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EUGENE - The No. 12 University of Oregon softball team (34-13, 11-8) dropped a back-and-forth series opener to No. 9 Missouri (39-11, 14-7) by a 5-4 count Friday night at Howe Field.
In the tightly-contested battle that featured four lead changes in the first six innings, the returning World Series advancer Tigers ultimately came out on top after a two-run sixth inning.
Missouri scored the game's first run in the second, added two in the third, and its last two runs in the sixth to raise its record in one-run games to 5-7 on the season.
Oregon scored one run in the second, two in the third and another in the fourth in its 10th tilt of the campaign against a top-10 opponent.
"We lost the game tonight defensively and wasted a good night at the plate," Oregon head coach Mike White said. "We thought we had control of the game in the sixth but gave away the game with some mental mistakes. Our defense needs to improve to make it to the next level. We need to bounce back tomorrow and be ready to play."
For the Ducks in the second and third innings, sophomore Kailee Cuico and junior Kaylan Howard belted their team-leading 10th homers of the season. The San Pedro, and Riverside, Calif., natives are now only one round-tripper shy of the ninth-best mark in a season.
After Howard's solo blast in the third, senior Kelsey Chambers walked, then scored on a double by Cuico after the left fielder ran in, then slipped on a retreat back for a fly ball that fell 15 feet from the fence.
UO's final run came in the fourth after an opening walk, and passed ball advanced a runner to second base. Howard followed with a grounder up the middle that was misplayed by the charging center fielder who let the ball skip sideways off her glove (and let the runner score).
The Ducks appeared poised to tie the game in the seventh after junior Samantha Pappas singled with two outs to right field, then continued to second base when the infielders weren't looking. She advanced to third base on a wild pitch, but was stranded when Tiger starter Chelsea Thomas (20-9) ended the game with her sixth strikeout of the evening.
The returning All-America right-hander staked her 26th complete game of the year, walked five, allowed seven hits, and three of her four runs allowed were earned.
Duck junior Jessica Moore (24-10), struck out five, walked one, also gave up seven hits, and only one of her five runs allowed were earned.
At the plate for UO, three Ducks collected multiple hits - Howard (2-for-4, HR, RBI), Cuico (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) and Papaps (2-for-3, BB).
Cuico's two RBI moved her three spots on the Duck all-time season list for RBI (46-tied), while Howard's 22nd extra-base hit of 2012 moved her into a tie for 10th in Duck history.
Moore also improved a position on the all-time season list for starts (ninth, 24-tied) and innings (ninth, 215).
For the Tigers, Nicole Hudson (2-for-4) was the lone visitor with multiple hits, and five others hit safely once.
In the team comparisons, the teams tied in hits (7-7), and UO finished with more walks (5-1), runners left on base (8-5) and errors (3-1).
Mizzou scored first in the second inning, after Kelsea Roth singled with one out, advanced to second base on a passed ball. A pinch-runner was immediately inserted, and scored on a single to left field after a bobble by the fielder on a grounder through the left side of the infield.
In the third inning, Jenna Marston reached on an infield error two outs, and Ashley Fleming followed with her 14th homer of the season just inside the right field foul pole
In the sixth, MU went back ahead for good with its final two runs. Hudson singled to lead off the inning, and after a fielder?s choice put another base runner on, Kayla Kingsley hit a double over the left fielder's head to score two runs.
Friday's tilt will be broadcast area by Comcast Sports Networks three times this weekend (Fri., 9 p.m.; Sat., 10 p.m.; Sun., midnight).
Looking ahead, the two teams meet for a doubleheader Saturday that begins at 1 p.m.
Promotions-wise, the game is a Cinco de Mayo / Bi-Mart Family Day. Two adults and unlimited kids receive admission for $10, and kids can make signs, and run bases post-game/get autographs afterwards.
#9 Missouri 5, #12 Oregon 4 (May 04, 2012 at Eugene, Ore.)
#9 Missouri 012 002 0 - 5 7 1 (39-11)
#12 Oregon 012 100 0 - 4 7 3 (36-13)
Pitchers: Missouri - Thomas and Marston. Oregon - Moore, Jessica and Peterson, Alexa.
Win-Thomas(20-7) Loss-Moore, Jessica(24-10) T-2:18 A-305. HR MISSOURI - Fleming. HR ORE - Howard, Kaylan; Cuico, Kailee. Weather: 58, cloudy, wind 0-3 mph
BOXSCORE & PLAY-BY-PLAY
#9 Missouri at #12 Oregon
May 04, 2012 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
Missouri 5 (39-11)
Oregon 4 (36-13)
|Howard, Kaylan 2b||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||4||0|
|Takeda, Janie cf||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||0||0|
|Chambers, Kelsey ss||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||1||1|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b||4||1||2||2||0||1||14||0||0|
|Pappas, Samantha rf||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Nieto, Christie dp||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||1|
|Peterson, Alexa c||2||0||0||0||1||0||5||0||3|
|Sullivan, Jamie Rae 3b||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||3||3|
|Goodrum, Sara pr||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Burger, Allie lf||3||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|Moore, Jessica p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Missouri............ 012 002 0 - 5 7 1 Oregon.............. 012 100 0 - 4 7 3 -----------------------------------------
|E - Sykes; Peterson, A; Burger, A; Moore, J. DP - Missouri 1. LOB - Missouri 5; Oregon 8. 2B - Hudson; Kingsley; Cuico, K. HR - Fleming; Howard, K; Cuico, K. SB - Stephens.|
|Moore, Jessica L,24-10||7.0||7||5||1||1||5||0||0||0||0||30||31||2||14||116|
Win - Thomas (20-7). Loss - Moore, J (24-10). Save - None.
WP - Thomas 2. PB - Peterson, A. Pitches/strikes: Thomas 134/75; Moore, J 116/79.
Umpires - HP: Ron Burkhart 1B: Matt Jacks 3B: Rob Hough
2012 OREGON SOFTBALL
#9 Missouri at #12 Oregon
May 04, 2012 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
|Missouri starters: 4/cf Sykes; 26/c Marston; 30/rf Fleming; 8/3b Hudson; 10/1b Roth; 22/dp Muller; 16/ss Genovese; 11/lf Kingsley; 1/2b Stephens; 18/p Thomas;|
|Oregon starters: 3/2b Howard, K; 19/cf Takeda, J; 8/ss Chambers, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 0/rf Pappas, S; 17/dp Nieto, C; 14/c Peterson, A; 20/3b Sullivan, J; 2/lf Burger, A; 12/p Moore, J;|
|Missouri 1st - Sykes grounded out to 2b (2-1 BKB). Marston grounded out to p (1-2 KKB). Fleming struck out swinging (0-2 KFS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 1st - Howard, K grounded out to p (0-0). Takeda, J walked (3-1 BFBBB). Chambers, K lined into double play 2b to 1b (2-0 BB); Takeda, J out on the play. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Missouri 2nd - Hudson grounded out to 2b (1-2 KFB). Roth singled to center field (0-0). Roth advanced to second on a passed ball. Corwin pinch ran for Roth. Muller struck out swinging (1-2 KBFFFS). Genovese singled to left field, advanced to second on an error by lf (2-2 BKBSFF); Corwin scored, unearned. Burger booted grounder, runner on 2b continued around 3b to score. Kingsley grounded out to ss (1-1 BF). 1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 2nd - Roth to 1b for Corwin. Cuico, K homered to left field, RBI (2-2 BFBK). Cuico hits 10th homer of season. Pappas, S grounded out to 2b (2-2 BBSS). Nieto, C grounded out to 2b (2-2 BKSB). Peterson, A walked (3-1 BKBBB). Sullivan, J struck out looking (2-2 BSBKFK). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Missouri 3rd - Stephens grounded out to 2b (0-1 K). Sykes struck out swinging (1-2 SSBS). Marston reached on an error by p (2-2 BKFB). Fleming homered to right field, 2 RBI, unearned (2-1 BFB); Marston scored, unearned. Fleming hits 14th homer of season to top of tree next to rf pole. Hudson doubled to first base (1-2 BKS). smash hopper that handcuffed 1b playing down line. slow squibber to 2b, Howard charges and sidearms on run for out. Roth grounded out to 2b. 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 3rd - Burger, A struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b (2-2 BKKBS). Howard, K homered to center field, RBI (3-0 BBB). Howard's 10th homer of season on 3-0 pitch ties Cuico for team season lead. Takeda, J struck out swinging (2-2 BKBFFS). Chambers, K walked (3-2 SBSBBB). Cuico, K doubled to left field, RBI (1-2 KKB); Chambers, K scored. Pappas, S walked (3-0 BBBB). Nieto, C singled to right field; Pappas, S advanced to second; Cuico, K advanced to third. Cuico rounds third but held up late after throw gunned home by rf. Peterson, A grounded out to 3b (3-2 BKFBFB). 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.|
|Missouri 4th - Muller grounded out to 1b unassisted (2-2 FSBB). Genovese grounded out to 3b (1-2 BFSFF). Kingsley grounded out to p (1-1 FB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 4th - Sullivan, J walked (3-1 BKBBB). Goodrum, S pinch ran for Sullivan, J. Burger, A reached on a fielder's choice (1-1 KB); Goodrum, S out at second 3b to 2b. throw wide to ss side of 2b, but 2b barely made catch. Burger, A advanced to second on a wild pitch. catcher leaped, but ball skipped off glvoe. Howard, K singled to center field; Burger, A advanced to third, scored on an error by cf, unearned. cf raced in, but misplayed grounder, and allowed Howard to round 3b/score. Takeda, J fouled out to lf (0-2 KFFF). lined shot just foul down lf line. Chambers, K struck out swinging (1-2 KKBS). 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Missouri 5th - Sullivan, J to 3b for Goodrum, S. Stephens grounded out to 3b (0-2 KK). Sykes grounded out to p (0-0). Marston singled to left field (3-2 BBKFFFBFF). Marston bloops single into shallow lcf on 10 pitch at-bat. Fleming struck out swinging (0-2 KFS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 5th - Cuico, K struck out swinging (1-2 BKSS). Pappas, S singled to right field (0-1 S). Nieto, C reached on a fielder's choice (2-1 BBK); Pappas, S advanced to second. Pappas beats throw to 2b on slow grounder. Peterson, A popped up to 1b. Sullivan, J grounded out to 3b (2-2 KBBS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Missouri 6th - Hudson singled to right field (0-0). Roth grounded out to p (3-2 BBKSB); Hudson advanced to second. Muller reached on a fielder's choice. combebacker to pitcher, goes to third, runner beats throw back to 2b on rnd. Genovese struck out swinging (3-2 BBBKKS). Kingsley doubled to left field, advanced to third, RBI; Muller scored, scored on a throwing error by c, unearned; Hudson scored. ball goes lf's head, throw back to c, whose throw to 3b sails high/intodugt. Stephens walked (3-2 KBFBBB). Stephens stole second. Sykes grounded out to p (2-0 BB). 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 6th - Burger, A grounded out to 3b (1-0 B). Burger nearly beats out slap to charging 3b. Howard, K grounded out to p (2-1 BKB). Takeda, J grounded out to p (1-2 KFB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Missouri 7th - Marston grounded out to 3b (2-2 KBBK). Sullivan dives for hard liner, gets up quickly and guns out runner at 1b. Fleming flied out to cf (2-2 FKBBF). Takeda races back and makes running, over-shoulder catch look easy in rcf. Hudson flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 7th - Chambers, K flied out to cf (1-1 BF). Cuico, K grounded out to ss (0-1 K). Pappas, S singled to shortstop, advanced to second (3-2 BSKBB). Pappas continues to 2b when pitcher wasn't looking. Pappas, S advanced to third on a wild pitch. Nieto, C struck out swinging (3-2 FBFBBFFFS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
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