ORLANDO, Fla. - The No. 21 University of Oregon softball team (15-3) capped an impressive first day of Citrus Classic play with an 8-1 victory over LIU-Brooklyn (2-14) Friday afternoon.

Thanks to a career-high two homers, senior right fielder Samantha Pappas (3-for-4) also enjoyed season highs in hits (3), RBI (4) and total bases (9) vs. the NCAA tourney returnees.

The next two hitters in the lineup also rapped multiple hits - sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda (2-for-3) and senior second baseman Kaylan Howard (2-for-4, HR, RBI).

The Ducks struck for three runs in the second inning, thanks to Pappas's three-run homer - also her first game-winning RBI of the season.

Freshman DP Stevie Jo Knapp opened the inning by reaching on an infield error on a grounder to second base, and senior left fielder Allie Burger also scored after she drew a 3-2 walk.

In the third inning, Howard led off with her fourth homer of the season. Her shot off a 1-0 pitch raised her career tally to 29 - still eighth-best all-time for the Ducks.

Sophomore third baseman Jamie Rae Sullivan knocked in another run in the third on a bases-loaded, infield ground-out. Junior first baseman Kailee Cuico and sophomore DP Sara Goodrum reached on a pair of infield errors, along with a single by junior catcher Alexa Peterson.

In the fifth inning, Sullivan drilled a two-run homer - her first of the campaign - and drove in Knapp who had opened the inning with a single to left field. 

Three batters later, Pappas drilled her second homer of the season - a two-out solo shot - over the center field wall.

In her fourth start of the season, sophomore starter Karissa Hovinga (3-0) struck out five, walked two, allowed six hits, and her one run allowed was earned in her five innings.

Freshman Cheridan Hawkins pitched a scoreless final two innings, struck out two, allowed one hit and no walks.

For Long Island, Cassie Vondrak (2-8) allowed 12 hits, struck out five, walked one, and six of her eight runs allowed were earned in the complete game.

Friday's decision marked the second win vs. the Blackbirds in Duck head coach Mike White's four years at the helm. UO also won 3-1 in their 2010 meeting in Palm Springs.

Earlier Friday, the Ducks opened the tourney with a 10-2, five-inning victory over fellow World Series returnee LSU (14-3).

Looking ahead, Oregon next faces Boston College and Temple on Saturday at 7 and 9:15 a.m. Pacific Time, and No. 14 Michigan and James Madison on Sunday morning at 6 and 8:15 a.m. PT.

 

LINESCORES

#10 Oregon 10, #11 Louisiana State 2 (Mar 01, 2013 at Orlando, Fla.)
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#11 Louisiana State 000 02 -  2  6  5      (14-3)
#10 Oregon......... 202 51 - 10  8  1      (14-3)
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Pitchers: Louisiana State - Fico; Czechner(4) and Kloss. Oregon - Moore, Jessica and Lindvall, Janelle. Win-Moore, Jessica(8-2)  Loss-Fico(9-2)  T-1:45  A-407. HR ORE - Cuico, Kailee. Weather: 55 and Sunny wind 0-5 MPH.


#10 Oregon 8, Long Island 1 (Mar 01, 2013 at Orlando, Fla.)
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Long Island 000 100 0 -  1  7  5      (2-14)
#10 Oregon  032 030 X -  8 12  1      (15-3)
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Pitchers: Long Island - VONDRAK and TOVEN. Oregon - Hovinga, Karissa; Hawkins, Cheridan (6) and Peterson, Alexa. Win-Hovinga, Karissa(3-0)  Loss-VONDRAK(2-8)  T-1:30  A-200. HR ORE - Pappas, Samantha 2; Howard, Kaylan; Sullivan, Jamie Rae. Weather: 60 Mostly Cloudy Wind 0-5 MPH


BOXSCORE
Long Island vs #10 Oregon
Mar 01, 2013 at Orlando, Fla. (Wide World of Sports)


Long Island 1 (2-14)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
CERVANTES lf 
WEST dp 
   GOSPODAREK ph 
MORIZI ss 
TOVEN c 
COSIO 3b 
YORK 1b 
   HOLDER pr 
ARCHER rf 
ZYMKOWITZ cf 
   LOPEZ ph 
GREEN 2b 
   SHIER ph 
VONDRAK p 
Totals  26  11  18 
  

Oregon 8 (15-3)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Pappas, Samantha rf 
Takeda, Janie cf 
   Gillespie, Alyssa ph/cf 
Howard, Kaylan 2b 
Cuico, Kailee 1b 
   Melick, Hannah ph 
Peterson, Alexa 13 
   Lindvall, Janelle ph 
Knapp, Stevie Jo dp 
   Goodrum, Sara pr/dp 
   Moore, Jessica ph 
Sullivan, Jamie Rae 3b 
Shaver, Karine ss 
Burger, Allie lf 
Hovinga, Karissa
   Hawkins, Cheridan
Totals  31  12  21 
Score by Innings                  R  H  E
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Long Island......... 000 100 0 -  1  7  5
Oregon.............. 032 030 X -  8 12  1
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E - MORIZI; COSIO; GREEN 3; Cuico, K. LOB - Long Island 7; Oregon 7. 2B - GREEN. HR - Pappas, S 2; Howard, K; Sullivan, J. SH - YORK; Sullivan, J. CS - Takeda, J.


Long Island   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
VONDRAK L,2-8  6.0  12  31  33  103 
  
Oregon   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Hovinga, Karissa W,3-0  5.0  19  22  82 
Hawkins, Cheridan   2.0  28 


Win - Hovinga, K (3-0). Loss - VONDRAK (2-8). Save - None. Inherited runners/scored: None. Pitches/strikes: VONDRAK 103/69; Hovinga, K 82/56; Hawkins, C 28/22.

Umpires -
Start: 1:15 pm Time: 1:30 Attendance: 200
Weather: 60 Mostly Cloudy Wind 0-5 MPH


 
Play-by-Play
 

2013 Oregon Softball
Long Island vs #10 Oregon
Mar 01, 2013 at Orlando, Fla. (Wide World of Sports)

Long Island starters: 2/lf CERVANTES; 4/dp WEST; 1/ss MORIZI; 36/c TOVEN; 9/3b COSIO; 15/1b YORK; 12/rf ARCHER; 10/cf ZYMKOWITZ; 5/2b GREEN; 18/p VONDRAK;

Oregon starters: 0/rf Pappas, S; 19/cf Takeda, J; 3/2b Howard, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 14/c Peterson, A; 18/dp Knapp, S; 20/3b Sullivan, J; 8/ss Shaver, K; 2/lf Burger, A; 10/p Hovinga, K;

Long Island 1st - CERVANTES struck out swinging (1-2 FBSS). WEST singled to pitcher (0-0). MORIZI grounded out to 2b (2-2 BSFB); WEST advanced to second. TOVEN flied out to cf (2-2 BFSFFFFB). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Oregon 1st - Pappas, S flied out to lf (0-1 F). Takeda, J struck out swinging (1-2 BFSS). Howard, K singled to shortstop (3-2 BBKBS). Cuico, K singled to shortstop (0-0); Howard, K advanced to second. Peterson, A reached on a fielder's choice (1-0 B); Cuico, K out at second ss to 2b. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Long Island 2nd - COSIO walked (3-2 FBFFBFBB). YORK out at first 3b to 2b, bunt, SAC (0-0); COSIO advanced to second. ARCHER walked (3-1 SBBBB). ZYMKOWITZ struck out swinging (3-2 SBFBBS). GREEN struck out swinging (0-2 KSS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Oregon 2nd - Knapp, S reached on an error by 2b (3-2 BKBBS). Goodrum, S pinch ran for Knapp, S. Sullivan, J out at first 3b to 2b, bunt, SAC (0-1 F); Goodrum, S advanced to second. Shaver, K struck out swinging (1-2 KBKS). Burger, A walked (3-2 BBKBFFB). Pappas, S homered to left center, 3 RBI (0-0); Burger, A scored; Goodrum, S scored, unearned. Takeda, J singled up the middle. Takeda, J out at second c to ss, caught stealing. 3 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.

Long Island 3rd - CERVANTES singled up the middle (0-1 S). WEST singled to pitcher (0-0); CERVANTES advanced to third on an error by 1b. MORIZI reached on a fielder's choice (2-0 BB); WEST advanced to second; CERVANTES out at home 2b to c. TOVEN popped up to 1b (0-2 KS). COSIO grounded out to 3b (0-1 K). 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Oregon 3rd - Howard, K homered to right center, RBI (1-0 B). Cuico, K reached on an error by 3b (0-1 K). Peterson, A singled through the left side (0-2 KK); Cuico, K advanced to second. Goodrum, S to dp. Goodrum, S reached on an error by 2b (2-0 BB); Peterson, A advanced to second; Cuico, K advanced to third. Sullivan, J grounded out to 3b, RBI (2-1 BBK); Goodrum, S advanced to second; Peterson, A advanced to third; Cuico, K scored, unearned. Shaver, K struck out swinging (1-2 KBFS). Burger, A struck out looking (2-2 BKKBK). 2 runs, 2 hits, 2 errors, 2 LOB.

Long Island 4th - YORK struck out looking (1-2 KFBK). ARCHER singled through the left side (2-2 BKKB). ZYMKOWITZ struck out looking (2-2 KFBFBK). GREEN doubled, out at third cf to ss to c to 3b, RBI (2-2 BFFBF); ARCHER scored. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Oregon 4th - Pappas, S singled to center field (0-0). Takeda, J singled to catcher, bunt (0-0); Pappas, S advanced to second. Howard, K flied out to lf (0-0). Cuico, K reached on a fielder's choice (3-2 BFBBK); Takeda, J advanced to second on an error by 2b; Pappas, S advanced to third. Peterson, A flied out to rf (2-0 BB); Pappas, S out at third 3b unassisted, runner left early. 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Long Island 5th - Knapp, S to dp for Goodrum, S. CERVANTES singled to third base (0-0). WEST grounded out to 2b (0-2 FKF); CERVANTES advanced to second. MORIZI grounded out to 1b unassisted (0-0); CERVANTES advanced to third. TOVEN fouled out to c (1-0 B). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Oregon 5th - Knapp, S singled through the left side (3-2 BKBFB). Sullivan, J homered to left center, 2 RBI (0-1 K); Knapp, S scored. Shaver, K reached on an error by ss (0-0). Burger, A lined out to ss (0-0); Shaver, K out at first ss to 1b. Pappas, S homered to center field, RBI (2-1 BFB). Gillespie, A pinch hit for Takeda, J. Gillespie, A singled (2-2 BBKF). Howard, K struck out swinging (0-2 KKS). 3 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Long Island 6th - Gillespie, A to cf. Hawkins, C to p for Hovinga, K. COSIO struck out swinging (1-2 BSSS). YORK singled to third base (2-2 BFFB). HOLDER pinch ran for YORK. ARCHER struck out swinging (1-2 KKBS). LOPEZ pinch hit for ZYMKOWITZ. LOPEZ struck out swinging (0-2 SSS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Oregon 6th - YORK to 1b for HOLDER. ZYMKOWITZ to cf for LOPEZ. Melick, H pinch hit for Cuico, K. Lindvall, J pinch hit for Peterson, A. Moore, J pinch hit for Knapp, S. Melick, H grounded out to 3b (1-0 B). Lindvall, J flied out to cf (0-2 KF). Moore, J grounded out to p (0-2 KK). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Long Island 7th - Cuico, K to 1b for Melick, H. Peterson, A to c for Lindvall, J. SHIER pinch hit for GREEN. SHIER struck out swinging (1-2 KBSFS). CERVANTES struck out swinging (0-2 KSS). GOSPODAREK pinch hit for WEST. GOSPODAREK struck out swinging (1-2 BSKS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.