Oregon Softball Gears Up For Pair Of Doubleheaders

March 22, 2001

On Tap March 26-28, 2001Monday, March 26, 2001 - at Santa Clara (DH) - 1 p.m. - Marsalli ParkWednesday, March 28, 2001 - at St. Mary's (DH) - 2 p.m. - Cottrell Field

Oregon This Week Oregon (20-15) travels to California for doubleheaders against Santa Clara and St. Mary's. The Ducks fell out of the NFCA Top 25 poll for the first time this season and are looking to gain momentum heading into the Pac-10 season. Oregon faces Santa Clara Monday with the first game beginning at 1 p.m. and will take on St. Mary's Wednesday with Game 1 starting at 2 p.m.

Recently Oregon won its first four games at the National Invitational Tournament in Sunnyvale, Calif., two weeks ago before dropping two games to be eliminated from the tournament.

Scouting Santa Clara The Broncos are 10-17 overall and have lost four of their last five games. Offensively, Tracie Hall leads the team in batting average (.290) and runs batted in (8). Pitcher Krista Barry is the Broncos' leading pitcher, posting a 6-7 record and a 2.97 ERA.

Scouting St. Mary's The Gaels are an even .500 (12-12) heading into this week. Five players are hitting over .300 with Janelle Yousef leading the team (.338). Pitchers Jennifer Eaton and Sara Wiedlin are both 6-5 and Eaton boasts a 1.67 ERA.

The Series Oregon holds a 17-1 record against Santa Clara and defeated the Broncos 7-0 and 10-1 in a doubleheader March 22 last season. The Ducks are equally impressive against the Gaels, holding a 17-2 advantage. Oregon's last win against St. Mary's was in 1998.

Head Coach Rick Gamez Fifth year head coach Rick Gamez has taken the Ducks to the postseason the past three seasons and is 160-139-1 overall at Oregon. Arriving in July of 1996, Gamez took the Ducks from a 21-30 record to back-to-back 40-win seasons (1998-99) for the first time in school history. In addition, the team spent every week of 1999 ranked nationally in the top 25, finished ranked No. 25, and made a return trip to the NCAA regionals in two straight seasons for only the second time in the program's history. Altogether in 11 seasons as a head coach, Gamez's resume includes a 452-274-1 overall record, one junior college national title, one national runner-up finish, three conference championships and three additional second-place conference finishes. Gamez coached at New Mexico State for two seasons (199-96) and four seasons at Glendale Community College in Arizona. Altogether, the three-time Arizona Community College coach of the year has also seen one-year stints as interim coach at Central Arizona (1986) and New Mexico State (1985). Gamez also served as an assistant at Central Arizona from 1987-90.

Ross on the Roster Lana Ross joins the Oregon coaching staff after serving as an assistant at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. Ross, a graduate of Oklahoma City University (1995), played at the collegiate level and also competed in Canada at the National level for the past ten years. Ross won two national championships at Oklahoma City and won two Canadian national championships.

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