Softball Handles Houston In Eight Innings

Feb. 1, 2003

SAN MARCOS, Texas - Oregon junior Jenn Poore hit an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning to lift the Ducks to a 2-1 victory over Houston at the Southwest Texas/Century Tel Classic in San Marcos, Texas Saturday evening. The win improves the Ducks to 4-0 on the season and in the tournament while Houston fell to 0-3 overall.

'I am very pleased with how we competed,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen said. 'We have been playing extremely well on defense and we've been getting solid pitching performances. Now we need to go out tomorrow and get the win so we can go home 5-0.'

Senior Andrea Vidlund, who pitched one inning in the Ducks' victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi Friday, came in for junior Anissa Meashintubby in the top seventh inning and held off the Cougars to record her first victory in over two years. Prior to Friday's outing, Vidlund had not pitched since a 4-3 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on May 20, 2000 at the NCAA Regionals.

'It feels good to be back on the mound and be in control,' Vidlund said. 'I want to be able to contribute and hopefully I will continue to come in and help us get victories.'

Oregon now has four different pitchers with a victory in the tournament, while freshman Amy Harris picked up the Ducks' first save of the season against Southwest Texas Saturday morning.

Offensively, Poore led Oregon, finishing 3-for-4 with two RBI, including the game winner, which scored Vidlund. Seniors Alyssa Laux, Lynsey Haij, Janell Bergstrom, along with Vidlund, each added a hit in the victory. Defensively, Meashintubby was impressive in her second start, allowing just one hit while striking out seven.

Houston went ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Arelis Ferreris drove in Kim Nesloney with a double to right center field. Oregon came back and tied the game in the top of the sixth inning after Vidlund singled to right field and advanced to third on an error by Houston right fielder Lindsay Durham. Poore drove in Rachel Tommasini, who was pinch running for Vidlund in the Ducks' next at bat. Oregon went on to load the bases after a bunt each by Bergstrom and freshman Beth Boskovich, but was unable to score the go ahead run.

The Cougars had an opportunity to score again in the bottom of the sixth when Meashintubby walked Kristen Glowacz with one out. Houston designated player Jeanie Davis hit a hard shot to right field and Boskovich ended the inning with textbook throw to third base, picking off Glowacz.

After Oregon went ahead in the seventh, Houston seemed to rise to the challenge in the bottom of the seventh inning, putting runners on first and third. After Boskovich made an impressive catch in deep right field, Vidlund struck out Davis to end the game.

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