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Pappas & Moore Tabbed to College Sports Madness Preseason All-America Team
Release Date: 01/14/2013
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EUGENE – Two of Oregon’s most decorated softball players got a head start on the 2013 season and were honored this week on the College Sports Madness Softball Preseason All-America Teams.

The senior pair of outfielder Samantha Pappas and pitcher Jessica Moore were selected to the online publication’s second and third national teams, respectively, after they received similar NFCA honors at the end of the 2012 season.

Pappas enters the ’13 campaign ranked top-10 all-time for Oregon career-wise in batting (fourth, .358), homers (seventh, 30), RBI (eighth, 120), walks (eighth, 72) and stolen bases (10th, 49).

Moore is similarly easy to spot as the school career record holder for wins (73) and strikeouts (718). She also owns UO’s top-three season strikeout totals (256, 2012; 238, '10; 224, '11).

Among other Pac-12 teams, three conference rivals also sported two honorees – Arizona State, Stanford and UCLA – and three other schools had single representatives (California, Oregon State and Washington).

Bruin sophomore Stephany LaRosa was chosen at the National Field Player of the Year, and other preseason national honors went to Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts (Pitcher of the Year) and Alabama’s Andrea Hawkins (Freshman of the Year) and Patrick Murphy (Coach of the Year).

A complete listing of all four national teams is available below and at the URL address.

This week, the Duck duo and their teammates look ahead to their second week of winter-term practice, and are less than three weeks away from their season opener in the Kajikawa Classic vs. Western Michigan, Thursday, February 7 in Tempe, Ariz.

In subsequent weeks, UO’s preseason slate will also include tournaments in Las Vegas (Louisville Slugger Classic, February 15-17), Palm Springs, Calif. (Cathedral City Classic, February 22-24), Orlando, Fla. (Citrus Classic, March 1-3) and Fresno, Calif. (Bayer Cropscience Classic, March 8-9),

Oregon’s first home tilt is less than two months away vs. New Mexico on Wednesday, March 13 at Howe Field.

In their fourth season under head coach Mike White, the Ducks comes off their second-ever World Series trip and one of their greatest seasons ever in 2012 (45-18, Pac-12: 13-9 (3rd)).

College Sports Madness Softball 2013 Preseason All-America Teams   
Field Player of the Year: Stephany LaRosa, UCLA
Pitcher of the Year: Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma   
Freshman of the Year: Andrea Hawkins, Alabama
Coach of the Year: Patrick Murphy, Alabama   
First Team
P    Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma
P    Jolene Henderson, California
P    Jackie Traina, Alabama
IF    Stephany LaRosa, UCLA
IF    Raven Chavanne, Tennessee
IF    Kaila Hunt, Alabama
IF    Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma
IF    Marisa Bast, Northwestern
OF    B.B. Bates, UCLA
OF    Kayla Braud, Alabama
OF    Alix Johnson, Arizona State
UT    Jerrin Faasua, Washington
Second Team   
P    Dallas Escobedo, Arizona State   
P    Ellen Renfroe, Tennessee   
P    Haylie Wagner, Michigan   
IF    Lauren Gibson, Tennessee   
IF    Madison Shipman, Tennessee   
IF    Hanna Winter, Stanford   
IF    Jessica Shults, Oklahoma   
IF    Tiffani Brown, Florida State   
OF    Samantha Pappas, Oregon   
OF    Kat Dotson, Tennessee   
OF    Maggie Hull, Kansas   
UT    Hope Rush, Georgia Tech
Third Team
P    Whitney Canion, Baylor
P    Jessica Moore, Oregon
P    Rachele Fico, LSU
IF    Tanner Fowler, Louisville
IF    Jenna Rich, Stanford
IF    Adriana Perez, Texas Tech
IF    Samantha Cobb, Tulsa
IF    Nerissa Myers, Louisiana
OF    Caitlin Everett, Tulsa
OF    Taylor Hoagland, Texas
OF    Torie Schmidt, Texas
UT    Devon Wallace, Arkansas

Fourth Team   
P    Chelsea Thomas, Missouri   
P    Sara Nevins, South Florida   
P    Jordan Wallace, Louisiana   
IF    Elizabeth Santana, Oregon State
IF    Nicole Morgan, Texas A&M   
IF    Holly Holl, Baylor   
IF    Erica Miller, Iowa State   
IF    Haley Outon, Houston   
OF    Kathy Shelton, Baylor   
OF    Emily Albus, Texas A&M   
OF    Kim Damian, Sam Houston State
UT    Sarah Draheim, Louisiana

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