No. 20 Softball Off To Bay Area For More Pac-10 Action
April 2, 2003
A Brief Return
Oregon continues Pac-10 play this weekend in the Bay Area for more Pac-10 play. Oregon will face No. 13 Stanford in a single game Friday before taking on the seventh-ranked Cal Bears in a single game Saturday and Sunday.
ESPN.COM/USA SOFTBALL COLLEGIATE TOP 25 POLL
The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) released the first-ever ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll on Feb. 25. Oregon debuted at No. 22. This week Oregon is at No. 20 as all eight Pac-10 teams are ranked, including No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Arizona.
NFCA TOP 25
Oregon broke into the NFCA Top 25 at No. 25 on Jan. 29. This week, the Ducks moved up to No. 21. Oregon had not been ranked in the NFCA Poll since March 8, 2001. All eight Pac-10 teams are ranked in the NFCA Poll, led by No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Washington and No. 3 Arizona.
LAST WEEKEND VS. ARIZONA AND ARIZONA STATE
Conference play was in full swing last weekend as the Ducks traveled to the desert to take on No. 13 Arizona State and No. 3 Arizona. On Friday, Oregon lost a close 2-0 game to the Sun Devils. Freshman pitcher Amy Harris had five strikeouts in the game and gave up zero earned runs as both of Arizona State's runs were scored on an Oregon error. Saturday vs. Arizona, Harris again pitched a gem, allowing the third-ranked Cats just five hits and one earned run. Senior Amber Hutchison hit her second home run of the season. Unfortunately, Arizona capitalized on Duck errors to secure the win, 4-1. On Sunday, Arizona defeated the Ducks 8-0 in six innings.
SERIES VS. STANFORDOregon is 21-15 all-time vs. the Cardinal, including a 4-0 win in its final Pac-10 game of the season in 2002.
SERIES VS. CALIFORNIAThe Bears own a 56-27 advantage in the series vs. Oregon. Earlier this season, Oregon met the Bears in the championship game of the National Invitational Softball Tournament in San Jose, Calif. Cal defeated Oregon 6-0 and has now won eight of the last 10 meetings.