Oregon Softball Hosts No. 15 Huskies, No. 1 Bruins

April 17, 2001

Oregon This Week Oregon (25-26) spends the weekend at home, hosting No. 15 Washington (27-16, 3-5) Friday and No. 1 UCLA (42-3, 5-3) Saturday and Sunday. The Huskies and the Bruins went head to head last week, with the Bruins picking up the sweep. Game 1 between the two teams went 14 innings before UCLA got the win.

Recently Oregon swept San Jose State last Friday, winning the first game 9-1 in five innings and the second game 4-1. In Game 1, junior Missy Coe hit a two run home run in the fourth inning and freshman Kate Peterson added a two-run walk off homer in the fifth. The following day, Oregon dropped a doubleheader to Oregon State. Sophomore Andrea Vidlund hit her sixth home run of the season in the series.

Scouting No. 15 Washington The Huskies are hitting .277 as a team and have a .416 slugging percentage -- third in the Pac-10. Washington will be looking to end a four-game losing streak after losing twice to UCLA last weekend.

Scouting No. 1 UCLA The Bruins are currently third in the Pac-10 but remain atop the polls. The team leads the conference in hits (452), doubles (65), triples (10) and stolen bases (92) and is second in batting average (.353), slugging percentage (.525), on base percentage (.422) runs (304), RBI (284), home runs (45) and total bases (672).

The Series Washington leads the series 23-7 and UCLA leads Oregon 45-7.

Head Coach Rick Gamez Fifth year head coach Rick Gamez has taken the Ducks to the postseason the past three seasons and is 165-150-1 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.

Double Your Pleasure Junior catcher Missy Coe has nine doubles this season, which brings her career total to 41. She is now the all-time leader at Oregon, surpassing Kathy Stahl's (1993-96) record (39).

Leading The Way Wangler immediately got comfortable in the Ducks' lead off spot. She leads the team in batting average (.390), runs (31), hits (69) and stolen bases (13).

Following The Leader Sophomore Alyssa Laux follows Wangler in the second spot and is hitting .362 (50-of-138) and is second in runs (31).

Protect Yourself Laux is making her way into the record books in other ways...after being hit by a pitch once last week, Laux has set the school record (14) for being hit.

Rescue Me Oregon has left 364 runners on base in 51 games, an average of seven runners per game. Opponents have left 303.

Ray of Light Junior Holly Ray hit two home runs in Oregon's first tournament of the season, which ties her total from her freshman season. Ray followed the opening weekend with three home runs at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament. Ray hit seven home runs in all of 2000 and now has 14 career homers. The junior third baseman will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on her shoulder in early April.

Custer Movin' on Up Senior Triawn Custer's eight home runs this season brings her career total to 34, which is a new Oregon record. Custer broke the previous record set by Jill Robinson (1997-2000). Custer's 30 RBI this season also moved her up in the record books -- she is now second all time with 138 RBI. She is seven shy of the record.