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Ducks Upend No. 19 Aggies, 4-0
Release Date: 02/25/2010
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PALM SPRINGS, Calf. - The University of Oregon softball team (10-4) celebrated its first win of the season vs. a top-25 foe thanks to a 4-0 shutout of No. 19 Texas A&M (10-3) Thursday night to cap opening day action in the Cathedral City Classic.

In her second shutout and third complete game, UO freshman pitcher Jessica Moore (4-1) struck out 11 batters – the sixth-best tally in school history – walked one and allowed five hits.

For the Sutter, Calif,. native, Thursday's strikeout tally was one shy of her season and career best (12) that came in her debut vs. Creighton and tied the third-best mark in school history. She also walked only one batter in her third straight game of seven innings or more after wins in nine innings last Sunday vs. Illinois-Chicago, and last Saturday vs. Cal State Fullerton.

After a scoreless opening five innings, UO clicked offensively in the top of the sixth inning. The opening batter, junior third baseman Cortney Kivett, hit a 1-2 pitch down the left field down line for a double, then scored when freshman left fielder Allie Burger singled to left field.

After a fielder’s choice, senior center fielder Neena Bryant was hit by a 1-2 pitch to put runners on first and second base. Freshman right fielder Samantha Pappas followed with a double to the left field gap on a 1-1 pitch to score two more runs, and junior first baseman Monique Fuiava added an RBI single to right field for the game’s final run.

The Aggies’ best chance to score came in the bottom half of the sixth. A single to center and double that bounced off the left field wall put runners on second and third with no outs. However, Moore answered with three strikeouts to end the inning.

For the game, five Ducks hit safely – Pappas (1-for-3, double, 2 RBI), Fuiava (1-for-3, 1 RBI), freshman Kaylan Howard (1-for-3), Cortney Kivett (1-for-3, 1 run) and Burger (1-for-2).

Pappas extended her hitting streak to 12 games and improved her season batting average to a team-best .511 this year. The Las Flores, Calif., native also paces the team in home runs (6) and hits (23) and ranks second in doubles (5).

Kivett's hit also extended her hitting streak to five games and is batting .353 in that stretch.

A&M starting pitcher Rebecca Arbino (4-2) took the loss, and struck out five in her 5.1 innings, walked none, and all four of her runs allowed were earned. Melissa Dumezich worked the final 1.2 innings, struck out three in the sixth inning, allowed one hit and no walks.

At the plate for the Aggies, five batters hit safely - Macie Morrow (1-for-4), Kelsey Spittler (1-for-4), Rhiannon Kliesing (1-for-3), Alex Reynolds (1-for-3) and Dumezich (1-for-3).

The returning NCAA regional finalist Texas A&M had several opportunities earlier in the game to take the lead initially, but ultimately stranded nine runners on base.

- In the first inning, two batters reached via an error and walk, and moved to second and third with two outs, but a swinging strikeout of Reynolds ended the inning.

- In the third, the Aggies again had a runner on third base with two outs, but Moore coaxed another swinging strikeout.

- Two more runners reached against her in the fourth with one out on an error and single, but another pair of strikeouts stymied the Aggie offense.

Earlier in the afternoon, UO beat Utah (7-4)  by a 4-0 score, thanks to a 2-run game-winning double by senior Blair Williamson to center field in the fourth inning. UO’s other runs came via a Howard homer in the second inning and RBI double by Pappas in the third inning. On the mound, sophomore Samantha Skillingstad (2-3) matched her career high in strikeouts (10) – now the 11th-best total in school history - for the second time this season and fourth time in her career. The Spokane, Wash., native walked two, allowed six hits, and only one of her runs allowed were earned.

Looking ahead, UO faces Hawai’i and Long Island Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively, in second day action.


Oregon 4, Texas A&M 0 (Feb 25, 2010 at Palm Springs, Calif.)
Oregon.............. 000 004 0 -  4  5  3      (10-4)
Texas A&M........... 000 000 0 -  0  5  0      (10-3)
Pitchers: Oregon - Moore, Jessica and . Texas A&M - Arbino, Rebecca; Dumezich, Melissa(6) and .
Win-Moore, Jessica(4-1)  Loss-Arbino, Rebecca(4-2)  T-1:50  A-350
Weather: 56, clear, wind 0-3 mph



Oregon 4, Utah 2 (Feb 25, 2010 at Palm Springs, Calif.)
Utah................ 110 000 0 -  2  6  2      (7-4)
Oregon.............. 011 200 X -  4  8  1      (9-4)
Pitchers: Utah - SMUDA, Ashley and OLSON, Brooke. Oregon - Skillingstad, Sam and Kivett, Ashley
Win-Skillingstad, Sam(2-3)  Loss-SMUDA, Ashley(2-1)  T-200  A-350
HR ORE - Howard, Kaylan.
Weather: 75, sunny, wind 0-3 mph



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