* A boxscore an play-by-play are located in the LINKS box to the right, and a more detailed recap will be posted shortly.

 

EUGENE - Sophomore Jessica Moore staked her third win in as many Civil War starts to lead the No. 19 University of Oregon softball team (31-11, 3-7) to a 7-1 decision over Oregon State (18-17, 1-9) in Thursday’s Civil War series opener at Howe Field.

Moore (16-6) posted her 10th complete game of the season, struck out four, walked five and gave up six hits. The Sutter, Calif., native pitched six shutout innings until the Beavers scored their only run with on a one-out, sixth-inning sacrifice fly.

Beating its third Pac-10 opponent this season, UO scored one run in the third, and added three more runs in both the fourth and sixth innings.

The first run came via a single by sophomore Samantha Pappas to center field, and scored freshman Courtney Ceo from second base after the centerfielder made an error fielding the ground ball.

An inning later, senior Kaitlin Vitek opened the fourth with her sixth homer of the season – the team’s 50th of the season. After freshman Alexa Peterson reached on a hit by pitch, and sophomore Allie Burger singled via a bunt, Ceo singled in the next run. Sophomore Kaylan Howard drove in the final inning’s run on a sacrifice fly to center field.
 
In the sixth inning, Peterson singled and Burger reached on an error to start the inning. Pappas knocked in her second run via a single to shortstop, and senior Monique Fuiava followed with a two-run double to left field. For the Lynwood, Calif., native Fuiava, it was her 35th career-wise, and moved her into sole possession of sixth all-time for UO – breaking a three-way tie with Katie Mackey and Lindsey Welch (34).

For the game, Ceo went 2-for-3 and turned in her team-leading 18th multi-hit game of the season – twice as most as the next-best hitters on the team (Burger, Fuaiva – 9).

Pappas also went 2-for-3, and four other Ducks had one hit (Burger, Fuiava, Peterson and Vitek).

For OSU, starter Tina Andreana (5-8) pitched the first 3.1 innings, struck out four, walked two, allowed five hits, and two of her four runs allowed was earned. Paige Hall worked the final 2.2 innings, struck out two, walked one, gave up three hits, and all three of her runs allowed were earned.

Held to one run or less for the sixth time in 10 Pac-10 games this year, the Beavers stranded three runners in both the fourth and sixth innings. The first two batters in each both reached base, and a third batter also got on after two outs, but Moore forced foul pop-outs to end each threat.

Looking ahead, Friday’s second game of the series will start at 6 p.m., and will be televised live by the Oregon Sports Network on Comcast Sports Net NW

Promotions-wise, Friday’s game is ‘Crowd Howe’ Day, with special Student Night/Greek Night and O-Heroes Night. As part of the ‘Go Green’ theme, fans that wear their bike helmet or bring two cans of food receive free admission.

The two teams will also meet again Saturday in the series finale that starts at noon.

 

LINESCORE

#19 OREGON 7, Oregon State 1 (Apr 21, 2011 at Eugene, Ore.)
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Oregon State........ 000 000 1 -  1  6  3      (18-17, 1-9 Pac-10)
#19 OREGON.......... 001 303 X -  7  8  1      (31-11, 3-7 Pac-10)
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Pitchers: Oregon State - Andreana, Tina; Hall, Paige(4) and Kutz, Ally. OREGON - Moore, Jessica and Peterson, Alexa . Win-Moore, Jessica (16-6)  Loss-Andreana, Tina(5-8)  T-2:27  A-416. HR ORE - Vitek, Kaitlin . Weather: 58, partly sunny, wind 2-4 mph

 

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