No. 18 Softball Home For Final Conference Games
May 7, 2003
Final games of regular season at home
Oregon (30-16 overall, 8-10 Pacific-10 Conference) hosts No. 5 California (40-15, 9-9) Friday before taking on No. 12 Stanford (36-23, 5-13) in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon. Oregon is alone in fourth place in the conference one game behind the Bears heading into the final weekend of play.
REGIONAL BIDS TO BE ANNOUNCED
ESPN News will announce which teams will go where for the NCAA regionals Sunday evening at 7 p.m. PST. Regional competition begins Thursday, May 15.
Oregon's back-to-back wins over the Sun Devils April 26 and 27 secured head coach Kathy Arendsen's 400th win of her career. Arendsen's 30 wins at Oregon this season surpasses the Ducks' win total from last season (24). She currently has 402 career victories.
ESPN.COM/USA SOFTBALL COLLEGIATE TOP 25 POLL
Oregon moved up one spot in this week's poll, coming in at No. 18. 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. 18. 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 was 2-1 last weekend with two wins over then-No. 5 Washington in Seattle. Oregon had not won the series vs. the Huskies since 1993 and secured fourth place in the conference with a 6-5 win Saturday (eight innings) and a 6-5 win Sunday. Oregon catcher Jenn Poore hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to lead the Ducks to victory Saturday. On Sunday, Oregon took a 4-0 lead in the first inning before Washington tied the game in the second. An RBI each by Janell Bergstrom and Beth Boskovich led Oregon to a 6-5 win. On Friday, UCLA defeated Oregon 4-3. Senior Andrea Vidlund hit her 10th home run of the season in the seventh inning.
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.