Softball Topples Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Jan. 31, 2003

SAN MARCOS, Tex. - It took the University of Oregon softball team a mere two innings to adjust to the crisp Texas wind and playing in its first game of the season. After that, the Duck offense warmed up as Oregon defeated Texas A&M Corpus Christi 10-0 in six innings at the Southwest Texas/Century Tel Tournament in San Marcos, Texas. Oregon opens the season 1-0 overall and the Islanders are 0-1.

'I'm proud of the effort that everyone gave,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen said. 'Offensively we had a great game led by Mari Lyn Petrick and we got outstanding performances from our pitchers - Anissa [Meashintubby] and Andrea [Vidlund]. It was a great team effort, but we're only half way there. We have another game today and we need to stay focused on that.'

Petrick led the Ducks' offensive attack, finishing the game 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two RBI and two runs scored. In all, Oregon put up 13 hits in the game and defensively committed zero errors.

'After my first at-bat I got relaxed,' Petrick said. 'I felt comfortable with my swing and things just started coming. It felt really good to start off with a win and we need to continue playing the way we did this morning.'

Oregon's offense took life in the top of the third inning, led by Alyssa Laux's single up the middle with no outs. Laux, who finished the game 2-for-3, then stole second base and Lynsey Haij reached first after being hit by a pitch. Freshman Beth Boskovich continued Oregon's rally with her first collegiate hit to load the bases. Petrick followed with a two RBI double to left center field to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead with two outs. Boskovich advanced to third on the play and scored before the Islanders secured the third out in the next at bat.

The Duck offense continued to roll in the fourth inning as Oregon extended its lead to 4-0 after Laux scored senior Amber Hutchison with a double down the right field line. Freshman Breanne Sabol also had her first hit in the inning and finished the game 2-for-3 with one RBI.

Arendsen began using pinch hitters in the top of the sixth inning and Vidlund, junior transfer Julie Jaime and freshman Jaclyn Eliades each came up with a hit off the bench to rally the Ducks to four runs in the inning, extending Oregon's lead to 10-0.

Junior Anissa Meashintubby (1-0) picked up Oregon's first win of the season, allowing just two hits in five innings pitched. Meashintubby walked just one and struck out three.

The Ducks face Texas Tech at 11 a.m. in game three of the tournament.

Oregon 10, Texas A&M Corpus Christi 0Oregon 003 124 - 10 13 0TAMCC 000 000  - 0 2 1Win: Meashintubby (1-0). Loss: Damel (0-1)2B: Petrick (1), Laxu (1), Poore (1), Evans (1)HR: Petrick (1)SB: Laux (1), Hutchison (1)
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