THIS WEEK'S DUCK HOME SOFTBALL ACTION (2009 / 2008 Record)
Fri., April 10, 4 p.m., Eugene vs. Oregon State (2009: 17-18, 2-5; 2008: 28-31, Pac-10 6-15, 7th)), www.OSUbeavers.com
Sat., April 11, 1 p.m., Eugene vs. Oregon State (2009: 17-18, 2-5; 2008: 28-31, Pac-10 6-15, 7th)), www.OSUbeavers.com
WHAT'S UP THIS WEEK
EUGENE The Duck softball team (12-22, 1-6) returns home for its final contests vs. Oregon State in the 2009 Civil War Sponsored by Your Northwest Dodge Dealers. Going back to their first meeting in 1974, UO holds a 78-77-1 all-time edge in the series after OSU won the first 2009 meeting a month ago, 2-1, in Corvallis. Last week, Oregon went 2-2 at home and topped Portland State, 2-0, and then-No. 12 California, 7-0, and lost to No. 2 Stanford, 5-2 and 11-0. Against the Bay Area schools last weekend, OSU split with Cal with a 5-4 win and 12-3 loss and fell to Stanford, 4-2.
PINK IT UP
Saturday's game vs. the Beavers is also 'Pink Out the Park' day, and fans are asked to wear pink to support breast cancer awareness month. In an effort to raise more money for the cause, fans are encouraged to bid on a variety of silent auction items donated by the Oregon Softball team. Some of the items include: Game-worn Pink jerseys and a softball autographed by the team. All donations collected at the game will go to the Willamette Valley Cancer Center Foudation. The community-based Willamette Valley Cancer Center Foundation helps low income patients and their families shoulder the burden through an individualized grant program that provides support for their unique situations.
RECENT DUCK HEROES
At the plate in four games last week, senior Sari-Jane Jenkins hit her first grand slam vs. No. 12 Cal, and homered again two days later off Stanford All-America pitcher Missy Penna. Jenkins led UO in hitting (.385 5-for-13, 5 RBI), and junior Blair Williamson (.300, 3-for-10, double) also hit +.300 for the second straight week after she led the team the weekend before at Arizona State/Arizona (.400, 2-for-5, first career home run). In the last meeting with OSU, the Salem, Ore., native Williamson tripled and overall has gone 8-for-22 (.363) since mid-March UO’s second-highest batting mark in that stretch (just behind Jenkins’ .367 (11-for-30)). Williamson and freshman Lindsey Chambers also homered vs. PSU last week, and the latter added her fourth homer of the season two days later against Cal.
Junior Neena Bryant swiped her team-best 22nd stolen base of '09 to tie the eighth-best mark in a season for UO, and her 59th career theft moved her to fifth all-time for UO. She also leads the team in RBIs (23), and stands second in hits (37) and hitting (.346). Sophomore Monique Fuiava leads the team in slugging (.571) and homers (8), and is only two away from the Ducks’ 10th-best roundtripper mark in a season. Sophomore Cortney Kivett also went 2-for-4 vs. the Beavers, and ranks third on the team in batting (.312) and second in stolen bases (10). After her two shutouts last week, freshman Samantha Skillingstad paces the squad in wins (9), shutouts (4), strikeouts (110) and ERA (2.11). Sophomore Brittany Rumfelt logged a 10-0 blanking of Seattle two weeks ago her first career shutout and struck out six in five innings.
RECENT DUCK STARTERS (09/’08 Starts)
C: Ashley Kivett (15/41), Kaitlin Vitek (19/3)
1B: Carlyn Re (27/45), Monique Fuiava(7/19)
2B: Kelsey Chambers (9/0), Cortney Kivett (25/62)
SS: Lindsey Chambers (10/0), Sari-Jane Jenkins (24/-)
3B: Cortney Kivett (9/0), Lindsey Chambers (17/0), Ashley Kivett (6/1), Kaitlin Vitek (2/0)
RF: Blair Williamson (10/17), Kelsey Chambers (23/0), Hannah Barril (1)
CF: Neena Bryant (34/64)
LF: Sari-Jane Jenkins (10/64), Blair Williamson (13/13-RF), Shelley Deadmond (11/0)
DP: Monique Fuiava (25/43), Re (7/63)
TOP DUCK HITTERS (’09 Stats)
Sari-Jane Jenkins, Sr., LF - .348, 39-112, 7 2B, 10 SB
Neena Bryant, Jr.,CF-.346, 37-107, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 22 SB
Cortney Kivett, So., 3B - .312, 34-109, 10 SB
Monique Fuiava, So., DP- .255, 8 HR, 18 RBI, .571 SLG
Carlyn Re, Jr., 1B - .240, 22-88, 3 2B, 9 RBI, 10 BB
Kelsey Chambers, Fr., 2B - .227, 20-88, 5 HR, 21 RBI
TOP DUCK PITCHERS (’09 Stats)
Samantha Skillingstad, Fr., 9-8, 2.11,110 SO,44 BB,10 CG, 4 SHO
Mikayla Endicott, Fr., 2-3, 3.22, 44 SO, 15 BB, 2CG, 1 SHO
Brittany Rumfelt, So., 1-7, 3.59, 59 SO, 15 BB, 50.2 IP
THIS WEEK’S NCAA / PAC-10 RANKINGS
Junior Neena Bryant’s team-high 22 stolen bases this season ranks 24th nationally (0.65 spg avg.). As a team, UO’s 0.88 home runs per game average ranks 32nd nationally, and its 1.5 stolen bases per game average ranks 40th.
In the Pac-10, the following Ducks ranked top 10 this week in the stat rankings
- Neena Bryant, Jr., Placentia, Calif. - Stolen Bases, 5th, 22 (leader Jamia Reid, Cal, 31)
- Monique Fuiava, So., Las Vegas, Nev. Home Runs, 8th-t, 8 (leader Stacie Chambers, Arizona, 23)
- Samantha Skillingstad, Fr. Spokane, Wash. Strikeouts, 5th, 110 (leader Danielle Lawrie, Washington, 267); ERA, 7th, 2.11 (leader Lawrie, 0.57) ; Opposing Batting Average, 6th, .214 (leader Lawrie, .112); Innings, 8th, 109.2 (leader Lawrie, 179.1); Starts, 7th-t, 18 (leader Marissa Drewrey, Cal, 28)
And here were UO’s top team rankings in the conference: Stolen Bases 2nd, 51 (leader California 110); Sacrifice Bunts 3rd, 23; Home Runs 6th, 30; Batters Struck Out 5th, 225 (leader Washington 304)
LAST WEEK’S RECORD BOOK UPDATES
Sari-Jane Jenkins, Sr., LF, Salem, Ore
Career Walks now 10th, 63, was unranked
Career Hits now 3rd-tie, 224, was 4th, 219
Career Runs 4th-t, 130, was 5th, 128
Career Walks - 10th, 64, was tied for 10th, 63
Neena Bryant, Jr., CF, Placentia, Calif.
Career Stolen Bases 5th, 59, was 7th, 56
Season Stolen Bases 8th-t, 22, was unranked with 19
UPCOMING TICKET PROMOTIONS
Friday's and Saturday's Civil War Sponsored By Your Northwest Dodge Dealer contests are "Buy 1, Get 1" ticket days for fans who show a Bi-mart card at the Howe Field ticket booth. Ticket-buyers for Friday's game will get a free ticket for the Washington game the following Friday (4/17), and likewise, those who purchase a ticket Saturday will get a ticket for the following Saturday game vs. UCLA (4/18).
CATCH THE ACTION LIVE
Duck softball fans can track home action this season several ways. For home games, O-Zone subscribers will be able to listen to and watch games online for only $9.95 per month, and a link to signing up is available at the www.GoDucks.com multimedia link at the top of each page.
For all games, live stats for all home and away contests are available for free via the softball schedule page by clicking on the page icon with the '1" in the far right media column.
Three home games will also be broadcast live locally on radio by the Score (95.3 FM) - Sun., April 5th vs. Stanford; Sat., April 11th vs. Oregon State; Sat., Sat., May 9th vs. ASU. KWVA-FM campus radio (88.1 FM) will also broadcast three games locally in April April 3rd vs. California, April 10 vs. Oregon State and April 19 vs. UCLA.
IN THE POLLS
The Ducks received votes in the first two editions of the NFCA and USA Softball polls in 09, and this week’s Pac-10 teams' rankings follow: Stanford (2/2), Washington (3/3), Arizona State (5/8), UCLA (9/7), Arizona (10/13) and California (17/16). In both preseason polls all eight of the teams from the nation’s top softball conference, the Pacific-10, were sighted, and their rankings follow: Arizona State (2/3), UCLA (4/4), Arizona (7/7), Stanford (11/9), California (17/14), Washington (21/15), Oregon (votes) and Oregon State (votes).
UPCOMING OPPONENT INFO - OREGON STATE BEAVERS (17-18, 2-5)
Web site: www.OSUbeavers.com
2009 Season Stats: http://www.osubeavers.com/sports/w-softbl/stats/2008-2009/teamcume.html
Colors: Orange, Black
Head Coach: Kirk Walker
Career Record (Years): 507-396-3 (15th)
Record at School: Same
Assistants: Crissy Buck, Shawn Feldt
2008 Overall Record: 28-31
2008 Conference Record: 6-15, 7th
2008 Postseason: DNQ
Series Record: UO leads, 78-77-1
DUCK-BEAVER SERIES HISTORY
Under seventh-year head coach Kathy Arendsen, UO is 7-12 vs. OSU. The Ducks took the three-game series in 2007 (2-1), 2004 (2-1) and 2003 (2-1), while the Beavers have held the upper hand in 2009 (0-1), 2008 (1-2), ’06 (0-3) and ’05 (0-3). UO’s Civil War wins under its all-time winningest mentor follow:
- 2008: 2-1, W-Alicia Cook
- 2007: 6-5, W-Melissa Rice; 4-3 (8)-Alicia Cook
- 2004: 9-8, W-Any Nyhus; 2-0, W-Nyhus
- 2003: 2-1, W-Amy Harris; 10-2, W-Harris
GETTING THE CALL
In mid-February, senior Sari-Jane Jenkins was the 19th player picked overall in the 2009 National Professional Fastpich (NPF) senior draft. Taken as one of eight picks by the Akron Racers, she was the fourth of six Pac-10 players selected in the draft the most of any conference, followed by the SEC (4). The league features five teams that play three-month 20-game pro season from June 10-August 16, and more information on the team is available at their www.AkronRacers.org website. Going back in history, Jenkins is the second Duck chosen in the draft after former All-America catcher Jenn Poore was chosen by the same team and played three seasons. Jenkins’ bloodlines have various elite athletics ties with her brother Andy in major league baseball spring training as a fourth-year catcher in the Marlins organization after he played on Oregon State’s College World Series team in 2003. Another older brother Riley was a running back for Linfield and was named the MVP of the 2004 national football championship game, and her younger brother Riley was on the Oregon State football roster last fall.
RETURNING DUCK STARTER PRESEASON NOTES
- Junior centerfielder Neena Bryant is a 2009 preseason USA Softball Player of the Year candidate after one of UO’s greatest opening two-year stretches at the plate. Oregon’s Offensive MVP and Player of the Year in 2008 led the team in batting (.330), slugging (.536), hits (64), home runs (10) and multi-hit games (16) en route to All-Pac-10 Second Team honors.
- Senior and team captain Sari-Jane Jenkins is the school career stolen base leader (90), and also ranks top-10 all-time in hits (third-tie, 224), runs (fourth-tie, 130), career batting average (sixth-tie, 335) and walks (10th, 64). An All-Pac-10 Second Team pick in 2007 and honorable mention in ’08, she led the team last season in runs (37), walks (37), on-base percentage (.418) and triples (2), and stood second in batting (.293) and stolen bases (32).
- Sophomore catcher Ashley Kivett made 42 of her 46 starts at catcher in ’08, and showed timely hitting instincts with homers vs. Pac-10 rivals Washington and Oregon State.
- Sophomore Cortney Kivett led the Pac-10 in stolen bases last year (33) - one of three Ducks ranked top five with Jenkins (second) and Bryant (fifth) - and had the team’s top freshman batting mark (.290).
- Sophomore designated player-first baseman Monique Fuiava ranks second among Duck returnees based on 2008 stats in slugging (.395), home runs (7) and RBI (20).
- At first base, junior Carlyn Re shared starting honors with Fuiava, and her infield-leading .993 fielding percentage helped her earn 46 starts. Her charisma and positive attitude will also help steady an infield that smacks of youth.
- Junior left fielder Blair Williamson led the Ducks in batting in Pac-10 contests in ’08 (.258) and started 12 of the final 18 Pac-10 games of the season.
RETURNING DUCK PITCHER PRESEASON NOTES
- Junior Melissa Rice staked the team’s Pitcher of the Year award as a freshman and sophomore in 2006 and ’07, and is a frequent sighting on Duck all-time career charts, including games (seventh-tie, 114), wins (eighth, 41), strikeouts (eighth, 293), complete games (ninth, 37) and innings (ninth, 470.2).
- Even though she missed a month of duty because of a pitching finger injury, sophomore Brittany Rumfelt still logged a 6-4 record in 2008 and started her career with a 4-0 record, including wins vs. returning NCAA qualifiers Long Island and Cal Poly. In Pac-10 duty, she stood second on the team (and is the top returnee) in appearances (10) and innings (39).
- The pair combined on UO’s 16th no-hitter in school history in March 2008 - a five-inning 8-0 home win vs. Idaho State in the Cascade Clash tournament. Altogether in ’08, the duo combined for 18 of the team’s 35 wins (Rice 12, Rumfelt 6) and made 54 appearances (Rice 34, Rumfelt 21).
OTHER DUCK RETURNEE PRESEASON NOTES
- Heading into the ’08 campaign, junior Hannah Barril positioned herself as one of the team’s most improved players, and was rewarded with the team’s Most Inspirational Award in 08. Her speed and heady instincts on the base paths marked her as the team’s most called-upon pinch runner last year, and her career-high 51 games of action included starts vs. returning NCAA qualifiers California and Southern Utah.
- Redshirt junior outfielder Shelley Deadmond joined the team in 2008 and was one of its most called-upon pinch runners in 18 appearances. Able to play any outfield position, she transferred to UO after earning all-league honorable mention honors for Butte College in 2006 and ’07.
- Behind the plate, sophomore Kaitlin Vitek is another contender to help replace graduated catcher Amie Morris and third baseman Joanna Gail who started 110 games and 179 games, respectively, the previous three seasons. The Valencia, Calif., native Vitek started three games in ’08, including key late season contests vs. top-25 California and Washington, and earlier rapped out pinch hits vs. top-ranked UCLA and another top-10 foe in Stanford.
NEWCOMER PRESASON NOTES
On the mound, freshman right-hander Samantha Skillingstad shined in her first fall of work in 08, one that included a nine-strikeout no-hitter in her Fall Fest starting debut. As a prep, she was an All-America First-Team choice as a junior and senior. The two-time Washington Player of the Year led her team to the state title in 2007 and runner-up honors in '08. In similar fashion, fellow frosh Mikayla Endicott staked Oregon State Pitcher of the Year honors as a senior and Player of the Year status as a junior and led her Roseburg high school team to the 6A state title her final season. The pair showed their moxie on the mound last summer against the Olympic-silver medal U.S. National Team and had their club team’s best stats in Pacific Northwest stops in mid-July.
Freshman identical twins Kelsey Chambers and Lindsey Chambers have made their presence known in the field and have started at various infield and/or outfield positions after the graduation of shortstop Lovena Chaput, third baseman Joanna Gail and right fielder Kayleen Hudson. The newcomer duo from the Bay Area were multiple All-Metro Team infield choices and helped their Sorcerer Gold-Pete ASA club win the 2008 18-U Louisville title and Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament in Boulder, Colo. Freshman catcher Jordan Reeves impressed UO coaches enough in the fall to earn a spot on the roster, and is quickly adjusting to the collegiate level. As a prep, Reeves helped her Fairbanks high school team to a pair of top-three state finishes, and her Alaska Northstars club team was the state runner-up in 08.
2008 SEASON RECAP
UO staked its fifth +35-win season under Arendsen in ’08 (35-29, 5-17). In the postseason, the Ducks beat Arkansas and Tulsa to advance to the regional final at Oklahoma, and earned votes in the campaign’s final polls. During the regular season, Oregon took the season series from eight-time national champion Arizona after it won its first game in Tucson since 1989, and also beat fellow league rivals California, Oregon State and Washington. Earlier during the '08 season, UO also beat four other 2007 NCAA advancers - Long Island, Mississippi Valley State (twice) and Oklahoma. Outfielder Neena Bryant was tabbed to the All-Pac-10 Second Team, and three others were honorable mentions - the graduated pair of pitcher Alicia Cook and third baseman Joanna Gail and Sari-Jane Jenkins. Cook claimed the team's Pitcher of the Year award and then-senior shortstop Lovena Chaput was its Top Defensive Player award winner.
IN A LEAGUE OF HER OWN
Head Coach Kathy Arendsen returns for her seventh season as UO’s all-time wins leader, and she sports its best all-time winning percentage (230-164, .583) and has tied the longest tenure in school history. In the postseason, she has guided UO to the regional final in all five of its postseason trips, and the Ducks’ 15-10 postseason record tops the program’s 8-8 mark in its four other regional trips since the first NCAA tournament in 1982.
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 conference 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.
Overall in her 20-year collegiate coaching career, she sports a 602-439 (.578) overall record after prior stops at Mississippi State, Yale, Eastern Illinois and Western Connecticut.
Before her coaching career, 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 15 seasons, and assistant coach Mick Hokanson who returns for his fourth season in Eugene and 18th overall in the collegiate ranks.
The Ducks face another grueling schedule in 2009 with 29 of their 51 games against 16 returning 2008 NCAA qualifiers. That list of who’s who in collegiate softball includes four returning World Series qualifiers (Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA), four more Super Regional advancers (California, Missouri, Northwestern and Stanford) and fellow first-round advancers Cal State Fullerton, Georgia Tech, Hawai’i, Nevada, North Carolina, San Diego State, Texas and Washington.
UO’s 2009 schedule ranks 15th nationally among the 286 programs nationwide, and current collegiate softball RPI rankings are available at the http://web1.ncaa.org/app_data/weeklyrpi/2009WSBrpi1.html and http://www.fullysports.com/softball/2009/rpi websites.
Glancing at the preseason NFCA and USA Softball polls, 11 of UO’s 31 opponents this season were ranked, including six in the top 10 - Arizona State (2/3), Alabama (3/2), UCLA (4/4), Arizona (7/7), Northwestern (9/11) and Stanford (11/9). Other opponents sighted in the top 25 included California (17/14), Washington (21/15), Missouri (16/19), North Carolina (18/21) and Nevada (23/22), and five others received votes - Georgia Tech, Hawai'i, Nebraska, Oregon State and Texas.
For comparison’s sake, Oregon’s 2008 strength of schedule ranked 38th nationally among the 282 Division 1 programs, and featured 27 games against 16 opponents that made the 2007 NCAA tourney field. Duck wins last season against NCAA qualifiers (and game scores) included a pair over eight-time national champion and World College Series advancer Arizona (3-2, 2-1) to give Oregon its first-ever season series vs. the Wildcats. Oregon also edged Long Island (2-1), No. 10 seed Oklahoma (1-0), Mississippi Valley State (10-0, 6-1), Arizona (3-2, 2-1), California (4-1), Washington (3-0), Tulsa (1-0) and Arkansas (3-0).
A FOND FAREWELL
Senior pitcher Alicia Cook, the team’s 2008 Pitcher of the Year, won all five of UO’s Pac-10 games last season and beat four league rivals teams three of which advanced to the NCAA tourney (Arizona (2x), California, Washington) and Oregon State and also accounted for its 1-0 postseason win over Tulsa. Senior shortstop Lovena Chaput capped her career ranked top 10 for UO in doubles (third, 36), games played (third, 234), at-bats (seventh, 663), home runs (eighth, 22), walks (10th, 63), RBI (10th, 94) and runs in a game (tied, 4). In the field, she was tapped as the team’s defensive MVP after she switched from left field to shortstop her final collegiate season the latter position was the same that she had earlier received ASA All-America honors. Senior third baseman Joanna Gail led the team in doubles (12) and assists (186), and the former mark ranked 10th-best in a season for UO. On the season, she also ranked top-five for the team in total bases (second, 82), slugging (second, .463), sacrifice bunts (second, 7), batting (fourth, .277), hits (fourth, 49) and on-base percentage (fifth, .312). Senior right fielder Kayleen Hudson stood top-five on the team in walks (fourth, 16), RBI (fifth, 16), home runs (fifth, 4). With their success in the classroom, Gail and Hudson were tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Academic Second team, while senior catcher Amie Morris picked up her first, first-team honor. The Salem, Ore., native started 111 games in her career and was one of the team’s most dependable signal-callers.
DOUBLE YOUR FUN
The Ducks sport a pair of twins on their roster in 2009 all four of whom who have frequently started in the opening non-conference tournaments of 2009. The fraternal set of sophomores Ashley Kivett and Cortney Kivett sisters were integral members of the Duck offense last season as Cortney paced the Pac-10 in steals with UO’s fourth-most ever in a season (33), while Ashley started 43 games, including 41 behind the plate and had homers against both Pac-10 Northwest rivals, Oregon State and Washington. This season, the identical freshman pair of Kelsey Chambers and Lindsey Chambers started at right field and third base for UO in the season-opening Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, and Kelsey led the Ducks in hitting in the five-game set (545, 6-for-11, 1 double, 6 RBI, 3 walks) and also had a game-winning RBI vs. Texas Tech to help UO to its first win of the season.
THIS WEEK’S RECORD BOOK WATCH UO ALL-TIME CHARTS
Neena Bryant, Jr., CF, Placentia, Calif.
Career Average 10th, .325 (.346 in ’09 (37-107); / .319 in 2007-08 (122-382))
Career Home Runs 7th, 24 (6th is 25, 5th is 26); (4 in ’09, 20 in prior seasons - 10, 2008, 10, 2007)
Career RBIs 8th, 115 (7th is 117, 6th is 119); (23 in ’09, 92 in prior seasons - 46, 2008, 46, 2007)
Career Stolen Bases 5th, 59 (4th is 60, 3rd is 71); (22 in ’09, 37 in prior seasons 22, 2008, 15, 2007)
Career Doubles 29 (10th is 30); (5 in ’09, 24 in prior seasons 10, 2008, 14, 2007)
Season Stolen Bases 8th-t, 22, 2009 (7th is 23, 6th is 24, 5th is 32)
Monique Fuiava, So., DP-1B, Las Vegas, Nev.
Career Home Runs 15 (9tht is 22); (8 in '09; 7 in 2008)
Season Home Runs 8, 2009 (10th is 10, 8th-t is 11)
Season Doubles 7, 2009 (10th is 12, 9th is 13)
Sari-Jane Jenkins, Sr., LF, Salem, Ore.
Career Stolen Bases 90, 1st; (10 in ’09, 80 in prior seasons 32, 2008, 38, 2007, 10, 2007)
Career Average - 7th, .335 (224-for-668), (39-for-112 in ’09, 185-for-556 in past seasons)
Career Hits 3rd, 224 (2nd is 227, 1st is 234); (39 in ’09, 185 in prior seasons - 53, 2008, 82, 2007, 50, 2006)
Career Runs 4th-t, 130 (3rd is 144, 2nd is 149, 1st is 154); (19 in ’09, 111 in prior seasons - 37, 2008, 48, 2007, 26, 2007)
Career Doubles 7th-t, 33 (7th is 33, 5th-t is 34, 3rd-t is 36); (7 in ’09, 26 in prior seasons - 5, 2008, 16, 2007, 5, 2006)
Career Walks 10th, 64 (9th is 65, 8th is 67); (8 in ’09, 56 in prior seasons 37, 2008, 10, 2007, 9, 2006)
Cortney Kivett, So., IF, Yucaipa, Calif.
Career Stolen Bases 9th, 43 (8th is 43, 7th is 52) (10 in ’09, 33 in ’08)
Melissa Rice, Sr., P, Colville, Wash.
Career Shutouts 6th, 12 (5th is 14); (12 in prior seasons - 3 in 2008, 8 in 2007, 1 in 2006)
Career Innings 8th, 470.2 (7th is 482); (15.2 in ’09, 455 in prior seasons 139.1 in 2008, 202.2 in 2007, 113 in 2006)
Career Games 7th-t, 114 (6th is 121); (9 in ’09, 105 in prior seasons 34 in 2008, 40 in 2007, 31 in 2006)
Career Complete Games 9th, 37; (8th is 42); (37 in previous seasons 10 in 2008, 23 in 2007, 4 in 2006)
Career Strikeouts 8th, 293 (7th is 316); (12 in ’09; 281 in prior seasons 87 in 2008, 114 in 2007, 80 in 2006)
OTHER DUCK RECORD BOOK SIGHTINGS PAST SEASONS
Sari-Jane Jenkins, Sr., LF, Salem, Ore.
Average 7th, .396, 2007
Runs 5th, 48, 2007
Hits 2nd, 82, 2007
Doubles 2nd, 16, 2007
Stolen Bases 2nd, 38, 2007
Melissa Rice, Sr., P, Colville, Wash.
Victories 6th, 21, 2007
Appearances 9th, 40, 2007
Starts 9th, 34, 2007
Complete Games 10th-t, 23, 2007
Strikeouts 9th, 114, 2007
Neena Bryant, Jr., CF, Placentia, Calif.
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
Home Runs 10th, 10, 2007 and 2008
Runs Batted - 4th, 46 (3rd is 47)
Total Bases 9th, 104, 2007 and 2008
Home Runs 3rd, 2, vs. UC Davis, 3/25/08
Monique Fuiava, So., 1B-DP, Las Vegas, Nevada
RBIs 5th-tie, 6, vs. Cal Poly, 2/9/08
Cortney Kivett, So., IF, Yucaipa, Calif.
Stolen Bases 4th, 33, 2008
Hits 2nd-tie, 4, vs. Colorado State, 2/28/08
Stolen Bases 3rd, 3, vs. UNLV, 3/8/08
THE CONFERENCE OF CHAMPIONS
The moniker 'The Conference of Champions' is indeed appropriate for the Pac-10 softball league, since four of the eight league members have combined for 21 of the 27 previous NCAA championships. In '08, Arizona State claimed the national crown and was one of three Pac-10 teams that advanced to the eight-team Women’s College World Series with No. 2 and 7 seeds UCLA and Arizona. In the year-end final rankings, ASU ranked first in the NFCA and USA Softball polls, and other teams in the top 25 included UCLA (5/5), Arizona (7/7), Stanford (11/13) and California (16/14), while Washington and Oregon both received votes. Individually, 13 Pac-10 players were tabbed All-Americans in 2008 (1st-4, 2nd-1, 3rd-8).
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). Seventh-year head coach Kathy Arendsen guided UO to its five most recent trips in ’03 in Fullerton, Calif. (5-2), ’04 in Tallahassee, Fla., (4-2), ’05 (2-2), ’07 in Columbia, S.C. (2-2) and ’08 (2-2) in Norman, Okla.
THE ROAD TO OKLAHOMA CITY
The NCAA Division I Tournament is composed of 64 teams (30 automatic qualifiers and 34 at-large) and held over three weekends. The opening weekend (Friday-Sunday, May 15-17), four teams participate in each of 16 regional sites in a double-elimination tournament. The 16 top teams are seeded with one placed at each regional site, and remaining teams placed in regional brackets to create balanced competition and avoid conference match-ups, when possible. The following weekend (Friday-Saturday, May 22-23), the 16 regional winners advance to super regional competition for a best-of-three, two-team series at eight campus sites. The following weekend (Thursday May 28-June 3), the remaining eight winning teams advance to the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) - an eight-team, double-elimination tournament - hosted at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. More tourney info is located at the www.NCAAsports.com website.
In 2009, the Ducks will host 15 home games on 14 dates at Howe Field. UO has four non-conference dates early in the schedule vs. Portland State (Wed., March 11; Wed., April 1 at 5 p.m.), and Seattle (doubleheader Tue., March 24 at 1 p.m.). Oregon’s first home Pac-10 contest is against California, Friday, April 3 for a 4 p.m. tilt. Five weeks later, UO caps the regular season at home vs. a pair of recent national champions in Arizona and Arizona State, Thursday-Saturday, May 7-9.
Varsity sport tickets are available though the Oregon Athletic Ticket Office (1-800-WEB-FOOT, 541 346-4461 locally), and tickets are for general admission seating are $5 for Adults and $3 for Children (2-18) and Seniors (62+). Groups of 10 or more that arrange for tickets in advance can purchase GA tickets for $2 each. Current UO Students with valid UO ID’s can receive general admission at no charge.
LET THERE BE LIGHTS
The 2009 season is the first that UO can host games at night. In January, the department finished the installation of six permanent light standards by Musco Sports Lighting to give the Ducks an option to practice and play at night. The project - budgeted at $314,000 - will be paid mostly from the gifted salary of UO athletic director Pat Kilkenny. The lighting system will resemble the recent update to nearby Hayward Field, although the candlepower won't be the same strength and adjusted to limit the effects on the surrounding residential neighborhood.
HOME GAME TICKET/PROMOTION GAME CALENDAR
Wed., 3/11 - Portland State, 5 p.m. - Bi-Mart 2 for 1 Ticket Deal
Tue., 3/24 - Seattle (doubleheader), 1 p.m. -Bi-Mart $2 Tuesday 2 games for $2
Wed., 4/1 - Portland State, 5 p.m. - April Fool’s Day - BB vs. Portland Ticket stub - FREE
Fri., 4/3 - California, 4 p.m. - "Duck Day" - Live Green Yell-O T-Shirt Day Get $1 off General Admission with your Spirit T-Shirt.
Sat., 4/4 - Stanford, 1 p.m. - Jr. Duck Day / Bi-Mart Family Day - 2 kids & 2 adults for $10
Sun., 4/5 - Stanford, Noon - Kidsports & Little League Day
Fri., 4/10 - Oregon State, 4 p.m. - Buy 1, Get 1 Buy OSU ticket, Get UW ticket free
Sat., 4/11 - Oregon State, 1 p.m. "Pink out the Park" (Strike Out Cancer) & Easter Game Egg Hunt for Kids Buy 1, Get 1 Buy OSU, Get UCLA
Fri., 4/17 - Washington, 4 p.m. Bi-Mart Family Day - 2 kids & 2 adults for $10
Sat., 4/18 - UCLA, 1 p.m. - "Signature Saturday" Autograph Day / Take a Kid to the Game Kids tix $1
Sun., 4/19 - UCLA, Noon - "Crowd Howe" (on Earth Day - Plant a Tree, Get in Free) - Donate your ticket price to the Eugene Tree Foundation
Thu., 5/7 - Arizona, 4 p.m. - BI-MART 2-for-1 ticket deal
Fri., 5/8 - Arizona State, 4 p.m. - Scout Night
Sat., 5/ 9 - Arizona State, Noon - Mother’s Day Moms get in Free
MORE ONLINE SOFTBALL INFORMATION
NCAA Playing Rules: http://www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?ContentID=351
NCAA Championships Handbooks: http://www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?ContentID=36602
NCAA Record Books: http://www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?ContentID=36413
Pacific-10 Conference: www.Pac-10.org
National Professional Fastpitch League (NPF): www.profastpitch.com
International Softball Federation: www.internationalsoftball.com
USA Softball: www.USAsoftball.ccm
National Fastpitch Coaches Association: www.nfca.org
Ultimate Softball: www.ultimatesoftball.com
Season RPI Ratings: http://warrennolan.com/softballl
OREGON SOFTBALL MEDIA
Daily Emerald Student Newspaper: www.dailyemerald.com
Eugene Register Guard: www.registerguard.com
KEZI-TV (ABC): www.kezi.org
KMTR-TV (NBC): www.kmtr.org
KVAL-TV (CBS): www.kval.org
KUGN-590 AM (Radio): www.kugn.com
Duck News (Online): www.DuckNews.com
OREGON SOFTBALL QUICK FACTS
Head Coach (Alma Mater): Kathy Arendsen (Chico State 80)
Record at Oregon: 230-164 (.583) - Seventh Season
Overall Record: 602-439 (.578) - 20th Season
Office Phone / FAX: 541-346-2245 / -2244
Associate Head Coaches: J. Gaudreau
Assistant Coach: Mick Hokanson
Athletic Trainers: Luke Montgomery, Clay Jamieson
Team Managers: John Mitchell, Garrett Gilchrist
2008 Record / Pac-10 Record (place): 35-29 / 5-16 (8th)
2008 Final NFCA / USA Softball Rankings: Received Votes
2008 Highest NFCA / USA Softball Rankings: 20th / 23rd
2008 Postseason Record / Finish: 2-2 (Regional, Norman, Okla.)
Letterwinners Returning / Lost: 11/5
Starters Returning / Lost: 7/4
Position Players Returning / Lost: 9/4
Pitchers Returning / Lost: 2/1
Top 2009 Returnees (’08 Stats)
Sari-Jane Jenkins (Sr., SS, .293, 53H, 37BB, 37R, 32SB)
Neena Bryant (Jr., OF, .330, 64H, 10-2B, 10HR, 46RBI, 23SB)
Melissa Rice (Sr., P, 2.31 ERA, 12-11, 3 SHO, 87 SO, 41 BB)
Monique Fuiava (So., 1B, .223, 7 HR, 20 RBI)
Ashley Kivett (So., IF, .221, 24 H, 7 SB, 3 HR, 12 RBI)
Cortney Kivett (So., 2B, .290, 56 H, 33 SB)
Key 2008 Losses (’08 Stats)
Lovena Chaput (Sr., SS, .266, 47 H, 8 2B, 6 HR, 26 RBI)
Alicia Cook (Sr., P, 2.33 ERA, 17-14, 18 CG, 4 SHO)
Joanna Gail (Sr., 3B, .277, 49 H, 12 2B, 7 HR, 27 RBI)
Kayleen Hudson (Sr., RF, .203, 4 HR, 16 BB, 16 RBI)
Amie Morris (Sr., C, .182, 95 PO)
Kelsey Chambers, Fr., OF-IF, Concord, Calif.
Lindsey Chambers, Fr., IF, Concord, Calif.
Mikayla Endicott, Fr., P, Roseburg, Ore.
Jordan Reeves, Fr., C, Fairbanks, Alaska
Samantha Skillingstad, Fr., P, Spokane, Wash.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (# of letters)
Sari-Jane Jenkins: 3
Melissa Rice: 3
Hannah Barril: 2
Neena Bryant: 2
Carlyn Re: 2
Blair Williamson: 2
Monique Fuiava: 1
Ashley Kivett: 1
Cortney Kivett: 1
Brittany Rumfelt: 1
Kaitlin Vitek: 1
2009 DUCK NUMERICAL ROSTER
# Name Pos. B/T Ht. Yr. Hometown (High School/College)
1 Cortney Kivett IF L/R 5-3 So. Yucaipa, Calif. (Yucaipa)
2 Sari-Jane Jenkins LF L/R 5-6 Sr. Salem, Ore. (South Salem)
4 Blair Williamson OF L/R 5-8 Jr. Salem, Ore. (Sprague)
5 Lindsey Chambers IF R/R 5-4 Fr. Concord, Calif. (Clayton Valley)
6 Neena Bryant IF R/R 5-6 Jr. Placentia, Calif. (El Dorado)
7 Samantha Skillingstad P R/R 5-10 Fr. Spokane, Wash. (Shadle Park)
8 Kelsey Chambers IF-OF R/R 5-4 Fr. Concord, Calif. (Clayton Valley)
9 Mikayla Endicott P R/R 5-8 Fr. Roseburg, Ore. (Roseburg)
10 Hannah Barril IF-OF L/R 5-1 Jr. Juneau, Alaska (Juneau Douglas)
11 Ashley Kivett C-IF R/R 5-4 So. Yucaipa, Calif. (Yucaipa)
13 Kaitlin Vitek C-IF R/R 5-8 So. Valencia, Calif. (William S. Hart)
15 Monique Fuiava 1B R/R 5-8 So. Las Vegas, Nev. (Mojave)
16 Melissa Rice P R/R 5-8 Sr. Colbert, Wash. (Colville)
24 Carlyn Re 1B L/R 5-6 Jr. Tualatin, Ore. (Tualatin)
25 Shelley Deadmond OF L/R 5-6 RJr. Chico, Calif. (Butte/Chico)
27 Jordan Reeves C R/R 5-8 Fr. Fairbanks, Alaska (Lathrop)
35 Brittany Rumfelt P L/L 5-8 So. Lakeport, Calif. (Clear Lake)
2009 DUCK ALPHABETICAL ROSTER
# Name Pos. B/T Yr.
10 Hannah Barril IF-OF L/R Jr.
6 Neena Bryant OF R/R Jr.
8 Kelsey Chambers IF-OF R/R Fr.
5 Lindsey Chambers IF R/R Fr.
25 Shelley Deadmond OF L/R RJr.
9 Mikayla Endicott P R/R Fr.
15 Monique Fuiava 1B R/R So.
2 Sari-Jane Jenkins LF L/R Sr.
11 Ashley Kivett C-IF R/R So.
1 Cortney Kivett IF L/R So.
24 Carlyn Re 1B L/R Jr.
27 Jordan Reeves C R/R Fr.
16 Melissa Rice P R/R Sr.
35 Brittany Rumfelt P L/L So.
7 Samantha Skillingstad P R/R Fr.
13 Kaitlin Vitek C-IF R/R So.
4 Blair Williamson OF L/R Jr.
DUCK PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
Hannah Barril: bah-RIL
Neena Bryant: KNEE-nah
Mikayla Endicott: mih-KAY-lah IN-dih-cot
Monique Fuiava: foo-EE-ah-vah
Sari-Jane Jenkins: SARRY-Jane
Ashley & Courtney Kivett: KIHV-et
Carlyn Re: CAR-lynn RAY
Samantha Skillingstad: SKILL-ing-stad
Kaitlin Vitek: VEE-tek
AT BAT / BY POSITION
NATIONAL POLLS (4/7)
USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll
Rk Team (1st Place Vts) Record Totals PVS
1 Florida (27) 39-3 747 1
*2 Stanford (1) 34-2 698 2
*3 Washington (2) 31-5 697 3
*4 Alabama 31-6 652 5
*5 Arizona State 32-7 600 4
*6 Northwestern 22-7 585 8
7 Georgia 25-7 558 6
8 Michigan 26-9 524 10
*9 UCLA 27-8 522 7
*10 Arizona 32-9 482 9
*11 Missouri 33-5 438 11
12 Tennessee 29-8-1 402 13
13 Oklahoma 30-11 399 12
*14 North Carolina 34-7 337 15
15 Louisville 34-5 323 16
16 Ohio State 26-8 313 17
*17 California 26-11 250 14
18 LSU 22-9-1 242 18
19 Louisiana-Lafayette 23-8 184 20
*20 Texas 31-11 136 25
21 Florida State 27-12 115 21
T-22 DePaul 20-8 111 22
T-22 UMass 20-6 111 23
24 Southern Illinois 23-6 82 24
25 Texas A&M 23-14 81 19
Others Receiving Votes: Cal Poly 40, Iowa 29. *Kentucky 25, *Nevada 12, Fresno State 10, *Georgia Tech 10, *San Diego State 10, Illinois 10, Creighton 7, BYU 4, Northern Iowa 3, Arkansas 1
Dropped Out: None
* Denotes Duck opponents in 2009
Parenthesis denotes first place votes.
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25
Rk Team Record Totals PVS
1. Florida (19) 39-3 499 1
*2. Stanford (1) 34-2 481 2
*3. Washington 31-5 458 3
*4. Alabama 31-6 437 4
*5. Northwestern 22-7 406 7
6. Michigan 26-9 371 9
*7. UCLA 27-7 370 5
*8. Arizona State 32-7 364 8
9. Georgia 25-7 338 6
*10. Missouri 33-4 304 11
11. Oklahoma 29-11 299 10
12. Tennessee 29-8-1 296 13
*13. Arizona 32-9 258 14
14. Ohio State 28-6 239 15
*15. North Carolina 34-7 223 16
*16. Cal 26-11 215 12
17. UMass 20-6 166 18
18. Louisville 34-5 159 19
19. LSU 22-2-1 146 17
*20. Texas 31-11 126 T22
21. DePaul 19-8 88 20
*22. Georgia Tech 28-10 48 24
*23. Nevada 26-11 32 25
24. Texas A&M 23-14 31 21
T25. Cal Poly 22-9 29 RV
T25. Fresno State 24-15 29 T22
Parenthesis Denotes first place votes.
Others Receiving Votes: Louisiana-Lafayette (24), Florida Gulf Coast (20), Southern Illinois (13), Iowa (10), Florida State (7), Baylor (4), BYU (3), Northern Iowa (3), Auburn (2), *Kentucky (1) and *San Diego State (1),
Dropped Out: None
* Denotes Duck opponents in 2009
-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.