Arendsen Completes First Recruiting Class With Two More Players
Nov. 26, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon softball program added an additional two players to its 2004 recruiting class and completes the fall recruiting period with seven players, head coach Kathy Arendsen announced today.
Joining Oregon's five other recruits is Amie Morris (C; Salem, Ore.) and Kayleen Hudson (OF; Northglenn, Colo.). Morris is the first player from Oregon to sign with the Ducks and currently plays at Sprague High School in Salem.
'With the addition of these two athletes I feel we have completed a successful first recruiting class,' Arendsen said. 'These players are very dedicated to the sport and are regarded as the top players in their age group. We are very proud of the outstanding student-athletes we have coming in.'
Morris plays for head coach Jerry Orlando on the Oregon Panthers club team. The Panthers finished the summer season ranked No. 11 nationally and were 42-22 overall. While at Sprague, Morris was a 2002 All-Region selection and earned first-team all-league catcher in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Sprague was league champion this season. Morris also plays volleyball and basketball.
'Her strenghts are definitely her leadership and her intelligence,' Orlando said. 'She is an extremely hard worker and is very intense.'
Hudson (Northglenn HS) currently plays for Jerry Hall on the Colorado Comets Club team. Hudson was named North Metro's Player of the Year after securing the state batting title (.653 average). She was a first-team all-conference and all-state honoree. As a junior, Hudson was a first-team all conference after leading the conference in home runs. She earned 5A league MVP honors for her stellar performance. Her accolades began early in her career as she was a second-team all conference her freshman year and followed with second-team all-conference her sophomore year.
'Kayleen is the pure outfielder we were searching for,' Arendsen said. 'She has textbook technique, a very strong arm and is fearless in the outfield. With three senior outfielders graduating, we hope that she will move right into our outfield and provide us with stability for years to come.'
Oregon's season opens Jan. 31 in San Marcos, Texas.