Softball Travels To Tallahasse For Week Two
Feb. 4, 2003
The Ducks hit the road for their second preseason tournament, this time traveling to Tallahassee, Fla., for the Seminole Classic. Oregon will play two games Friday and Saturday before returning home Sunday. It will mark the first time this season that the Ducks face ranked opponents, including host Florida State, ranked No. 9 in the first NFCA/Top 25 poll.
SOUTHWEST TEXAS/CENTURY TEL CLASSIC Oregon opened the season last weekend in San Marcos, Texas. The Ducks finished with the best overall record (4-1) of the five teams competing. Four different pitchers picked up a win over the weekend and freshman Amy Harris recorded Oregon's first save of the season. The Ducks defeated Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 10-0, to open the season and followed with wins over Texas Tech, Southwest Texas and Houston before dropping a 3-1 contest to Arkansas. Oregon hit .284 compared to opponents' .187 and Duck pitchers struck out 35 batters in 34 innings pitched. Senior Andrea Vidlund and sophomore Mari Lyn Petrick hit a home run each over the weekend.
HEAD COACH KATHY ARENDSENArendsen arrives at Oregon after six successful seasons at Mississippi State. The Zeeland, Mich., native is 376-276 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 AND 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.
THE NATURAL Sophomore Mari Lyn Petrick showed tremendous offensive power in the Ducks' opening weekend. The sophomore from Hillsboro, Ore., was 5-for-15 with a home run and a team-high five RBI. On Friday, Petrick hit a foul ball high and deep to left field, which hit Southwest Texas' light, breaking the glass cover and delaying the game approximately 15 minutes. The following day, Petrick hit the same light, breaking more glass and delaying play again.
FAMILY TIESFreshman Breanne Sabol (Buena Park, Calif., IF) is no stranger to Oregon athletics. Sabol's brother, Garrett, played linebacker on the Oregon football team from 1997-2000. Garrett's wife, the former Amy Banducci, was an outside hitter on the Oregon volleyball team from 1997-2000.
MORE FAMILY TIESPetrick's brother, Ben, is a catcher for the Colorado Rockies. Petrick was following in Ben's footsteps a year ago, catching for Oregon, but has moved to first base this season.Sophomore Mari Lyn Petrick showed tremendous offensive power in the Ducks' opening weekend. The sophomore from Hillsboro, Ore., was 5-for-15 with a home run and a team-high five RBI. On Friday, Petrick hit a foul ball high and deep to left field, which hit Southwest Texas' light, breaking the glass cover and delaying the game approximately 15 minutes. The following day, Petrick hit the same light, breaking more glass and delaying play again.
HOLDING THE EDGEOver the weekend, Oregon scored 17 runs while Ducks pitchers allowed just six runs. Oregon out-hit opponents 38-23 and had 16 RBI vs. opponents' four.
ON PACEAfter stealing just 20 bases -- including just three in the Pac-10 season -- in all of 2002, the Ducks are on pace to surpass that total this season after stealing five bases in five attempts last weekend. Laux leads the Ducks with three stolen bases, while senior Amber Hutchison has two.