Softball Travels To Arkansas For First-Ever Meeting With Razorbacks

Feb. 19, 2002

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THE LAST TIME OUT Oregon finished 4-1 at the UNLV Classic last weekend, losing only to Cal Poly in its first game of the tournament. The Ducks then rallied off four straight wins, including an 8-3 win over No. 13 Alabama. It is the second upset victory for freshman pitcher, Lindsay Kontra whose record improved to 3-1 following last weekend's play. Against Alabama, Alyssa Laux showed her offensive prowess, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Andrea Vidlund hit her 14th and 15th career home runs in Oregon's 9-8 win over Central Michingan. Junior transfer Lakeesha Eversley also had a multiple home run game, hitting two bombs in the Ducks' 4-0 win over Kent State. Sophomore Anissa Meashintubby ran her record to 3-0, guiding Oregon to wins over Kent State (the Ducks first shut out of the season) and Central Michigan. Senior Connie McMurren picked up her first save of the season against Central Michigan and then got her first win of the season versus Kansas.

HEAD COACH BRENT RINCON Begninning his first year as the head coach at the University of Oregon, Brent Rincon (7-3 overall, 7-3 Oregon) brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the program. Originally coming to Oregon to serve as an assistant for the upcoming season, Rincon took over the program as interim head coach in the Fall of 2001 following the depature of previous head coach, Rick Gamez. Rincon has been involved in softball as both a high school coach and as a head coach of various elite ASA travel teams. A highly successful high school and ASA coach in Arizona, Rincon helped develop many players who went on to play at the Division I level. In addition to coaching in the high school and ASA ranks, Rincon was also selected to coach the Arizona High School All-Stars in 1996.

HITS FOR EVERYONE Of the 13 Oregon players with an appearance at the plate this year, 12 have at least one hit, led by Alyssa Laux and Andrea Vidlund (15). Oregon is outhitting its opponents, 93-70, and five players have at least 10 hits.

ASSAULT ON THE RECORD BOOKS With her two home runs vs. Central Michigan, Vidlund is now tied for ninth all-time with 15 home runs. Triawn Custer holds the record with 35 career home runs (1998-2001). Pitcher Connie McMurren is currently second all-time with 374 strike outs.

.400 CLUB After 10 games, five Oregon players are hitting above .400, led by Alyssa Laux (.469), Lakeesha Eversley (.458), Andrea Vidlund (.441), Kristi Hall (.438) and MariLyn Petrick (.400). Laux's career batting average currently stands at .321, which is ninth all-time at Oregon.

YOUNG GUNS Freshman pitcher Lindsay Kontra has posted wins over then-No. 19 Southwest Texas State and then-No. 13 Alabama and leads the team with a 1.56 ERA. Kontra has pitched a team-high 27 innings and leads Oregon with 16 strike outs. Sophomore Anissa Meashintubby is 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA.

MORE HITS Oregon players have had 25 games in which at least one player has more than one hit. Laux has had two hits in four different games and two instances of three hits in one game. Vidlund has three two hit games and one four hit game.

STREAKING Ashley Richards had a hit in Oregon's first eight games, before being hitless against Kansas. Richards had a hit in the Ducks' last game, leaving her with just one game without a hit. Vidlund has been held hitless in just one game as well (Alabama) and is currently on a three game hit streak. Eversley and Laux are in the midst of a five game hit streak.

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