* Updated season/career stats are available via the link above.
AUSTIN, Texas - The #11 seeded University of Oregon softball team (42-16) opened action in its third straight Super Regional with a hard-fought 4-2 loss at #6-seeded Texas (47-11) Friday night.
“It’s a game of inches, and they made a couple of key plays when they needed,” Oregon head coach Mike White said. “We had opportunities to score early, but didn’t capitalize. I was proud of the way we fought back in the sixth and seventh innings. We were one swing away from tying the game both times. The third baseman made a great play on a hit by our pitcher that would have scored at least one run, maybe two. Those are the differences in the game."
After a scoreless first three innings, the Longhorns scored one run in the fourth, then added its last three runs in the fifth.
After it left single runners on base in each of the first five innings, the Ducks answered with its its first run in the sixth on sophomore Kailee Cuico's two-out solo homer.
Oregon brought the tying run to the plate three batters later after senior Christie Nieto walked, and sophomore Alexa Peterson doubled down the left field line, six feet below the top of the wall.
However, Texas starter Blaire Luna (22-5) answered with a swinging strikeout to end the inning.
In the seventh inning, UO scored again with junior Kaylan Howard and senior Kelsey Chambers both singled with two outs. Howard came around on to score on a failed pick-off attempt on Chambers near first base after the latter played strayed too far on a wild pitch in the dirt.
A four-pitch walk to Cuico put runners on first and second, but a ground-out to first base ended the game.
"We never gave up," Cuico said. "Once we started to get familiar with her, we started getting better looks, so we're not ready to go down without a fight. Jess and Blaire both pitched well, so it'll be another good game tomorrow."
At the plate for Oregon, Cuico (2-for-3) and Howard (2-for-4) led UO in hits, and three others hit safely once - Chambers (1-for-4), Nieto (1-for-2) and Peterson (1-for-2).
On Duck all-time lists, Cuico improved to seventh for homers in a season (12) and moved into a tie for the team season lead with Howard. The latter player also moved up two places on the Duck season total bases list to sixth (110).
So far in the postseason after four games, Howard is pacing UO in hitting (.462, HR, 2 2B, 3 RBI), and five others are above .300 - Pappas (.375, 6H, 2 2B, 2 RBI), Janie Takeda (.364, 4H, 2 RBI), Nieto (.333, 3H, 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI), Cuico (.308, 4 H, HR, 2 RBI) and Peterson (.300, 3 H, 2B, 3 RBI).
In the circle for UO Friday, junior
(30-13) pitched the first five innings, struck out three, walked none,
allowed eight hits, and all four of her runs allowed were earned.
Freshman Karissa Hovinga made her postseason debut, and pitched a scoreless sixth inning that included a strikeout, no walks and one hit allowed.
Texas scored the game's first run in the fourth inning
after Courtney Craig led off with a double off the left center field
wall. She advanced to third base on an infield grounder, then scored on a
ground-out to shortstop.
An inning later in the fifth, UT put two runners on with two outs after Taylor Hoagland and Lexy Bennett singled. Nadia Taylor followed with her 11th homer of the season and fourth of the postseason over the left field wall on a 1-1 pitch.
At the plate for UT, three batters hit safely multiple times - Hoagland (2-for-3), Taylor (2-for-3) and Craig (2-for-3).
In the circle for the Longhorns, Luna struck out 10 - a Duck opponent season high. The three-time All-Big 12 honoree walked three, yielded five hits, and her one run allowed was earned in her 21st complete game of the campaign.
Looking ahead, the two teams return for the second game of the three-game series Saturday at 2 p.m. Pacific Time (4 p.m. local Central Time).
A would-be third game would follow immediately after Saturday evening at approximately 4:30 p.m., and both games will be televised by ESPN.
A live radio broadcast of Saturday's game will be aired in Eugene on KSCR (1320-AM).
More Super Regional info is available at the host www.TexasSports.com website, and more NCAA tourney information is available at the www.NCAAsports.com website.
#6 Texas 4, #11 Oregon 2 (May 25, 2012 at Austin, Texas)
#11 Oregon 000 001 1 - 2 7 1 (42-16)
#6 Texas 000 130 X - 4 9 1 (47-11)
Pitchers: Oregon - Moore, Jessica; Hovinga, Karissa(6) and Peterson, Alexa. Texas - Luna and
Ogle. Win-Luna(22-5) Loss-Moore, Jessica(30-13) T-2:26 A-1228
HR ORE - Cuico, Kailee (12). HR TEXAS - Taylor (11). Weather: 86, mostly cloudy - winds: 12.
BOXSCORE & PLAY-BY-PLAY
#12 Oregon at #8 Texas
May 25, 2012 at Austin, Texas (McCombs Field)
Oregon 2 (42-16)
|Pappas, Samantha rf||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0|
|Howard, Kaylan 2b||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||1||1|
|Chambers, Kelsey ss||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||5||1|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b||3||1||2||1||1||1||12||0||1|
|Nieto, Christie dp||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||0||2|
|Peterson, Alexa c||2||0||1||0||0||0||4||0||0|
|Moore, Jessica p||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||1||1|
|Hovinga, Karissa p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Burger, Allie lf||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|Brenner, Liz ph||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||2|
|Takeda, Janie cf||2||0||0||0||1||2||0||0||0|
|Chambers, Lindsey 3b||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Sullivan, Jamie Rae 3b||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Texas 4 (47-11)
|Craig, C. cf||3||1||2||0||0||1||1||0||1|
Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Oregon.............. 000 001 1 - 2 7 1 Texas............... 000 130 X - 4 9 1 -----------------------------------------
|E - Chambers, L; Bennett. DP - Oregon 1. LOB - Oregon 9; Texas 4. 2B - Peterson, A; Craig, C.. HR - Cuico, K(12); Taylor(11). SH - Peterson, A. SB - Takeda, J; Hoagland; Thom.|
|Moore, Jessica L,30-13||5.0||8||4||4||0||3||0||0||0||0||23||23||1||11||88|
Win - Luna (22-5). Loss - Moore, J (30-13). Save - None.
WP - Luna. Pitches/strikes: Moore, J 88/57; Hovinga, K 12/8; Luna 135/83.
Umpires - HP: Glenda Bates 1B: James Martarona 3B: Larry Nagel
2012 OREGON SOFTBALL
#12 Oregon at #8 Texas
May 25, 2012 at Austin, Texas (McCombs Field)
|Oregon starters: 0/rf Pappas, S; 3/2b Howard, K; 8/ss Chambers, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 17/dp Nieto, C; 14/c Peterson, A; 12/p Moore, J; 2/lf Burger, A; 19/cf Takeda, J; 5/3b Chambers, L;|
|Texas starters: 6/rf Hoagland; 51/2b Bennett; 88/3b Taylor; 25/cf Craig, C.; 22/1b Scott; 4/lf Schmidt; 11/ss Thom; 5/c Ogle; 20/dp Washington; 12/p Luna;|
|Oregon 1st - Pappas, S struck out swinging (1-2 KBKS). Howard, K singled up the middle (3-2 BBFFBF). Chambers, K reached on a fielder's choice (2-2 KKBB); Howard, K out at second 3b to 2b. Cuico, K struck out swinging (3-2 BBFSBS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Texas 1st - Hoagland grounded out to 3b (1-1 BK). Bennett grounded out to ss (2-2 BKKB). Taylor singled to third base (2-0 BB). Craig, C. struck out swinging (0-2 SFFFS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 2nd - Nieto, C singled to center field (3-2 SBSBB). Peterson, A popped up to 2b (0-1 F). Moore, J struck out swinging (2-2 FFBBFS). Burger, A grounded out to 3b (1-1 BK). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Texas 2nd - Scott grounded out to 1b unassisted (0-2 KK). Schmidt grounded out to 2b (2-1 BKB). Thom singled through the right side (0-0). Thom stole second. Ogle grounded out to 3b (1-0 B). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 3rd - Takeda, J walked (3-2 BBBKFB). Pappas, S struck out looking (3-2 BBSBKK); Takeda, J stole second. Howard, K grounded out to ss (2-2 KBFB); Takeda, J advanced to third. Chambers, K popped up to 3b (3-2 FFBBB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Texas 3rd - Washington grounded out to 3b (1-1 KB). Hoagland singled down the lf line (3-2 BFBFFB). Hoagland stole second. Bennett popped up to 2b (2-2 FSFBBF). Taylor struck out swinging (1-2 BKFS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 4th - Cuico, K singled through the left side (1-2 FKB). Nieto, C struck out swinging (2-2 BBKKS). Peterson, A out at first 3b to 2b, SAC, bunt (0-1 F); Cuico, K advanced to second. Moore, J struck out swinging (0-2 SFS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Texas 4th - Craig, C. doubled to left center (1-1 FB). Scott grounded out to 3b (1-1 SB); Craig, C. advanced to third. Schmidt grounded out to ss, RBI (2-0 BB); Craig, C. scored. Thom grounded out to p (2-2 SFBB). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 5th - Burger, A walked (3-2 KBSBFFBB). Takeda, J struck out swinging (2-2 KBBFS). Pappas, S flied out to cf (3-2 BFKBFFBFF). Howard, K fouled out to lf (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Texas 5th - Ogle grounded out to ss (3-2 BKBSB). Washington struck out swinging (1-2 FFBS). Hoagland singled to right field (3-2 KBBBK). Bennett singled to center field (0-0); Hoagland advanced to second. Taylor homered to left center, 3 RBI (1-1 BK); Bennett scored; Hoagland scored. Craig, C. singled to third base, advanced to second on a throwing error by 3b (1-2 FSBF). Scott grounded out to ss (1-0 B). 3 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 6th - Chambers, K struck out swinging (0-2 KSS). Cuico, K homered to left field, RBI (2-1 BKB). Nieto, C walked (3-1 KBBBB). Peterson, A doubled down the lf line (1-0 B); Nieto, C advanced to third. Moore, J reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second (0-1 K); Peterson, A out at second 3b to c to ss to 2b. Brenner, L pinch hit for Burger, A. Brenner, L struck out swinging (2-2 BKSBFS). 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Texas 6th - Hovinga, K to p for Moore, J. Burger, A to lf for Brenner, L. Sullivan, J to 3b for Chambers, L. Schmidt singled to third base (1-2 KKB). Thom lined into double play ss to 1b (1-0 B); Schmidt out on the play. Ogle struck out looking (2-2 BBFFFK). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 7th - Takeda, J struck out swinging (0-2 KFS). Pappas, S flied out to rf (0-0). Howard, K singled down the lf line (0-0). Chambers, K singled to left field (0-1 K); Howard, K advanced to second. Howard, K advanced to third on a wild pitch, scored on a fielding error by 2b, unearned. Cuico, K walked (3-0 BBBB); Chambers, K advanced to second. Nieto, C grounded out to 1b unassisted (0-0). 1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.|