LAS VEGAS - Fueled by a pair of three-run homers, the No. 7 University of Oregon softball team (5-2) rolled to a 10-1 victory over NCAA tourney returnee Long Beach State (2-2) Friday afternoon.
In the teams' Easton Desert Classic opener, UO pitchers held the returning Big West champions to four hits, while the Ducks combined for 10 hits, including three homers and a triple.
In the circle, All-America senior and starter Jessica Moore (4-1) struck out two, walked none, allowed four hits, and her one run allowed was earned.
Freshman Cheridan Hawkins logged her third save of the season after she struck out one, walked none, and allowed no hits in her 1.2 innings.
The Ducks added two more runs in the third inning after sophomore third baseman Jamie Rae Sullivan led off with a walk, and junior shortstop Courtney Ceo drilled her first homer of the season to center field.
Ceo scored again in the fifth after a single to the pitcher, stolen base, passed ball, and RBI single by Cuico.
In the seventh, Oregon struck for its final six runs on three-run homers by Cuico and freshman catcher Janelle Lindvall. The duo's first and second homers of the season were set up by a pinch-hit by freshman Karine Shaver and walks to Sullivan, fellow frosh pinch-hitter Stevie Jo Knapp and senior left fielder Allie Burger.
Overall for the game, three Ducks went 2-for-3 - Cuico (5 RBI), Ceo (2 RBI) and Takeda (2 SB) - and three others hit safely once.
For LBSU, Erin Jones-Wesley (2-2) pitched the first 6.2 innings, struck out seven, walked seven, gave up nine hits, and all 10 of her runs allowed were earned.
The returning Big West champions scored their lone run in the third inning after a double by Dana Garcia, followed by a single and fielder's choice ground-out.
The win was Oregon's third straight in the series under head coach Mike White after a 9-1 and 1-0 victories his first season in 2010. Overall, the Ducks now sport an 8-4 edge in the rivalry dating back to 1989.
Looking, UO plays Utah Valley immediately Friday afternoon in its second and final game of the day at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park.
On Saturday, Oregon then faces Louisiana-Monroe and No. 20 Hawai'i at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and Cal State Fullerton on Sunday at 11:15 a.m.
BOXSCORE - #7 Oregon vs Long Beach State
Feb 15, 2013 at SLC Park (Henderson, Nev.)
Oregon 10 (5-2)
|Pappas, Samantha rf||4||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Ceo, Courtney ss||3||2||2||2||0||1||2||1||0|
|Shaver, Karine ss||1||1||1||0||0||0||2||1||0|
|Takeda, Janie cf||3||0||2||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b/3b||3||1||2||5||0||1||9||0||0|
|Howard, Kaylan 2b||2||1||0||0||1||1||2||3||1|
|Knapp, Stevie Jo ph||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Costa, Koral lf||1||0||0||0||1||1||1||0||0|
|Burger, Allie lf||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||0||0|
|Lindvall, Janelle c||4||1||1||3||0||1||3||0||3|
|Moore, Jessica p/1b||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||5||0|
|Goodrum, Sara pr||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sullivan, Jamie Rae 3b/dp||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||2||0|
|Mercado, Danica pr||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Gillespie, Alyssa pr||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Hawkins, Cheridan p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Long Beach State 1 (2-2)
|De Gaetano 3b||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||0||0|
|St. Germain 1b||2||0||0||0||0||0||5||0||0|
Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Oregon.............. 102 010 6 - 10 9 0 Long Beach State.... 001 000 0 - 1 4 0 -----------------------------------------
|LOB - Oregon 4; Long Beach S 1. 2B - Garcia. 3B - Pappas, S. HR - Ceo, C; Cuico, K; Lindvall, J. SF - Takeda, J; Cuico, K. SB - Ceo, C; Takeda, J 2. CS - Sullivan, J.|
|Moore, Jessica W,4-1||5.1||4||1||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||18||18||2||10||67|
|Hawkins, Cheridan S,3||1.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||5||5||3||1||23|
|Long Beach State||ip||h||r||er||bb||so||wp||bk||hbp||ibb||ab||bf||fo||go||np|
|Win - Moore, J (4-1). Loss - Jones-Wesley (2-2). Save - Hawkins, C (3). PB - Garcia. Inherited runners/scored: None. Pitches/strikes: Moore, J 67/44; Hawkins, C 23/15; Jones-Wesley 131/74; Hansen 1/1.
2013 Oregon Softball
#7 Oregon vs Long Beach State
Feb 15, 2013 at SLC Park (Henderson, Nev.)
Oregon starters: 0/rf Pappas, S; 22/ss Ceo, C; 19/cf Takeda, J; 33/1b Cuico, K; 3/2b Howard, K; 7/lf Costa, K; 26/c Lindvall, J; 12/p Moore, J; 20/3b Sullivan, J;
Long Beach State starters: 6/ss Kimbrough; 3/2b Neal; 22/3b De Gaetano; 4/dp Sandoval; 5/rf Tautalafua; 11/1b St. Germain; 7/cf Tupua-Tautal; 13/c Garcia; 17/lf Stephan; 10/p Jones-Wesley;
Oregon 1st - Pappas, S tripled to right center (3-1 BFBB). Ceo, C struck out swinging (2-2 KBBSS). Takeda, J singled to pitcher (0-0). Cuico, K fouled out to lf, SAC, RBI (1-1 KB); Takeda, J advanced to second; Pappas, S scored. Howard, K struck out swinging (2-2 BBSSS). 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Long Beach State 1st - Kimbrough flied out to lf (2-2 KBFBFF). Neal grounded out to p (1-0 B). De Gaetano singled to left center, out at second cf to 2b (3-2 BKBBKF). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Oregon 2nd - Costa, K struck out swinging (1-2 KBSS). Lindvall, J fouled out to 3b (1-0 B). Moore, J grounded out to ss (2-1 BBF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Long Beach State 2nd - Sandoval singled to shortstop (1-0 B). Tautalafua out at first p to ss to 1b (1-2 KKB); Sandoval out on the play, out at second p to ss. St. Germain grounded out to p (2-1 BKB). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Oregon 3rd - Sullivan, J walked (3-0 BBBB). Mercado, D pinch ran for Sullivan, J. Pappas, S reached on a fielder's choice (2-1 BBK); Mercado, D out at second ss to 2b. Ceo, C homered to center field, 2 RBI (1-1 FB); Pappas, S scored. Takeda, J singled to shortstop (2-1 KBB). Takeda, J stole second. Cuico, K struck out swinging (2-2 BFBKS). Howard, K walked (3-2 BKBFFBB). Takeda, J stole third. Costa, K walked (3-2 BKKBFBFB); Howard, K advanced to second. Lindvall, J struck out swinging (3-2 BBBKFFFS). 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.
Long Beach State 3rd - Sullivan, J to 3b for Mercado, D. Tupua-Tautal grounded out to 1b unassisted (2-1 BBK). Garcia doubled to left field (2-2 KBSFB). Stephan singled up the middle (0-0); Garcia advanced to third. Kimbrough reached on a fielder's choice, RBI (0-0); Stephan out at second 2b to ss; Garcia scored. Neal struck out swinging (1-2 KFFFBS). 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Oregon 4th - Moore, J walked (3-1 FBBBB). Goodrum, S pinch ran for Moore, J. Sullivan, J reached on a fielder's choice (0-1 K); Goodrum, S out at second c to ss. Pappas, S lined out to lf (0-0). Sullivan, J out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Long Beach State 4th - Moore, J to p for Goodrum, S. Burger, A to lf for Costa, K. De Gaetano grounded out to p (0-0). Sandoval struck out looking (1-2 BKFK). Tautalafua grounded out to 3b (1-0 B). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Oregon 5th - Ceo, C singled to pitcher (0-1 K). Ceo, C stole second. Takeda, J struck out swinging (3-2 SBFBFBS). Ceo, C advanced to third on a passed ball. Cuico, K singled to left field, RBI (1-1 KB); Ceo, C scored. Howard, K grounded out to ss (1-0 B); Cuico, K out at first ss to 1b. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Long Beach State 5th - Shaver, K to ss for Ceo, C. St. Germain grounded out to 2b (3-2 BBBKF). Tupua-Tautal flied out to lf (1-0 B). Garcia grounded out to 2b (2-2 KKBB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Oregon 6th - Burger, A lined out to 3b (0-2 KKF). Lindvall, J grounded out to ss (0-0). Moore, J struck out swinging (0-2 KFS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Long Beach State 6th - Stephan grounded out to 3b (0-0). Diving stop by Sullivan. Cuico, K to 3b. Moore, J to 1b. Sullivan, J to dp. Hawkins, C to p. Kimbrough popped up to ss (0-2 KFF). Neal grounded out to ss (1-1 BF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Oregon 7th - Sullivan, J walked (3-1 FBBBB). Pappas, S popped up to 1b (0-0). Shaver, K singled through the left side (0-1 F); Sullivan, J advanced to second. Gillespie, A pinch ran for Sullivan, J. Takeda, J flied out to lf, SAC (0-0); Shaver, K advanced to second; Gillespie, A advanced to third. Cuico, K homered to center field, 3 RBI (1-1 BK); Shaver, K scored; Gillespie, A scored. Knapp, S pinch hit for Howard, K. Knapp, S walked (3-0 BBBB). Howard, K to 2b for Knapp, S. Burger, A walked (3-2 BBFKFBFB); Howard, K advanced to second. Lindvall, J homered to left center, 3 RBI (1-0 B); Burger, A scored; Howard, K scored. Hansen to p for Jones-Wesley. Moore, J fouled out to c (0-0). 6 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Long Beach State 7th - De Gaetano popped up to ss (3-2 FBBKBF). Sandoval popped up to 2b (3-1 BBBK). Tautalafua struck out swinging (1-2 KBSS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.