OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - A week away from their season opener, University of Oregon seniors Jessica Moore and Samantha Pappas were honored to the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year 'Watch List' released Friday.
The returning Duck All-Americans were among 50 players selected in the 12th year of the award given by the sport's governing body.
The two-some are already two of the team's most decorated players with multiple All-Region and All-Pac-12 laurels in their careers.
On UO all-time charts, Moore owns the career record for wins (73) and strikeouts (718), and its top-three season strikeout totals (256, 2012; 238, '10; 224, '11). She also enters her final campaign ranked top 10 for Oregon career-wise in shutouts (fifth, 15) and complete games (sixth, 64).
Pappas tied for the Pac-12 lead in doubles last year (17), and also stood top-10 in the league in stolen bases (second, 22-tied), total bases (fourth, 124-tied), batting (fifth, .393), hits (sixth, 70) and slugging (seventh, .697). She also ranked top 100 nationally in doubles (56th, 0.27 p/g), slugging (61st, .697), batting (63rd, .393) and stolen bases (81st, 0.35 p/g).Altogether, Friday's pre-season list included 27 seniors, 15 juniors and eight sophomores (while freshman will be considered for subsequent finalist lists). Thirty-four teams featured at least one honoree, and Tennessee boasted the most on any team with its four entries.
The Pac-12 Conference and the Southeastern Conference each had eight member schools represented.Previous award recipients follow: UCLA catcher Stacey Nuveman (2002), Texas pitcher Cat Osterman (2003, 2005 and 2006), Florida State pitcher Jessica Van der Linden (2004), Tennessee pitcher Monica Abbott (2007), Virginia Tech pitcher Angela Tincher (2008), Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie (2009 and 2010), Stanford shortstop Ashley Hansen (2011) and Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts (2012).
Later this season, a top-25 finalist list will be announced April 10, followed by a 10-person finalist list May 8, and three-person final list on May 22. The award winner will be unveiled on May 28 prior to the start of the 2013 NCAA Women's College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City.
Next week, the Ducks kick off the season vs. Western Michigan on Thursday, February 7 in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
In the four weeks following, UO then travels to tournaments in Las Vegas (Louisville Slugger Classic, February 15-17), Palm Springs, Calif. (Cathedral City Classic, February 22-24), Orlando, Fla. (Citrus Classic, March 1-3) and Fresno, Calif. (Bayer Cropscience Classic, March 8-9),
Oregon’s first home tilt is against returning New Mexico on Wednesday, March 13, and its first Pac-12 series is at home vs. Stanford, Saturday-Monday, March 23-25.
2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List
Name (School) - Year - Position - Hometown
Emily Allard (Northwestern) - Senior - Utility - Antioch, Calif.
Nikki Armagost (Pacific) - Senior - Pitcher/Utility - Andover, Kan.
Marisa Bast (Northwestern) - Junior - Infield - Orange, Calif.
B.B. Bates (UCLA) - Senior - Outfield - Victorville, Calif.
Cassidy Bell (Penn State) - Senior - Outfield - Bakersfield, Calif.
Kayla Braud (Alabama) - Senior - Outfield - Eugene, Ore.
Amy Buntin (Notre Dame) - Senior - Catcher - Franklin, Tenn.
Whitney Canion (Baylor) - RS Junior - Pitcher - Aledo, Texas
Lauren Chamberlain (Oklahoma) - Sophomore - Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
Raven Chavanne (Tennessee) - Senior - Third base/Outfield - Thousand Oaks, Calif.
J.C. Clayton (BYU) - Senior - Infield - Hollister, Calif.
Brigette Del Ponte (Arizona) - Senior - Infield - Peoria, Ariz.
Mel Dumezich (Texas A&M) - Senior - Pitcher/Infield - Whiting, Ind.
Dallas Escobedo (Arizona State) - Junior - Pitcher - Glendale, Ariz.
Rachele Fico (LSU) - Senior - Pitcher - Oxford, Conn.
Amber Freeman (Arizona State) - Sophomore - Catcher - Lakewood, Calif.
Olivia Galati (Hofstra) - Senior - Pitcher/Designated Player - West Babylon, N.Y.
Teagan Gerhart (Stanford) - Senior - Pitcher - Norco, Calif.
Lauren Gibson (Tennessee) - Senior - Infield- Pasadena, Md.
Tara Glover (Boise State) - Junior - Outfield - Grants Pass, Ore.
Jolene Henderson (Cal) - Senior - Pitcher/First base - Elk Grove, Calif.
Taylor Hoagland (Texas) - Senior - Outfield/Third base - Flower Mound, Texas
Kylene Hopkins (Michigan State) - Senior - Outfield - Menifee, Calif.
Kaila Hunt (Alabama) - Junior - Infield - Evans, Ga.
Kaitlin Inglesby (Washington) - Junior - Pitcher - Portland, Ore.
Jessica Iwata (Hawaii) - Senior - Shortstop - Lihu'e, Hawaii
Alix Johnson (Arizona State) - Junior - Outfield - San Diego, Calif.
Stephany LaRosa (UCLA) - Sophomore - Diamond Bar, Calif.
Blaire Luna (Texas) - Senior - Pitcher - Austin, Texas
Hayley Miles (San Diego State) - Junior - Utility - Antelope, Calif.
Jessica Moore (Oregon) - Senior - Pitcher - Sutter, Calif.
Nerissa Myers (Louisiana-Lafayette) - Senior - Infield - Petal, Miss.
Sara Nevins (South Florida) - Junior - Pitcher - Pinellas Park, Fla.
Haley Outon (Houston) - Junior - Catcher - Pflugerville, Texas
Samantha Pappas (Oregon) - Senior - Outfield - Mission Viejo, Calif.
Ellen Renfroe (Tennessee) - Junior - Pitcher - Jackson, Tenn.
Jenna Rich (Stanford) - Senior - Infield - El Segundo, Calif.
Keilani Ricketts (Oklahoma) - Senior - Pitcher - San Jose, Calif.
Shellie Robinson (USC Upstate) - Sophomore - Outfield - DeLand, Fla.
Hannah Rogers (Florida) - Junior - Pitcher - Lake Wales, Fla.
Madison Shipman (Tennessee) - Junior - Infield - Valencia, Calif.
Jessica Shults (Oklahoma) - Senior - Catcher - Valencia, Calif.
Tess Sito (Georgia) - Senior - Pitcher/Utility - Elyria, Ohio
Chelsea Thomas (Missouri) - Senior - Pitcher - Pleasantville, Iowa
Jackie Traina (Alabama) - Junior - Pitcher/Designated player - Naples, Fla.
Kirsten Verdun (DePaul) - Junior - Pitcher/First Base - Coal City, Ill.
Haylie Wagner (Michigan) - Sophomore - Pitcher - Orange, Calif.
Devon Wallace (Arkansas) - Sophomore - Utility - Double Oak, Texas
Hallie Wilson (Arizona) - Sophomore - Outfield - Santa Ana, Calif.
Hanna Winter (Stanford) - Sophomore - Infield - Camarillo, Calif.
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