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No. 5 Ducks Kick Off Season in Kajikawa Classic in Tempe
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Release Date: 02/06/2013
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THIS WEEK’S SOFTBALL ACTION 
Tournament: Kajikawa Classic (Host: Arizona State)
Dates: Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 7-10 
Location: Tempe Sports Complex, (8401 S. Hardy Dr., Tempe).
Tourney Website: http://bit.ly/YaeA3Y

 
Tourney Schedule (All Times Pacific (Local Time is Mountain))
Western Michigan - Thu. (2/7), 5 p.m. PT 
Stephen F. Austin - Fri. (2/8), 2 p.m. PT
No. 14 Florida - Fri. (2/8), 4:30 p.m. PT
^No. 2 Oklahoma - Sat. (2/9), 8 a.m. PT
San Jose State - Sat. (2/9), 1 p.m. PT
Boise State - Sun. (2/10), 7:30 a.m. PT 

^Note: the Oklahoma game will be played at ASU’s Farrington Stadium.
 


SETTING THE STAGE
Coming off its second-ever World Series trip, the No. 5-ranked University of Oregon softball team (0-0, 0-0) opens its 40th season at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., this Thursday-Sunday, February 7-10.

UO will play six games in the Arizona-State hosted tournament, including one each against returning 2012 and ’11 national runner-ups Oklahoma and Florida. Other Duck opponents this weekend include Western Michigan, Stephen F. Austin, San Jose State and Boise State.


AROUND THE CORNER
The next month, the Ducks have 20 more games combined at four more warm-weather tourneys in Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Orlando and Fresno. In those games, UO will face another World Series advancer (LSU), Super Regional qualifier (Michigan), Regional Finalist (San Diego State (twice)), and three more NCAA tourney qualifiers (Hawai’i, Long Beach State, Long Island).

UO's doubleheader home opener at Howe Field is five weeks away vs. New Mexico Tue., March 13, and its first Pac-12 series is the following weekend at home vs. Stanford (Sat.-Mon., March 23-25).

Altogether, Oregon's schedule is one of the nation's toughest and features 32 of its 56 games against NCAA tourney qualifiers from last year (including five advancers to the Women's College World Series).


RETURNING 2012 DUCK STARTERS (2012/Overall Career Starts (All Positions))
C: Alexa Peterson (55/105)
1B: Kailee Cuico (58/101)
2B: Kaylan Howard (62/170)
SS: Courtney Ceo (-/91)
3B: Jamie Rae Sullivan (16/18)
OF: Allie Burger (48/158), Sara Goodrum (6/19)
OF: Janie Takeda (58/58)
OF: Samantha Pappas (60/169) 


DUCK 2013 TEAM PREVIEW
Boasting arguably its deepest roster ever, No. 5 Oregon returns starters at seven of the eight field positions, and its top pitcher from last year - senior right-hander Jessica Moore

The returning Third-Team All-American from Sutter, Calif., is already the school career record for wins (73) and strikeouts (718), and owns its other two, top-three season strikeout totals (238, second ‘10; 224, third, ‘11)

UO sports another All-America returnee in senior Samantha Pappas – the first Duck outfielder to claim All-America honors with her second-team national nod in 2012.

Six other Duck returnees have earned various conference and region honors - senior outfielders Allie Burger (All-Region Second Team, All-Pac-12 Freshman Team) and infielder Kaylan Howard (All-Pac-12 Second Team, All-Region First Team), and junior infielders Courtney Ceo (All-Region Second Team, All-Pac-12 Freshman Team), Kailee Cuico (All-Region Second Team) and Alexa Peterson (All-Region First Team, Pac-12 All-Freshman Team) and sophomore outfielder Janie Takeda (Pac-12 All-Freshman Team).


NEW TO THE FOLD
The Ducks said farewell to four seniors from last season, yet welcome a talented seven-person newcomer class that features four players on the ESPN.com Top 100 recruit list – third-most nationally. 

That quartet includes catcher Janelle Lindvall (#9, Stevenson Ranch, Calif.), left-handed pitcher Cheridan Hawkins (#11, Anderson, Calif.), infielder Danica Mercado (#27, Temecula, Calif.) and utility player Koral Costa (#63, San Pedro, Calif.). 

UO’s other three heralded additions include infielders Stevie Jo Knapp (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Karine Shaver (Waipahu, Hawai’i), and redshirt freshman outfielder Alyssa Gillespie (Hillsboro, Ore.) – a former Gatorade prep state player of the year.


ALL-TIME HIGHS
In various preseason polls the past month, Oregon received its all-time best rankings from espnW.com (No. 3), NFCA (No. 5) and USA Softball (No. 6). 

All-time in USA Softball preseason polls, UO also stood 11th in 2012, 13th in both 2004 and ’05, 14th in ‘11, 23rd in ’08, and received votes in 2010, ’09, ’07 and ’06. Likewise, its past preseason rankings NFCA-wise follow – ’12 (16th), ’01 and ‘08 (20th),’06 (22nd) and ’99 (25th).


UPCOMING OPPONENT SERIES HISTORY
Oregon will face Stephen F. Austin for the first time in school history, and its all-time marks against this weekend’s other opponents follow: Boise State (6-3), Florida (2-4), Oklahoma (4-8), San Jose State (10-4) and Western Michigan (1-1).

UO played two of those teams in 2012 and owned a perfect 4-0 mark. It topped San Jose State (9-0) in the same ASU-hosted tourney, and beat Boise State in all three of their meetings in Eugene last March (4-1, 14-6, 6-4 (8)).

Its last meetings with the other three teams follow: Florida (5/27-28/11, Super Regional losses, 9-1, 7-0), Oklahoma (5/16, 18/08, Regional losses, 6-0, 11-0) and Western Michigan (2/14/10, 4-0 win at Kajikawa Classic). 

Going back to prior meetings, the Ducks’ last wins vs. the Gators and Sooners came in and ’06 (5-4, 7-2) and 08’ (1-0), respectively.


AROUND THE LEAGUE
The Pac-12 continues to confirm its reputation as the Conference of Champions with seven teams ranked top 20 nationally this week. 

This week’s Pac-12 NFCA/USA Softball rankings follow – No. 3/3 California, No. 4/4 ASU, No. 13/14 Arizona, No. 16/16 Washington, No. 19/19 UCLA and No. 21/20 Stanford – and an eighth team (Oregon State) received votes in both polls.

Last year, the Pac-12 featured three teams in the Women’s College World Series - #1 seed California, #3 seed Arizona State and #11 seed Oregon. Two more teams advanced to the Super Regional - #13 Arizona and #16 Washington – two others were NCAA Regional finalists (Oregon State, Stanford) and another made the postseason (UCLA). 


2012 – ANOTHER MEMORABLE SEASON
Oregon (45-18, 13-9) ended 2012 ranked a best-ever fifth nationally in the USA Softball and NFCA polls – also the third straight season it ended the slate top 15 in both. Oregon opened the campaign tabbed No. 11 and No. 16, respectably, and stood top 25 all season long.

UO staked its second-most wins ever (45) and placed third in the nation’s top softball conference. The Ducks staked back-to-back top-three Pac-12 finishes for the first time since the Pac-12 expanded to eight teams in 1994. Oregon also beat every league rival in the same season for the third time in that stretch.

Among other conference notes, UO won season series vs. both UCLA and Arizona for the second straight season and third and fourth times ever vs. the 11- and eight-time national champions, respectively. Oregon also topped Stanford in the season series for the second straight year and ninth time overall.

Making its 14th-ever regional trip (and hosting for the first time ever), UO went 3-0 for the third straight year under head coach Mike White, thanks to its mid-May wins at Howe Field vs. Portland State (7-3) and BYU (6-4, 4-1). In late May in Austin, #11 seed Oregon registered its first-ever NCAA Super Regional victories en route to a 2-1 mark and upset of #6 seed Texas (L: 3-1; W: 5-4 (8 innings), 10-6). 

Under White, Oregon is now 12-7 in the postseason since 2010 thanks to its 6-3 mark in 2012. In comparison, it went 25-21 in its 11 combined prior postseason trips since 1989.

Overall, UO went 25-15 against NCAA tourney advancers, and 16-13 vs. top-25 teams in 2012, including a 1-0 win mid-April vs. then-No. 1 California (its second upset of a top-ranked foe in White’s tenure).

Last year's Duck offense broke school records for RBI (335) and runs (363), and stood second all-time in batting (.308), doubles (90) and total bases (824), and third in hits (520), walks (207), runs per game (5.76), doubles per game (1.43) and RBI per game (5.32). In the circle, the Ducks' 45 wins in a 63-game season ranked second-best all-time behind its 54 victories in in 1989’s 72-game campaign.


HOME SWEET HOWE
Oregon points towards another impressive home schedule this season with its home opener set for Wednesday, March 13 – a doubleheader vs. New Mexico. UO also has three-game home league series vs. Stanford (Sat.-Mon., 3/23-25), Utah (Tue.-Wed., 4/2-3), Arizona (Fri.-Sun., 4/12-14) and Oregon State (Fri.-Sun., 5/3-5), and another non-conference doubleheader vs. Seattle (Wed., 5/1).

The Ducks come off one of their most exciting home seasons in 2012, after they went 16-8 in the friendly confines of Howe Field. Oregon hosted its first-ever postseason games and went 3-0 in NCAA Regional play with wins over BYU (twice) and Portland State. In prior months, the Ducks won season series vs. then-No. 14 UCLA (2-1), Boise State (3-0), Portland State (2-0) and Seattle (2-0), and tied season series (1-1) with recent national champions and then-No. 5 Arizona State and then-No. 7 Washington. UO also upset its second top-ranked foe in head coach Mike White’s tenure (California, 1-0), and added another win vs. a top-10 foe and World Series returnee in Missouri.

Sporting a 12-4 home record in 2011, UO ended 15- and 10-game losing streaks to then-No. 12 UCLA and then-No. 10 Stanford in that May, and took each season series for the first time since 2005 and ’07, respectively. In mid-April, UO celebrated its first series sweep of Oregon State since 1994, and third ever. Two weeks before, Oregon’s 2-1 win vs. then-No. 3 ASU in early April marked its seventh top-10 ranked Pac-11 victim at Howe Field the past two years. Earlier this season, UO went 4-0 in non-conference action vs. Weber State (6-1, 6-2) and Utah State (11-3, 9-0).

In 2010, the Ducks went 14-5 in the friendly confines after they rattled off a 12-0 start, then staked at least one win in every home series against the nation's top conference. Oregon's perfect early season run included its first-ever sweep of then-No. 13 Cal in April. The following weekend, UO beat its first top-ranked team, then-No. 1 Washington, since 2004, with its 4-0 victory against the returning national player of the year Danielle Lawrie. Oregon’s other league home victories came vs. then-No. 3 Arizona (2-1) in nine innings when Neena Bryant hit a two-run shot off another of the nation’s top pitchers, Kenzie Fowler.


NATIONAL / REGION / PAC-12 HONOR ROLL
Last May, Oregon was one of five programs nationally (and three in the Pac-12 with ASU and UCLA) that placed all six of its NFCA All-Region nominees on first and second teams. Samantha Pappas and Jessica Moore went on to score second- and third-team All-America honors. UO now has 10 all-time All-America honors, and Pappas was the first Duck outfield recipient, while Moore was the fourth Oregon pitcher.

Altogether during third-year head coach Mike White’s tenure, the Ducks have claimed seven of their 19 first-team all-time selections (and six of its 25 second-team choices) in the honor dating back to 1988. Oregon’s previous All-Region selection record (5) came in ’89, the year it advanced to the Women’s College World Series. That team featured four first-team and one second-team selections.

Among conference honors, 11 players were honored to various All-Pac-12 teams in 2012. All-time for Oregon, UO has racked up 21 first-team honors and 37 second-team selections in the award based on a vote by league head coaches. 

A list of current Ducks’ all-time All-Region and All-Pac-12 honors follows: 

Samantha Pappas – 2012: NFCA Second-Team All-American, All-Pac-12 First Team, All-Region First Team; 2011: All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention; 2010: Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year, All-Pac-12 First Team, All-Region First Team, All-Pac-12 Freshman Team
Jessica Moore – 2012: NFCA Third-Team All-American, All-Pac-12 First Team, All-Region First Team; 2011: All-Pac-12 First Team, All-Region First Team; 2010: All-Region First Team, All-Pac-12 Second Team, All-Pac-12 Freshman Team
Janie Takeda – 2012: All-Pac-12 Freshman Team 
Kaylan Howard – 2012: All-Region First Team, All-Pac-12 Second Team; 2010: All-Pac-12 Freshman Team Honorable Mention
Courtney Ceo – 2012: All-Region Second Team, All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention; 2011: All-Region Second Team, All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, All-Pac-12 Freshman Team 
Kailee Cuico – 2012: All-Region Second Team, All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention; 2011: All-Pac-12 Freshman Team Honorable Mention
Alexa Peterson – 2012: All-Region First Team, All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team; Academic All-District Team; 2011: All-Region Second Team, All-Pac-12 Freshman Team
Allie Burger – 2010: All-Region Second Team, All-Pac-12 Freshman Team, All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention
Sara Goodrum – 2012: All-Pac-12 Freshman Team Honorable Mention
Karissa Hovinga – 2012: All-Pac-12 Freshman Team Honorable Mention


IN THE POLLS
In this week's preseason poll, 11 of the Ducks’ foes in 2013 were ranked top 25 by NFCA/USA Softball – No. 2/2 Oklahoma, No. 3/3 California, No. 4/4 Arizona State, No. 10/12 LSU, No. 15/13 Michigan, No. 13/14 Arizona, No. 14/15 Florida, No. 16/16 Washington, No. 19/19 UCLA, No. 21/20 Stanford and No. 23/25 Hawai’i. One other Duck opponent – Oregon State - also received votes in both polls.

Other teams in the top five of the USA Softball/NFCA polls overall included No. 1/1 Alabama and No. 2/2 Oklahoma. 

With seven teams in the top 20 overall, the Pac-12 Conference tied for the most top 25 sightings among conferences with the SEC (No. 1/1 Alabama, No. 6/5 Tennessee, No. 8/7 Missouri, No. 9/8 Georgia, No. 10/12 LSU, No. 14/15 Florida, No. 17/17 Texas A&M). Two other conferences had multiple sightings – the Big 12 (No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 7/9 Texas, No. 24/22 Baylor) and the ACC (No. 22/21 North Carolina, No. 25/24 Florida State).

Altogether, Oregon has now been ranked for 43 straight polls by USA Softball and 36 by the NFCA, and its week-by-week USA SB/ NFCA rankings in that stretch follow: 2013 – Preseason 6/5. 2012 - Preseason 11th/16th, 2/14 19/19, 2/21 21/19, 2/28 18/18, 3/6 15/18; 3/13 14/17; 3/20 15/17; 3/27 16/17; 4/3 17/18; 4/10 15/19; 4/17 14/18; 4/25 15/16; 5/2 12/13; 5/9 12/13; 5/16 12/12; 6/12 5/5. 2011 - Preseason 14th/14th, 2/15 14th/14th, 2/22 13th/13th, 3/2 13th/13th, 3/9 15th/14th, 3/16 16th/15th, 3/23 15th/16th, 3/30 14th/15th, 4/5 15th/16th, 4/12 17th/17th, 4/19 19th/21th, 4/26 16th/19th, 5/3 12th/17th, 5/10 11th/14th, 5/17 11th/12th, 6/15 14th/15th. 2010 - 3/8 25th/-; 3/15 25th/-; 3/22 21st/-; 3/29 21st/ RV; 4/5 17th/ RV; 4/12 17th/23rd; 4/19 18th/20th; 4/26 19th/20th; 5/3 20th/22nd; 5/5 20th/22nd; 5/10 21st-t/22nd; 6/15 14th/14th.

Complete NFCA and USA Softball polls are available at the https://nfca.org/index.php/polls and http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=7248 URL addresses.


SKED CRED
The Ducks face another grueling regular season slate in 2013 with 32 of its 56 games this spring against 16 returning tournament qualifiers from last year’s NCAA tournament field.

Among the Ducks’ 56 games against 36 opponents, UO will face four other WCWS returnees in national runner-up Oklahoma, Arizona State, California and LSU.

The Ducks will face three other Super Regional advancers (Arizona, Michigan, Washington), four more NCAA Regional finalists (Florida, Oregon State, San Diego State, Stanford) and five other NCAA tourney qualifiers (Hawai’i, Long Beach State, Long Island, Portland State and UCLA).

Among the team’s 19 other foes this spring, six others were recent NCAA tourney advancers, including Nebraska (’11, ’10, ‘09), Western Michigan (’11), Virginia (’10), Cal Poly (’09), Cal State Fullerton (’09) and UNLV (’09).


TOP DUCK PROFILE
Fourth-year head coach Mike White is widely regarded as one of finest-ever U.S. National Team players and pitching mentors. The 2009 International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame selection, also is well-known in the area as an integral part of two of Oregon’s greatest teams in 2003 and ‘04 and one of the West Coast’s top prep coaches. 

Sporting a program-best 67.8 winning percentage as its head coach, White has compiled a 123-55 mark already after leading the Ducks to its second-ever World Series trip, and its first-ever Super Regional trips the last three seasons.

In 2011, UO tied for third in the final conference standings (42-16, 11-10) after it won league series against then-returning national champion and No. 12 UCLA (2-1), No. 10 Stanford (2-1), at then-returning national runner-up and No. 9 Arizona (2-1), and vs. Oregon State (3-0). UO’s Civil War sweep of OSU was its third ever and first since 1994, and it tied its largest winning margin in the Duck-Husky series with its 8-0 win at then-No. 6 Washington.

The Ducks went 3-0 in the NCAA Regional at State College, Pa., with wins over Albany (3-1), Fordham (2-0) and Penn State (3-1), then advanced to the Super Regional before it fell to eventual NCAA runner-up Florida in Ganesville.

In his first year at the helm, Oregon went 36-21 in 2010 – nearly reverse the previous year’s mark (16-34) – and staked its most Pac-10 wins (8) since its 10 in 2003 and ’04. Oregon beat five different Pac-10 teams – No. 1 Washington, No. 3 Arizona, No. 9 Arizona State, No. 13 California (3 times and its first-ever sweep in the series) and OSU (2) – for the first time since topping all seven in ’04.

The Ducks opened the postseason by upsetting then-No. 7 ranked / No. 8 seeded Georgia Tech twice in Atlanta in the regional, and ultimately ended the year ranked 14th nationally in both polls.

His recent Duck success led to an invite to join the U.S. National Team coaching staff as an assistant coach in the summer of '12. Team USA went 9-1 in the ISC Women's World Championship against the world's best, en route to a silver medal before narrowly losing to Japan, 2-1, in the 10-inning finale.

In his prior Duck stint as an assistant coach, the Ducks lowered their ERA from 3.01 the season prior to his arrival to 2.12 and 1.68, respectively, while its strikeout totals of 347 and 394 – then the best two in school history – far outdistanced its 223 total from 2002. 

His first-year pupils included then-freshman Amy Harris who set a single-season strikeout record (180) his first season, while senior Andrea Vidlund led the nation in saves and set a Pac-10 record (11). The next season, newcomer Ani Nyhus was an All-Pac-10 First Team and NCAA Regional All-Tournament choice and two-time conference pitcher of the week. The junior college transfer notched 20 wins (25-12), rewrote the program’s single-season strikeout record (202) and pitched a no-hitter vs. Utah State. Catcher Jenn Poore was also an All-American and All-Pac-10 Second Team honoree in ’04 and drafted into the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league.

Since then, he continued to live in Eugene with his family and remained active as an assistant coach for one of the nation’s top programs at Marist High School during the 2008-09 seasons. The program ended 2009 ranked 22nd nationally by USA Today and won consecutive 4A state titles after identical 29-1 seasons. He also coached the Northwest Thunder and Northwest Bullets Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) youth club teams and served as a private instructor for various elite players of all levels.

As a player, the New Zealand native became a U.S. citizen in 1994 and helped the two national teams claim two gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze in his four trips with New Zealand and two with the United States

In 2000, he helped guide the USA to a bronze medal in the World Championships when he went 2-0 with a 0.89 ERA and 19 strikeouts. In 1999, the U.S. won the silver medal at the Pan Am Games, and he was 3-2 with a 0.68 ERA and 35 strikeouts. He also played on three silver medal Pan-American Games teams in 1995, 1999 and 2003.

Among other honors, the multiple Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) MVP pitcher and All-American helped lead teams to five ASA national titles and five ISC World Club Championships, and was the 2002 ASA Player of the Year.


MORE LOVE FOR THE DUCK STAFF
Oregon’s highly-regarded staff also includes two other talented coaches that sport equally impressive playing resumes.

White first shared the field with the U.S. National Team as a teammate to third-year assistant coach Blake Miller – a 15-year pro-player, and a member of U.S. National Teams since 2001. As a collegiate coach the past 12 years, Miller has worked with two All-Americans and nine Academic All-Americans, and guided four teams to regional bids and one Junior College World Series trip. His resume includes stops as a head coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville the past three seasons and at Darton College (2006-07) and as an assistant coach at East Tennessee State (2005), Missouri Western State (2004) and Mesa State (2001-03).

The Ducks welcome another of the nation’s most respected coaches and players in first-year assistant coach Chelsea Spencer. A four-year starter for California, the All-America shortstop led the team to a Pac-12 and NCAA title, two more NCAA runner-up finishes and a fourth World Series bid. Afterwards, she was a professional player for six seasons, and four-time All-NPF selection. Afterwards she served four seasons as the Chabot Community College Head Coach (2006-10) and two seasons as an assistant coach at Michigan State (2011-12).


PAC-12 PRESEASON POLL
In the annual Pacific-12 Conference Softball Coaches Preseason Poll, Oregon scored a best-ever third-place position and trailed fellow WCWS returnees California (first) and Arizona State (second).

Other teams’ rankings in the nine-team conference included Washington (fourth), Arizona (fifth), Stanford (sixth), UCLA (seventh), Oregon State (eighth) and Utah (ninth).

In recent years under fourth-year head coach Mike White, UO has scored back to back third-place Pac-12 finishes in 2012 and ’11 after it was tabbed seventh in the Pac-12 Preseason Polls. The Ducks also bettered their preseason league position (seventh) in his first season when the team ended the season sixth in 2010.


THE ‘CONFERENCE OF CHAMPIONS’
The Pac-12’s moniker is validated by the fact the eight Pac-10 schools have combined to win 24 of the 31 softball NCAA national championships, including the six of the last seven by four different teams. Last year, the Pac-12 advanced five teams to the 16-team Super Regional level, and three of the eight World Series qualifiers.

All-Time NCAA Softball Champions/Runners-up
Year Champion (Coach) Score Runner-Up
1982 UCLA (Sharron Backus) 2-0 (8) Fresno State
1983 Texas A&M (Bob Brock) 2-0 (12) CS Fullerton
1984 UCLA (Sharron Backus) 1-0 (13) Texas A&M
1985 UCLA (Sharron Backus) 2-1 (9) Nebraska
1986 CS Fullerton (Judi Garman) 3-0   Texas A&M
1987 Texas A&M (Bob Brock) 4-1 UCLA
1988 UCLA (Sharron Backus) 3-0 Fresno State
1989 UCLA (Backus/Enquist) 1-0 Fresno State
1990 UCLA (Backus/Enquist) 2-0 Fresno State
1991 Arizona (Mike Candrea) 5-1 UCLA
1992 UCLA (Backus/Enquist) 2-0 ARI ZONA
1993 Arizona (Mike Candrea) 1-0 UCLA
1994 Arizona (Mike Candrea) 4-0 CS Northridge
1995 UCLA (Sharron Backus)% 4-2 Arizona
1996 Arizona (Mike Candrea) 6-4 Washington
1997 Arizona (Mike Candrea) 10-2 UCLA
1998 Fresno State (Margie Wright) 1-0 Arizona
1999 UCLA (Sue Enquist) 3-2 Washington
2000 Oklahoma (Patty Gasso) 3-1 UCLA
2001 Arizona (Mike Candrea) 1-0 UCLA
2002 California (Diane Ninemire) 6-2 Arizona
2003 UCLA (Sue Enquist) 1-0 (9) California
2004 UCLA (Sue Enquist) 3-1 California
2005 Michigan (Carol Hutchins) 4-1 (10)^ UCLA
2006 Arizona (Mike Candrea) 5-0^ Northwestern
2007 Arizona (Mike Candrea) 5-0^ Tennessee
2008 Arizona State (Clint Myers) 11-0^ Texas A&M
2009 Washington (Heather Tarr) 5-1 ^ Florida
2010 UCLA (Kelly Inouye-Perez) 5-0^ Arizona
2011 Arizona State (Clint Myers) 7-2^ Florida
2012 Alabama (Pat Murphy) 5-4^ Oklahoma

^ - Best of three championship series - % - The 1995 title was later vacated by the NCAA. 


2012 OREGON SOFTBALL QUICK FACTS / MEDIA INFORMATION

UNIVERSITY INFORMATION 
Location: Eugene, Ore. 
Enrollment: 24,000
President: Dr. Michael Gottfredson
Athletic Director: Rob Mullens
Senior Women’s Administrator: Lisa Peterson
Colors / Nickname: Green and Yellow (Pantone 342 & Yellow)
Nickname: Ducks
Conference: Pacific-12
Home Field (Capacity): Howe Field (1,400)
Department Web site: www.GoDucks.com


OREGON SOFTBALL HISTORY / INFORMATION
Head Coach: Mike White (123-55, 4th Season)
Assistant Coaches: Blake Miller, Chelsea Spencer
Preseason All-Time Softball Record: 1000-865-1 (First Year, 1974)
Postseason Trips: 1976, 80, 89*, 90, 94, 98, 99, 2000, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08, 10, 11, 12
Super Regional Appearances: 2010, 11, 12
Women’s College World Series Appearances*: 1989, 2012
All-Americans: 10
2012 Record / Conference Record (Place): 45-18 / 13-9 (3rd)
Letterwinners Returning / Lost:  12 (Sr. 4, Jr. 3, So. 5) / 4
Pitchers Returning / Lost: 2 (Sr. 1, So. 1) / 1
Position Starters Returning / Lost: 7 (OF 3, IF 4) /1 (SS) 
Position Players Returning / Lost:  10 (OF 4, IF 6)

Returning Starters (2012 Stats)
Courtney Ceo (Jr., 3B, .378, .431 OBP, 10 SB)
Sam Pappas (Sr., OF, .393, .697 SLG, 11 HR, 41 RBI, 22 SB)
Kailee Cuico (Jr., UT, .313, 12 HR, 56H, 54 RBI, .575 SLG) 
Kaylan Howard (Sr., 2B, .332, 17 2B, 12 HR, 52 RBI, 20 BB) 
Alexa Peterson (Jr, C, .323, 53 H, 7 2B, 6 HR, 35 RBI, .476 SLG) 
Janie Takeda (So., OF, .323, 60 H, 10 SH, 16 SB)
Allie Burger (Sr., OF, .241, 5 SB)
Jessica Moore (Sr., P, 2.58, 33-15, 303.2 IP, 256 SO, 113 BB)

Key Losses (2011 Statistics)
Kelsey Chambers (SS, .299, 10 HR, 48 RBI, .515 SLG)
Christie Nieto (DP, .328, 9 HR, 34 BI, .638 SLG, .516 OBP)

Newcomers (7)
Koral Costa (Fr., UT, San Pedro, Calif.)
Alyssa Gillespie (RFr., OF, Hillsboro, Ore.)
Cheridan Hawkins (Fr., LHP, Anderson, Calif.),
Stevie Jo Knapp (Fr., IF,  Chino Hills, Calif.)
Janelle Lindvall (Fr., C, Stevenson Ranch, Calif.),
Danica Mercado (Fr., IF,  Temecula, Calif.)
Karine Shaver (Fr., IF, Waipahu, Hawai’i)


MEDIA SERVICES INFORMATION
Sr. Assistant Ath. Director, Media Services: Dave Williford
Assistant AD: Andy McNamara
Assistant (SB Contact): Geoff Thurner, (541) 346-2250
E-mail: gthurner@uoregon.edu
Department web site: www.goducks.com
Address: 2727 Leo Harris Parkway, Eugene, Ore. 97401
Office Phone: 541/346-5488
Office FAX: 541/346-5449
Press Box Phone: 541-346-4497


OREGON SOFTBALL MEDIA
Daily Emerald Student Newspaper: www.dailyemerald.com
Eugene Register Guard: www.registerguard.com
Oregonian: www.oregonlive.com
KEZI-TV (ABC): www.kezi.org
KMTR-TV (NBC): www.kmtr.org
KVAL-TV (CBS): www.kval.org
KUGN-590 AM (Radio): www.kugn.com
Duck News (Online): www.DuckNews.com 


MORE ONLINE SOFTBALL INFORMATION
Oregon Softball Twitter: www.twitter.com/OregonSB
NCAA: www.ncaasports.com
NCAA Playing Rules: 
http://www.ncaapublications.com/p-4233-2012-2013-womens-softball-rules-2-year-publication.aspx
NCAA Championships Handbooks: http://ncaa.org/wps/portal/ncaahome?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connect/ncaa/NCAA/Sports+and+Championship/General+Information/championship+handbooks
NCAA Record Books: http://web1.ncaa.org/web_files/stats/SB_Records/2012/DivI.pdf
Pacific-12 Conference: www.Pac-12.org
National Professional Fastpitch League (NPF): www.profastpitch.com
International Softball Federation: www.internationalsoftball.com
USA Softball:  www.USAsoftball.ccm
National Fastpitch Coaches Association: www.nfca.org
Ultimate College Softball: www.ultimatecollegesoftball.com
 
 
2012 OREGON SOFTBALL ROSTER / PRONUNCIATIONS
 
NUMERICAL ROSTER
#  Name  Pos.  B/T  Ht.  Yr.  Hometown (H.S./College)
1   Sara Goodrum OF L/L 5-8 So. Mesa, Ariz. (Red Mountain)
2   Allie Burger OF L/R 5-3 Sr. Spokane, Wash. (Shadle Park)
3   Kaylan Howard 2B R/R 5-4 Sr. Riverside, Calif. (Riverside Poly)
6   Danica Mercado IF L/R 5-4 Fr. Temecula, Calif. (Great Oak)
7   Koral Costa UT R/R 5-5 Fr. San Pedro, Calif. (San Pedro)
8   Karine Shaver IF L/R 5-4 Fr. Waipahu, Hawai’i (Kamehameha)
9   Alyssa Gillespie OF L/R 5-9 RFr. Hillsboro, Ore. (Glencoe)
10   Karissa Hovinga RHP R/R 5-9 So. Ralston, Neb. (Papillion)
11   Cheridan Hawkins LHP L/L 5-10 Fr. Anderson, Calif. (Anderson)
12   Jessica Moore RHP R/R 5-10 Sr. Sutter, Calif. (Sutter)
14   Alexa Peterson C R/R 5-8 Jr. Salem, Ore. (South Salem)
18   Stevie Jo Knapp IF R/R 5-10 Fr. Chino Hills, Calif. (Ayala)
19   Janie Takeda OF L/R 5-7 So. Placentia, Calif. (El Dorado)
20   Jamie Rae Sullivan IF R/R 5-9 So. Huntington Beach, Calif. (Marina)
22   Courtney Ceo IF L/R 5-8 Jr. Meadow Vista, Calif. (Bear River)
24   Hannah Melick IF R/R 5-8 So. Pacific, Wash. (Auburn)
26   Janelle Lindvall C R/R 5-10 Fr. Stevenson Ranch, Calif. (West Ranch)
33   Kailee Cuico UT R/R 5-6 Jr. Carson, Calif. (San Pedro))

** PRONUNCIATION GUIDE **  Courtney Ceo (SEE-oh), Kailee Cuico (KIE-lee KWEE-co), Sara Goodrum (GOOD-rum), Karissa Hovinga (HOE-vin-gay), Hannah Melick (ME-lick), Danica Mercado (DAN-ih-cah), Karine Shaver (kah-RYNN), Janie Takeda (tah-KAY-dah). 


ALPHABETICAL ROSTER
#  Name  Pos.  B/T  Ht.  Yr.  Hometown (H.S./College)
2   Allie Burger OF L/R 5-3 Sr. Spokane, Wash. (Shadle Park)
22   Courtney Ceo IF L/R 5-8 Jr. Meadow Vista, Calif. (Bear River)
7   Koral Costa UT R/R 5-5 Fr. San Pedro, Calif. (San Pedro)
33   Kailee Cuico UT R/R 5-6 Jr. Carson, Calif. (San Pedro))
9   Alyssa Gillespie OF L/R 5-9 RFr. Hillsboro, Ore. (Glencoe)
1   Sara Goodrum OF L/L 5-8 So. Mesa, Ariz. (Red Mountain)
11   Cheridan Hawkins LHP L/L 5-10 Fr. Anderson, Calif. (Anderson)
10   Karissa Hovinga RHP R/R 5-9 So. Ralston, Neb. (Papillion)
3   Kaylan Howard 2B R/R 5-4 Sr. Riverside, Calif. (Riverside Poly)
18   Stevie Jo Knapp IF R/R 5-10 Fr. Chino Hills, Calif. (Ayala)
6   Danica Mercado IF L/R 5-4 Fr. Temecula, Calif. (Great Oak)
12   Jessica Moore RHP R/R 5-10 Sr. Sutter, Calif. (Sutter)
14   Alexa Peterson C R/R 5-8 Jr. Salem, Ore. (South Salem)
26   Janelle Lindvall C R/R 5-10 Fr. Stevenson Ranch, Calif. (West Ranch)
24   Hannah Melick IF R/R 5-8 So. Pacific, Wash. (Auburn)
8   Karine Shaver IF L/R 5-4 Fr. Waipahu, Hawai’i (Kamehameha)
20   Jamie Rae Sullivan IF R/R 5-9 So. Huntington Beach, Calif. (Marina)
19   Janie Takeda OF L/R 5-7 So. Placentia, Calif. (El Dorado)

Head Coach: Mike White (4th Season)
Assistant Coaches: Blake Miller (3rd Season)
Assistant Coach: Chelsea Spencer (1st Season)
Managers: Brennon Clark, Garrett Gilchrist
Athletic Trainers: Molly Seifert, Clay Jamieson


SQUAD BREAKDOWN
 
BY CLASS
Seniors: 4
Juniors: 3
Sophomores: 5
Freshmen: 7
 
BY STATE
California: 12
Washington: 2
Oregon: 2
Arizona, Hawai’i, Nebraska: 1 

BY POSITION
Infielders: 9
Outfielders: 6
Pitchers; 3
Catchers: 2
 
AT BAT
Right/Left: 10/9 

RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (# of letters): Allie Burger (3), Kaylan Howard (3), Jessica Moore (3), Samantha Pappas (3), Courtney Ceo (2), Kailee Cuico (2), Alexa Peterson (2), Sara Goodrum (1), Karissa Hovinga (1), Hannah Melick (1), Jamie Rae Sullivan (1), Janie Takeda (1). Letterwinners Lost (4): Kelsey Chambers (2), Lindsey Chambers (2), Christie Nieto (2), Samantha Skillingstad (3).

 
NATIONAL POLLS (1/24) – Preseason
 
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=7248

Rk Team Record Totals Prev
1. Alabama (13) 60-8 490 1
*2. Oklahoma (7) 54-10 486 2
*3. California 58-7 449 3
*4. Arizona State 53-11 445 4
5. Tennessee 52-14 414 7
>6. Oregon 45-18 390 5
7. Missouri 47-14 346 11
8. Georgia 45-17 332 10
9. Texas 47-13 297 12
10. South Florida 50-14 285 8
11. Louisiana-Lafayette 53-6 272 9
*12. LSU 40-25 263 6
*13. Michigan 42-17 233 15
*14. Arizona 38-19 226 13
*15. Florida 48-13 225 16
*16. Washington 39-19 213 14
17. Texas A&M 41-18 195 19
18. Louisville 55-5 188 18
*19. UCLA 36-20 144 21
*20. Stanford 40-19 131 20
21. North Carolina 43-15 69 25
T22. Baylor 34-22 67 RV
T22. Hofstra 42-15 67 17
24. Florida State 47-16 66 22
*25. Hawai’i 44-9 44 23

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

Others Receiving Votes: Notre Dame (24); Syracuse (23); Kentucky (20); Georgia Tech (18); Virginia Tech (17); Tulsa (14); Texas Tech (12); Mississippi State (9); *Oregon State (8); Northwestern (7); Oklahoma State (3); Central Florida (3); South Alabama (2); UMASS (2); BYU (1)

* Denotes Duck opponents in 2013

 
USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll  

https://nfca.org/index.php/polls

Rk Team Record Totals Prev
1 Alabama (25) 60-8 765 1
*2 Oklahoma (5) 54-10 745 2
*3 California (1) 58-7 704 3
*4 Arizona State 53-11 684 4
> 5 Oregon 45-18 635 5
6 Tennessee 52-14 626 6
7 Texas 47-13 534 9
8 Missouri 47-14 496 11
9 Georgia 45-17 490 10
*10 LSU 40-25 475 7
11 Louisiana-Lafayette 53-6 429 12
12 South Florida 50-14 423 8
*13 Arizona 38-19 406 13
*14 Florida 48-11 342 18
*15 Michigan 42-17 326 15
*16 Washington 39-19 316 14
17 Texas A&M 41-18 296 19
18 Louisville 55-5 255 17
*19 UCLA 36-20 216 20
20 Hofstra 42-15 203 16
*21 Stanford 40-19 183 21
22 North Carolina 43-15 102 24
*23 Hawai'i 44-9 89 22
24 Baylor 34-22 80 RV
25 Florida State 47-16 58 RV

Others Receiving Votes: Notre Dame (43), Georgia Tech (29), Syracuse (27), Kentucky (23), *Oregon State (22), Texas Tech (12), Virginia Tech (11), DePaul (10), Northwestern (5).

-The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by NCAA Division I head coaches representing each conference. First-place votes are in parentheses.


* Denotes Duck opponents in 2013 

 
OREGON POSTSEASON APPEARANCES  (* Regional Finalist; **Regional Champion, ***Super Regional Champion)
(Regional Record: 34-21; Super Regional: 2-5; WCWS: 2-4; AIAW WS: 3-2)

 
REGIONAL
**1989 (3-1) - No. 5 Regional - Amherst, Mass.
Oregon 2, Massachusetts 0
Connecticut 2, Oregon 1
Oregon 3, Connecticut 2
Oregon 6, Connecticut 0

1990 (0-2) - No. 8 Regional - Columbus, Ohio
Kent State 3, Oregon 0
Ohio State 2, Oregon 0

1994 (2-2) - No. 3 Regional - Fresno, Calif.
Oregon 3, California 2
Fresno State 1, Oregon 0
Oregon 2, California 1 (20 innings)
Fresno State 5, Oregon 0

1998 (2-2) - No. 2 Regional - Lincoln, Neb.
Iowa 5, Oregon 2
Oregon 11, Coastal Carolina 3
Oregon 10, Iowa 9
Nebraska 9, Oregon 7

1999 (1-2) - No. 8 Regional - Chicago, Ill.
Illinois-Chicago 1, Oregon 0
Oregon 6, Texas 0
Michigan State 9, Oregon 1

2000 (2-2) - No. 5 Regional - Baton Rouge, La.
Southern Mississippi 3, Oregon 0
Oregon 4, Northwestern State 1
Oregon 4, Louisiana-Lafayette 3
Southern Mississippi 3, Oregon 1

*2003 (5-2) - No. 6 Regional - Fullerton, Calif.
No. 17 Oregon 10, Penn State 8
No. 11 Oklahoma State 2, No. 17 Oregon 1
No. 17 Oregon 4, San Diego State 1
No. 17 Oregon 2, No. 6 Cal State Fullerton 1
No. 17 Oregon 7, No. 11 Oklahoma St. 6 (12 innings)
No. 17 Oregon 9, No. 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 2
No. 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 6, No. 17 Oregon 4

*2004 (4-2) - No. 4 Regional - Tallahassee, Fla.
No. 12 Oregon 1, Bethune-Cookman 0
No. 12 Oregon 12, South Florida 0
No. 4 Florida State 5, No. 12 Oregon 4 (12 innings)
Oregon 2, No. 17 South Florida 1
No. 12 Oregon 1, No. 4 Florida State 0
No. 4 Florida State 2, No. 12 Oregon 0

*2005 (2-2) - No. 14 Region - Norman, Okla.
No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette 7, Oregon 5
Oregon 3, Wichita State 2 (8)
Oregon 3, No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette 1
No. 10 Oklahoma 2, Oregon 1

*2007 (2-2) - Columbia, S.C.
No. 20 Oregon 4, Penn State 0
No. 20 Oregon 8, South Carolina 4
South Carolina 2, No. 20 Oregon 0
South Carolina 4, No. 20 Oregon 3

*2008 (2-2) - Norman, Okla.
No. 7 Oklahoma 6, Oregon 0
Oregon 1, Tulsa 0
Oregon 3, Arkansas 0
No. 7 Oklahoma 11, Oregon 0

*2010 (3-0) - Atlanta, Ga.
Oregon 1, Auburn 0
Oregon 11, No. 7 seed Georgia Tech 2 (5)
Oregon 4, Georgia Tech 3 (8)

**2011 (3-0) - University Park, Pa.
Oregon 3, Albany 1
Oregon 2, Fordham 0
Oregon 3, Penn State 1

**2012 (3-0) – Eugene, Ore.
#11 seed Oregon 7, Portland State 3
#11 Oregon 6, BYU 4
#11 Oregon 8, BYU 1


SUPER REGIONAL

2010 (0-2) - Columbia, Mo.
#8 seed Missouri 1, Oregon 0
Missouri 7, Oregon 3

2011 (0-2) – Gainesville, Fla.
#4 seed Florida 9, No. 13 seed Oregon 1
Florida, 7, Oregon 0

***2012 (2-1) – Austin, Texas
#6 seed Texas, 4, #11 seed Oregon 2
#11 Oregon 5, #6 Texas 4
#11 Oregon 10, #6 Texas 6


WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

1989 (1-2) - Sunnyvale, California
Cal Poly Pomona 1, Oregon 0
Oregon 1, South Carolina 0
Arizona 4, Oregon 0

2012 (1-2) – Oklahoma City, Okla.
#3 seed Arizona State 3, #11 seed Oregon 1
#11 seed Oregon 3, #5 seed Tennessee 1
#1 seed California 6, #11 seed Oregon 3


AIAW WORLD SERIES

1976 (1-2)
Minnesota 5, Oregon 1
Oregon 11, Maryville State 0
Indiana State 14, Oregon 6

1980 (2-2)
Oregon 7, Massachusetts 3
Utah State 5, Oregon 0
Oregon 2, SW Missouri State 1
Western Michigan 1, Oregon 0 (7th Place)
 

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