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EUGENE – The No. 14 University of Oregon softball team (31-10, 8-6) dropped its first league series opener of the season Friday night to No. 1 California (41-2, 12-1) by an 8-1 count.
Junior pitcher Jessica Moore (21-7) pitched the first four innings and none of the five runs she allowed were earned. The returning All-Pac-12 right-hander struck out five, walked two and allowed five hits, while the Ducks committed an error behind her in both Cal’s one-run first inning and five-run fourth.
Duck freshman Karissa Hovinga pitched the final three innings, struck out none, walked three, and allowed two hits and two earned runs.
Moore’s appearance was her 114th career-wise for UO and moved her into a tie for eighth all-time with Susan Voeller.
At the plate for UO, four batters hit safely once – junior Kaylan Howard, senior Kelsey Chambers, sophomore Alexa Peterson and freshman Sara Goodrum.
Oregon scored its lone run in the third inning after Goodrum led off with a single, advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt and infield ground-out, then scored on a single by Chambers.
The RBI stood as the 130th career-wise for the Concord, Calif., native Chambers who already ranked fifth all-time, and is now six behind the fourth-best Duck mark (Jill Robinson, 136).
For the returning World Series returning Bears, returning Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year and junior right-hander Jolene Henderson (23-1) struck out eight, walked one, allowed four hits, and her run allowed was earned.
Offensively for Cal – which staked a Duck opponent season high eight runs - Jace Williams led the way with a 3-for-4 day. Four other Bear players had single hits.
Cal struck for its first run in the first when lead-off hitter Jamia Reid reached on a throwing error by Moore on a comeback grounder. The USA Player of the Year candidate advanced to third on a stolen base, then scored on a ground-out after a missed tag at the plate.
The Bears scored five more runs in the fourth inning, and all with two outs. After a one-out single, an errant throw to second base on a fielder’s choice put a second runner on. Moore followed with a strikeout, but Cal answered with two doubles and a triple en route to unearned runs.
Hovinga came in to pitch a scoreless fifth inning. However, in the sixth, she gave up a two-run homer to Williams after she walked the opening batter.
The Bears entered the game with only one conference loss on the season against No. 12 Arizona (8-3) last weekend, and its other at the hands of No. 14 Hawai’i (3-1) in mid-March.
Conversely, UO had won its first league series tilts the past month at Oregon State (8-2), vs. then-No. 5 Arizona State (3-0), at then-No. 14 Stanford (8-5), vs. then-No. 7 Washington (5-3) and at Utah (9-0).
Looking ahead, the two teams return for single games on Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at noon, respectively.
Promotions-wise, Saturday’s game offers free admission with a ticket stub from the baseball game vs. Washington State. On Sunday, fans that donate e-waste items will receive a $3 general admission ticket.
#1 California 8, #14 Oregon 1 (Apr 20, 2012 at Eugene, Ore.)
#1 California 100 502 0 - 8 7 0 (41-2, 12-1 Pac-12)
#14 Oregon.... 001 000 0 - 1 4 2 (31-10, 8-6 Pac-12)
Pitchers: California - Henderson, J and Jones, V.. Oregon - Moore, Jessica; Hovinga, Karissa(5). and Peterson, Alexa. Win-Henderson, J(23-1) Loss-Moore, Jessica(21-7) T-1:54 A-457. HR CAL - Williams (6). Weather: 61, sunny, wind 1-4 mph
BOXSCORE & PLAY-BY-PLAY
#1 California at #14 Oregon
Apr 20, 2012 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
California 8 (41-2,12-1 Pac-12)
|Reid, J. lf||4||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||0|
|Henderson, D 3b||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||1||1|
|Jones, V. c||4||0||0||0||0||2||8||1||1|
|Reid, E. rf||3||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|Henderson, J p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
Oregon 1 (31-10,8-6 Pac-12)
|Howard, Kaylan 2b||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||2||0|
|Takeda, Janie cf||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|Chambers, Kelsey ss||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||4||0|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b||3||0||0||0||0||1||8||0||2|
|Pappas, Samantha rf||2||0||0||0||1||1||2||0||0|
|Nieto, Christie lf||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||0||0|
|Peterson, Alexa c||3||0||1||0||0||0||6||0||0|
|Chambers, Lindsey 3b||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||1||2|
|Goodrum, Sara dp||2||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|Moore, Jessica p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Hovinga, Karissa p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- California.......... 100 502 0 - 8 7 0 Oregon.............. 001 000 0 - 1 4 2 -----------------------------------------
|E - Chambers, L(3); Moore, J(3). LOB - California 6; Oregon 4. 2B - Williams(9); Echavarria(10). 3B - Reid, J.(1). HR - Williams(6). SH - Howard, K(2). SB - Reid, J. 2(38).|
|Henderson, J W,23-1||7.0||4||1||1||1||8||0||0||0||0||24||26||2||11|
|Moore, Jessica L,21-7||4.0||5||6||0||2||5||0||0||0||0||19||21||1||5|
Win - Henderson, J (23-1). Loss - Moore, J (21-7). Save - None.
Umpires - HP: Hohn Bennett 1B: Ron Burkhart 3B: Katrina Kershaw
2012 OREGON SOFTBALL
#1 California at #14 Oregon
Apr 20, 2012 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
|California starters: 3/lf Reid, J.; 9/2b Williams; 20/1b Arioto; 25/dp Kostreba; 8/3b Henderson, D; 27/ss Cordes; 10/c Jones, V.; 5/rf Reid, E.; 1/cf Echavarria; 54/p Henderson, J;|
|Oregon starters: 3/2b Howard, K; 19/cf Takeda, J; 8/ss Chambers, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 0/rf Pappas, S; 17/lf Nieto, C; 14/c Peterson, A; 5/3b Chambers, L; 1/dp Goodrum, S; 12/p Moore, J;|
|California 1st - Reid, J. reached on a throwing error by p, advanced to second. Moore skips throw wide right of 1b, runner advances easily. Reid, J. stole third. Reid barely beats throw on delayed steal of 3b. Williams grounded out to ss, RBI; Reid, J. scored, unearned. runner on 3b holds, then breaks on throw to 1b, catcher misses tag at home. Arioto walked. Kostreba struck out looking. Henderson, D grounded out to p. 1 run, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 1st - Howard, K singled down the lf line. Takeda, J grounded out to c; Howard, K advanced to second. Chambers, K grounded out to 2b; Howard, K advanced to third. Cuico, K grounded out to 1b unassisted. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|California 2nd - Cordes grounded out to 2b. Jones, V. struck out swinging. Reid, E. out on batter's interference, bunt. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 2nd - Pappas, S walked. Nieto, C struck out swinging. Peterson, A grounded out to 2b; Pappas, S advanced to second. squibber to right of 1bman. Chambers, L struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|California 3rd - Echavarria grounded out to p. Reid, J. struck out swinging. Williams singled down the rf line. Arioto struck out looking. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 3rd - Goodrum, S singled to left field. Howard, K out at first 3b to 2b, SAC, bunt; Goodrum, S advanced to second. Takeda, J grounded out to p; Goodrum, S advanced to third. Chambers, K singled to third base, RBI; Goodrum, S scored. 3bman races to her left and leaning down ball tips off her glove into of. Cuico, K struck out looking. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|California 4th - Kostreba grounded out to ss. high chopper, ss throws on run, Cuico makes swipe tag on helmet. Henderson, D singled to center field. lined shot up middle, just past Moore's glove. Cordes reached on a fielder's choice; Henderson, D advanced to second on a throwing error by 3b. 3bman tries for double play, but throw sails wide of 2bman at 2b into of. Jones, V. struck out swinging. Reid, E. walked; Cordes advanced to second; Henderson, D advanced to third. Echavarria doubled to left center, 3 RBI; Reid, E. scored, unearned; Cordes scored, unearned; Henderson, D scored, unearned. Reid, J. tripled down the lf line, RBI; Echavarria scored, unearned. Williams doubled to left center, RBI; Reid, J. scored, unearned. high-fly foul, 3bman runs around 3b coach, then dives to make catch. Arioto fouled out to 3b. 5 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 4th - Pappas, S struck out swinging. Nieto, C struck out looking. Peterson, A singled to left field. Chambers, L reached on a fielder's choice; Peterson, A out at second ss unassisted. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|California 5th - Hovinga, K to p for Moore, J. Kostreba grounded out to ss. Henderson, D fouled out to 3b. Chambers races in and makes grab in front of dugout. Cordes singled to center field. ball scalded past a leaning ss up the middle. Jones, V. flied out to rf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 5th - Goodrum, S struck out swinging. Howard, K grounded out to 2b. Takeda, J struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|California 6th - Reid, E. lined out to rf. Reid gives ball a ride to 20' within rf wall, but Pappas cooly slides over. Echavarria walked. Reid, J. reached on a fielder's choice; Echavarria out at second 3b to 2b. Reid, J. stole second. Williams homered to right center, 2 RBI; Reid, J. scored. Arioto walked. Kostreba flied out to lf. 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 6th - Chambers, K grounded out to p. Cuico, K popped up to ss. sloppy throw to 1b in dirt, but 1bman makes clean pick. Pappas, S grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|California 7th - Henderson, D walked. Cordes grounded out to 2b; Henderson, D advanced to second. Jones, V. flied out to lf. Chambers goes deep in hole on slow hopper, and fires for bang bang out. Reid, E. grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 7th - Nieto, C grounded out to ss. Peterson, A popped up to ss. Chambers, L struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
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