* A boxscore and play-by-play are available below.
STANFORD, Calif. - In convincing fashion, the No. 17 University of Oregon softball team (25-8, 4-4) clinched its second straight series vs. No. 14 Stanford (28-10, 2-7) with its 12-8 win Saturday at Smith Family Stadium.
Combining for a season-high 16 hits in the game, the Duck offense exploded for a season-inning-high 10 runs in the third inning (thanks to three of its four homers in the game) and added two final runs in the seventh inning.
Stanford scored runs in the first (1), fourth (3), fifth (2) and sixth innings (2) and ultimately dropped the series, 2-1, for the second straight year. The returning Super Regional advancing Cardinal had swept the season series the previous three seasons in 2008 (3-0), '09 (3-0) and '10 (3-0).
En route to its second-highest run output of the year, the first seven hitters in the Duck line-up all rapped multiple hits, led by junior second baseman Kaylan Howard's 3-for-5 day that included a homer and 3 RBI.
Others with multiple hits included sophomore infielder Courtney Ceo (2-for-5), senior shortstop Kelsey Chambers (2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI), sophomore first baseman Kailee Cuico (2-for-4, BB), junior center fielder Samantha Pappas (2-for-2, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB), sophomore catcher Alexa Peterson (2-for-3, 3 RBI) and senior designated player Christie Nieto (2-for-3, 3 RBI, homer).
One other Duck, freshman right fielder Sara Goodrum, went 1-for-3.
Duck starter Jessica Moore (18-5) got all 21 outs, struck out six, walked four, allowed 13 hits, and six of her seven runs were allowed.
After Moore gave up a one-out triple in the sixth inning, freshman Karissa Hovinga pitched to two batters in the sixth inning, and gave up a walk, hit a batter, and allowed one run that was earned.
The returning All-Pac-12 pick Moore immediately re-entered the game, and after giving up a double, got a fly out and strikeout to end the inning.
Stanford starter Teagan Gerhart (23-6) got six outs, and was taken out after allowing six straight hits to start the third inning. The returning All-Pac-12 pitcher struck out none, walked one, gave up eight hits, and all six of her runs allowed were earned.
Cardinal freshman Nyree White pitched the rest of the game, and in her five innings struck out two, walked two, yielded eight hits, and all six of her runs allowed were earned.
In days prior, UO won Thursday's opener, 8-5. On Friday, the Ducks came back from a 6-2 deficit in the fifth inning of the second game before it eventually fell, 7-6.
For the three-game set, two Ducks topped .500 - Pappas (.556, 5-for-9, 3B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB) and Cuico (.545, 6-for-11, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, BB).
Four others topped .300 - Peterson (.417, 5-for-12, 2B, 3 RBI), Ceo (.385, 5-for-13, 2 SB), Howard (.333, 4-for-12, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, BB) and Lindsey Chambers (.333, 1-for-3, 1 RBI).
Moore won both of her starts, struck out 11, walked seven, gave up 24 hits in 14 innings, and owned a 5.50 ERA.
On the all-time Duck career charts, Moore's 58th career win Saturday moved her one way away from the third-best total (Jennie Cook, 59). On similar Oregon career hitting charts, Kelsey Chambers improved a spot on the career RBI list to seventh (120), and her 32nd career homer is one shy of the fourth-best mark (Jill Robinson, 33).
Looking ahead, UO returns home to host a doubleheader vs. No. 4 Washington Tuesday at 3 p.m., and a single-game finale Wednesday at noon.
For Tuesday's games, fans get free admission with a ticket stub from the baseball game vs. San Francisco, and hats will be given away to the first 20 people that participate in the hat graffiti contest at the marketing table. Wednesday is 'Take a Kid to the Game Day' and kids get $1 general admission, and can participate in an Easter egg hunt.
#17 Oregon 12, #14 Stanford 8 (Apr 07, 2012 at Stanford, Calif.)
#17 Oregon....... 00(10) 000 2 - 12 16 1 (25-8, 4-4 Pac-12)
#14 Stanford..... 100 322 0 - 8 13 2 (28-10, 2-7 Pac-12)
Pitchers: Oregon - Moore, Jessica; Hovinga, Karissa(8) and Peterson, Alexa. Stanford -
Gerhart, T.; White, N.(3) and Burns. Win-Moore, Jessica(18-5) Loss-Gerhart, T.(23-6) T-2:37 A-468. HR ORE - Howard, Kaylan (8); Chambers, Kelsey (6); Pappas, Samantha (4); Nieto, Christie (2). HR STAN - White, L. (3). Weather: Sunny, high 50s. Gerhart, T. faced 6 batters in the 3rd. Hovinga, K faced 2 batters in the 6th.
BOXSCORE & PLAY-BY-PLAY
#18 Oregon at #14 Stanford
Apr 07, 2012 at Stanford, Calif. (Smith Family Stadium)
Oregon 12 (25-8,4-4 Pac-12)
|Ceo, Courtney 3b||5||1||2||0||0||0||1||6||0|
|Howard, Kaylan 2b||5||2||3||3||0||0||2||0||2|
|Chambers, Kelsey ss||5||2||2||2||0||1||2||1||0|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b||4||2||2||0||1||0||7||0||0|
|Pappas, Samantha cf||2||2||2||3||2||0||2||1||0|
|Peterson, Alexa c||4||1||2||1||0||0||6||0||3|
|Nieto, Christie dp||3||1||2||3||0||0||0||0||1|
|Chambers, Lindsey pr||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Goodrum, Sara rf||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Melick, Hannah ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Burger, Allie lf||3||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|Moore, Jessica p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Hovinga, Karissa p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Stanford 8 (28-10,2-7 Pac-12)
|White, L. lf||5||2||3||1||0||0||1||0||0|
|Gerhart, T. p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|White, N. p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Score by Innings R H E -------------------------------------------- Oregon.............. 00(10) 000 2 - 12 16 1 Stanford............ 100 322 0 - 8 13 2 --------------------------------------------
|E - Chambers, K(16); Hansen(6); Becerra(5). DP - Stanford 2. LOB - ORE 7; Stanford 11. 2B - Howard, K(7); Chambers, K(9); Peterson, A(2); Hansen(8); Burns(6); Becerra(9); Prong(2). 3B - White, L.(1). HR - Howard, K(8); Chambers, K(6); Pappas, S(4); Nieto, C(2); White, L.(3). HBP - Nieto, C; Hansen. SH - Burger, A(7). SB - Ceo, C 2(7); Burger, A(5). CS - Howard, K(1).|
|Moore, Jessica W,18-5||7.0||13||7||6||4||6||1||0||0||0||34||38||5||9||131|
|Gerhart, T. L,23-6||2.0||8||6||6||1||0||0||0||1||1||14||17||2||4||60|
Win - Moore, J (18-5). Loss - Gerhart, T. (23-6). Save - None.
WP - Moore, J(11). HBP - by Gerhart, T. (Nieto, C); by Hovinga, K (Hansen).
Pitches/strikes: Moore, J 131/81; Hovinga, K 6/0; Gerhart, T. 60/34; White, N.
Umpires - HP: Vince Price 1B: Calvin Walker 3B: Smokey Edds
2012 OREGON SOFTBALL
#18 Oregon at #14 Stanford
Apr 07, 2012 at Stanford, Calif. (Smith Family Stadium)
|Oregon starters: 22/3b Ceo, C; 3/2b Howard, K; 8/ss Chambers, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 0/cf Pappas, S; 14/c Peterson, A; 17/dp Nieto, C; 1/rf Goodrum, S; 2/lf Burger, A; 12/p Moore, J;|
|Stanford starters: 7/3b Winter; 5/lf White, L.; 3/ss Hansen; 2/2b Rich; 25/c Burns; 6/rf Roulund; 1/1b Becerra; 17/dp Ashby; 14/cf Hanewich; 15/p Gerhart, T.;|
|Oregon 1st - Ceo, C singled, bunt (0-0). Howard, K flied out to lf (3-1 BBKB). Chambers, K reached on a fielder's choice (0-1 K); Ceo, C out at second 2b to ss. Cuico, K singled to right field, advanced to second on the throw (0-1 F); Chambers, K advanced to third. Pappas, S intentionally walked (3-0 BBBB). Peterson, A grounded out to 2b (2-1 BKB). 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.|
|Stanford 1st - Winter singled to pitcher (3-2 FBBBK). White, L. singled to pitcher (2-2 BKSBF); Winter advanced to second. Hansen flied out to rf (1-0 B). Rich singled to center field, RBI (0-1 K); White, L. advanced to second, out at second cf to 3b to 2b; Winter scored. Burns reached on a fielder's choice (0-1 F); Rich out at second ss unassisted. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 2nd - Nieto, C hit by pitch (1-0). Chambers, L pinch ran for Nieto, C. Goodrum, S reached on a fielder's choice (3-2 BFFBBF); Chambers, L out at second ss to 2b. Burger, A out at first c to 2b, SAC, bunt (0-0); Goodrum, S advanced to second. Ceo, C reached on an error by 1b (3-2 BBBKF); Goodrum, S advanced to third. Ceo, C stole second. Howard, K flied out to rf (2-1 BBF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.|
|Stanford 2nd - Roulund struck out swinging (1-2 KBKFS). Becerra grounded out to 3b (1-1 BF). Ashby grounded out to ss (1-0 B). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 3rd - Chambers, K doubled to right center (1-2 BKFF). Cuico, K singled to shortstop (3-2 FKBBB); Chambers, K advanced to third. Pappas, S singled through the right side, RBI (0-0); Cuico, K advanced to second; Chambers, K scored. Peterson, A doubled to left field, RBI (2-1 KBB); Pappas, S advanced to third; Cuico, K scored. Nieto, C to dp for Chambers, L. Nieto, C homered to center field, 3 RBI (0-0); Peterson, A scored; Pappas, S scored. Goodrum, S singled up the middle (2-2 BFBK). White, N. to p for Gerhart, T.. Burger, A reached on a fielder's choice (1-2 FKB); Goodrum, S out at second 2b unassisted. Ceo, C singled to pitcher (0-0); Burger, A advanced to second. Ceo, C stole second; Burger, A stole third. Howard, K homered to center field, 3 RBI (1-1 BK); Ceo, C scored; Burger, A scored. Chambers, K struck out looking (0-2 KKK). Cuico, K walked (3-0 BBBB). Pappas, S homered to right center, 2 RBI (0-0); Cuico, K scored. Peterson, A singled through the left side (2-2 BKBF). Nieto, C grounded out to 1b unassisted (3-2 BBKFB). 10 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Stanford 3rd - Hanewich struck out swinging (1-2 FBFS). Winter grounded out to p (0-0). White, L. grounded out to 3b (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 4th - Wells to cf for Hanewich. Goodrum, S reached on an error by ss (1-0 B). Burger, A reached on a fielder's choice (0-0); Goodrum, S out at second ss to 2b. Ceo, C grounded into double play ss to 1b (2-2 KFBB); Burger, A out on the play. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.|
|Stanford 4th - Hansen doubled down the rf line (2-2 KBFB). Rich reached on an error by ss (1-0 B). Burns singled to center field (0-0); Rich advanced to second; Hansen advanced to third. Roulund singled to pitcher, RBI (0-0); Burns advanced to second; Rich advanced to third; Hansen scored. Becerra doubled to right field, 2 RBI (0-0); Roulund advanced to third; Burns scored; Rich scored, unearned. Ashby grounded out to 3b (1-0 B). Wells grounded out to 3b (2-2 BBKK). Winter grounded out to 1b unassisted (3-2 BBKBFFF). 3 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 5th - Howard, K singled to right field (1-0 B). Chambers, K lined out to ss (1-1 FB). Howard, K out at second c to ss, caught stealing. Cuico, K grounded out to 3b (1-1 KB). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Stanford 5th - White, L. homered to right center, RBI (1-0 B). Hansen walked (3-2 BKFBBB). Rich struck out swinging (2-2 BSBKS). Burns singled through the left side (0-0); Hansen advanced to second. Roulund flied out to cf (1-1 FB). Becerra singled up the middle (0-0); Burns advanced to second; Hansen advanced to third. Becerra advanced to second; Burns advanced to third; Hansen scored on a wild pitch. Ashby walked (3-2 FBBSFBB). Wells struck out looking (1-2 SFBK). 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.|
|Oregon 6th - Pappas, S walked (3-0 BBBB). Peterson, A flied out to cf (0-0). Nieto, C singled through the right side (1-2 KBFF); Pappas, S advanced to second. Melick, H pinch hit for Goodrum, S. Melick, H grounded into double play 3b to 1b (1-2 KSB); Pappas, S out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Stanford 6th - Goodrum, S to rf for Melick, H. Winter out at first 3b to ss (3-2 BBKFFB). White, L. tripled to left field (3-1 KBBB). Hovinga, K to p for Moore, J. Hansen hit by pitch (2-0 B). Rich walked (3-0 BBBB); Hansen advanced to second. Moore, J to p for Hovinga, K. Burns doubled to left center, 2 RBI (0-0); Rich advanced to third; Hansen scored; White, L. scored. Roulund flied out to cf (0-1 S). Lombardo pinch ran for Burns. Becerra struck out swinging (2-2 BKBSS). 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 7th - Burns to c for Lombardo. Burger, A struck out looking (2-2 KBBFFK). Ceo, C grounded out to 3b (1-1 FB). Howard, K doubled to left center (0-0). Chambers, K homered to center field, 2 RBI (2-2 BFBF); Howard, K scored. Cuico, K grounded out to 3b (0-0). 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Stanford 7th - Ashby walked (3-2 BBKFBB). Prong pinch hit for Wells. Prong doubled to right center (1-1 KB); Ashby advanced to third. Winter popped up to 3b, bunt (0-0). White, L. lined out to 2b (0-1 K). Hansen walked (3-2 KBBKBB). Rich struck out swinging (1-2 SBFS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3 LOB.|