STARKVILLE, Miss. - A day before the Ducks’ first Women’s College World Series trip in 23 years, junior outfielder Samantha Pappas and pitcher Jessica Moore picked up the ninth and 10th All-America honors in the history of the University of Oregon softball team.

Pappas was a second-team pick, and Moore was a third-team choice in the national vote by collegiate softball head coaches. Conference-wise, the Pac-12 featured 13 honorees among the 54 picks among the three teams.

The Mission Viejo, Calif., native Pappas became the first UO outfielder to be honored by the NFCA, and this week ranked top 80 nationally in batting (58th, .396), doubles (59th, 0.27 p/g), slugging (75th, .675) and stolen bases (79th, 0.36 p/g). The two-time All-Pac-12 First-Team honoree also ranked second this week in the Pac-12 in doubles (16), fifth in batting, sixth in stolen bases (21), seventh in slugging, eighth in on-base percentage (.486), and ninth in hits (65) and total bases (109).

The Sutter, Calif., native Moore is the fourth Duck hurler to receive All-America honors, and first since a pair of head coach Mike White’s former pupils Andrea Vidlund (2003) and Ani Nyhus (2004). Moore ranks eighth nationally this week and second in school history in a season for wins (32). The repeat All-Pac-12 First-Team Pitcher also stood first in the league in innings (285.2), starts (44) and appearances (49), second in wins, and third in strikeouts with a school record 244.

Two weeks ago, Pappas and Moore were among four, first-team NFCA All-Pacific-Region honorees with junior second baseman Kaylan Howard and sophomore catcher Alexa Peterson, while sophomore infielders Courtney Ceo and  Kailee Cuico added second-team nods. The Ducks were one of five teams nationally to land a maximum six all-region selections.

Oregon was equally lauded by league head coaches as 11 Ducks were tabbed to various All-Pac-12 teams. Moore and Pappas landed their second, All-Pac-12 First-Team laurels, and senior shortstop Kelsey Chambers and Howard earned their first All-Pac-12 Second-Team nods. Four other Ducks added honorable mention status – senior utility player Christie Nieto and Ceo, Cuico and Peterson.

Among other conference honors, outfielder Janie Takeda was tabbed to the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team, and outfielder Sara Goodrum and pitcher Karissa Hovinga were honorable mentions.

Looking ahead to Thursday night, UO (44-16) opens action in the WCWS in Oklahoma City against Arizona State at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Oregon was 1-1 on the season against the returning national champion Sun Devils who placed second in the Pac-12 this year, ranked second nationally at the regular season’s end, and earned a #3 seed in the 64-team NCAA Tournament field.

The winner of the Oregon-ASU game will meet the winner of Thursday night’s #2 Alabama-#7 Tennessee game on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The loser of those two opening-day games will play on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time.

Oregon’s first and second games will be televised by ESPN2 and online at ESPN3, and broadcast on the radio in Eugene by KSCR (1320-AM).  Every other game from the World Series will be televised live by various ESPN networks.

A complete schedule for the seven-day WCWS is available at the www.NCAAsports.com website, and an online bracket is available at the http://www.ncaa.com/brackets/softball/d1 URL address.

The Ducks are the sixth-highest seeded of the eight teams playing in the double-elimination format that includes #1 California, #2 Alabama, #3 ASU, #4 Oklahoma, #7 Tennessee, #11 Oregon, LSU and South Florida.

Oregon claimed its second WCWS bid (and first since 1989) after it beat #6 seed Texas twice last Sunday in Austin by 5-4 (8 innings) and 10-6 scores. Oregon is now 11-5 in the postseason under its third-year head mentor White. Its 44 wins this year ties for second-most in school history behind its 54 victories in its 72-game WCWS slate in ’89.

All-Time Duck All-Americans
1989 — Katie Wiese, P (1st)
1989 — Kim Manning, UT/DP (2nd)
1990 — Julie Cavanaugh, 1B (2nd)
1991 — Julie Cavanaugh, 1B (1st)
2003 — Andrea Vidlund (3rd)
2004 — *Jenn Poore, C (1st)
2004 — *Ani Nyhus, P (3rd)
2007 — Jenn Salling, SS (1st)
2012 – Samantha Pappas, OF (2nd)
2012 – Jessica Moore, P (3rd)


* Easton All-Americans

 

2012 NFCA Division I All-Americans

First Team
Jolene Henderson, California, Pitcher
Ellen Renfroe, Tennessee, Pitcher
Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma, Pitcher
Jessica Shults, Oklahoma, Catcher
Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma, First Base
Lauren Gibson, Tennessee, Second Base
Stephany LaRosa, UCLA, Third Base
Katelyn Boyd, Arizona State University, Shortstop
Alix Johnson, Arizona State University, Outfielder
Michelle Moultrie, Florida, Outfielder
Christi Orgeron, Louisiana-Lafayette, Outfielder
Valerie Arioto, California, Utility/Pitcher
Camilla Carrera, UTEP, DP/UT
Rachele Fico, LSU,At-Large/Pitcher
Olivia Galati,Hofstra, At-Large/Pitcher
Chelsea Thomas, Missouri, At-Large/Pitcher
Jackie Traina, Alabama, At-Large/UT/P
Delaney Willard, BYU, At-Large/Outfielder

Second Team
Sara Nevins, South Florida, Pitcher
Stephanie Ricketts, Hawai'i, Pitcher
Hannah Rogers, Florida, Pitcher
Amy Buntin, Notre Dame, Catcher
Andrea Harrison, UCLA, First Base
Lexy Bennett, Texas, Second Base
Raven Chavanne, Tennessee, Third Base
Kaila Hunt, Alabama, Shortstop
Ashley Fleming, Missouri, Outfielder
Jamia Reid, Outfielder, California
Katie Schroeder, UCLA, Outfielder
Kaitlin Inglesby, Washington, UT/P
Amanda Locke, Alabama, DP/UT/P
am Fischer, Loyola Marymount, At-Large/Shortstop
Samantha Pappas, Oregon, At-Large/Outfielder
Kristyn Sandberg, Georgia, At-Large/Catcher
Madison Shipman, Tennessee, At-Large/Shortstop
Kirstin Verdun, DePaul

Third Team
Erin Arevalo, Georgia,Pitcher
Jenna Caira, Syracuse, Pitcher
Jessica Moore, Oregon, Pitcher
Haley Outon, Houston, Catcher
Nikki Armagost, Pacific, First Base
Jenna Rich, Stanford, Second Base
Marisa Bast, Northwestern, Third Base
Nerissa Myers, Louisiana-Lafayette, Shortstop
Jennifer Fenton, Alabama, Outfielder
Tara Glover, Boise State, Outfielder
Katie Smith, Louisiana-Lafayette, Outfielder
Mel Dumezich,Texas A&M, UT/P
Samantha Camuso, UCLA, DP/UT
Nichole Beall, Radford, At-Large/Shortstop
Tori Collins, Louisville, At-Large/Pitcher
Taner Fowler, Louisville, At-Large/DP or UT/Non-Pitcher
Jessica Garcia, New Mexico, At-Large/Catcher
Hayley Miles, San Diego State, At-Large/Shortstop


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