No. 20 Oregon Softball Splits On Day 2 Of UNLV Softball Classic

Feb. 17, 2001

The No. 20 University of Oregon softball team (9-7), went 1-1 on the second day of the UNLV Softball Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Ducks played back-to-back games against Kansas and Loyola Marymount at the Desert Breeze softball complex. Oregon defeated Kansas 8-6 in Game 1 and fell 7-4 to the Lions in Game 2.

'We've still got some things to work on in terms of our mental preparation,' Oregon head coach Rick Gamez said. 'We haven't been consistent and we haven't been able to put it all together.'

Freshman pitcher Anissa Meashintubby stepped on the mound for the first time this season and improved to 1-0 with her victory over Kansas in game 1. Meashintubby took over for sophomore Lisa Wangler in the top of the fourth inning and gave up three hits and one run in four innings pitched.

The Jayhawks took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning and Oregon was scoreless in its first at-bat. In the bottom of the second Oregon senior Triawn Custer swung at the first pitch and sent it over the left field fence. It was Custer's second home run of the season.

Sophomore Andrea Vidlund continued the rally for Oregon with a single to left field and Missy Coe singled to right field to advance Vidlund. Junior Holly Ray walked to load the bases and a single by sophomore Amber Hutchison scored Vidlund. Wangler drove in the tying run with a sacrafice fly to left field.

Kansas was able to take the lead in again in the top of the fourth, scoring three runs on three hits and two Oregon errors.

The Ducks responded in the bottom of the fifth with five runs of their own. Oregon had four hits in the inning and were helped by two Jayhawk errors. Offensively, Oregon was led by Coe, who finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one run batted in.

In Game 2, the Ducks fell behind early again, when the Lions scored two runs in the first inning, four in the second and one in the third to take a 7-0 lead.

Oregon came alive in the bottom of the fifth, scoring two runs on three hits. The Ducks' defense held Loyola Marymount scoreless for the remainder of the game, but offfensively Oregon wasn't able to catch up. Custer hit her second homer of the day, a two run shot to right field in the bottom of the sixth that brought Oregon within three runs, but the Lions held on for the win. Junior pitcher Connie McMurren fell to 3-3 with the loss.

Oregon 8, Kansas 6

Kansas 300 300 0 - 6 9 2

Oregon 030 050 - 8 9 6

Meashintubby/Coe (UO), Pierce/Campbell (Kansas)

2B: Coe (UO)

3B: Musser (Kansas)

HR: Custer (UO), Tabb (Kansas)

Loyola Marymount 7, Oregon 4

LMU 241 000 0 - 7 11 0

Oregon 000 022 0 - 4 10 0

Rogalsky/Dent (LMU), McMurren/Planche (UO)

LOB: UO -11, LMU-8

2B: Trauernicht, Rogalsky (LMU), Vidlund, Ray (UO)

HR: Strinz (LMU), Custer (UO)

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