No. 19 Softball Embarks On Final Pac-10 Road Swing
April 29, 2003
Back on the road for final Pac-10 road games
After opening the season on the road for eight consecutive weeks, the University of Oregon softball team enjoyed remaining home for most of April. This week, the Ducks go back on the road, embarking on their final Pac-10 road games of the season. Oregon will face No. 2 UCLA (39-5, 11-3) Friday before heading to Seattle for games at No. 4 Washington (40-9, 7-7) Saturday and Sunday. UCLA and Washington face each other Wednesday before this weekend's play.
With its two wins over Nevada and two Pac-10 wins over Arizona State last weekend, Oregon has secured a winning record, which is crucial for nabbing an NCAA Regional bid. The Ducks have not been to the postseason since 2000 and are likely to earn a bid this season.
Oregon's back-to-back wins over the Sun Devils secured head coach Kathy Arendsen's 400th win of her career. Arendsen's 28 wins at Oregon this season surpasses the Ducks' win total from last season (24).
ESPN.COM/USA SOFTBALL COLLEGIATE TOP 25 POLL
Oregon moved up one spot in this week's poll, coming in at No. 19. Seven Pac-10 teams are ranked in the poll, including No. 1 Arizona and No. 2 UCLA. Oregon State is unranked.
NFCA TOP 25
Oregon broke into the NFCA Top 25 at No. 25 on Jan. 29. This week, the Ducks are at No. 21. Oregon had not been ranked in the NFCA Poll since March 8, 2001. Seven of eight Pac-10 teams are ranked this week.
RECAPPING LAST WEEK
Oregon had a strong homestand, going 4-1 with two wins over then-No. 12 Arizona State and a sweep of Nevada in a doubleheader. Senior Lynsey Haij was 6-for14 with a grand slam, a home run and a double. Pitcher Amy Harris had a career-high12 strikeouts vs. Nevada and picked up three wins in the week. The Ducks' two wins over Arizona State marked the first time since 1998 that Oregon won back-to-back Pac-10 home games. Andrea Vidlund, Janell Bergstrom, Beth Boskovich and Breanne Sabol each homered last week.
REGIONAL SITES ANNOUNCED
The eight regional sites and their host schools were announced this week. Regional will be held at: Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Tucson, Ariz.; Fullerton, Calif.; Gainesville, Fla.; Fresno, Calif.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Lincoln, Neb.; and Austin, Tex.