TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 5 University of Oregon softball team (1-0) stayed perfect in season openers under head coach Mike White with its 8-0 victory over Western Michigan Thursday evening in the Kajikawa Classic.
The returning World Series advancers won in five innings under the fourth-year mentor after it collected eight hits and seven walks at the plate.
In the circle, senior Jessica Moore got the win (1-0) and moved into sole possession of first place for career victories (74) for Oregon - one ahead of former great Katie Wiese.
The All-America returnee pitched the first four innings, struck out three, walked one and allowed three hits in her third straight opening-day start.
Afterward, freshman Cheridan Hawkins struck out two, allowed no hits and walked one in the final inning of the combined shutout.
At the plate for UO, freshman Stevie Jo Knapp led the way with a homer to left field in her first collegiate at-bat. She connected on an 0-1 pitch as a pinch hitter in the fourth inning and collected a second RBI after freshman catcher Janelle Lindvall walked the prior at-bat.
The Ducks scored their first two runs in the second inning after senior outfielders Allie Burger and Samantha Pappas singled, and junior infielders Courtney Ceo and Kailee Cuico followed with RBI singles.
Three more runs came in the third inning, led off by a Lindvall walk and single by junior Alexa Peterson. Freshman infielder Danica Mercado followed with an RBI ground-out, Peterson scored on a subsequent wild pitch, and Ceo followed with a two-run double to left center.
Overall for the game, six Ducks batted safely, and Ceo (3-for-3) led in hits and RBI (3) and tied her career highs.
WMU pitcher Becca Shemberger (0-1) pitched the first two innings, struck out one, walked four, and both runs allowed were earned. Mackenzie Shepeck worked the last two innings, logged one strikeout and three walks, gave up four hits, and all six of the Ducks' final runs were earned.
At the plate for the Broncos, three hitters hit safely once - Melissa Palmer (1-for-2), Shepeck (1-for-2) and Elisah Handshoe (1-for-2).
Thursday's outcome tied White for most opening-day wins among Oregon head coaches with the Ducks' first skipper Becky Sisley who went 4-3 in her seven years at the helm.
Looking ahead, UO returns for its second of four days of action in Tempe and next plays Stephen F. Austin and No. 14 Florida at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time Friday.
Western Michigan vs #5 Oregon
Feb 07, 2013 at Tempe, Ariz. (Tempe Sports Complex)
Western Michigan 0 (0-1)
|PALMER, M. rf||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|PIGOZZI, C. c/3b||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||1||0|
|SCHALK, Lesy c||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1|
|GAMBOA, S. ss||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||2|
|PIXLEY, C. lf/1b||2||0||0||0||0||0||4||0||1|
|SHEPECK, M. 1b/p||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||1||0|
|BOGART, Emma 2b||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||2||0|
|ROHN, Jenny 3b/lf||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||2||1|
|LYNCH, C. cf||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||0|
|HANDSHOE, E. dp||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|RODRIGUEZ, M c/lf||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Oregon 8 (1-0)
|Pappas, Samantha rf||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Goodrum, Sara rf||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Ceo, Courtney ss||3||1||3||1||0||0||2||1||0|
|Takeda, Janie cf||1||0||1||2||1||0||0||0||0|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b||1||0||0||1||2||0||7||0||1|
|Howard, Kaylan 2b||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||3|
|Sullivan, Jamie Rae 3b||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Lindvall, Janelle dp/c||1||2||0||0||2||0||2||0||3|
|Peterson, Alexa c/dp||2||1||1||0||0||0||3||0||0|
|Knapp, Stevie Jo dp||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Burger, Allie lf||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Costa, Koral lf||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|Mercado, Danica 3b/2b||2||0||0||1||0||0||1||2||0|
|Shaver, Karine 2b||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Moore, Jessica p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Hawkins, Cheridan p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Score by Innings R H E -------------------------------------- Western Michigan.... 000 00 - 0 3 0 Oregon.............. 024 2X - 8 8 1 --------------------------------------
|E - Mercado, D. LOB - W Michigan 5; Oregon 7. 2B - Ceo, C; Takeda, J. HR - Knapp, S. HBP - Takeda, J. SH - Burger, A. SB - Pappas, S 2; Takeda, J; Burger, A. CS - Ceo, C.|
|Moore, Jessica W,1-0||4.0||3||0||0||1||3||0||0||0||0||15||16||1||7||59|
Win - Moore, J (1-0). Loss - SHEMBERGER (0-1). Save - None.
WP - SHEPECK, M.. HBP - by SHEMBERGER (Takeda, J). Inherited runners/scored:
None. Pitches/strikes: SHEMBERGER 59/25; SHEPECK, M. 39/22; Moore, J 59/39;
Hawkins, C 18/12.
Umpires - HP: Douma 1B: Matthews 3B: Tongue
2013 Oregon Softball
Western Michigan vs #5 Oregon
Feb 07, 2013 at Tempe, Ariz. (Tempe Sports Complex)
|Western Michigan starters: 22/rf PALMER, M.; 4/c PIGOZZI, C.; 10/ss GAMBOA, S.; 7/lf PIXLEY, C.; 12/1b SHEPECK, M.; 1/2b BOGART, Emma; 5/3b ROHN, Jenny; 24/cf LYNCH, C.; 6/dp HANDSHOE, E.; 17/p SHEMBERGER;|
|Oregon starters: 0/rf Pappas, S; 22/ss Ceo, C; 19/cf Takeda, J; 33/1b Cuico, K; 3/2b Howard, K; 26/dp Lindvall, J; 14/c Peterson, A; 2/lf Burger, A; 6/3b Mercado, D; 12/p Moore, J;|
|Western Michigan 1st - PALMER, M. popped up to ss (2-1 SBB). PIGOZZI, C. grounded out to p (0-1 K). GAMBOA, S. reached on an error by 3b (0-0). PIXLEY, C. grounded out to p (3-2 KBBBK). 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 1st - Pappas, S walked (3-2 FSBBBB). Ceo, C singled (2-1 BFB); Pappas, S advanced to second. Pappas, S stole third. Ceo, C out at second c to 3b to 2b, caught stealing. Takeda, J walked (3-1 KBBBB). Takeda, J stole second. Cuico, K walked (3-0 BBBB). Howard, K struck out swinging (2-2 BBKKFFS). Lindvall, J grounded out to p (2-2 BSBF). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3 LOB.|
|Western Michigan 2nd - SHEPECK, M. grounded out to 1b unassisted (1-1 KB). BOGART, Emma struck out swinging (1-2 FFBFS). ROHN, Jenny struck out swinging (1-2 KFBFS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 2nd - Peterson, A grounded out to 3b (0-0). Burger, A singled to left field (0-1 F). Mercado, D fouled out to lf (1-1 BS). Burger, A stole second. Pappas, S singled (3-1 BFBB); Burger, A advanced to third. Pappas, S stole second. Ceo, C singled through the left side, advanced to second on the throw, RBI (1-0 B); Pappas, S advanced to third; Burger, A scored. Takeda, J hit by pitch (3-1 BSBB). Cuico, K walked, RBI (3-2 BBBKSB); Takeda, J advanced to second; Ceo, C advanced to third; Pappas, S scored. Howard, K popped up to 3b (3-0 BBB). 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.|
|Western Michigan 3rd - Goodrum, S to rf for Pappas, S. LYNCH, C. walked (3-2 FSBFBBFB). HANDSHOE, E. singled through the left side (2-2 BFKFBF); LYNCH, C. advanced to second. PALMER, M. singled to first base (3-2 BFBSBF); HANDSHOE, E. advanced to second; LYNCH, C. out at third 1b unassisted. PIGOZZI, C. grounded out to 3b. GAMBOA, S. struck out swinging. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 3rd - PIGOZZI, C. to 3b. PIXLEY, C. to 1b. SHEPECK, M. to p. ROHN, Jenny to lf. RODRIGUEZ, M to c for HANDSHOE, E.. / for SHEMBERGER. Lindvall, J walked (3-1 BBBKB). Peterson, A singled up the middle (0-0); Lindvall, J advanced to second. Burger, A grounded out to p, SAC, bunt (0-0); Peterson, A advanced to second; Lindvall, J advanced to third. Mercado, D grounded out to 2b, RBI (1-1 BF); Peterson, A advanced to third; Lindvall, J scored. Peterson, A scored on a wild pitch. Goodrum, S walked (3-1 BBBKB). Ceo, C doubled to left center (0-0); Goodrum, S advanced to third. Takeda, J doubled to left center, 2 RBI (1-1 KB); Ceo, C scored; Goodrum, S scored. Cuico, K grounded out to 3b unassisted (1-0 B). 4 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Western Michigan 4th - Sullivan, J to 3b for Howard, K. Costa, K to lf for Burger, A. Mercado, D to 2b. PIXLEY, C. grounded out to ss (1-0 B). SHEPECK, M. singled through the right side (2-1 FBB). BOGART, Emma out at first 2b to ss, reached on a fielder's choice (0-0); SHEPECK, M. out on the play. ROHN, Jenny grounded out to 2b unassisted (0-2 KSF). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 4th - PIGOZZI, C. to c. ROHN, Jenny to 3b. RODRIGUEZ, M to lf. Lindvall, J to c. Peterson, A to dp. Hawkins, C to p for Moore, J. Sullivan, J popped up to ss (1-0 B). Lindvall, J walked (3-1 BBFBB). Knapp, S to dp for Peterson, A. Knapp, S homered to left field, 2 RBI (0-1 K); Lindvall, J scored. Costa, K struck out swinging (0-2 FFS). Shaver, K to 2b for Mercado, D. Shaver, K grounded out to 2b (1-2 FFFB). 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Western Michigan 5th - LYNCH, C. struck out swinging (0-2 SSS). HANDSHOE, E. to dp for RODRIGUEZ, M. RODRIGUEZ, M to lf. HANDSHOE, E. grounded out to 3b (2-2 BBKFF). PALMER, M. walked (3-2 BSBSBB). SCHALK, Lesy to c for PIGOZZI, C.. SCHALK, Lesy struck out swinging (0-2 KFS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|