Softball Opens 2003 Season At Southwest Texas/Century Tel Tournament In San Marcos, Texas

Jan. 27, 2003

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PREVIEWING THE 2003 SEASON First-year head coach Kathy Arendsen takes over for Oregon this season and is joined by first-year assistants J. Gaudreau (GOD-row) and Mike White. The Ducks return 11 letterwinners and seven starters from last season, including seniors Alyssa Laux (OF), Lynsey Haij (IF) and Amber Hutchison (OF). Oregon has two experienced pitchers returning in junior Anissa Meashintubby (Monroe, Ore.) and sophomore Lindsay Kontra (Valencia, Calif.). The two will be joined by freshman standout Amy Harris (Eugene). Arendsen's primary goal will be returning Oregon to the postseason after a two-year hiatus and her focus will be pitching and defense.

HEAD COACH KATHY ARENDSENArendsen arrives at Oregon after six successful seasons at Mississippi State. The Zeeland, Mich., native is 372-275 overall and rebuilt the Bulldog program from scratch after a 10-year break. Arendsen led Mississippi State to six-consecutive winning seasons and a pair of NCAA Tournament berths. As a player, Arendsen has received a wealth of accolades, including inductions into the ASA Hall of Fame, Cal State Chico Hall of Fame, Michigan's Hall of Fame and Grand Rapids (Mich.) Hall of Fame. In Dec. 1999, Arendsen was recognized by Sports Illustrated as one of the 50 best-ever athletes to come out of the state of Michigan. In May 2003, Arendsen will be inducted into the Michigan Hall of Fame along with Barry Sanders and Joe Dumars, among others.

ASSISTANT COACHES, J. GAUDREAU, MIKE WHITEGaudreau is entering her 10th season as Arendsen's top assistant. An 18-year veteran of ASA softball, Gaudreau's primary focus at Oregon will be recruiting and hitting. White, a member of the 2002 USA Men's National Team, which won the Men's Pan Am Qualifier, has 24 years of national and international experience as a Fastpitch player. His primary focus will be with Oregon's pitchers and catchers.

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