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No. 11 Ducks Rally Past Aztecs, 5-4, in 7th Inning
Release Date: 02/12/2012
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TEMPE, Ariz. - Freshman Hannah Melick ripped a two-run, pinch-hit double in the seventh inning, and lifted the No. 11 University of Oregon softball team (3-2) to a 5-4 win over San Diego State to cap action in the Kajikawa Classic Sunday.

The returning NCAA tournament advancer Aztecs (3-3) either tied or led most of the way until the seventh, when junior second baseman Kaylan Howard started UO's rally with a single up the middle. Sophomore catcher Alexa Peterson followed with a bunt single to the left side of the infield, and both runners advanced to second and third base on a high wild pitch on a 2-1 count.

Immediately after, Oregon head coach Mike White substituted in Melick, and the Pacific, Wash., native lined the first pitch into the left field gap for her first game-winning RBI.

SDSU spoiled an otherwise strong effort from junior pitcher Jessica Moore with a pair of homers early in the game. The first two-run shot to right field by Lorea Klopp in the first inning gave SDSU a 2-0 lead. Two innings later, Haley Miles added a solo round-tripper to right field and re-tied the game, 3-3. Its final run came in the fourth inning when after a throwing error by the shortstop and sacrifice bunt, Fiana Finau lined an RBI single.

The All-Pac-12 returnee Moore (2-2) pitched her second complete game of the season, struck out five, walked four, allowed four hits, and three of her four runs allowed were earned.

UO scored its first three runs in the second inning, after freshman left fielder Sara Goodrum started the stanza with an infield single to shortstop. UO proceeded to load the bases wth two outs on sophomore third baseman Courtney Ceo's bunt single and an error by the pitcher on freshman Janie Takeda's grounder and a bases-loaded walk to senior shortstop Kelsey Chambers. Sophomore first baseman Kailee Cuico followed with a 2-RBI single on an 11-pitch at-bat.

On the mound for SDSU, starter Rebecca Arbino pitched the first three innings, struck out two, walked two, allowed six hits, and one of her three runs allowed were earned. Kamerin May followed her and pitched the fourth inning, gave up two hits, one walk and struck out none. Returning Easton Third-Team All-American Bailey Micetich (2-1) pitched the final two innings, struck out three, walked none, gave up four hits, and both runs allowed were earned.

For the Aztecs at the plate, four different hitters hit safely once.

The preceding two days in the tourney, UO staked eight-run, five-inning wins over UC Santa Barbara, 10-2, and San Jose State, 9-0, and lost to New Mexico, 7-6, and NCAA Super Regional returnee BYU, 2-1.

"Coming in we were hoping to go 4-1 or better ths weekend," Oregon head coach Mike White said, "but the New Mexico setback helped cost us a shot at that. That was a tough loss, and after the BYU game the next morning, our backs were against the wall. Freshman Karissa Hovinga picked up with a shutout and boosted both her's and the team's confidence. We took another step today against a very good San Diego State team. We played good defense, attacked them offensively - especially with our slappers - and never gave up to get a key win. We still have areas we need to work on, but we finished the weekend on a good note."

For the five games combined, five hitters topped .400 - junior left fielder Allie Burger (.571, 4-for-7, 2 BB), Melick (.500, 3-for-6, 1 2B, 3 RBI), Ceo (.471, 8-for-17, 1 HR, 3 RBI), Howard (.467, 7-for-15, 1 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI) and Kelsey Chambers (.467, 7-for-15, 2 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 3 BB). Four others topped .300 - junior right fielder Samantha Pappas (.385, 5-for-13, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RB), Goodrum (.375, 3-for-8), Peterson (.364, for-11, 2 BB) and Takeda (.333, 5-for-15, 1 BB, 2 SB).

On the mound, Moore (2-2) logged a 2.16 ERA, went 2-2, struck out 19, walked 12, allowed 22 hits in 22 innings, and seven of her 10 runs allowed were earned. Freshman Karissa Hovinga (1-0) worked the team's remaining eight innings, struck out seven, walked four, gave up 11 hits in eight innings, and four of her five runs allowed were earned.

During the weekend, Moore (2-1) climbed UO all-time lists in career strikeouts (second, 481), wins (eighth, 42) and complete games (10th, 33), and senior shortstop Kelsey Chambers moved up on career offensive charts in homers (sixth, 28) and RBI (10th, 100).

Looking ahead, UO has a week off before it returns to action the following weekend against another impressive field in the Cathedral City Classic, February 24-26, near Palm Springs, Calif. UO will face returning World Series advancer in Oklahoma State, two more NCAA tourney returnees in Nebraska and New Mexico State and also Cal Poly and Northwestern.



#11 Oregon 5, San Diego State 4 (Feb 12, 2012 at Tempe, Ariz.)
San Diego State..... 201 100 0 -  4  4  2      (3-3)
#11 Oregon.......... 030 000 2 -  5 12  2      (3-2)
Pitchers: San Diego State - ARBINO, Rebecca; MAY, Kamerin(4); MICETICH, Bailey(5) and MAY, Kristin; TAMAYO, Wendy. Oregon - Moore, Jessica and Peterson, Alexa. Win-Moore, Jessica(2-2)  Loss-MICETICH, Bailey(2-1)  T-2:20  A-200. HR SD - MILES, Hayley; KLOPP, Lorena. Weather: 74, sunny, wind 2-5mph. MICETICH faced 3 batters in the 7th.


San Diego State vs #11 Oregon
Feb 12, 2012 at Tempe, Ariz. (Tempe Sports Complex)

San Diego State 4 (3-3)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
MILES, Hayley cf/ss 
CORDER, Tiffany 2b 
   MATHIS, Katie 2b 
KLOPP, Lorena dp 
MAEVA, Justeen 1b 
JACKSON, Patrice rf 
   LAVERY, Roshana pr 
MAY, Kristin c 
   TAMAYO, Wendy c 
FINAU, Fiana ss/3b 
ROSE, Ashley 3b 
JORDAN, Kayla lf 
   DINNER, Dominique lf 
ARBINO, Rebecca p 
   MAY, Kamerin p 
   MICETICH, Bailey p 
Totals  25  18  10 

Oregon 5 (3-2)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Ceo, Courtney 3b 
Takeda, Janie cf 
Chambers, Kelsey ss 
Cuico, Kailee 1b  11 
Pappas, Samantha rf 
Howard, Kaylan 2b 
Peterson, Alexa
Goodrum, Sara lf 
   Melick, Hannah ph 
Burger, Allie dp 
   Nieto, Christie ph 
Moore, Jessica
Totals  30  12  21  14  12 
Score by Innings                  R  H  E
San Diego State..... 201 100 0 -  4  4  2
Oregon.............. 030 000 2 -  5 12  2

Note: None out, 1 runner LOB when the game ended.

E - MATHIS; ARBINO; Chambers, K; Moore, J. DP - SDSU 1. LOB - SDSU 5; Oregon 12. 2B - Melick, H. HR - MILES; KLOPP. HBP - Cuico, K. SH - TAMAYO; Takeda, J. SB - Ceo, C; Takeda, J; Cuico, K; Peterson, A.

San Diego State   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
ARBINO, Rebecca   3.0  15  19  80 
MAY, Kamerin   1.0  15 
MICETICH, Bailey L,2-1  2.0  11  11  46 
Oregon   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Moore, Jessica W,2-2  7.0  25  30  13  95 

Win - Moore, J (2-2). Loss - MICETICH (2-1). Save - None. WP - MICETICH. HBP - by ARBINO (Cuico, K). Pitches/strikes: ARBINO 80/47; MAY, Ka. 15/8; MICETICH 46/29; Moore, J 95/54.

Umpires - HP: Tracy Hart 1B: Laura Head 3B: Mike Bartling
Start: 1:30 pm Time: 2:20 Attendance: 200
Weather: 74, sunny, wind 2-5mph
MICETICH faced 3 batters in the 7th.


San Diego State vs #11 Oregon
Feb 12, 2012 at Tempe, Ariz. (Tempe Sports Complex)

San Diego State starters: 0/cf MILES; 8/2b CORDER; 14/dp KLOPP; 21/1b MAEVA; 99/rf JACKSON; 2/c MAY, Kr.; 7/ss FINAU; 20/3b ROSE; 22/lf JORDAN; 11/p ARBINO;

Oregon starters: 22/3b Ceo, C; 19/cf Takeda, J; 8/ss Chambers, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 0/rf Pappas, S; 3/2b Howard, K; 14/c Peterson, A; 1/lf Goodrum, S; 2/dp Burger, A; 12/p Moore, J;

San Diego State 1st - MILES grounded out to 3b (2-1 SBB). CORDER reached on an error by p (3-2 BBBKS). comeback chopper up middle, Moore jumps to snowcone, ball then squirts out. KLOPP homered to right field, 2 RBI (1-0 B); CORDER scored. MAEVA walked (3-1 BBKBB). JACKSON struck out swinging (2-2 SFBBS). MAY, Kr. grounded out to p (1-0 B). 2 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Oregon 1st - Ceo, C singled to shortstop (2-1 BBK). Ceo, C stole second. Takeda, J out at first 3b to 2b, SAC, bunt (2-0 BB); Ceo, C advanced to third. Chambers, K walked (3-0 BBBB). Cuico, K hit by pitch (0-0); Chambers, K advanced to second. Pappas, S struck out swinging (2-2 BKKBS). Howard, K grounded out to p (1-1 FB). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

San Diego State 2nd - FINAU out at first rf to 1b (2-1 BBF). ROSE grounded out to 3b (1-2 KBF). JORDAN popped up to 2b (0-1 S). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Oregon 2nd - Peterson, A grounded out to 3b (3-2 BFBSB). Goodrum, S singled to shortstop (1-1 KB). chopper over pitcher, ss tried to barehand vs fast runner but couldnt make. Burger, A struck out looking (1-2 KKBK). Ceo, C singled, bunt (1-0 B); Goodrum, S advanced to second. Takeda, J reached on an error by p (1-2 FKB); Ceo, C advanced to second; Goodrum, S advanced to third. Chambers, K walked, RBI (3-2 BSBFBB); Takeda, J advanced to second; Ceo, C advanced to third; Goodrum, S scored, unearned. Cuico, K singled, 2 RBI (3-2 KKFBBBFFF); Chambers, K advanced to third; Takeda, J scored, unearned; Ceo, C scored. Cuico, K stole second. Pappas, S grounded out to 2b (3-2 KBKBB). 3 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

San Diego State 3rd - MILES homered to right field, RBI (0-0). CORDER out at first c to 2b, bunt (2-0 BB). KLOPP struck out looking (0-2 FKK). MAEVA grounded out to 3b (0-0). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Oregon 3rd - Howard, K singled to left field (2-1 BKB). TAMAYO to c for MAY, Kr.. Peterson, A reached on a fielder's choice, bunt (0-0); Howard, K out at second c to ss. Goodrum, S reached on a fielder's choice (3-1 BBBK); Peterson, A out at second 2b to ss. Burger, A singled to center field (0-2 FS); Goodrum, S advanced to second. bloop to shallow cf. Ceo, C popped up to p, bunt (0-1 K). 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

San Diego State 4th - JACKSON reached on a throwing error by ss (1-0 B). LAVERY pinch ran for JACKSON. TAMAYO out at first 1b to 2b, SAC, bunt; LAVERY advanced to second. FINAU singled to right field, out at second rf to ss, RBI (0-0); LAVERY scored, unearned. ROSE grounded out to 3b (1-0 B). 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 0 LOB.

Oregon 4th - JACKSON to rf for LAVERY. MAY, Ka. to p for ARBINO. Takeda, J singled to center field (0-2 KF). Chambers, K grounded into double play ss to 1b (1-0 B); Takeda, J out on the play. Cuico, K singled to right field (2-1 BFB). Pappas, S walked (3-1 BKBBB); Cuico, K advanced to second. Howard, K grounded out to 3b (0-0). 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

San Diego State 5th - JORDAN singled to pitcher (0-2 SFF). MILES grounded out to ss. CORDER walked (3-1 BFBBB); JORDAN advanced to second. KLOPP grounded out to 3b; CORDER advanced to second; JORDAN advanced to third. MAEVA struck out swinging (3-2 KBBBKS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Oregon 5th - MICETICH to p for MAY, Ka.. MILES to ss. MATHIS to 2b for CORDER. FINAU to 3b. REIFSCHNEIDE to cf for ROSE. Peterson, A reached on an error by 2b (1-1 BK). Goodrum, S struck out swinging (1-2 BFKS). Peterson, A stole second. Nieto, C pinch hit for Burger, A. Nieto, C grounded out to 2b (3-2 BBKFB); Peterson, A advanced to third. lf makes running snowcone catch to deep lf on hard hit ball. Ceo, C flied out to lf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

San Diego State 6th - JACKSON grounded out to 3b (2-0 BB). TAMAYO struck out looking (2-2 KBFBK). FINAU walked (3-2 BKBBFB). REIFSCHNEIDE grounded out to 3b (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Oregon 6th - Takeda, J singled to center field (2-2 BKFFB). Takeda, J stole second. Chambers, K grounded out to p (2-2 KBBF). Cuico, K struck out swinging (3-2 BBKBFFS). DINNER to lf for JORDAN. Pappas, S struck out swinging (1-2 BKFS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

San Diego State 7th - JORDAN to lf for DINNER. JORDAN struck out swinging (1-2 FFBS). MILES flied out to rf (1-2 BKF). MATHIS walked (3-1 BBBKB). KLOPP grounded out to 3b (0-1 F). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Oregon 7th - Howard, K singled to center field (1-0 B). Peterson, A singled to shortstop, bunt (1-1 FB); Howard, K advanced to second. Peterson, A advanced to second; Howard, K advanced to third on a wild pitch. Melick, H pinch hit for Goodrum, S. Melick, H doubled to left center, 2 RBI (2-1 KBB); Peterson, A scored; Howard, K scored. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.


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