Arkansas Defeats Softball 3-1

Feb. 3, 2003

SAN MARCOS, Texas - The University of Arkansas capitalized on two Oregon errors and defeated the Ducks 3-1 on the final day of the Southwest Texas/Century Tel Classic in San Marcos, Texas. It marked Oregon's first loss of the season and dropped the Ducks to 4-1 overall, while Arkansas improved to 3-2.

'Overall, I'm very pleased with how we played this weekend,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen said. 'I thought we played very well defensively and had tremendous pitching efforts. Today things didn't go our way, but we battled throughout and had chances in the seventh inning.'

Oregon freshman Amy Harris (1-1) struck out three batters in five innings pitched, but was credited with her first loss of the season. Sophomore Lindsay Kontra relieved Harris in the top of the sixth inning.

Oregon senior Andrea Vidlund hit her first home run of the season and the 22nd of her career in the top of the first inning to give the Ducks the early 1-0 lead. Vidlund is now tied for sixth all-time at Oregon with 22 home runs.

The Ducks' lead was short-lived as Arkansas tied the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the second inning after Kim Eiben singled to center field and advanced to second on an error. Sarah Hill pinch ran for Eiben and scored when Blaire Woodward bunted back to Harris, who missed the throw to first base. Woodward advanced to third, but Arkansas didn't score the go ahead run after Ashley Carter flew out to center field to end the inning.

The Lady Razorbacks had a chance to take the lead again in the bottom of the third inning after third baseman Nicole Deeter walked to lead off the inning. Deeter tried to score from first when junior Stephanie Hunter doubled to center field, but was thrown out at the plate by Oregon shortstop Breanne Sabol.

Arkansas finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring the go-ahead run when Julie Young walked to lead off the inning and later stole second base. Eiben laid down a bunt just in front of home plate that advanced Young to third. Young scored during pinch hitter Melissa Johnson's at-bat on a passed ball to give Arkansas a 2-1 lead heading into the fifth inning.

Sophomore shortstop Ashley Carter extended Arkansas' lead to 3-1 with a home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Oregon put runners on first and second in the top of the sixth inning, but was unable to score the tying run after Arkansas made a double play to end the inning.

The Ducks return to action Friday in Tallahasse at the Florida State Tournament.

Oregon, ArkansasOregon 100 000 0 - 1 6 2Arkansas 010 110 - 3 7 2Win: Schlichtman (2-0); Loss: Harris (1-1); Save: Lyons (1)2B:Hunter (2)HR: Vildund (1), Carter (1)SB: Young (1)


* Oregon junior Anissa Meashintubby (Monroe) won 10-0 in the Ducks' opener against Texas A&M Corpus Christi to record her seventh career shut out. Meashintubby is now tied seventh all-time at Oregon with seven shut outs.

* Senior Andrea Vidlund (Fair Oaks, Calif.) pitched one inning vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi and the following day Vidlund pitched two innings to get the win against Houston. It marked the first time Vidlund pitched since a 4-3 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on May 20, 2000 in the NCAA Regionals.

* Freshman Amy Harris is so far adjusting to the collegiate level. Harris had eight strike outs in a win against Texas Tech, five strike outs in a save vs. Southwest Texas and three strike outs in five innings pitched against Arkansas. Harris led the team with 17 strike outs in the tournament.

* Sophomore Mari Lyn Petrick managed to hit two hard foul balls just left of the left field fence. Both fouls hit the same stadium light in Bobcat Field, breaking the glass shield and delaying play for a few minutes while facilities managers cleaned up the glass. Petrick was 5-for-15 with a home run, two runs scored, one double and five RBI.

* Four different Oregon pitchers (Vidlund, Meashintubby, Harris and Kontra) each recorded a win in the tournament.

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