OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After leading the No. 6 University of Oregon softball team to its best start ever, senior pitcher Jessica Moore was honored Tuesday as one of 25 finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year award.
This week the Sutter, Calif., native ranked 15th nationally in wins (17) and 22nd in ERA (1.42), and also stood third in the Pac-12 in both categories.
The returning Third-Team All-American has claimed five of UO’s victories vs. top-25 foes this year vs. then-No. 4 California (twice), No. 11 LSU, then-No. 14 Michigan and then-No. 15 Washington, and also made starts in the first two wins of the No. 15 Stanford series.
In Oregon’s all-time record books, the three-time All-Pac-12 pitcher is the career leader in strikeouts (824), wins (90), appearances (160) and innings (820.2).
Moore was one of four Pac-12 players on the top-25 list with ASU sophomore catcher Amber Freeman, California senior pitcher Jolene Henderson and Washington junior pitcher Kaitlin Inglesby.
Later this season, a 10-person finalist list will be announced on May 8, then narrowed to three finalists 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.
Previous award recipients include 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).
This weekend, No.6 Oregon (33-6, 10-2) hosts eight-time national champion and No. 17 Arizona (27-14, 4-5) for three games on Friday-Sunday, April 12-14.
Friday’s 5 p.m. contest is Strike Out Cancer Day, and fans that wear pink will get $3 admission. The Ducks’ special pink jerseys will be auctioned off during the game in a silent raffle at the marketing table, and proceeds will go to the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute.
Saturday’s 2 p.m. tilt is Spirit / Yellow Out Day. Fans that wear yellow will get reduced ticket prices ($3 adults / $2 kids), and current UO faculty will get $3 admission with a valid staff I.D. card. Duck softball player trading cards will also be available for the first time as well as 50 mini-posters, and kids can get autographs after the game.
Sunday's noon finale (4/14) is ASA Day, and kids that wear their softball/baseball uniforms to the game will get $2 tickets. The Pac-12 Network televised contest is also a BiMart 2-for-1 ticket deal for fans that show their BiMart cards at the gate.
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