No. 3 Seeded Softball Stays Alive In NCAA Regionals With 4-1 Win Over San Diego State
May 16, 2003
FULLERTON, Calif. - It was only a matter of team before Oregon senior Andrea Vidlund put her name atop the home run career leader list. Vidlund (Fair Oaks) hit a two-run home run in the top of the third inning to tied the Oregon record (34) for career home runs and lead the Ducks to a 4-1 victory over San Diego State on the second day of the NCAA Regionals in Fullerton, Calif.
'This is the type of game we've been in all season,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen said. 'We've had a lot of adversity this season - new coaches, close games - and we were coming off a tough loss versus Oklahoma State against a hungry San Diego State team that has beaten us this season. To come back and play immediately says a lot about our team.'
With the win, Oregon (34-18) avoided being eliminated from the tournament after falling 2-1 to Oklahoma State earlier Friday. The Ducks will face the winner of the Penn State/Fullerton game Saturday at 11 a.m. Oregon defeated Penn State 10-8 in its opening game of the regionals Thursday.
Vidlund broke up the scoreless game with her homer in the third that also scored senior Amber Hutchison, who finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored. The Ducks added a run in the fifth inning when San Diego State first baseman Jacque Vaca committed an error, allowing Hutchison to score and put Oregon ahead 3-0.
Anissa Meashintubby (Monroe) threw four perfect innings before the Aztecs' offense got going in the bottom of the fifth inning. After Vaca led off with a double and third baseman Kelcy Murphy advanced her with a single. Shortstop Bianca Cruz drove in Vaca with a RBI single through the left side to pull the Aztecs with two runs, 3-1. Meashintubby was replaced by Vidlund, who struck out the next two batters and then tossed Bridgette Caron's comebacker to end the inning.
Meashintubby struck out five to improve to 8-4 on the season while Vidlund picked up her 10th save of the season.
Oregon 002 011 0 4 6 1SDSU 000 010 0 1 5 22B: Vaca (9)HR: Vidlund (14)
Win - Meashintubby (8-4)Loss - Destanta (18-6)Save - Vidlund (10)