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#11 Ducks Top Cougars, 6-4, in NCAA Regional Game 2
Release Date: 05/18/2012
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EUGENE - In NCAA Tournament second-day action, the University of Oregon softball team (41-15) successfully advanced to its third straight regional final after a 6-4 win over BYU (44-14) Friday afternoon at Howe Field.

The #11 tourney-seeded Ducks struck for five runs in the third inning, and another in the fourth, and held off a late Cougar rally. The Western Athletic Conference tournament champions scored twice in both the fourth and fifth innings, and had the bases loaded in the latter stanza before junior starter
Jessica Moore (29-12) got Stacie Toney to strike out.

Duck senior
Christie Nieto boosted UO at the plate with her second grand slam of the campaign and third the past two seasons.

The All-Pac-12 honorable mention choice lined her ninth homer of the season over the right center field wall in the third inning, and less than a month after she hit a four-run shot in an 11-7 win at then-No. 11 Arizona.

Just before Nieto's at-bat, the Ducks loaded the bases on a single by junior
Samantha Pappas, walk to junior Kaylan Howard and single by senior Kelsey Chambers. Sophomore Kailee Cuico followed with an RBI single down the left field line for her ninth game-winning RBI of the season (and also tied her for the team lead with Howard).

For the game, Pappas (3-for-4) paced UO in hits after she led off the game with a double, and singled in the fourth inning.

Janie Takeda (2-for-3) added her 14th multi-hit game of the season - second-most on the squad.

Five other Ducks hit safely once - Howard (1-for-2, BB), Chambers (1-for-2), Cuico (1-for-3), Nieto (1-for-2, BB) and sophomore Alexa Peterson (1-for-3).

In the circle for UO, Moore struck out 10 - her second-highest tally of the season. The two-time All-Pac-12 pick walked five, allowed five hits, and two her four runs allowed were earned.

At the plate for the Cougars, four batters hit safely once.

BYU scored its first pair of runs in the fourth after it opened the inning with a Tiffany Messerschmidt single and one-out Katie Manuma walk. Stacie Toney lined an RBI single, and a second run scored on a throwing error by the shortstop.

In the fifth inning, after a walk and pair of singles loaded the bases, the Cougars added two runs on a pair of bases-loaded walks, before Moore ended the threat with her 'K' of Toney.

BYU starter Hannah Howell (20-8) struck out two, walked one, gave up 10 hits, and all six of her runs allowed were earned.

Caroline Umphlett pitched the next inning, struck out one, walked two and allowed no hits. Tori Almond pitched the final inning, and logged no strikeouts or walks.

Later Saturday afternoon, Pacific Coast Softball Conference champion Portland State edged Mississippi State by a 2-0 score. In the day's finale, BYU edged Portland State, 2-0, to advance to Saturday's NCAA Regional final.

Saturday's first game between Oregon and BYU is set for a noon start. If BYU wins, a second game would be played immediately after to determine who advances to play the winner of the Austin Regional next weekend.

In the tourney's opening day action Thursday, Oregon beat PSU, 7-3, and BYU topped Mississippi State, 4-3, in nine innings.

More tournament information is available at the website.


DAY 2 - GAME 1 - #11 Oregon 6, BYU 4 (May 18, 2012 at Eugene, Ore.)
BYU....... 000 220 0 -  4  5  0      (44-14)
#11 Oregon 005 100 X -  6 10  1      (41-15)
Pitchers: BYU - Howell, Hannah; Umphlett, Caroline(5); Almond, Tori(6) and Everett, Shelbi.
Oregon - Moore, Jessica and Peterson, Alexa. Win-Moore, Jessica(29-12)  Loss-Howell, Hannah(20-8)  T-1:00 pm  A-0. HR ORE - Nieto, Christie (8). Weather: Partly sunny Umphlett faced 1 batter in the 6th.


DAY 2 / GAME 2 - Portland State 2, Mississippi State 0 (May 18, 2012 at Eugene, Ore.)
Mississippi State... 000 000 0 -  0  2  1      (33-24)
Portland State...... 000 011 X -  2  5  0      (28-24)
Pitchers: Mississippi State - Kylie Vry; Lindsey Dunlap(7) and Kaili Smith. Portland State -
BERTRAND, A. and NORRIE,  K. Win-BERTRAND, A.(23-12)  Loss-Kylie Vry(9-10)  T-3:54 pm  A-0 HR PSU - McEACHRAN, C (4). Weather: Mostly Sunny and 60's L. Dunlap faced 1 batter in the 6th.



BYU at #11 Oregon
May 18, 2012 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)


BYU 4 (44-14)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Dugas, Jessica cf 
Messerschmidt, Tiffa rf 
Clayton, JC ss 
Manuma, Katie 1b 
Toney, Stacie 2b 
Hicks, Krista dp 
Hudson, Alexandra lf 
Brawley, Ashlee 3b 
Everett, Shelbi c 
Howell, Hannah p 
   Umphlett, Caroline p 
   Almond, Tori p 
Totals  26  10  18  11 

Oregon 6 (41-15)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Pappas, Samantha rf 
Howard, Kaylan 2b 
Chambers, Kelsey ss 
Cuico, Kailee 1b 
Nieto, Christie dp 
Peterson, Alexa 10 
Moore, Jessica
Burger, Allie lf 
Takeda, Janie cf 
Chambers, Lindsey 3b 
Totals  24  10  21 
Score by Innings                  R  H  E
BYU................. 000 220 0 -  4  5  0
Oregon.............. 005 100 X -  6 10  1
E - Chambers, K(24). DP - BYU 2. LOB - BYU 6; ORE 4. 2B - Pappas, S(14); Howard, K(13). HR - Nieto, C(8). HBP - Chambers, K. CS - Takeda, J(3).


BYU   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Howell, Hannah L,20-8  4.0  10  19  20  66 
Umphlett, Caroline   1.0  33 
Almond, Tori   1.0 
Oregon   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Moore, Jessica W,29-12  7.0  10  26  31  115 


Win - Moore, J (29-12). Loss - Howell (20-8). Save - None. HBP - by Umphlett (Chambers, K). PB - Peterson, A(11). Pitches/strikes: Howell 66/42; Umphlett 33/19; Almond 7/5; Moore, J 115/73.

Umpires - HP: Brandon Bluhm 1B: Laura Head 3B: Bob Selz
Start: 11:00 am Time: 1:00 pm Attendance:
Weather: Partly sunny
Umphlett faced 1 batter in the 6th.



BYU at #11 Oregon
May 18, 2012 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)

BYU starters: 19/cf Dugas; 20/rf Messerschmid; 16/ss Clayton; 31/1b Manuma; 21/2b Toney; 22/dp Hicks; 5/lf Hudson, Al.; 4/3b Brawley; 2/c Everett; 11/p Howell;

Oregon starters: 0/rf Pappas, S; 3/2b Howard, K; 8/ss Chambers, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 17/dp Nieto, C; 14/c Peterson, A; 12/p Moore, J; 2/lf Burger, A; 19/cf Takeda, J; 5/3b Chambers, L;

BYU 1st - No play. Dugas struck out looking (1-2 KSBK). Messerschmid struck out looking (0-2 SKK). Clayton struck out swinging (1-2 FKBS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Oregon 1st - Pappas, S doubled to left center (1-1 BK). Howard, K grounded out to ss (1-1 FB); Pappas, S advanced to third. Chambers, K grounded out to ss (2-1 BKB). Cuico, K fouled out to lf down the lf line (0-1 K). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 2nd - Manuma struck out swinging (3-2 BFKBBS). Toney grounded out to ss (1-1 KB). Hicks walked (3-0 BBBB). Hudson, Al. out at first 1b to 2b (1-0 B). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Oregon 2nd - Nieto, C grounded out to 1b unassisted (2-1 BSB). Peterson, A singled to left field (0-0). Moore, J grounded into double play 3b to 2b to 1b (1-2 KFBF); Peterson, A out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 3rd - Brawley struck out looking (1-2 KFBK). Everett popped up to ss (0-1 K). Dugas struck out swinging (2-2 KSBBS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Oregon 3rd - Burger, A struck out swinging (1-2 FBSFS). Takeda, J singled to right field (1-1 BK). Pappas, S singled to left center (0-1 K); Takeda, J advanced to second. Pappas, S advanced to second on the throw; Takeda, J out at second c to 1b to ss, caught stealing. Howard, K walked (3-0 BBBB). Chambers, K singled to first base (0-1 K); Howard, K advanced to second; Pappas, S advanced to third. Cuico, K singled down the lf line, RBI (2-2 BBKF); Chambers, K advanced to second; Howard, K advanced to third; Pappas, S scored. Nieto, C homered to right center, 4 RBI (0-1 S); Cuico, K scored; Chambers, K scored; Howard, K scored. Peterson, A struck out looking (2-2 FBFBK). 5 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 4th - Messerschmid singled to third base (2-2 BKKB). Clayton struck out swinging (0-2 KFS). Manuma walked (3-2 KBBSBB); Messerschmid advanced to second. Manuma advanced to second; Messerschmid advanced to third on a passed ball. Toney singled to shortstop, RBI (1-2 SBF); Manuma advanced to third, scored on a throwing error by ss, unearned; Messerschmid scored, unearned. Hicks struck out looking (1-2 FSBK). Hudson, Al. grounded out to ss (0-0). 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Oregon 4th - Moore, J grounded out to 3b (2-1 FBB). Burger, A grounded out to ss (3-2 KFBBBF). Takeda, J singled to shortstop (1-0 B). Pappas, S singled to right center (1-0 B); Takeda, J advanced to third. Howard, K doubled to right center, RBI (0-0); Pappas, S advanced to third, out at home cf to 2b to c; Takeda, J scored. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 5th - Brawley walked (3-2 FBBBFFB). Everett singled through the left side (0-1 S); Brawley advanced to second. Dugas singled through the left side (2-2 KBFB); Everett advanced to second; Brawley advanced to third. Messerschmid walked, RBI (3-2 KBBBKFB); Dugas advanced to second; Everett advanced to third; Brawley scored. Clayton lined out to 2b (0-2 FFF). Manuma walked, RBI (3-1 BKBBB); Messerschmid advanced to second; Dugas advanced to third; Everett scored. Toney struck out swinging (1-2 KSBS). Hicks grounded out to p (0-0). 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Oregon 5th - Umphlett to p for Howell. Chambers, K hit by pitch (1-0). Cuico, K popped up to ss (2-2 BBKKFFFF). Nieto, C walked (3-2 BBKBKB); Chambers, K advanced to second. Peterson, A flied out to rf to right field (0-2 KKF). Moore, J struck out swinging (3-2 FBBBFFS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

BYU 6th - Hudson, Al. flied out to 2b to right field (0-0). Brawley singled down the lf line (1-1 KB). Everett reached on a fielder's choice to third base (0-1 F); Brawley out at second 3b to 2b. Dugas struck out swinging (1-2 SSBS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Oregon 6th - Burger, A walked (3-2 BBKBKB). Almond to p for Umphlett. Takeda, J fouled into double play c to 2b, bunt (1-1 BK); Burger, A out on the play. Pappas, S lined out to cf to right center (1-2 KSB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 7th - Messerschmid grounded out to 3b (0-2 KS). Clayton grounded out to 2b (2-1 BBK). Manuma grounded out to 3b (1-1 KB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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