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EUGENE - In its final home game of the season, the No. 19 University of Oregon softball team (33-15, 8-9) lost 11-0 in five innings to No. 3 Arizona (42-9, 12-6) at Howe Field.
The nation’s top scoring offense jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, then added another run in the second, a grand slam by Lini Koria in the fourth, and two more runs in the fifth inning to take the season series by a 2-1 count.
At the plate for UO Sunday, freshman left fielder Allie Burger (1-for-2) and right fielder Samantha Pappas (1-for-1) claimed UO’s two hits off Arizona’s Kenzie Fowler (31-6). The freshman right-hander struck out eight and walked two in her 28th complete game.
Oregon head coach Mike White used his entire staff Sunday as freshman Jessica Moore (14-10) pitched the first 1/3 of an inning, allowed two hits and two walks, and two of her four runs allowed were earned. Sophomore Mikayla Endicott pitched the next 1.2 innings, struck out two, walked none, and allowed one hit and one earned run.
Junior Brittany Rumfelt worked the next 1.1 innings, struck out one, walked one, and all three of her runs allowed were earned. Sophomore Samantha Skillingstad pitched the final 1.2 innings, struck out three, walked none, yielded three hits, and one of her three runs allowed was earned.
Six Arizona batters hit safely, and three stroked multiple hits – K’Lee Arredondo (3-for-3, 3 RBI), Koria (2-for-2, 5 RBI) and Brittany Lastrapes (2-for-4).
Earlier in the weekend series, UO won Saturday’s game, 2-1, on a two-run, 11th-inning home run by senior centerfielder Neena Bryant that moved her up Duck all-time career categories in home runs (second, 34), RBI (second, 141) and hits (sixth, 208).
Holding UA scoreless until the top of the 11th inning Saturday, Moore struck out 13 batters – the fourth-most in school history - in her 11th complete game of the season. The Sutter, Calif., native also set a new school record for strikeouts in a season (214) and passed two of White’s former pupils, Amy Harris (second, 203, 2005) and Ani Nyhus (third, 202, 2004).
Arizona won the team’s first meeting Friday night, 8-3, after scoring six unearned runs in the sixth inning.
Overall in the three-game set, senior outfielder Blair Williamson (.333, 2-for-6), Kaylan Howard (.250, 2-for-8) and Neena Bryant (.222, 2-for-9, home run) had multiple hits, and Moore paced the staff in strikeouts (13) and ERA (1.85) in her 11.1 innings.
Besides topping the eight-time national champions in Eugene for the third straight season, Oregon fans also celebrated the final home game for three other Duck seniors besides Bryant and Williamson, and notes on each player follow.
Utility player Hannah Barril has played in 134 career games in both the infield and outfield, and the pinch-running specialist scored the winning run in Oregon’s 6-5 win over Oregon State that clinched the 2007 Civil War all-sports trophy.
Outfielder Shelley Deadmond entered Sunday hitting .313 this year, and one of her top games was a 2-for-2 day in a 12-0 win over North Dakota in March. Earlier this week vs. Portland State she scored the game-winner after doubling to open the inning.
A starter in 115 career games, first baseman Carlyn Re hit a team season-high two home runs in a 7-1 win vs. North Dakota in March, and is batting .467 as a pinch-hitter in 2010 with a team-high seven pinch-hits.
Williamson has boosted the team with her bat and glove en route to 75 starts among her 159 games played. She posted six, multi-hit games in February, and is leading the team in batting among pinch-hit appearances (.600).
Looking ahead, UO ends the regular season this week in the Bay Area with single games each day at No. 15 Stanford, Thursday-Saturday, May 13-15.
The Ducks then hope to receive their 12th postseason bid when the 64-team NCAA tournament field is announced Sunday, May 16 on ESPN-U at 7 p.m. Pacific Time. The show will be replayed an hour later on ESPNews at 8 p.m.
The following weekend, 16 sites nationally will host four-team, double-elimination regionals on Friday-Sunday, May 21-23. The regional champions then advance to eight regional sites, Friday-Saturday, May 28-29 for a best-of-three series. The eight Super Regional champions then play in double elimination format in the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Tuesday-Tuesday, June 1-8.
#3 Arizona 11, #19 Oregon 0 (May 09, 2010 at Eugene, Ore.)
Arizona............. 410 42 - 11 10 0 (42-9, 12-6 Pac-10)
Oregon.............. 000 00 - 0 2 3 (33-16, 8-10 Pac-10)
Pitchers: Arizona - Fowler, Kenzie and Chambers, Stacie. Oregon - Moore, Jessica; Endicott, Mikayla(1); Rumfelt, Brittany(3); Skillingstad, Sam(4) and Kivett, Ashley. Win-Fowler, Kenzie(31-6) Loss-Moore, Jessica(14-10) T-1:36 A-456. HR ARIZ - Arredondo, K'Lee; Koria, Lini. Weather: Sunny, 57, wind 1-4 mph
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