregon picked up its first Pac-10 win of the season, a 4-2 upset over then-No. 5 Arizona State. Alyssa Laux hit a two-run home run and the Ducks scored four runs in the sixth inning to hold on to a 4-2 win. Tuesday, Oregon hosted Hawaii in a non-conference doubleheader, losing the first game 5-4 before coming from behind to win the second game 5-4.
HEAD COACH BRENT RINCON Begninning his first year as the head coach at the University of Oregon, Brent Rincon (23-25 overall, 23-25 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.
RECORDS WATCH With her seventh home run of the season against Colorado State, Andrea Vidlund is eighth all time with 18 home runs. Triawn Custer holds the record with 35 career home runs (1998-2001). Pitcher Connie McMurren is currently second all-time with 432 strike outs. Rachelle Taylor holds the strike out record with 474. Vidlund also has 81 career RBI and needs just two RBI to break into the top 10 all-time at Oregon.
MORE McMURREN Connie McMurren pitched the first no-hitter of her career in a 5-0 win over UNLV March 26. It was the first no-hitter by an Oregon pitcher since Bethany Smith blanked Simon Fraser in 1998 and the 12th in school history.
YOUNG GUNS Freshman pitcher Lindsay Kontra has posted wins over then No. 5 Arizona State, then-No. 19 Southwest Texas State and then-No. 13 Alabama. Sophomore Anissa Meashintubby is 9-5 with a team-low 2.49 ERA. Meashintubby also leads Oregon with 85 strike outs and has pitched three of Oregon's five shut outs.