Softball Wins Second Straight Over Sun Devils, Moves To Fifth In Pac-10
April 27, 2003
EUGENE - Oregon senior Andrea Vidlund is getting used to playing a dual role for the 20th-ranked University of Oregon softball team. On Sunday, the senior from Fair Oaks, Calif., broke the single season Pac-10 record with her eighth save and hit her ninth home run of the season to lead the Ducks to a 3-0 win over No. 12 Arizona State. With the win, Oregon climbed to fifth in the Pac-10 and improved to 28-15 overall, 6-9 Pacific-10 Conference while the Sun Devils fell to 28-19, 5-10.
'I feel confident right now,' Vidlund said. 'And we feel confident as a team. The biggest thing for us is to remain consistent and keep believing we can win. We've accomplished a lot of our goals for the season, but it's not over. There's still more we can do.'
The Ducks led early in the game, going ahead 1-0 in the second inning on an error by Arizona State pitcher Desiree Serrano. Vidlund's solo home run and a sacrifice fly by senior Janell Bergstrom that scored Jenn Poore, who was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, extended Oregon's lead to 3-0 after six innings.
Arizona State had threatened in the sixth inning, putting runners on first and second with one out, but the Ducks' defense came up huge when Adriana Garcia hit back to Vidlund. Vidlund turned and threw to shortstop Breanne Sabol, who successfully turned the double play to get the Ducks out of the inning.
Oregon had not defeated the Sun Devils in back-to-back games since 1999 and it was also a big win for Oregon coach Kathy Arendsen, who notched her 400th career win Sunday. Duck pitcher Amy Harris (14-11) picked up her second win in as many days, while Serrano (17-12) took the loss.
The Ducks hit the road next week, facing UCLA in Los Angeles Friday before taking on Washington in Seattle Saturday and Sunday.
Arizona State 000 000 0 - 0 4 1Oregon 010 002 x - 3 4 2Harris (13-11) Serrano (17-11)2B: Poore (4)HR: Vidlund (9)