LOS ANGELES – The No. 4 University of Oregon softball team (39-7, 14-3) suffered only its third loss of the league slate with a 7-5 decision at No. 16 UCLA (32-16, 8-12) Saturday evening at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins struck early thanks to three runs in the second inning and four runs in the third.
The Pac-12 leading Ducks scored first, however, with two runs in the second inning after Koral Costa drilled her third homer of the season.
The freshman third baseman’s shot to center field drove in freshman catcher Janelle Lindvall who had hit sixth double of the campaign the at-bat before.
UO’s next runs came in the fifth after senior second baseman Kaylan Howard doubled and scored after a hit by pitch, two-out single by Lindvall and bases-loaded walk to Costa. Howard’s two-bagger was her 40th career-wise – one shy of former great Missy Coe’s school record (41).
Howard scored again in the sixth inning after she walked, and junior first baseman Kailee Cuico and senior right fielder Samantha Pappas singled with two outs.
In the seventh inning, the Ducks scored their final run on four straight singles by Lindvall, senior left fielder Allie Burger, junior shortstop Courtney Ceo and Howard.
For the game, Howard and Lindvall both went 3-for-4, and Costa’s 3 RBI was a career high.
Six other Ducks hit safely once to give the team 12 hits – its second straight +10-hit effort and 23rd of the season.
Unfortunately, Oregon batters also combined on 10 strikeouts, and tied their season high vs. No. 2 Oklahoma and Stephen F. Austin the first weekend of the season. UO also stranded a season-high tying 13 runners on base.
In the circle, Duck freshman Cheridan Hawkins (15-4) pitched the first two innings, and allowed six hits, two walks, struck out two, and all seven of her runs allowed were earned.
The Bruins’ first three runs came in the second inning with two outs after a single, walk, double and single.
UCLA’s other four runs came in the third off Hawkins on solo homers by B.B. Bates and Jessica Hall, sandwiched around a two-run shot by Mysha Sataraka – all with no outs.
Sophomore Karissa Hovinga was called in and pitched a scoreless final four innings. The Ralston, Neb., product closed her 12th game of the season, and allowed only one hit and no walks, struck out three and allowed no runs.
UCLA’s starting pitcher Hall (6-5) struck out nine, walked four, yielded eight hits, and four of her runs allowed were earned.
Paige McDuffee pitched the final 1.1 innings, struck out one, walked none, allowed four hits, and one earned run en route to her second save of the season.
One Bruin logged multiple hits – center fielder Allexis Bennett (2-for-3, 2 RBI).
The day before, the Ducks took the opener by a 9-6 count – its fifth win in the last eight meetings with the 11-time national champions.
Looking ahead, the two teams will meet for the series finale Sunday at noon.
#16 UCLA 7, #4 Oregon 5 (Apr 27, 2013 at Los Angeles, Calif.)
#4 Oregon 020 011 1 - 5 12 1 (39-7, 14-3 Pac-12)
#16 UCLA 034 000 X - 7 7 1 (32-16, 8-12 Pac-12)
Pitchers: Oregon - Hawkins, Cheridan; Hovinga, Karissa(3) and Lindvall, Janelle. UCLA - Hall; McDuffee(6) and Moeai. Win-Hall(6-5) Save-McDuffee(2) Loss-Hawkins, Cheridan(15-4) T-2:19 A-1328. HR ORE - Costa, Koral (3). HR UCLA - Bates (19); Sataraka (7); Hall (7). Weather: 67, clear. Hawkins, C faced 4 batters in the 3rd.
#4 Oregon at #16 UCLA
Apr 27, 2013 at Los Angeles, Calif. (Easton Stadium)
Oregon 5 (39-7,14-3 Pac-12)
|Takeda, Janie cf||4||0||0||0||1||1||1||0||0|
|Ceo, Courtney ss||5||0||1||0||0||1||0||1||3|
|Howard, Kaylan 2b||4||2||3||1||1||0||1||2||0|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b||3||0||1||0||1||2||6||0||0|
|Pappas, Samantha rf||3||0||1||1||0||1||2||0||3|
|Peterson, Alexa dp||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||2|
|Lindvall, Janelle c||4||1||3||0||0||0||5||1||0|
|Gillespie, Alyssa pr||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Costa, Koral 3b||3||1||1||3||1||1||2||2||0|
|Mercado, Danica lf||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|Sullivan, Jamie Rae ph||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||3|
|Burger, Allie lf||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Hawkins, Cheridan p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Hovinga, Karissa p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
UCLA 7 (32-16,8-12 Pac-12)
Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Oregon.............. 020 011 1 - 5 12 1 UCLA................ 034 000 X - 7 7 1 -----------------------------------------
|E - Cuico, K(3); Hall(4). LOB - Ducks 13; Bruins 2. 2B - Howard, K(13); Lindvall, J(6); Goulder(10). HR - Costa, K(3); Bates(19); Sataraka(7); Hall(7). HBP - Pappas, S; Peterson, A.|
|Hawkins, Cheridan L,15-4||2.0||6||7||7||2||2||0||0||0||0||12||14||4||0||58|
| Win - Hall (6-5). Loss - Hawkins, C (15-4). Save - McDuffee (2). HBP - by Hall (Peterson, A); by Hall (Pappas, S). Inherited runners/scored: McDuffee 2/0. Pitches/strikes: Hawkins, C 58/34; Hovinga, K 48/35; Hall 124/72; McDuffee 31/18.
Umpires - HP: John Baca 1B: Eric Hawthorne 3B: Steve Arnold
2013 Oregon Softball
#4 Oregon at #16 UCLA
Apr 27, 2013 at Los Angeles, Calif. (Easton Stadium)
|Oregon starters: 19/cf Takeda, J; 22/ss Ceo, C; 3/2b Howard, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 0/rf Pappas, S; 14/dp Peterson, A; 26/c Lindvall, J; 7/3b Costa, K; 6/lf Mercado, D; 11/p Hawkins, C;|
|UCLA starters: 11/ss LaRosa; 19/rf Bates; 3/1b Carda; 14/3b Sataraka; 15/p Hall; 42/lf Lindvall; 7/c Moeai; 33/2b Goulder; 48/cf Bennett;|
|Oregon 1st - Takeda, J walked (3-2 BKFFBFBFB). Ceo, C popped up to 3b, bunt (0-1 F). Howard, K singled up the middle (0-0); Takeda, J advanced to second. Cuico, K struck out swinging (1-2 KKBS). Pappas, S grounded out to ss (0-1 K). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|UCLA 1st - LaRosa struck out swinging (1-2 SBKS). Bates flied out to rf to right center (0-0). Carda lined out to 3b (3-2 BFBFBF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 2nd - Peterson, A struck out looking (2-2 SFBBFFK). Lindvall, J doubled to left center (3-1 BBFB). Costa, K homered to center field, 2 RBI (2-1 BBK); Lindvall, J scored. Mercado, D struck out swinging (0-2 SSS). Takeda, J struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b (2-2 SBFFBS). 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|UCLA 2nd - Sataraka flied out to cf (3-1 KBBB). Hall struck out swinging (2-2 KKBBFS). Lindvall singled to left field (1-1 BF). Moeai walked (3-1 BKBBB); Lindvall advanced to second. Goulder doubled down the rf line, RBI (0-0); Moeai advanced to third; Lindvall scored. Bennett singled up the middle, 2 RBI (2-2 KBFFBFF); Goulder scored; Moeai scored. LaRosa flied out to rf (0-1 F). 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 3rd - Ceo, C lined out to p (0-0). Howard, K lined out to p (0-0). Cuico, K walked (3-1 BBFBB). Pappas, S struck out swinging (2-2 FBFBS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|UCLA 3rd - Bates homered to right field, RBI (0-0). Carda walked (3-2 KBBFBB). Sataraka homered to center field, 2 RBI (1-2 KBF); Carda scored. Hall homered to left field, RBI (3-1 BBBK). Hovinga, K to p for Hawkins, C. Lindvall struck out looking (2-2 SFBBK). Moeai grounded out to 2b (0-1 F). Goulder grounded out to 2b (1-1 KB). 4 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 4th - Peterson, A hit by pitch (1-0 B). Lindvall, J reached on a fielder's choice to pitcher (3-2 BKKBFB); Peterson, A advanced to second on a throwing error by p. Costa, K lined out to cf (2-0 BB). Mercado, D singled to left field (2-1 BBK); Lindvall, J advanced to second; Peterson, A advanced to third. Takeda, J reached on a fielder's choice to first base (0-0); Mercado, D advanced to second; Lindvall, J advanced to third; Peterson, A out at home 1b to c. Ceo, C struck out swinging (3-2 BBBKSS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 3 LOB.|
|UCLA 4th - Bennett singled up the middle (0-1 F). LaRosa struck out swinging (2-2 BBFFS). Bates reached on a fielding error by 1b, advanced to second on the error (0-1 S); Bennett advanced to second, advanced to third on the error. Bennett out at home c to 3b to 1b. Carda popped up to 2b (2-2 BSFB). 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 5th - Howard, K doubled to center field (2-2 KFBFB). Cuico, K struck out swinging (3-2 BKBBFS). Pappas, S hit by pitch (2-2 BBFF). Peterson, A struck out swinging (2-2 BFSBFS). Lindvall, J singled up the middle (0-0); Pappas, S advanced to second; Howard, K advanced to third. Costa, K walked, RBI (3-1 KBBBB); Lindvall, J advanced to second; Pappas, S advanced to third; Howard, K scored. Sullivan, J pinch hit for Mercado, D. Sullivan, J struck out swinging (1-2 KBFFFS). 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.|
|UCLA 5th - Burger, A to lf for Sullivan, J. Sataraka struck out swinging (1-2 BKKS). Hall popped up to 1b (2-2 KFBBF). Lindvall lined out to 3b (0-1 S). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 6th - Takeda, J lined out to 3b, bunt (0-1 K). Ceo, C out at first 3b to 2b, bunt (0-0). Howard, K walked (3-0 BBBB). Cuico, K singled up the middle (0-1 K); Howard, K advanced to second. Pappas, S singled to right center, RBI (1-0 B); Cuico, K advanced to third; Howard, K scored. Hall to dp. McDuffee to p. Peterson, A grounded out to p (2-0 BB). 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|UCLA 6th - Moeai flied out to lf (2-1 BKB). Goulder grounded out to ss (1-2 BSKF). Bennett grounded out to 3b (0-2 FF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 7th - Mueller to rf for Bates. Lindvall, J singled through the right side (3-1 BBBK). Gillespie, A pinch ran for Lindvall, J. Costa, K struck out looking (3-2 BBKSBK). Burger, A singled to first base (2-2 SBBFF); Gillespie, A advanced to second. Takeda, J lined out to lf (0-1 K). Ceo, C singled to pitcher (2-2 KBSB); Burger, A advanced to second; Gillespie, A advanced to third. Howard, K singled to shortstop, RBI (1-2 BKK); Ceo, C advanced to second; Burger, A advanced to third, out at third 2b to 3b; Gillespie, A scored. 1 run, 4 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|