No. 25 Softball Heads To Houston Invitational

Feb. 19, 2003

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COMING UPHouston Invitational - Houston, TexasThe Ducks continue their preseason road swing in Houston, Tex., this week. Oregon will play six games in the three day tournament, including Texas Tech and Houston, which the Ducks defeated in their first tournament of the season. Oregon opens the tournament vs. UTSA Friday.

CRACKING THE TOP 25After starting the season with wins over then-No. 4 Michigan, then-No. 9 Florida State and then-No. 17 Georgia, the Ducks have broken into the NFCA/USA Today Poll at No. 25. Oregon has not been ranked in the top-25 since the week of March 8, 2001. Currently, all eight Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top-25.

CAMPBELL/CARTIER CLASSIC RECAPThe Ducks continued to fare well versus ranked opponents, defeating No. 4 Michigan, 8-7, in eight innings of play last weekend. Oregon wasn't as successful against its unranked opponents, dropping games to Santa Barbara, Northridge and San Diego State. Senior Andrea Vidlund (2-1) picked up Oregon's win against the Wolverines while freshman Breanne Sabol scored the Ducks' winning run in the top of the eighth inning.

BOSKOVICH NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMOregon freshman Beth Boskovich was named to the Campbell/Cartier Classic All-Tournament team. Boskovich (Camarillo, Calif.) was 5-for-12 (.417) with three RBI and two runs scored. Boskovich hit her first home run of the season, a two-run shot over the left field fence against Northridge. Boskovich is fourth on the team with a .303 average.

HEAD COACH KATHY ARENDSENArendsen arrives at Oregon after six successful seasons at Mississippi State. The Zeeland, Mich., native is 381-279 overall and rebuilt the Bulldog program from scratch after a 10-year break. Arendsen led Mississippi State to six-consecutive winning seasons and a pair of NCAA Tournament berths. As a player, Arendsen has received a wealth of accolades, including inductions into the ASA Hall of Fame, Cal State Chico Hall of Fame, Michigan's Hall of Fame and Grand Rapids (Mich.) Hall of Fame. In Dec. 1999, Arendsen was recognized by Sports Illustrated as one of the 50 best-ever athletes to come out of the state of Michigan. In May 2003, Arendsen will be inducted into the Michigan Hall of Fame along with Barry Sanders and Joe Dumars, among others.

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