DUCK SOFTBALL THIS WEEK - POSTSEASON EDITION

Game 1 - Fri. 5/16 – Arkansas (36-27) vs. Tulsa (34-23), 5 p.m.CT – www.hogwired.com www.tulsahurricane.com 
Game 2 - Fri., 5/16 – No. 10 seed Oklahoma (55-8, 14-4), 7:30 p.m. CT – www.SoonerSports.com
Game 3 - Sat., 5/17 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 1 p.m. CT
Game 4 - Saturday, 5/17 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 3:30 p.m. CT
Game 5 - Saturday, 5/17 – Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 6 p.m. CT
Game 6 - Sunday, 5/18 - Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5, 1 p.m. CT
Game 7 - Sunday, 5/18 - Game 7: Same teams (if necessary) 3:30 p.m. CT (Central Time)

 * BROADCAST NOTE: All Duck games will be broadcast on KSCR 1320-AM and online to www.GoDucks.com subscribers
 

WHAT’S ON TAP
EUGENE – With its at-large bid Sunday into the 64-team NCAA Tournament, the Duck softball team (33-27, 5-16) looks forward to its second regional trip to Norman, Okla., and its fifth postseason trip under sixth-year head coach Kathy Arendsen.

Oregon’s 14th postseason invitation overall leads them to a familiar site – the University of Oklahoma’s Marita Hynes Field – the site of its 2005 regional appearance when it went 2-2 and lost in the regional final, 2-1, to the host Sooners. 

The two teams have already met In 2008 in February in Palm Springs, and the Ducks beat the then-No. 6 Sooners as senior pitcher Alicia Cook hurled a 1-0 shutout and freshman Monique Fuiava hit a homer.


QUICK QUACKS
This year, senior pitcher Alicia Cook has beaten four Pac-10 teams – three of which advanced to the NCAA tourney (Arizona (2x), California, Washington) and Oregon State. ... Sophomore centerfielder Neena Bryant continues to rank top 10 in four Pac-10 offensive categories this week - stolen bases (fifth, 22), RBIs (sixth, 45), hits (eighth, 62) and total bases (eighth, 102) . ... Freshman second baseman Cortney Kivett’s 33 steals still paces the Pac-10 and ranks fourth all-time in a season for UO. She’s one of three Ducks ranked top five in Pac-10 steals in ’08 with Sari-Jane Jenkins (second, 29) and Bryant (fifth-tie, 22). ... Jenkins, the school career stolen base owner (77), also has 32 walks to rank fifth in a season for UO and sixth in the league in ‘08... ... With two home runs the last two weeks, shortstop Lovena Chaput’s 22 career dingers ties her for eighth all-time for UO and her 94 RBIs puts her 10th, just ahead of Bryant (91).


POTENTIAL STARTERS (’08 Starts)
C: Ashley Kivett (42)
1B: Monique Fuiava(58), Carlyn Re (44)
2B: Cortney Kivett (58)
SS: Lovena Chaput (60)
3B: Joanna Gail (59)
RF: Kayleen Hudson (52), Blair Williamson (17)
CF: Neena Bryant (60)
LF: Sari-Jane Jenkins (60)
DP: Monique Fuiava (58), Kayleen Hudson (52), Ashley Kivett (42)
 

TOP DUCK HITTERS
Neena Bryant,So.,CF-.337(62-184),10H R, 45 RBI, 22 SB
Cortney Kivett, Fr., 2B - .304 (56-184), 33 SB
Sari-Jane Jenkins, Jr., LF - .289 (50-173), 29 SB, 32 BB
Lovena Chaput, Sr., SS - .277 (46-166), 6 HR, 26 RBI
Joanna Gail, Sr., 3B - .269 (45-167), 11 2B, 7HR, 27 RBI
Monique Fuiava, Fr.,1B-DP-.235 (32-146), 6 HR, 17 RBI

TOP DUCK PITCHERS
Alicia Cook, Sr., 16-12, 2.22 ERA, 5 SHO, 150SO, 68 BB
Melissa Rice, Jr., 11-11, 2.27 ERA, 3 SHO, 86SO, 39 BB
Brittany Rumfelt, Fr., 6-4, 2.72 ERA, 7CG, 28 SO, 21 BB

ALL-TIME VS. THE SOONERS, RAZORBACKS & GOLDEN HURRICANES
Oklahoma holds a 6-4 all-time advantage over Oregon. The Ducks last played Arkansas in 2003 (a 3-1 win by the Razorbacks), and Arkansas leads the series, 3-1. Oregon has played Tulsa once - a 13-0 win by Oregon to open the 2000 season.


OREGON POSTSEASON HISTORY
UO’s first postseason trip was in 1976 to the AIAW World Series, an event it returned to in 1980. The Ducks’ next regional trip in 1989 (3-1) resulted in its lone Women’s College World Series invitation where it went 1-2 with a win over South Carolina (1-0) and losses to Cal Poly Pomona (1-0) and Arizona (4-0). The Ducks also advanced to regional play in 1990 (0-2), ’94 (2-2), ’98 (2-2), ’99 (1-2) and 2000 (2-2). Arendsen guided UO to its four most recent trips in ’03 in Fullerton, Calif. (5-2), ’04 in Tallahassee, Fla., (4-2), ’05 in Norman, Okla., (2-2) and ’07 in Columbia, S.C. (2-2).

 

CHAMPIONSHIP STRUCTURE
The Division I Championship is composed of 64 teams (30 automatic qualifiers and 34 at-large) and held over three weekends. Four teams will participate at each of 16 regional sites in a double-elimination tournament. The 16 top teams were seeded and one placed at each regional site, and remaining teams were placed in regional brackets to create balanced competition and avoid conference match-ups, when possible. The regional winners advance to super regional competition for a best-of-three series May 23-24 (Memorial Day Weekend) at eight campus sites. The remaining eight teams will advance to the WCWS, an eight-team, double-elimination tournament. The championship final will be a best-of-three-series and conducted May 29 to June 4 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. More tourney info is located at the www.NCAAsports.com website.

 


2007 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP REWIND
The University of Arizona captured its eighth National Championship title since 1991 by defeating Tennessee 1-0 and 5-0 in championships series games two and three, respectively. Tennessee won series game one 3-0. Arizona won its second consecutive national title behind the pitching of Most Outstanding Player Taryne Mowatt and all-tournament team honorees Kristie Fox, Jenae Leles and Caitlin Lowe. Arizona completed the series with a record of 6-2.


IN A LEAGUE OF HER OWN
In the postseason, the Ducks have advanced to the regional final all four prior trips under head coach Kathy Arendsen, and UO sports a 13-8 postseason record in that span. At the end of February, she became the first Duck skipper to stake 200 wins. The week before, the sixth-year head coach became the all-time wins leader among Duck softball coaches after she passed Tami Brown (192-172, 1990-96). Arendsen’s career winning percentage (.606, 216-140) is also a school best, ahead of Teresa Wilson’s mark (.548, 126-104, 1986-89). The 18th-year collegiate coach Arendsen sports a 588-415 overall record after prior stops at Mississippi State, Yale, Eastern Illinois and Western Connecticut.


LAST WEEK’S LEADERS
In UO’s four home games last week vs. then-No. 3 UCLA and then-No. 24 Washington, sophomore Neena Bryant and seniors Lovena Chaput and Joanna Gail each hit .273 (3-for-11), and Bryant and Chaput hit their 10th and sixth homers of the year. Cook started three games on the mound last week, had two complete games, and in her 18.1 innings, struck out 10, walked two and allowed 13 hits. The week before at home vs. then-No. 22 Cal, then-No. 8 Stanford and Portland State, Chaput hit at a .455 clip (5-for-11, 1 run, 1 double 1 home run, 7 RBI) and had a two-RBI single and an RBI double in UO’s split with then-No. 22 Cal, and her fifth home run of the season vs. PSU.


RECENT RECORD BOOK UPDATES
Junior Sari-Jane Jenkins’ two runs last week gives her 108 for her career and moved her to ninth, and two away from eighth (110). Her one hit raised her career tally to 182 and 10th all-time and three away from eighth (185). Lovena Chaput’s homer vs. UCLA moved her to eighth all-time (22) and two away from seventh. Her double last week now ties for her third-all-time (36) and thee away from second (39).  Neena Byant’s homer vs. Washington put her 10th in a season (10) and one away from eighth (11), and her stolen base put her seventh all-time (22) and two away from sixth.


MORE BATTING NOTES
With her recent insertion in the leadoff spot, junior left fielder Sari-Jane Jenkins has garnered eight walks in her last seven games and now ranks fifth in UO history, and is only five away from the second-best mark (38). In conference games this season, she tops UO in stolen bases (9), walks (16) and on-base percentage (.431) and ranks second in hits (13) and batting average (.241).

On the season, sophomore centerfielder Neena Bryant paces Oregon in batting average (.337), hits (62), slugging (.554), RBIs (45), home runs (10), total bases (102) and multiple hit games (16), and ranks top three in on-base pct. (second, .361), runs (second, 27), doubles (second, 10) and stolen bases (third, 22). She had a 10-game hitting streak broken two weekends ago vs. the highly-ranked Arizona schools, and her season-long streak (11) came in the final weeks of the non-conference slate in March. She also had an eight-game streak the opening month of the season.

Senior third baeman Joanna Gail enjoyed a fitting farewell at Senior Day in the season finale vs. No. 24 Washington. She went 2-for-2 with a team season high two doubles and also had a walk and RBI. This season, she has a career best numbers in homers (7), RBIs (27) and doubles (11), and the latter is a team best in ’08 and only one shy of UO’s 10th-best mark ever (12) – a position with a four-way tie that includes Lovena Chaput’s tally from 2006.

Freshman second baseman Cortney Kivett has led the Pac-10 in steals all season (33), and her 56 hits and 13 multiple-hit games stands second for UO this year. Her 33 thefts rank fourth all-time in a season for UO and ninth all-time on the career charts and only one behind eighth (34).  The Yucaipa, Calif., native had a 15-game hitting streak ended in the Mid-March’s Cascade Clash opener, then proceeded to go 7-for-21 the next three games and hit safely in nine of her next 11 games. Hitting in one of UO’s top slots in virtually every game, she ranks second for UO in batting average (.304) and third in runs (20). She had a season-high four hits in her first collegiate game (4-for-4) with a double and a stolen base.

Twin sister Ashley Kivett ranks second for the Ducks during the Pac-10 slate in doubles (2) and home runs (2), and stands second in walks (6), third in RBIs (3) and fifth in hits (8). She hit .273 in early May’s five games vs. No. 22 California, No. 8 Stanford and Portland State (3-for-11, 1 double, 3 walks) then hit a pinch-hit homer vs. No. 24 Washington to spoil a no-hitter. Three weeks ago in three games vs. Oregon State and Portland State, she topped the team in batting (.600, 3-for-5, 1 RBI).

Altogether, six Ducks have homered this year, and five have four or more. The power parade includes four returnees – Bryant (10), Joanna Gail (7), Lovena Chaput (6) and Kayleen Hudson (4) – and two freshmen – Monique Fuiava (6, including a grand slam) and catcher Ashley Kivett (3). UO’s most recent homer came at home vs. then-No. 24 Washington the last weekend of the regular season - a pinch-hit shot by Kivett to left field, while Chaput’s wallop vs. UCLA cleared the right field scoreboard the day before. Two weeks prior, Fuiava hit a dinger vs. then-No. 1 Arizona State the last weekend in April, then was part of back-to-back bashes with Lovena Chaput vs. Portland State – the third time UO has gone back-to-back this year. The Ducks combined for 10 round-trippers in the eight Cascade Clash games in late March, courtesy of Bryant (5), Gail (3), Chaput (1), and Hudson (1), while Kivett added another homer vs. Oregon State to open April.  UO’s 10th-best individual season home run mark is 10 – a mark that Bryant has produced both in 2007 and ’08. As a team, UO stood fourth in the Pac-10 this week in homers (36).

This season, Fuiava, Gail and Bryant are the first Ducks to hit multiple homers in a game – and their pairs of round-trippers are one shy of the school record (3 in a game). Bryant was the most recent honoree with a pair of solo home runs in her 3-for-3 day vs. UC Davis in UO’s 7-2 Cascade Clash win. Gail cleared the fence twice in her 3-for-3 afternoon vs. Cal State Bakersfield earlier in the month at San Diego State. Fuiava’s effort vs. Cal Poly the opening weekend included a grand slam, and her 6 RBIs is a team high in ’08, and only one off the school record (7) that four share. Others on the team with grand slams from prior seasons include Gail (2) and Hudson (2).

Among current Ducks, the career home run leader is Chaput (22) who ranks eighth all-time and is two away from eighth (24). Other Ducks with +10 career homers include Bryant (20), Gail (17), Hudson (16) and redshirt Jenn Salling (14).

UO’s 16 hits in its 10-6 win over Southern Utah (3/7/08) broke the school record (15) that UO initially matched in its 3-2 season-opening loss vs. Colorado State.

The Ducks’ 14 RBIs vs. Cal Poly broke the school record (13) that it had staked three times before, the most recent in a game vs. Cal State Northridge in ’06.

Oregon’s seven stolen bases in a 13-2 win vs. Northwestern State (2/15) broke the old mark by one (6) that was performed six times in school history, the most recent being vs. Utah Valley State last year.

Lovena Chaput’s four runs in a 13-2 win vs. Northwestern State tied a team record shared by four others.

Ashley Kivett’s two doubles vs. Cal Poly and Blair Williamson’s pair vs. Arizona State rank second all-time for UO, as did sister Cortney Kivett’s four hits in her debut vs. Colorado State.

Oregon’s 14 runs vs. Cal Poly was the second-most under sixth-year head coach Kathy Arendsen (behind last year’s 15-8 win last year vs. College World Series qualifier and then-No. 8 Texas A&M). That 14-run tally was three shy of the school record (17 vs. Rutgers, 17, 1999).


DUCK PITCHING NOTES

ALICIA COOK, Sr., Elmira, Ore.
Season Recap: The right-hander’s seven wins the past six weeks over Arizona (2), Portland State (2), Cal, Oregon State and Washington leave her fourth all-time for UO in career victories (55), and she's now four behind her older sister Jennie Cook (third, 59, 1996-99). The Elmira, Ore., native also ranks top 10 in Duck history in career strikeouts (fourth, 426), shutouts (fourth, 20), appearances (sixth, 119), innings (seventh, 561.1) and complete games (seventh, 57).

Stat Summary
Team Leader - Wins (16), ERA (2.22), shutouts (5), saves (4), strikeouts (150), innings (186.1), Opposing Batting Average (.228)

Shutouts (5) - No. 6 Oklahoma (1-0), No. 24 Washington (3-0), Pacific (10-0), Cal State Northridge (2-0), South Carolina (3-0)
Combined Shutouts (3) – Cook/Rice – Harvard (6-0), New Mexico State (2-0). Cook/Rumfelt - Idaho State (2-0)

Most Strikeouts This Season (Game)
8 – 2 games - vs. Arizona (3-2 win), South Carolina (3-0 win)
7 – 3 games - vs. Northwestern State (13-2 win), San Diego State (3-2 loss), PSU (7-1 win)
6 – 8 games - vs. Colorado State (3-2 loss), Idaho State (2-0 win), Mississippi Valley State (6-1 win), Northern Illinois (4-2 win), Pacific (10-0 win), Southern Utah (4-2 win) and UC Davis (7-3 win), No. 22 Cal (4-1 win), No. 3 UCLA (3-1 loss)
5 – 3 games - vs. Harvard (6-0 win), Northridge (2-0 win), #6 Tennessee (5-0 loss)

Fewest Hits Allowed - Game
1 hit – 2 games – vs. Mississippi Valley State (6-1 win, 6.1 innings), Idaho State (2-0 win, 5 innings)
2 hits – 2 games – vs. then-No. 22 Cal (4-1 win, 7 innings), South Carolina (3-0 win, 7 innings)


MELISSA RICE, Jr., Colbert, Wash.
Season Recap: In February and March, the right-hander won nine straight games and also had a save. Her 2-0 Cascade Clash shutout of UC Davis was the 12th of her career and ranks her sixth all-time for UO. Two more complete game blankings will put her in a tie for fifth. She also ranks top 10 for UO in career wins (seventh, 40), innings (eighth, 445.1), strikeouts (eighth, 280), appearances (eighth, 102) and complete games (ninth, 37). Immediately after the team’s early May home win over then-No. 22 California, she accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend next to the dugout.

Stat Summary
Stats - Wins (11), ERA (2.27), innings (129.2), strikeouts (86), starts (21), shutouts (3) and appearances (31), Opposing Batting Average (.238)

Most Strikeouts This Season (Game)
6 – 3 games – vs. Idaho State (8-0 win), UNLV (7-1 win), Southern Utah (10-6 win)
5 – 5 games - vs. #22 Fresno State (4-1 loss), James Madison (7-2 win), Mississippi State (3-0 loss), Northern Illinois (5-3 win) and #22 San Diego State (3-2 loss)

Shutouts (3) - Mississippi Valley State (10-0), San Diego (2-0), UC Davis (2-0)
Combined (3) - Cook/Rice (2) - Harvard (6-0), New Mexico State (2-0); Rice/Rumfelt (1) - Idaho State (8-0)

No-Hitters / Fewest Hits Allowed
0 hits – 4 innings vs. Idaho State (Brittany Rumfelt added a final no-hit inning in relief).
1 hit – complete game vs. Mississippi Valley State (10-0 win, 5 innings)
2 hits - complete games vs. then-No. 1 UCLA (2-0 loss, 6 innings) and UNLV (7-1 win, 7 innings)


BRITTANY RUMFELT, Fr., Lakeport, Calif.
Season Recap: The left-hander won her first four collegiate starts before a stress fracture in a pitching finger in late February sidelined her for four weeks. Since her return in late March, she ranks second for the Ducks in Pac-10 action in appearances (10), innings (39.0), strikeouts (12), and batting average (.288). Her top start in that stretch was a 1-0 complete game loss at No. 8 Stanford in mid-April in which she gave up only three hits, while her four strikeouts in her 3-1 complete game loss at Oregon State was one off her season high. In the opening month of the season, she won starts over returning NCAA qualifier Long Island (2-1, 3 strikeouts), Michigan State (3-1), Northwestern State (13-2, season high 5 strikeouts) and returning NCAA qualifier Cal Poly (14-4).

Stat Summary
6-4, 2.91 ERA, 20 games, 10 starts, 79.1 innings, 28 strikeouts, 21 walks, 91 hits

Most Strikeouts This Season - Game
5 – 1 game – Northwestern State (13-2 win)
4 – 1 game – vs. Oregon State (3-1 loss)

Combined Shutouts (2) - Rice/Rumfelt - Idaho State (8-0, 1 inning) . Cook/Rumfelt - Idaho State (2-0)

Fewest Hits Allowed (Game)
3 – vs. Stanford (1-0 loss, 6 innings)
5 – vs. Michigan State (3-1 win, 6 innings)


MISC. DUCK NOTES
The Duck defense is fairly new look in '08, even for the returnees. Five players started multiple games the first weekend in the same tournament that didn’t do so in ’07 – freshmen Monique Fuiava (1B-DP), Ashley (C) and Cortney Kivett (2B), sophomore Carlyn Re (1B) and redshirt senior Kayleen Hudson (RF-DP). Sophomore Blair Williamson (RF) started multiple games in a tournament only once last year, while three of UO’s starters have done so than at different positions than they did in the non-conference slate in ’07 – Chaput (SS in ‘08, LF in ‘07), Jenkins (LF in ‘08, CF in ’07) and Bryant (CF in ‘08, RF in ’07).

Three Ducks have started all 60 games this year – Bryant (CF), Chaput (SS) and Jenkins (LF). Three others have started at least 58 games - Joanna Gail (3B, 59), Cortney Kivett (2B, 58), and Fuiava (DP-1B, 58) – and the latter has played all 60 including two as a reserve.


STAT WATCH – UO ALL-TIME CHARTS

Neena Bryant, So., CF, Placentia, Calif.
Career Home Runs – 20 – needs 2 to tie teammate Lovena Chaput for 9th (22); (10 in 2008, 10 in 2007)
Career Stolen Bases – 8th, 36 – needs 7 to tie for 7th (43) (22 in 2008, 14 in 2007)
Career RBIs – 88 – needs 4 to tie for 10th (92) (42 in 2008, 46 in 2007)
Season Home Runs – 10th, 10 – needs 1 to tie for 8th (11)
Season RBIs – 10th, 42 – needs 2 to tie for 8th (44)
Season Stolen Bases – 7th, 22 – needs 2 to tie for 6th (24)
Season Doubles – 10 – needs 2 to tie teammate Lovena Chaput for 10th (12)

Lovena Chaput, Sr., SS, Tualatin, Ore.
Career Doubles – 3rd-tie, 36 – needs 3 to tie for 2nd (39); (8 in 2008, 28 in 2005, ’06, ‘07)
Career Triples – 8th, 7 – needs 1 to tie for 7th (8); (1 in 2008, 6 in 2005, ’06, ‘07)
Career Home Runs – 8th, 22 – needs 2 to tie for 7th (24); (6 in 2008, 16 in 2005, ’06, ‘07)
Career RBIs – 10th- , 94 – needs 1 to tie for 9th (95) - (26 in '08, 68 in 2005-07)

Sari-Jane Jenkins, Jr., LF, Salem, Ore
Career Stolen Bases – 77, 1st – (29 in 2008, 48 in 2006, ‘07)
Career Runs – 8th-tie, 110 – needs 5 tie for 7th (115); (36 in 2008, 74 in 2006, ‘07)
Season Stolen Bases – 29, 5th – needs 4 to tie for 4th (4th is Cortney Kivett, 33)

Joanna Gail, Sr., 3B, Poway, Calif.
Career Home Runs – 17 – needs 3 to tie for 10th (21); (7 in 2008, 10 in 2005, ’06, ’07)
Season Home Runs – 7 – needs 3 to tie for 10th (10)
Season Doubles – 11 – needs 1 to tie teammate Lovena Chaput for 10th (12)

Cortney Kivett, Fr., 2B, Yucaipa, Calif.
Season Stolen Bases – 33, 4th – needs 3 to tie for 3rd (36)
Career Stolen Bases – 33, 9th – needs 1 to tie for 8th (34)

Alicia Cook, Sr., P, Elmira, Ore.
Season Strikeouts – 7th, 150 – needs 3 to tie for 6th (153)
Career Shutouts – 4th, 20 – needs 1 to tie for 3rd (21); (5 in 2008, 15 in 2005, ’06, ‘07)
Career Games – 6th, 119 – needs 2 to tie for 5th (121); (36 in 2008, 83 in 2005, ’06, ‘07)

Melissa Rice, Jr., P, Colville, Wash.
Career Shutouts – 6th, 12 – needs 2 to tie for 5th (14); (3 in 2008, 9 in 2006, ‘07)
Career Innings – 8th, 448.1 - needs 33.2 to tie for 7th (482); (129.2 in 2008, 315.2 in 2006, ‘07)


NEW FACES
The Ducks have welcomed six newcomers who have challenged for immediate duty – freshmen Monique Fuiava (first base), twins Ashley and Cortney Kivett (catcher / second base), Brittany Rumfelt (pitcher) and Kaitlin Vitek (catcher) and junior transfer Shelley Deadmond (outfield). Cortney Kivett has started nearly every game and has replaced All-Pac-10 second baseman Suzie Barnes, and Rumfelt won her first four starts this year. Fuiava has shared duties at first base with sophomore Carlyn Re, and Ashley Kivett and Vitek have stabilized UO’s future behind the plate and have rotated with senior and two-year starter Amie Morris. Deadmond was an all-league honorable mention at Butte Junior College and is one of the team’s top pinch runners and could play any outfield position.


SISTER ACT
Freshman Kivett twins – Ashley and Cortney – aren’t the only Ducks with sibling connections. Senior pitcher Alicia Cook is the younger sister of former Duck great Jennie Cook. The elder Cook lettered from 1996-99 and ranks top 10 for UO in games (second, 140), wins (third, 59), complete games (third, 82), innings (fourth, 720). The younger Cook, Alicia, has already passed her sister in shutouts (Alicia, fourth, 20; Jennie, eighth, 9) and strikeouts (Alicia fourth, 426; Jennie eighth, 241), and for comparison here are Alicia’s other career stats and UO all-time rankings: 119 games (#6), 561.1 innings (#7), 55 wins (#4) and 57 complete games (#7).

OKLAHOMA NOTES (www.SoonerSports.com)
The No. 10 Sooners (43-12, 16-2) are 20-1 at home this year with their only loss to Missouri State, 3-2 in mid-March. Ranked seventh nationally last week, the Sooners were upset, 6-5, last weekend in the Big 12 Championships quarterfinals by Nebraska (24-27) in nearby Oklahoma City, and stranded 10 runners and made two errors to sour Samantha Ricketts’ 3-for-3 day (2 home runs, 4 RBI). The Sooners are making their 15th straight NCAA Tournament appearance, and are a top-10 seed for the second straight season. Head Coach Patty Gasso is in her 14th season and has led OU to the College World Series in five of the last eight years (2000, ’01, ’02, ’03, ’04) – a string that started in 2000 when her team won the national championship. She entered this season with a 639-208-2 record and her 156 preseason conference wins was a league all-time best. Last year’s team went 55-8 and ranked No. 1. 

Top Sooner Hitters – 2008 Statistics
Amber Flores, So., OF, .384, 61-159, 13 HR, 44 RBI, 39 BB, 11 SB
Savannah Long, Sr., IF, .358, 57-159, 13 doubles, 10 HR, 32 RBI, 100 TB, 22 HBP, 8 SB
Samantha Ricketts, Jr., 1B, .350, 49-140, 12 HR, 46 RBI, 96 TB, 36 BB
Traci Dickenson, .Jr., IF, 328, 39-119, 10 doubles, 8HR, 33RBI, 27 BB
Lindsey Vandever, C, So., .306, 45-147, 6HR, 35RBI, 18BB

Top Sooner Pitchers – 2008 Statistics
D.J. Mathis, Jr., RHP, 1.04 ERA, 27-4, 38 G, 20 CG, 12 Shutouts, 201.2 Inn., 96 H, 228 K, 64 BB
Jadyn Smith, Sr., RHP, 1.66 ERA, 3-3, 20 G, 46.1 Inn., 46 H, 34 K, 8 BB
Lauren Eckerman, RHP, 2.07 ERA, 13-4, 25 G, 10CG, 4 Shutouts, 105 Inn., 94 H, 83 K, 21 BB

Sooners in Current 2008 NCAA Rankings
D.J. Mathis – Wins, 17th, 27; ERA, 20th, 1.04; Strikeouts, 48th, 7.9 kpg
Amber Flores – Runs, 7th, 1.02 rpg; BB, 20th, 0.71 wpg; On-Base, 20th, .512
Samantha Ricketts – RBI, 49th, 0.85 pg

ARKANSAS NOTES (www.LadyBacks.com)
The Razorbacks (36-27, 8-20) will make their third-ever regional appearance (after similar trips in 2000 and ’02 to Oklahoma) and is the regional’s No. 2 seed.  In their last game two weekends ago, Arkansas ended the year with a 2-1 series win over Mississippi State thanks to its 7-6 victory over the then-No. 23 Bulldogs (40-19, 13-14). Fourth-year head coach Jamie Pinkerton previously served as the Tulsa head coach from 2001-04 and was a two-time Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Last year’s Razorback squad broke 14 game, season and career records, including season home runs (28) and fewest errors. Two of this year’s team leaders - Miranda Dixon and Jessica Bachkora - were All-SEC Freshman Team selections in 2007.
 
Top Arkansas Hitters – 2008 Statistics
Kayla Johnson, Jr., IF, .342, 68-199, 9 HR, 35 RBI, 110 TB, 16 BB, 6 SB
Miranda Dixon, So., IF, .310, 53-171, 14 doubles, 12 HR, 45 RBI, 24 BB
Samantha Buckner, Sr., IF, .298, 53-178, 10 HR, 35 RBI
Jessica Bachkora, So., OF, .286, 54-189, 8 doubles, 21 BB, 14 SB
Sandra Smith, RSo., IF, .231, 40-173, 14 HR, 43 RBI, 29 BB

Top Arkansas Pitchers – 2008 Statistics
Miranda Dixon, So., 2.05 ERA, 12-12, 33 G, 19 CG, 6 CG, 133.1 Inn., 119 H, 122 K, 29 BB
Katy Henry, Sr., 2.77 ERA, 19-12, 43 G, 19 CG, 202 Inn.,203 H, 176 K, 56 BB
Kim Jones, Fr., 2.76 ERA, 5-3, 16 G, 53.1 Inn., 55 H, 46 K, 25 BB

Razorbacks in Current 2008 NCAA Rankings
Katy Henry, Sr., RHP, Wins, 51st, 19
Sandra Smith, RSo., IF, Home Runs, 27th, 14
Dayna Huckabee, Sr., IF, Triples, 40th, 4
 

TULSA NOTES (www.TulsaHurricane.com)
The Golden Hurricanes (34-23, 14-10) ended the regular season with wins in 13 of its 17 games, but was then upset by UTEP, 8-4, in its Conference USA tournament opener. Sophomore Lauren Lindsay led the league in doubles (22), and senior Sara Dyer owns several school records, and her 19 doubles was third-most in the conference. Freshman Jordan Kinard was a Conference USA Second Team pick and threw a 12-0 no-hitter vs. Southern Mississippi, while her 141 season strikeouts are the most by a TU rookie. Head Coach John Bargfeldt is in his second season at the helm and led the team to a 34-24 last year and its first-ever NCAA regional bid after it won the Conference USA tourney. Prior to his Tulsa stop, he served as a Georgia Tech assistant coach in 2003-04.
 
Top Tulsa Hitters – 2008 Statistics
Lauren Lindsay, So., OF, .360, 62-172, 22 doubles, 14 HR, 43 RBI, 26 BB
Sara Dyer, Sr., 1B, .341, 59-173, 19 doubles, 4 HR, 30 RBI, 31 BB
Vanessa Vice, So., OF, .321, 51-159, 26BB
Christian Timmons, So., C, .318, 54-170, 4 SB
Brooke Smart, Jr., OF, .318, 54-170, 11 doubles

Top Tulsa Pitchers – 2008 Statistics
Jordan Kinard, Fr., 1.76 ERA, 16 CG, 5 shutouts, 139 Inn., 84 H, 141 K, 67 BB
Jackie Lawrence, So., 2.53 ERA, 13-9, 15 CG, 149.2 Inn., 143 H,128 K, 73 BB
Katie Lee, Jr., 2.99 ERA, 6-8, 21G, 5 CG, 84.1 Inn., 93 H, 52 K, 29 BB

Golden Hurricanes in Current 2008 NCAA Rankings
Lauren Lindsay – HR, 27th, 14; Doubles, 5th, 0.39 pg; Slugging, 27th, 0.744
Sara Dyer – Doubles, 16th, 0.33 pg
Vanessa Vice – Toughest to Strikeout, 24th, 19.9
Jordan Kinard – Hits Allowed, 28th, 4.23
 


RECENT DUCK RECAPS

5/10 – Oregon 3, No. 24 Washington 0, Eugene, Ore.
Oregon helped position itself for one of the NCAA tournament’s 34 at-large selections with a dramatic televised 3-0 win over then-No. 24 Washington to close the season. Alicia Cook (16-12) helped write a nearly perfect Senior Day script with her fifth shutout of the season, and struck out four, walked one and scattered four hits. The win was the fifth of the Pac-10 slate against four of the league’s seven opponents, and her fifth overall vs. top-25 foes. At the plate, Joanna Gail tied a team season high with two doubles and had an RBI in the third inning. Sophomore Neena Bryant and Cortney Kivett also claimed RBI singles in the first and fourth innings, respectively.

5/9 – No. 24 Washington 5, Oregon 2 / No. 24 Washington 7, Oregon 1, Eugene, Ore. (Doubleheader)
UO dropped a pair in its only Pac-10 doubleheader of the season – the first game of which was rescheduled because of snow and rain in Seattle on the initial date in late March. In the second game, the Huskies jumped out to a 3-0 lead after it scored two runs in the third inning and another in the fourth, then added four more runs in the seventh. For UO (32-27, 4-16), freshman Ashley Kivett launched a pinch hit home run over the left field wall in the sixth inning for UO’s only run. The Yucaipa, Calif., native’s third home run of the season and was her team-leading second of the Pac-10 slate with her other was vs. Oregon State at home in early April. UO senior Joanna Gail (1-for-3) also hit safely in the seventh inning with an opposite field single for the Ducks’ other hit.  With a walk in each game, junior Sari-Jane Jenkins logged her team-leading 30th and 31st walks of the season and moved to sixth all-time for UO in a season, just behind the fourth- (33) and fifth-best marks all-time (32). Junior starter Melissa Rice (11-11) worked four innings, struck out one, walked two, gave up six hits, and her three runs allowed were earned. Freshman Brittany Rumfelt pitched the last three innings, and struck out none, walked one, yielded five hits, and her four runs allowed were earned.

In UW’s 5-2 win earlier, UO jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning off the bat of sophomore Neena Bryant. The Placentia, Calif., native punched her team-leading 10th home run of the season over the centerfield wall - a two-run shot that also stood as the 20th of her career. Both season and career marks put her 10th in school history.Senior Lovena Chaput had doubled the play before for her 11th two-bagger of the season – only one off the 10th-best mark in a season for the Ducks (12).  Chaput (2-for-3, 1 run) and Bryant (1-for-2, 1 run, 2 RBI) ended as the only Ducks to hit safely, and Bryant, senior Kayleen Hudson and freshman Kaitlin Vitek accounted for four walks with Jenkins. Washington (27-22-1, 6-13) answered with a run in the fourth inning thanks to an RBI single to deep shortstop that scored a runner from third base. In the fifth inning the Huskies added four more runs on five straight hits, the fourth of which was a double over the center fielder’s head, to knock out UO senior Alicia Cook (15-12). The Duck starter worked the first 4.1 innings, struck out none, walked two, gave up six hits and four of her five runs allowed were earned. Freshman Brittany Rumfelt pitched the final 1.2 innings, struck out none, walked one and yielded no hits or runs.

5/8 – No. 3 UCLA 3, Oregon 1, Oregon 0, Eugene, Ore.
Senior Lovena Chaput smashed a towering home run over the right field scoreboard in the fourth inning, but the No. 3 Bruins came back to beat the UO and sweep the season series. After a scoreless and hitless first three innings, Chaput sailed her sixth homer of the year over the right field scoreboard. The Tualatin, Ore., native’s homer was her second in a five-game stretch and 22nd of her career – moving her into a tie for eighth all-time for UO with former great Missy Coe. UCLA (44-6, 16-3) responded with a run in the fifth inning on an infield single, and two more in the sixth via a double and an infield groundout. For UO (32-25, 4-14), Chaput’s homer was the only hit off Bruin All-America starter Anjelica Selden (23-3) who struck out 13 and walked one in her complete game. Junior Sari-Jane Jenkins logged her team-leading 29th walk of the season off Selden to tie for 10th in the Duck season record books. Starter Alicia Cook (15-11) held the talented Bruin lineup to three hits, struck out six – two off her season high – and walked two in her 16th complete game of the season.


SKED CRED
Looking back over the ’08 season, UO’s rigorous schedule featured 27 games (and an 8-19 record) against its 14 opponents that made the 64-team NCAA bracket. Duck wins in 2008 against NCAA qualifiers (and game scores) included a pair against eight-time national champion and No. 7 seed Arizona (3-2, 2-1) to give Oregon its first-ever season series vs. the Wildcats. A listing of UO’s games vs. fellow NCAA tourney qualifiers follows:

NCAA Opponent Season Wins (then-ranking)
2/22 - Long Island - 2-1, Palm Springs, Calif.
2/23 - No. 10 seed Oklahoma (#6) - 1-0, Palm Springs
3/14 - Mississippi Valley State - 10-0, Eugene
3/14 - Mississippi Valley State - 6-1, Eugene
4/6 – No. 7 seed Arizona (#8) - 3-2, Eugene
4/25 – No. 7 seed Arizona (#8) 2-1, Tucson, Ariz.
5/4 - California (#22), 4-1, Eugene
5/10 - Washington (#24) - 3-0, Eugene


NCAA Opponent Season Losses (then-ranking)
2/8 - Mississippi State - 3-0, Palm Springs, Calif.
2/9 – No. 13 seed Tennessee (#6) - 5-0, Palm Springs
2/22 - No. 11 seed Northwestern (#2) - 7-0, Palm Springs
2/29 - Fresno State (#22) - 4-1, San Diego
3/2 - San Diego State (#20) - 3-2, San Diego
3/29 - No. 2 seed UCLA (#1) - 2-0, Los Angeles
3/30 - No. 2 seed UCLA (#1) - 12-0, Los Angeles
4/11 – California (#22) - 3-2 (11 inn.), Berkeley, Calif.
4/12 - Stanford (#8) – 1-0, Stanford, Calif.
4/12 - Stanford (#8) – 2-1, Stanford, Calif.
4/4 - No. 6 seed Arizona State (#1) - 3-2, Eugene
4/5 – No. 7 seed Arizona (#8) – 5-1, Eugene
4/26 - No. 6 seed Arizona State (#1) - 6-1, Tempe, Ariz.
4/26 - No. 6 seed Arizona State (#1) - 9-0, Tempe, Ariz.
5/2 – Stanford (#8) - 6-0, Eugene
5/3 - California (#22) - 6-1, Eugene
5/8 - No. 2 seed UCLA (#3) - 3-1, Eugene
5/9 – Washington (#24), 5-2, Eugene
5/9 – Washington (#24), 7-1, Eugene


2005 REGIONAL FLASHBACK
UO returns to the same site that it faced Oklahoma in their 2005 regional final showdown. In that trip, Oregon opened with a 7-5 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette, beat Wichita State, 3-2, in eight innings, and Louisiana-Lafayette, 3-1, then lost to Oklahoma, 2-1. Kayleen Hudson led the Ducks in batting in the tourney’s four games (4-for-8 (.500) 4 RBI, home run, double, 1.000 slugging) and hit safely in each game. In two pitching appearances, Alicia Cook posted a 0.00 ERA (9.1 IP), allowed just one hit and held opponents to a 0.33 batting average.

Oklahoma 2, Oregon 1 – 5/22/05. In the UO-OU finale, the 10th seed Oklahoma topped the Ducks’ Amy Harris (18-16) who had two strikeouts and gave up only one earned run in 4.2 innings en route to the school single season strikeout record (203). The Sooners scored both runs in the first inning off a pair of singles followed by a double steal that included a steal of home, and another RBI single. UO’s run came in the fifth when Lovena Chaput’s groundout drove in Erin Goodell who had singled earlier, while Suzie Barnes had doubled between them. Oregon would have had to beat Oklahoma twice to advance to the Super Regional.

Oregon 3, Louisiana-Lafayette 2 – 5/21/05. Alicia Cook came in with one out in the fifth inning and retired nine consecutive batters to keep the Ducks’ Super Regional chances alive. UO scored a run in the first inning when Lovena Chaput led off with a right field single and Kristi Leiter and Beth Boskovich followed with walks to load the bases. Ashley Richards hit a sacrifice fly to center field for the first run, then Hudson (1-for-3, 2 RBI) doubled down the right field line to clear the bases for UO’s other runs.

Oregon 3, Wichita State 2 (8 innings) – 5/21/05. In its first must-win situation of the double elimination format, Ashley Richards hit a two-out, two-RBI double in the top of the eighth inning that scored Lovena Chaput and Beth Boskovich. On the mound, Amy Harris had five strikeouts in the game to become Oregon's all-time leader (476). The Ducks took the first lead of the game on a Kayleen Hudson solo home run to right field in the fourth inning. Richards' eighth double of the season not only drove in the go-ahead runs for the Ducks, but also moved her to a tie for 10th all-time in a career (26).

Louisiana-Lafayette 7, Oregon 5 – 5/20/05. – The Rajun Cajuns hit four home runs in the team’s opening regional game. Junior third baseman Beth Boskovich (1-for-1, 2 HBP, 1BB) pulled Oregon within 6-5 with a two-out three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning – her 20th career shot that put her ninth all-time in school history. Kayleen Hudson (1-for-2) drove in the first run of the game and scored the Ducks' second run in the sixth inning. Junior pitcher Amy Harris didn't allow a hit in the second and third innings, but the Ragin' Cajuns' second hit of the game was a three-run home run by Lacey Bertucci in the fourth inning that extended Louisiana-Lafayette's lead to 4-0. The Ducks cut the lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI single that scored Breanne Sabol who had singled to lead off the inning.


A RIGOROUS SCHEDULE
The Ducks typically play one of the nation’s tougher schedules, and do so again in ‘08 with 37 games against 21 returning NCAA qualifiers from last season. Not surprisingly, those opponents include five regional champions, three World Series participants and both championship participants. 

UO’s current RPI rating is 53RD nationally ( http://warrennolan.com/softball/2008/rpi ), and usually climbed every week in the conference slate thanks to the quality of the Pac-10 Conference – the nation’s premier softball league that has combined for 20 of the 26 previous NCAA titles. Oregon’s strength of schedule ranked 38th nationally among the 282 Division 1 programs.

Wins (13) Against Returning NCAA Qualifiers in ‘08
 
*** Arizona, 3-2, 2-1
*South Carolina, 3-0
* No. 6 Oklahoma, 1-0
No. 22 California, 4-1
Oregon State, 2-1
 
Cal Poly, 14-4
Long Island, 2-1
Harvard, 6-0
Southern Utah, 10-6, 4-2
Mississippi Valley State, 10-0, 6-1
 
KEY
*** National Champion
* Regional Champion

(ranking as of date played)


Losses (19) Against Returning NCAA Qualifiers in ‘08
 
**No. 1 Arizona State, 3-2, 6-1, 9-0
No. 1 UCLA, 2-0, 12-0
**No. 2 Northwestern, 7-0
***No. 6 Tennessee, 5-0
No. 8 Stanford, 2-1, 1-0, 6-0
****No. 8 Arizona, 5-1
**No. 10 Baylor, 8-4
No. 20 Ohio State, 7-0
No. 22 Fresno State, 4-1
No. 22 California, 3-2 (11), 6-1
Mississippi State, 3-0
Oregon State, 7-4, 3-1

KEY
* Regional Champion
**College World Series Qualifier
***National Runner-up
**** National Champion
(ranking as of date played)
 

IN THE POLLS
In the national preseason polls, UO held its place among the country’s elite programs with 20th and 23rd –place rankings in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and USA Softball polls, respectively. Returning national champion Arizona led both rankings and was among seven Pac-10 teams spotted, and their rankings follow: Arizona (1st / 1st ), Arizona State (3rd / 2nd), UCLA (14th / 10th ), Washington (11th / 14th), Stanford (19th / 17th) and Oregon State (18th / 19th).


TOP DUCK RETURNEES
The Ducks welcome back many of last year’s stars from one of its deepest teams ever (with 2007 stats in ()). Junior outfielder Sari-Jane Jenkins (.396, 82 hits, 27 RBI, 38 SB) and senior third baseman Joanna Gail (.281, Defensive MVP .971) were All-Region Second Team picks. Jenkins’ sophomore season totals in hits (82), stolen bases (38) and doubles (16) ranked second most in school history and her hits and doubles totals ranked third and first in the Pac-10 last year.

In ’07, the Salem, Ore., product Jenkins was also a Pac-10 Second-Team pick, while Gail and sophomore outfielder Neena Bryant (.309, 14 doubles, 10 HR’s, 46 RBI) were honorable mention all-league selections. Bryant led the gold-medal winning U.S. junior national team in batting (,571) last summer in the World Junior Championships, and had several top-10 season all-time marks for UO (see end of release).

Senior shortstop Lovena Chaput was an All-Pac-10 Second Team pick in 2005 and an ASA All-America shortstop two summers ago. Redshirt senior Kayleen Hudson missed last year, and had a career high .293 average in ’06 and ranked second on the team in slugging (.455) and third in on-base (.362) and home runs (4).

Arendsen’s pitching staff returns both of last year’s 20-game winners - senior Alicia Cook (23-5, 10 shutouts, 125 strikeouts) and junior Melissa Rice (21-14, eight shutouts, 114 strikeouts) – the first duo to notch the feat in school history.


UO SEASON PREVIEW
In 2008, the Ducks seek their fifth postseason trip under sixth-year head coach Kathy Arendsen, buoyed by the memories from an often-magical ’07 season. UO racked up 44 victories – second most in school history – and a school record 18-game early season win streak that put the Ducks in the top 10 in the national polls in the opening months of the schedule.


2007 DUCK SEASON REVIEW
The Ducks advanced to the regional final for the fourth time under Arendsen last May after opening round wins in the postseason vs. Penn State (4-0) and South Carolina (8-4), then lost twice afterwards to the host Gamecocks. UO soared through the non-conference stretch and climbed as high as 10th and 11th, respectively, in the national polls thanks to a 24-3 start that included a school record 18-game winning streak. Afterwards, UO continued to fly high en route to a 44-19 record and second-most wins in school history.

Individually, the Ducks amassed a school record seven All-Pac-10 honors, led by NFCA Player of the Year finalist and redshirt sophomore shortstop Jenn Salling. The first-year Duck also nabbed UO’s first Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year award after she ranked second nationally in batting (.481), and added school records in RBI (73), slugging (.873) and walks (46). A pair of then-seniors – Suzie Barnes and Ann Marie Topps - were tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Second Team. Barnes handily broke season records for stolen bases (41) and runs (64) and Topps crushed 19 home runs, three more than the previous Duck all-time best.


SUMMER FUN
After last year’s record-breaking collegiate season, the Ducks continued to shine on the club, national and international stages. Last August, redshirt sophomore shortstop Jenn Salling started at shortstop and hit in the middle of the Canadian National Team’s lineup in the China Cup in Beijing, China. Afterwards, the Port Coquitlam, B.C. native was selected to Canada’s Olympic Team – one of the top medal hopefuls this August. Senior Joanna Gail started at third base for the Greek National Team in their Europe-Africa Olympic qualifying tournament as the squad finished tied for fourth and celebrated wins over numerous countries, including the Czech Republic, England and Holland. The Poway, Calif., native made her Olympic debut back in ’04 in Athens before her freshman season. Sophomore Neena Bryant was one of the top hitters on the gold-medal U.S. team at the World Junior Championships last June. The U.S. team was unbeaten (10-0), and the outfielder from Placentia, Calif., led the team in batting (.571) in her nine games and her other offensive numbers follow: 7-for-12, 1 double, 1 triple, 8 RBI, .545 slugging. In the summer season, Gail and Sari-Jane Jenkins started for the ASA national champion Brakettes team (Stratford, Conn.), and Jenkins was an All-America choice.


TOP DUCK
Sixth-year UO head coach Kathy Arendsen has directed Oregon to its most successful stretch in school history. She entered the 2008 season ranked first all-time among Duck softball mentors in winning percentage (.612, 183-116), followed by Nancy Plantz (.588, 20-14, 1980) and Teresa Wilson (.548, 126-104, 1986-89). The current Duck mentor now has 215 wins and moved past former all-time leader Brown in early March (192-172, .527, 1990-96).

Arendsen’s first season in ’03 was one of UO’s greatest when the Ducks tied for third in the Pac-10 (37-19, 10-11) and had one more Pac-10 win than the previous three years combined. UO continued to shine with several other of its finest seasons in 2004 (42-21, 10-11) and 2005 (36-25, 7-14), then raised the stakes even higher in ’07 (44-19). UO sprinted out to a 24-3 start thanks to a school-record 18-game win streak and top-10 national ranking, and later reached the regional final for the fourth time in her five seasons.

Prior to her arrival to Eugene, she resurrected the Mississippi State program in 1997 after a 10-year hiatus, and her Bulldogs twice made the regional final. She spent four seasons prior as the head coach at Yale as its winningest coach (90-73), and two seasons at Eastern Illinois (46-36, 1990-91) and one at Western Connecticut (18-10, 1983).

As a player, she initially staked her name as one of the greatest pitchers in collegiate and U.S. history in a career that included 4,038 strikeouts, three Broderick (National Player of the Year) Awards and national titles for Texas Women’s University in 1979 and ’80. Afterwards, she pitched for the Raybestos Brakettes (Stratford, Conn.) and went 338-26, and staked 79 no-hitters, 42 perfect games, 265 shutouts and a 0.15 ERA. After her retirement, the Deerland, Mich., native was elected to the International Softball Hall of Fame, ASA Hall of Fame, Softball Hall of Fame, Cal State Chico Hall of Fame, Texas Women’s University Hall of Fame, Michigan ASA Hall of Fame and Grand Rapids Hall of Fame.


MORE LOVE FOR THE DUCK STAFF
Oregon’s recent success can also be tied to the continuity of one of the nation’s top staffs that includes associate head coach J. Gaudreau, Arendsen’s top assistant the past 14 seasons, and assistant coach Mick Hokanson who returns for his third season in Eugene and 17th overall in the collegiate ranks. The squad also added former pro centerfielder and Nebraska All-American Kim (Ogee) Harris as a volunteer coach just before the start of the season. A pair of All-Pac-10 picks from last year, Suzie Barnes and Ann Marie Topps, will serve as undergraduate coaches this year as they finish their degrees and help expedite the transition for a new class of Duck stars.


 
IN THE DUCK RECORD BOOKS

NEENA BRYANT, So., CF, Placentia, Calif.

Career
Avg. – 10th,.323 (120-372; 62-184in 2008, 58-188in 2007)
Doubles (10th is 28) – 24 (10 in 2008, 14 in 2007)
Home Runs – (10th is 21) – 20 (10 in 2008, 10 in 2007)
RBIs (10th is 94) – 91 (45 in 2008, 46 in 2007)
Stolen Bases – 9th, 34 (8th is 43) - (22 in 2008, 14 in 2007)

Current Season
Doubles – 10 (10th is 12)
Home Runs – 10th, 10 (8th is 11)
Runs Batted - 8th, 45 (7th is 45, 4th is 46, 3rd is 47)
Extra Base Hits – 20 (9th is 22)
Total Bases  – 102 (10th is 104)

Past Seasons

Doubles - 4th-t, 14, 2007
Home Runs – 10th-t, 10, 2007
Runs Batted In – 4th, 46, 2007
Extra Base Hits – 5th, 25, 2007
Total Bases – 9th-t, 104, 2007


LOVENA CHAPUT, Sr., SS, Tualatin, Ore.

Career
Doubles – 3rd-tie, 36 (2nd is 39) – (8 in ’08, 28 in 2005-07)
Triples – 7th, 7 (8th is 7) – (1 in ’08, 6 in 2005-07)
Home Runs – 8th, 22 (7th is 24) – (6 in ’08, 16 in 2005-07)
RBIs – 10th, 94 (9th is 95) – (26 in '08, 68 in 2005-07)

Past Seasons
Doubles - 10th-t, 12, 2006


JOANNA GAIL, Sr., 3B, Poway, Calif.

Current Season
Doubles – 11 (10th is 12)


SARI-JANE JENKINS, Jr., LF, Salem, Ore.

Career
Average – 8th, .332 (182-548; 50-173 in 2008, 132-375 in 2006-07)
Stolen Bases – 1st, 77 (29 in 2008, 48 in 2006-07)
Runs – 9th, 108 (8th is 110) - (36 in 2008, 74 in 2006-07)
Hits - 10th, 182 (9th is 185) – 181 (49 in 2008, 132 in 2006-07)
Doubles (10th is 28) – 25 (4 in 2008, 21 in 2006-07)
Triples (8th-t is 7) – 5 (2 in 2008, 3 in 2006-07)
Walks (10th is 63) – 50 (31 in 2008, 19 in 2006-07)

Current Season
Stolen Bases – 5th, 29 (4th is 33)
Walks – 5th, 32 (4th is 33, 3rd is 37, 2nd is 38)

Past Seasons
Average – 7th, .396, 2007
Runs – 5th, 48, 2007
Hits – 2nd, 82, 2007
Doubles – 2nd, 16, 2007
Stolen Bases – 2nd, 38, 2007


CORTNEY KIVETT, Fr., 2B, Yucaipa, Calif.

Career
Stolen Bases – 10th, 33 (9th is 34)

Current Season
Stolen Bases – 4th, 33 (3rd is 36)
Hits (9th is 66) – 56


ALICIA COOK, Sr., P, Elmira, Ore.

Career
Games – 6th, 119 (5th is 121) – (36 in 2008, 83 in 2005-07)
Wins – 4th, 55 (3rd is 59) – (16 in 2008, 39 in 2005-07)
Complete Games – 7th, 57 (6th is 60) – (17 in 2008, 40 in 2005-07)
Shutouts – 4th, 20 (3rd is 21) – (5 in 2008, 15 in 2005-07)
Innings – 7th, 561.1 (6th is 631) – (186.1 in 2008, 375 in 2005-07)
Strikeouts – 4th, 426 (3rd is 445) – (150 in 2008, 276 in 2005-07)
ERA (min. 200 IP) - 10. Alicia Cook 2.32 (186 ER, 561.1 innings) (9th is 2.05)– (59 ER in 2008, 127 in 2005-07)

Current Season
Victories – 16, 2008 (10th is 17)
Strikeouts – 7th, 150, 2008 (6th is 153)
Past Seasons
Victories – 4th, 23, 2007
Complete Games – 10th-t. 23, 2007
Strikeouts – 7th, 125, 2007


MELISSA RICE, Jr., P, Colville, Wash.

Career
Shutouts – 6th, 12 (5th is 14) – (3 in 2008, 9 in 2006-07)
Victories – 40, 7th (6th is 47) – (11 in ’08, 29 in 2006, ’07)
Innings – 8th, 445.1 (7th is 482.0) – (129.2 in 2008, 315.2 in 2006-07)
Complete Games–9th,37(8th is 42)–(10 in ’08, 27 in 2006-07)
Strikeouts – 8th, 280 (7th is 316)–(86 in ’08, 194 in 2006-07)
Appearances – 8th,102 (7th is 114) - (31 in ’08, 71 in 2006-07)

Current Season
Victories (10th is 17) – 11, 2008

Past Seasons
Victories – 6th, 21, 2007
Appearances – 9th, 40, 2007
Starts – 9th, 34, 2007
Complete Games – 10th-t, 23, 2007
Strikeouts – 9th, 114, 2007


OREGON SOFTBALL QUICK FACTS
Head Coach (Alma Mater): Kathy Arendsen (Chico State ‘80)
Record at Oregon: 216-140, Sixth Season
Overall Record: 588-415, 18 years
Associate Head Coach: J. Gaudreau (Sixth year)
Assistant Head Coach: Mick Hokanson (Third year)
Volunteer Coach: Kim (Ogee) Harris
Undergraduate Assistant Coaches: Suzie Barnes, Ann Marie Topps
2007 Overall Record: 44-19 / 2007 7-14 (7th)
2007 Conference Record (place): 7-14 (7th)
2007 NCAA Record: 2-2 (Regional, Columbia, S.C.)
Final NFCA / USA Softball Rankings (Season High): 22nd (10th) / 20th (11th)
Letterwinners Returning/Lost (Starters Returning/Lost): 12/4 (7/3)
Position Players Returning/Lost (Pitchers Returning/Lost): 11/4 (2/1)

Top 2007 Returnees (2007 Statistics)
  Sari-Jane Jenkins (Jr., OF, .396, 82 hits, 27 RBI, 38 SB)
  Neena Bryant (So.,OF, .309, 58 hits, 10 HR, 46 RBI)
  Alicia Cook (Sr., P, 2.06 ERA, 23-5, 10 SHO, 197 IP, 125 K)
  Melissa Rice (Jr., P, 2.87 ERA, 21-14, 8 SHO, 202.2 IP, 114 K)

Redshirt (Olympic-CANADA): Jenn Salling (So., SS, .481, 76 Hits, 14 HR, 73 RBI)


Key 2007 Losses (2007 Statistics)
  Ann Marie Topps (DP, .2727, 19 HR, 61 RBI)
  Suzie Barnes (2B, .311, 61 Hits, 41 SB)
  Kristi Leiter (1B, .278, 42 hits, .988 fielding)

Newcomers (6)
  Shelley Deadmond, Jr., OF, Chico, Calif.
  Monique Fuiava, Fr., 1B, Las Vegas, Nev.
  Ashley Kivett, Fr., C-3B, Yucaipa, Calif.
  Cortney Kivett, Fr., 2B, Yucaipa, Calif.
  Brittany Rumfelt, Fr., LHP, Lakeport, Calif.
  Kaitlin Vitek, Fr., C-3B, Valencia, Calif.


LETTERWINNERS
Returning (# of letters): 12
Neena Bryant: 2
Lovena Chaput: 3
Alicia Cook: 3
Joanna Gail: 3
Kayleen Hudson: 3
Sari-Jane Jenkins: 2
Amie Morris: 3
Melissa Rice: 2
Hannah Barril: 1
Neena Bryant: 1
Carlyn Re: 1
Jenn Salling: 1
Blair Williamson: 1

Lost: 3
Suzie Barnes: 4
Kristi Leiter: 4
Ann Marie Topps: 4
 
 
2008 DUCK NUMERICAL ROSTER
# Name Pos. B/T Yr.
1 Cortney Kivett 2B L/R Fr.
2 Sari-Jane Jenkins OF L/R Jr.
4 Blair Williamson OF L/R So.
5 Lovena Chaput OF L/R Sr.
6 Neena Bryant OF R/R So.
7 Alicia Cook RHP R/R Sr.
8 Amie Morris C R/R Sr.
9 Joanna Gail 3B R/R Sr.
10 Hannah Barril UT L/R So.
11 Ashley Kivett C R/R Fr.
13 Kaitlin Vitek C/3B R/R Fr.
15 Monique Fuiava 1B R/R Fr.
16 Melissa Rice RHP R/R Jr.
20 Kayleen Hudson OF R/R Sr.
24 Carlyn Re 1B L/R So.
25 Shelley Deadmond OF L/R Jr.
35 Brittany Rumfelt LHP L/L Fr.

Head Coach: Kathy Arendsen, 6th Year
Asst. Coaches: J. Gaudreau (6th year), Mick Hokanson (3rd year)
Volunteer Coach: Kim Harris, 1st Year
Undergraduate Assistant Coach: Suzie Barnes, 1st Year
 

DUCK PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

COACHES
Kathy Arendsen (AIR-un-son)
J. Gaudreau (GOD-row)
Mick Hokanson (HOKE-an-son)

PLAYERS
Hannah Barril (bah-RILL)
Lovena Chaput (Luh-VEE-nuh CHAP-it)
Monique Fuiava (FOO-ee-ah-vah)
Sari-Jane (S-AIR-REE-Jane) Jenkins
Ashley & Cortney Kivett (KIHV-it)
Carlyn Re (CAR-lin RAY)
Kaitlin Vitek (VEE-tek)

 

DUCK ALPHABETICAL ROSTER
# Name Pos. B/T Ht. Yr. Hometown (High School/College)
10 Hannah Barril UT L/R 5-1 So. Juneau, Alaska (Juneau Douglas)
6 Neena Bryant OF R/R 5-6 So. Placentia, Calif. (El Dorado)
5 Lovena Chaput OF L/R 5-9 Sr. Tualatin, Ore. (Tualatin)
7 Alicia Cook RHP R/R 5-10 Sr. Elmira, Ore. (Elmira)
25 Shelley Deadmond OF L/R 5-6 Jr. Chico, Calif. (Butte/Chico)
15 Monique Fuiava 1B R/R 5-8 Fr. Las Vegas, Nev (Mojave)
9 Joanna Gail 3B R/R 5-9 Sr. Poway, Calif. (Poway)
20 Kayleen Hudson OF R/R 5-8 Sr. Northglenn, Colo. (Northglenn)
2 Sari-Jane Jenkins OF L/R 5-6 Jr. Salem, Ore. (South Salem)
11 Ashley Kivett C R/R 5-4 Fr. Yucaipa, Calif. (Yucaipa)
1 Cortney Kivett 2B L/R 5-3 Fr. Yucaipa, Calif. (Yucaipa)
8 Amie Morris C R/R 5-7 Sr. Salem, Ore. (Sprague)
24 Carlyn Re 1B L/R 5-6 So. Tualatin, Ore. (Tualatin)
16 Melissa Rice RHP R/R 5-8 Jr. Colville, Wash. (Colville High School)
35 Brittany Rumfelt LHP L/L 5-8 Fr. Lakeport, Calif. (Clear Lake)
13 Kaitlin Vitek C/3B R/R 5-8 Fr. Valencia, Calif. (William S. Hart)
4 Blair Williamson OF L/R 5-8 So. Salem, Ore. (Sprague)

BY CLASS
Seniors: 5
Juniors: 3
Sophomores: 5
Freshmen: 5

AT BAT / BY POSITION
Right/Left: 11/7
Infielders/Outfielders: 7/6
Pitchers/Catchers: 3/3

BY STATE
California: 7
Oregon: 6
Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Washington, British Columbia: 1
 
 
THIS WEEK’S NATIONAL POLLS (5/11)

* (Asterisk) Indicates Duck opponents in 2008.

USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll 

http://nfca.org/top25/index.php?cat_id=1

Rk Team Record Totals PVS
1 Florida (27) 62-2 699 1
*2 Arizona State (1) 56-5 660 2
3 Alabama 51-6 639 T-3
4 Texas A&M 49-7 609 5
*5 UCLA 45-7 605 T-3
6 Michigan 48-6 547 6
*7 Oklahoma 43-12 489 7
*8 Stanford 46-12 473 8
*9 Arizona 36-16 465 11
10 Houston 50-9 458 9
*11 Northwestern 37-13 443 12
*12 Fresno State 51-11 362 10
13 North Carolina 50-10-1 349 13
*14 Tennessee 47-14 322 14
15 LSU 42-16 306 15
16 Louisiana-Lafayette 46-12 277 16
17 Virginia Tech 43-15 276 18
18 Long Beach State 39-15 202 19
19 DePaul 48-16 197 20
20 Nevada 42-16 186 17
*21 San Diego State 43-15 162 21
22 UMass 35-31 108 22
23 Georgia 43-22 62 25
*24 California 40-24 43 23
*25 Mississippi State 40-20 32 NR

Others Receiving Votes: *Washington 29, Hawai’i 22, Hofstra 16, Central Florida 14, Kent State 11, Creighton 10, BYU 10, Missouri 8, Iowa 7, Auburn 2

Dropped Out: No. 24 Washington


-The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by NCAA Division I head coaches representing each conference. First-place votes are in parentheses.

 

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=3208

Rk Team Record Totals PVS
1. Florida (20) 62-2 500 1
*2. Arizona State 56-5 471 2
*3 UCLA 45-7 451 3
4. Alabama 51-6 445 4
5 Texas A&M 49-7 425 6
6 Michigan 48-6 388 5
*7. Arizona 36-16 364 9
*8. Oklahoma 43-11 353 7
*9. Stanford 46-12 346 8
*10. Northwestern 37-13 312 12
11. Houston 50-9 305 11
*12. Fresno State 51-11 267 10
*13. Tennessee 47-14 231 14
14. LSU 42-16 224 15
15. North Carolina 50-10-1 217 13
16. Virginia Tech 44-15 193 17
17. ULL 46-12 185 18
18. Long Beach St. 39-15 181 16
*19. San Diego St. 43-15 147 19
20. UMass 39-11 119 21
21. DePaul 48-16 90 23
22. Nevada 42-16 82 20
23. Hawaii 34-18 46 22
*24. Washington 28-23-1 33 24
*25. California 40-21 30 25

Others Receiving Votes: *Mississippi State (19), South Florida (18), Hofstra (15), Georgia (13), Creighton (10), Missouri (10), BYU (5), Central Florida (2), Iowa (2) and Louisiana Tech (1).

Parenthesis Denotes first place votes.


 

DUCK POSTSEASON HISTORY


NCAA REGIONALS
1989
No. 5 Regional
Amherst, Massachusetts
Oregon 2, Massachusetts 0
Connecticut 2, Oregon 1
Oregon 3, Connecticut 2
Oregon 6, Connecticut 0

1990
No. 8 Regional
Columbus, Ohio
Kent State 3, Oregon 0
Ohio State 2, Oregon 0

1994
No. 3 Regional
Fresno, California
Oregon 3, California 2
Fresno State 1, Oregon 0
Oregon 2, California 1 (20 innings)
Fresno State 5, Oregon 0

1998
No. 2 Regional
Lincoln, Nebraska
Iowa 5, Oregon 2
Oregon 11, Coastal Carolina 3
Oregon 10, Iowa 9
Nebraska 9, Oregon 7

1999
No. 8 Regional
Chicago, Illinois
Illinois-Chicago 1, Oregon 0
Oregon 6, Texas 0
Michigan State 9, Oregon 1

2000
No. 5 Regional
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Southern Mississippi 3, Oregon 0
Oregon 4, Northwestern State 1
Oregon 4, Louisiana-Lafayette 3
Southern Mississippi 3, Oregon 1

2003
No. 6 Regional
Fullerton, California
Oregon 10, Penn State 8
Oklahoma State 2, Oregon 1
Oregon 4, San Diego State 1
Oregon 2, Cal State Fullerton 1
Oregon 7, Oklahoma State 6 (12 innings)
Oregon 9, Louisiana-Lafayette 2
Louisiana-Lafayette 6, Oregon 4

2004
No. 4 Region
Tallahassee, Florida
Oregon 1, Bethune-Cookman 0
Oregon 12, South Florida 0
Florida State 5, Oregon 4 (12 innings)
Oregon 2, South Florida 1
Oregon 1, Florida State 0
Florida State 2, Oregon 0

2005
No. 14 Region
Norman, Okla.
Louisiana-Lafayette 7, Oregon 5
Oregon 3, Wichita State 2 (8)
Oregon 3, Louisiana-Lafayette 1
Oklahoma 2, Oregon 1

2007
No. Region
Columbia, S.C.
Oregon 4, Penn State 0
Oregon 8, South Carolina 4
South Carolina 2, Oregon 0
South Carolina 4, Oregon 3


WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

1989
Sunnyvale, California
Cal Poly Pomona 1, Oregon 0
Oregon 1, South Carolina 0
Arizona 4, Oregon 0

 

AIAW WORLD SERIES

1976
Minnesota 5, Oregon 1
Oregon 11, Maryville State 0
Indiana State 14, Oregon 6

1980
Oregon 7, Massachusetts 3
Utah State 5, Oregon 0
Oregon 2, SW Missouri State 1
Western Michigan 1, Oregon 0 (7th Place)

 

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