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Samantha Skillingstad
Player Profile:
Samantha Skillingstad 188553
Position: Right Hand Pitcher
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
City/State: Spokane, Wash.
High School: Shadle Park
Club: Spokane Sliders
Experience: High School

* Updated season/career stats are available via the link above, and to see preseason career game-by-game stats (PDF) click here.


• Entering 2012, the talented rise ball pitcher already ranks top-10 all-time for UO in career strikeouts (sixth, 398). Her 32 wins and seven shutouts are one and two shy of the 10th-best marks, respectively.

• On Oregon all-time season lists, she ranks sixth in strikeouts with her total (170) from 2009, and top 12 in the game category for most strikeouts (fifth-tied, 12 (3x); 15th-tied, 11).

• As a sophomore, the All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention pick staked key wins vs. No. 1 Washington, No. 9 Arizona State and No. 13 California and helped team to its most Pac-10 wins since 2004.

• In 2009, the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team pick racked up a team-high 12 wins and led the Ducks in nearly every pitching category.

• Combined on five-inning perfect game with Jessica Moore vs. Idaho State (3/26/10).

• As a prep, was an All-American and two-time Gatorade Washington State Player of the Year.


2011 SEASON (Junior)
Continued her ascent up various team career categories, and sported her career-best home-run-to-inning ratio (1:13.6) and opposing batting marks (.199). During opening months, started 12 of the team’s 32 non-conference tilts and added three more in Pac-10 play. In regular season, non-conference action, owned a 1.46 ERA and was 8-0 with 95 strikeouts, and 27 walks and 33 hits allowed in 62.1 innings. Season-wise, she ranked second on squad in innings (81.2), strikeouts (109) and strikeout:walk ratio (2.79:1), and third in ERA (2.08) and opposing batting average (.199). In the national rankings made appearances in strikeouts (216th, 109) and shutouts (240th, 2). On Pac-10 charts, she stood top 10 in fewest homers allowed (third-tied, 6), fewest walks allowed (third, 39), opposing batting average (sixth, .202) and games in relief (seventh-tied, 12). The opening month of the season, staked pair of seven-inning shutout wins vs. No. 19 Texas A&M (career-high 12 K, 2 BB, 2 H) and Santa Clara (11 K, 3 H), and helped team to 5-0 and 1-0 wins. Also fanned 12 batters and walked one in three-hit, 11-3 win over Utah State in mid-March. In 3-1 win over Fairfield a week later, struck out nine in rainy complete game win at San Luis Obispo in late March. Overall, had five starts of five innings or more where she has allowed three hits or less, including one-hit, five-inning, 2-1 win vs. returning NCAA advancer and Big Ten runner-up Illinois where she struck out seven. In Pac-10 action, notched her second career win against eight-time national champion and then-No. 9 Arizona with her 2.2 innings in relief in 12-6 win (and allowed only one run against the nation’s then-11th-highest scoring team). Also added three combined shutouts in February in her start vs. Nevada (3 IP, 8 SO, 2 BB, 0 H), and in relief vs. Boise State (1 IP, 3 SO, 0 BB, 0 H) and San Jose State (1 IP, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 H). Defensively, registered a 1.000 fielding mark (2 putouts, 18 assists, 0 errors). Received her second straight Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention nod.

2011 Season Highs
Innings pitched: 7.0 Three times, last vs Fairfield (3/26/11)
Strikeouts: 12 vs Utah State (3/20/11); vs. #19 Texas A&M (2/11/11)

2010 SEASON (Sophomore) - All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention
In NCAA rankings, ranked 46th nationally in strikeouts (8.3 per seven innings), and stood top 10 in Pac-10 in fewest home runs allowed (fourth, 10), fewest walks allowed (seventh, 45), games in relief (eighth-tied,11), games finished (ninth-tied, 9), strikeouts (ninth, 119) and opposing batting average (10th, .234). Her season- and career-high 12 strikeouts at Portland State in shutout in April tied for fifth-most in a game in school history. Also staked 11 K’s in six innings vs. North Dakota the week before to tie the 11th-best total in school history. Overall, paced team in combined shutouts (5), and stood second in wins (11), strikeouts (119), innings (100.0) and opposing batting average (.234). Logged first career win vs. No. 1 Washington in April and limited the returning national champions to no runs and four hits in her five innings (and had three strikeouts, two walks). Topped No. 13 California, 1-0, and struck out seven Bear hitters in her six innings, and walked two. Overall in the Ducks’ first-ever three-game sweep of the No. 13 Bears, went 2-0, led team in ERA (0.78), strikeouts (13 – 9 innings), walked only two and held opposing batters to a .156 batting average. Combined on school’s 17th no-hitter with Jessica Moore vs. Idaho State in five-inning in late March with her final inning of relief. The opening weekend logged a 1.37 ERA and went 1-1 in the Kajikawa Classic (18 strikeouts, 2 walks, 15.1 innings) that included win over NCAA qualifiers Notre Dame (7 innings, 10 strikeouts, 0 walks, 0 earned runs). Also topped Arizona State in Tempe (4.2 innings, 4 strikeouts) for team’s first win over Sun Devils in three years. Other wins came vs. Utah (7 innings, 10 strikeouts, 1 earned run), Long Beach State (6.2 innings, 8 strikeouts, 0 earned runs), Boise State (5 innings, 7 strikeouts, 0 walks, 1 earned run) and Seattle (5.2 innings, 9 strikeouts, 0 earned runs). Overall in the 10-game spring break home stand vs. Boise State, Idaho State, North Dakota, Portland and Seattle, went 4-0 with one shutout and another combined shutout (0.57 ERA, 24.2 innings, 39 strikeouts, 5 walks, 13 hits). Overall among her 18 starts, didn’t allow an earned run in six of them, pitched at least five innings in 12 of them, and registered seven or more strikeouts in nine of those tilts. Among her 11 relief appearances didn’t allow an earned run in six tilts. Appeared as a hitter in six contests, and hit safely twice and walked once. Connected on her first double vs. Indiana, and swiped her first stolen base vs. San Diego State.

2010 Season Highs
Innings pitched: 7.2, vs San Diego State (2/13/10 at Tempe)
Strikeouts: 12, at Portland State (3/23/10)

Hits: 1, Twice (most recent vs Indiana (2/20/10 at Las Vegas, Nev.))
Doubles: 1, vs Indiana (2/20/10 at Las Vegas, Nev.)
Total bases: 2, vs Indiana (2/20/10 at Las Vegas, Nev.)
Walks: 1, at Portland State (3/23/10)
Stolen bases: 1, vs San Diego State (2/13/10 at Tempe, Ariz.)


2009 SEASON (Freshman) - Pac-10 All-Freshman Team
As expected, was tapped for many of team's key starts and was credited with all of its Pac-10 wins. Logged nearly half of team's innings (178.1 / 331.0), and paced team in wins (12), appearances (37), starts (28), complete games (17), shutouts (4), strikeouts (170) and opposing batting average (.221). At end of regular season, ranked top 10 in Pac-10 in strikeouts (fifth, 170), ERA (sixth, 2.36), appearances (sixth, 37), innings (sixth, 178.1), starts (sixth-tied, 28) and opposing batting average (seventh, .221). Pitched five innings or more in 21 games, including a season-high in 2-1, 10-inning win vs. No. 6 Arizona. In non-conference action, staked wins vs. Texas Tech, UTEP (8 strikeouts, 7 innings), Wagner (9 strikeouts, 5 innings), Hawai'i (7 strikeouts, 7 innings), Southern Mississippi (3 strikeouts, 4 innings), NCAA qualifier Georgia Tech (7 strikeouts, 7 innings), Seattle and Portland State (9 strikeouts, 7 innings). Also posted victories in Pac-10 slate vs. No. 12 California (8 strikeouts, 6 innings) and Oregon State (8 strikeouts, 7 innings). Had +6 strikeouts in 15 contests, including season-high 10 K's vs. a pair of Super Regional advancers, No. 12 Missouri and at No. 4 Stanford. In the batter's box, made eight plate appearances in six games, and reached via a walk and hit by pitch. The opening weekend of campaign, helped Ducks to 2-1 extra inning win over Texas Tech when she had an RBI groundout to tie the score in the eighth inning. Scored first collegiate run at No. 4 Washington after she walked in the second inning. Also walked to open the sixth inning at San Diego State in early March tilt. Defensively, she posted a .969 fielding mark (26 assists, 5 putouts, 1 error).

2009 Season Highs
Innings: 10.0 vs. No. 6 Arizona (5/7/08)
Walks: 7, at #4 Stanford (4/24/09)
Strikeouts: 10, Twice (vs #12 Missouri (2/27/09); 10 -  at #4 Stanford (4/24/09))

RBIs: 1 - vs Texas Tech (2/07/09)
Runs: 1 - at #4 Washington (5/3/09)
Walks: 1 - at #4 Washington (5/3/09)
Total Bases: 1 - (HBP) vs Texas Tech (2/7/09)


Prep: As a senior in 2008, she claimed her second Louisville Slugger / NFCA All-Region and All-America First Team awards. She was also accorded her second awards as a Washington Gatorade Player of the Year, Seattle Times Washington First Team All-State pick and 4A State Player of the Year. Took the mound for the Spokane All-Stars in the summer of '08 against the Olympic silver medal U.S. National Team, and in her 1 2/3 innings allowed five hits, one earned run and faced 11 batters.As a senior, she posted a 28-1 record, 0.39 ERA, 396 strikeouts in 178 innings and led her team to the state championship game with a 28-1 overall record. At the plate, she hit .417, and had 37 RBI, 28 runs and nine home runs. As a junior, she compiled a 28-1 pitching record with a 0.24 ERA and also hit .433 with 33 RBI. That junior campaign, she pitched seven shutouts in the postseason for the Washington 4A state champions that also finished No. 11 in the Fab 50 national rankings. As a sophomore in 2006, the first-team all-state pitcher went 19-0 in league play with an 0.18 ERA, and in her 115 innings, she struck out 285 and posted 19 shutouts. At the club level, she played for the Spokane Sliders. She also lettered one year in volleyball as an outside hitter. National Honor Society member and honor roll recipient. High School (Coach): Shadle Park '08. (George Lynn).

Personal: Education major. Parents are Steve and Chris, and has one sister, Megan.


Innings: 10.0, vs. #6 Arizona (5/7/08)
Strikeouts: 12, Three times - vs Utah State (3/20/11); 12 vs Utah State (3/20/11); vs. #19 Texas A&M (2/11/11)


Year  ERA    W-L  App  GS CG SHO/CB  SV  IP    H    R/ER   BB  SO 2B 3B HR  BF  B/Avg
2009  2.36  12-15  37  28 17    4/2   0 178.1 150  81/60   80 170 26  2 24  783  .221
2010  2.94  11-6   29  18  4    1/5   0 100.0  89  55/42   45 119 17  3 10  443  .234
2011  2.31   9-3   27  15  3    2/3   0  81.2  59  40/27   39 109 14  1  6  353  .199
TOTAL 2.51  32-24  93  61 24    7/10  0 360.0 298 176/129 164 398 57  6 40 1579  .220

2009  .000  6  3  7 1 0  0  0  0  1   0  .000  1  1  .222  0-0   0-0   5  26  .969
2010  .200  9  6 10 1 2  1  0  0  0   3  .300  1  0  .273  0-1   1-1   2  20 1.000
2011  .000  3  3  2 0 0  0  0  0  0   0  .000  0  0  .000  0-0   0-0   2  18 1.000
TOTAL .105 18 12 19 2 2  1  0  0  1   3  .158  2  1  .227  0-1   1-1   9  64  .986


Innings: 10.0, vs. #6 Arizona (5/7/08)
Strikeouts: 12, at Portland State (3/23/10)

RBIs: 1, Three times (most recent vs Indiana (2/20/10)
Runs: 1, at #4 Washington (5/3/09)
Walks: 1, Twice (most recent at PSU (3/23/10))
Total bases: 2, vs Indiana (2/20/10 at Las Vegas, Nev.)

Nicknames: Skilly,Sam, Sammy D.
Favorite Color: Peach.
Favorite Stuffed Animal: Bear.
Pets Growing Up: Kisha, Alex, Autzen.
Favorite Pro Team: Cleveland Indians (because I love Grady Sizemore).
Favorite Elite Softball Player: Cat Osterman.
If I didn't play softball, I would play/compete in: Volleyball.
If I could go back in time, I'd go to: See the Doors in concert.
Greatest Accomplishment: Gatorade Player of the year 2007,2008.. Making it to Oregon.
Something Most People Don't Know About Me: I love the smell of tires.
Personal Hero: Mom.
When I was a little kid I Wanted to be a: Teacher.
Favorite College Class: Yoga, Sociology.
Intended Career Profession: Kindergarten Teacher.
If I could have dinner with anybody: Grady Sizemore.
I'd die without my: Ipod or cell phone.
First Car: 1986 Red Honda Prelude.
Favorite Place I've Visited: Priest Lake.
Favorite Place I'd Like to Travel to: Norway.
Favorite Place on Campus: Howe Field.
Favorite Place to take visitors to Eugene: Cas center weight room.
Favorite Entree/Dish: Steak, Salad.
Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate peanut butter.
Favorite Snack: Clif bar.
Favorite Pizza: Hawaiian.
Favorite Drink: Dr. Pepper, white chocolate mocha, chi tea.
Best Dish I Can Make: I make the best eggs (breakfast is my cup of tea).
Favorite Movie: The Departed.
Favorite Actor: Christian Bale.
Favorite Actress: Kate Hudson.
Favorite TV Comedy: Will and Grace.
Favorite Singer: Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews Band, The Doors, Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Favorite Karaoke Song: Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC.
Favorite Book: Jim Morrison biography.
Favorite Board Game: Sorry.
Favorite Video Game: Spyro the dragon.
I chose Oregon because: Softball.
Pre-game Rituals or Superstitions: Visualizing every perfect pitch.
Special Item I Have to Travel With: Ipod.
First Athletic Award When You Were Young: T-ball trophy.
Biggest Prankster on Team: Sari (-Jane Jenkins).
Funniest Person on Team: Ashley (Kivett).



Q: How long have you been a Duck fan or wanted to come to Oregon?
SS: "I have been a Duck fan since the moment I came to Eugene and say the Oregon "O" everywhere."

Q: When you talk to others about how you love being a Duck, what are the first things you talk about? 
SS: "The community, alumni, and the students."

Q: Besides athletics, what things initially attracted you to the University?

SS: "I liked the U of O because of the campus - it's so green and beautiful. They had exactly what I needed academically. It's also pretty close to home so my parents can come watch our games."

Q: What things do you remember from your Oregon recruiting trip?

SS: "I remember all of the girls on the team, Hannah (Barril) was my host. I remember eating at the Electric Station...YUM! My favorite part was the football game, seeing that enormous yellow "O" right as you walk into the stadium, going down on to the field and seeing the Duck run out after the Harley rides on the field. It was a great experience."

Q: What things do the coaches emphasize in the recruiting process?

SS: "Communication, education, and hard work."

Q: In what ways does playing in the nation’s top conference prepare you to be your best?

SS: "To be the best, you have to play against the best. When you play the top teams in the nation every weekend it demands you be mentally, physically, and emotionally prepared for every game, which makes me perform and be the best."

Q: What are the special parts about playing in a college town?

SS: "When you play in a place like Eugene it's awesome because your everyone's favorite team. The Ducks are all over the sports page in the local newspaper, and everyone supports you."

Q: Talk about the team’s chemistry and what sets it apart from other programs?

SS: "Our team has great team chemistry because was get along so well on and off the field. We have a ton of inside jokes and we always have a great time with each other."

Q: Describe Coach White’s mission statement or general philosophy to being successful, both as a team and as an individual.

SS: "For our team to be successful this season Coach White says," We have to get 1% better each day. Individually to be successful I need to keep my ERA low and work ahead in the count."  

Q: When you work with him, what elements of his coaching style do you appreciate the most?

SS: "He is always positive. He doesn't expect me to be perfect and encourages me to get better, and has a great sense of humor."

Q: Our state-of-the art facilities are a big thing in the recruiting process – what were your impressions of various ones (ie treatment ctr, mo center, practice fields).

SS: "The facilities are amazing! The treatment center and the weight room are the most impressive. The practice fields are wonderful and taken great care of, and the Mo Center is huge."

Q: Are there other unique elements in the University of Oregon athletic department that you did’t find anywhere else (closeness between sports, knowledgeable nutrition staff, size of school, SAAC, etc.)

SS: "The U of O is unique because the athletic department is like it's own community. The staff , trainers, and everyone who works with the teams is very well respected and greatly appreciated."

Q: What’s your major, and what led you to pick it?

SS: "I'm hoping to double major, in Education and CDS. I choose those because I love working with children, I am amazing by how much they can learn, and I love watching people succeed."

Q: What extra academic resources do you take advantage of and how do they help you be your best in the classroom?

SS: "I take advantage of the SSA programs available, especially the tutors."

Q: Do you have a special pride to wearing the ‘O’, and why?

SS: "When I wear the "O" or and Oregon uniform I take great pride in it, not only for myself but for my family and friends. It shows them how hard I have worked, and that all their support over the years has paid off. For me it symbolizes accomplishment and pushes me to be better."

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