Top-Ranked Arizona, No. 11 Arizona State Visit 20th-Ranked Softball This Weekend
April 24, 2003
Arizona schools visit Oregon as Ducks remain home for third straight week
After sweeping Nevada in a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday, Oregon gets back to Pac-10 play, hosting No. 1 Arizona (41-4, 10-1) Friday at 2 p.m. before entertaining No. 11 Arizona State (28-15, 5-6) Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
With its two wins over Nevada and nine conference games remaining, Oregon has secured a winning record, which is crucial for nabbing an NCAA Regional bid. The Ducks have not been to the postseason since 2000 and are likely to earn a bid this season.
JUST TWO MORE
Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen needs just two more wins to reach the 400-win mark in her coaching career.
ESPN.COM/USA SOFTBALL COLLEGIATE TOP 25 POLL
Oregon remains at No. 20 in this week's poll. Seven Pac-10 teams are ranked in the poll, including No. 1 Arizona and No. 2 UCLA. Oregon State is unranked.
NFCA TOP 25
Oregon broke into the NFCA Top 25 at No. 25 on Jan. 29. This week, the Ducks are at No. 23. Oregon had not been ranked in the NFCA Poll since March 8, 2001. Seven of eight Pac-10 teams are ranked this week.
WHAT'S ALREADY HAPPENED THIS WEEK
Oregon swept a doubleheader with Nevada Tuesday, winning game one 6-1 before shutting out the Wolfpack, 4-0, in the second game. Freshman pitcher Amy Harris had a perfect game going heading into the seventh inning of the first game before Nevada scored a run on three hits in the final inning. Still, Harris notched a career-high 12 strikeouts while Andrea Vidlund and Janell Bergstrom each homered in the game. In the second game, Anissa Meashintubby picked up the win and Breanne Sabol, Lynsey Haij and Beth Boskovich each homered. Vidlund was 4-for-4 in the two games to improve her season average to .340.
RECAPPING LAST WEEK
The Ducks finished last week 3-1, sweeping Portland State in a doubleheader. Oregon didn't allow the Vikings to score a run in either game, winning 5-0 and 4-0. Freshman pitcher Amy Harris picked up both wins while Alyssa Laux went 3-for-4 with four RBI in the second game. On Friday, the Ducks used stellar defense to defeat Oregon State, 2-1. Freshman Beth Boskovich and senior Lynsey Haij each had an RBI in the game while Harris picked up her third win in as many games. Despite a home run by Jenn Poore and Alyssa Laux, Oregon State won 7-3 on Sunday.