TEMPE, Ariz. – The No. 2 University of Oregon softball team (46-9, 19-5) put the finishing touches on its first Pac-12 title with a 4-2 win over No. 5 Arizona State (45-10, 16-8) Saturday night at Farrington Stadium.
Junior DP Alexa Peterson scored UO’s first run in the second inning. The Salem, Ore., native lined her 12th double of the season with two outs, and scored on a double down the left field line by freshman catcher Janelle Lindvall.
Freshman third baseman Koral Costa added Oregon’s next run with a solo homer to left field lead off the second inning – her fifth of the year.
Peterson added a two-run homer to left field in the third inning – her 11th of 2013 and 22nd career-wise – and drove in sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda who had reached on an error by the first baseman.
Those pair of round-trippers upped the Ducks’ team season total to 75 – four better than its previous school record from 2011 (71).
For the game, Peterson (2-for-2) was the lone Duck with multiple hits, and three others hit safely once.
For ASU, both of its runs came on a two-run homer by Alix Johnson by the fifth inning.
In her 30th start of the season, Duck senior Jessica Moore (25-4) struck out one, walked four, yielded four hits, and one of her two runs allowed was earned in her six innings of work.
Freshman Cheridan Hawkins retired the final out in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh, before Moore re-entered to coax the final out of the game on a pop-out to shortstop.
Sun Devil starter Mackenzie Popescue pitched the first four innings, struck out four, walked one, allowed five hits, and three of her four runs allowed were earned.
All-American Dallas Escobedo pitched the final three innings, struck out four, walked one, and allowed no hits and no runs.
At the plate for ASU, four players hit safely once.
Looking ahead to Sunday night, the Ducks will tune into the 64-team NCAA Tournament announcement on ESPNU at 7 p.m. Pacific Time.
The No. 2 Ducks look ahead to their fourth straight postseason bid and 15th overall since the first NCAA Tournament in 1982.
Next weekend, 16 NCAA Regional sites will host three-day, four-team, double-elimination action from Thursday-Sunday, May 16-19.
The following weekend, 16 Super Regional sites will host best-of-three, two-day play on Thursday-Sunday, May 23-26, with every game televised by ESPN networks.
The eight remaining teams then advance to the ESPN-televised Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, May 30-June 5. More information on the NCAA Tournament and WCWS is available at the www.NCAAsports.com website.
The previous three years under head coach Mike White, the Ducks made their first three Super Regional trips, and last year’s World Series trip was its second ever and first since 1989.
#2 Oregon 4, #5 Arizona State 2 (May 11, 2013 at Tempe, Ariz.)
#2 Oregon.............. 112 000 0 - 4 5 1 (46-9, 19-5 Pac-12)
#5 Arizona State....... 000 020 0 - 2 4 1 (45-10, 16-8 Pac-12)
Pitchers: Oregon - Moore, Jessica; Hawkins, Cheridan(7) and . Arizona State - Popescue, Mackenzie; Escobedo, Dallas(5) and . Win-Moore, Jessica(25-4) Loss-Popescue, Mackenzie(19-6) T-2:03 A-2161
HR ORE - Peterson, Alexa; Costa, Koral. HR ASU - Johnson, Alix. Weather: 92 degrees
#3 Oregon at #5 Arizona State
May 11, 2013 at Tempe, Ariz. (Farrington Stadium)
Oregon 4 (46-9,19-5 Pac-12)
|Pappas, Samantha cf||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|Takeda, Janie lf||4||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||0|
|Peterson, Alexa dp||2||2||2||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b||2||0||0||0||1||1||8||0||0|
|Lindvall, Janelle c||3||0||1||1||0||0||1||0||1|
|Moore, Jessica p||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||3||2|
|Hawkins, Cheridan p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Costa, Koral 3b||3||1||1||1||0||1||1||0||1|
|Goodrum, Sara rf||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||0||0|
|Mercado, Danica 2b||3||0||0||0||0||1||5||1||0|
|Shaver, Karine ss||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||6||0|
Arizona State 2 (45-10,16-8 Pac-12)
|Johnson, Alix cf||4||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Coyle, Cheyenne ss||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||2||0|
|Freeman, Amber c||1||0||0||0||1||0||8||0||2|
|Spiel, Abby pr||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Steele, Haley 3b||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||2||1|
|Kemp, Bethany 1b||1||0||0||0||2||0||8||0||2|
|Parlich, Sam 2b||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||1||0|
|Girard, Nikki dp||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Wigness, Bailey rf||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Aubrecht, Lucy ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Popescue, Mackenzie p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Escobedo, Dallas p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Oregon.............. 112 000 0 - 4 5 1 Arizona State....... 000 020 0 - 2 4 1 -----------------------------------------
|E - Shaver, K; Kemp, B.. DP - ORE 1. LOB - ORE 4; ASU 6. 2B - Peterson, A; Lindvall, J. HR - Peterson, A; Costa, K; Johnson, A.. HBP - Freeman, A..|
|Moore, Jessica W,25-4||6.0||4||2||1||4||1||0||0||1||0||21||26||4||11||98|
|Popescue, Mackenzie L,19-6||4.0||5||4||3||1||4||0||0||0||0||18||19||3||5||75|
| Win - Moore, J (25-4). Loss - Popescue, M. (19-6). Save - None. HBP - by Moore, J (Freeman, A.). Inherited runners/scored: None. Pitches/strikes: Moore, J 98/59; Hawkins, C 14/10; Popescue, M. 75/47; Escobedo, D. 47/29.
Umpires - HP: Tracy Hart 1B: Calvin Walker 3B: Eric Hawthorne
2013 Oregon Softball
#3 Oregon at #5 Arizona State
May 11, 2013 at Tempe, Ariz. (Farrington Stadium)
|Oregon starters: 0/cf Pappas, S; 19/lf Takeda, J; 14/dp Peterson, A; 33/1b Cuico, K; 26/c Lindvall, J; 12/p Moore, J; 7/3b Costa, K; 1/rf Goodrum, S; 6/2b Mercado, D; 8/ss Shaver, K;|
|Arizona State starters: 33/cf Johnson, A.; 27/ss Coyle, C.; 9/c Freeman, A.; 32/3b Steele, H.; 21/1b Kemp, B.; 20/2b Parlich, S.; 88/dp Girard, N.; 55/lf Caporuscio; 2/rf Wigness, B.; 99/p Popescue, M.;|
|Oregon 1st - No play. Pappas, S fouled out to 1b (1-0 B). Takeda, J grounded out to 3b (1-2 BKS). Peterson, A doubled to right center (2-2 KBBF). Cuico, K walked (3-2 BKBBFB). Lindvall, J doubled down the lf line, RBI (0-1 K); Cuico, K advanced to third; Peterson, A scored. Moore, J grounded out to ss (0-1 S). 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Arizona State 1st - Johnson, A. popped up to 2b (1-2 BFK). Coyle, C. flied out to rf (0-0). Freeman, A. hit by pitch (1-0 B). Steele, H. reached on a fielder's choice (3-2 KBBKB); Freeman, A. out at second 2b unassisted, interference. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 2nd - Costa, K homered to left field, RBI (3-2 KBKBB). Goodrum, S struck out swinging (1-2 SFBS). Mercado, D grounded out to 1b unassisted (2-2 BSFFB). Pappas, S struck out swinging (1-2 FKBS). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Arizona State 2nd - Kemp, B. walked (3-2 SBSBBFB). Parlich, S. singled to shortstop (0-1 K); Kemp, B. out at second ss to 2b. Girard, N. grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b (2-0 BB); Parlich, S. out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 3rd - Takeda, J reached on a fielding error by 1b (2-0 BB). Peterson, A homered to left field, RBI (0-0); Takeda, J scored, unearned. Cuico, K struck out looking (2-2 BBKFK). Lindvall, J flied out to lf (0-1 K). Moore, J singled to center field (1-1 FB). Costa, K grounded out to 3b (3-2 BFKFBBFF). 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Arizona State 3rd - Caporuscio grounded out to p (0-1 K). Wigness, B. singled, bunt (1-2 BSKF). Johnson, A. reached on a fielder's choice (3-1 BBKB); Wigness, B. out at second ss to 2b. Coyle, C. walked (3-1 BBFBB); Johnson, A. advanced to second. Freeman, A. reached on a fielder's choice (0-2 KF); Coyle, C. advanced to second; Johnson, A. out at third 3b unassisted. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 4th - Goodrum, S struck out swinging (2-2 BBKSS). Mercado, D grounded out to 1b unassisted (2-1 KBB). Pappas, S popped up to ss (1-0 B). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Arizona State 4th - Steele, H. grounded out to ss (1-1 BK). Kemp, B. walked (3-2 KBBBKFB). Parlich, S. grounded out to 1b unassisted (1-2 KBF); Kemp, B. advanced to second. Girard, N. lined out to ss (1-1 KB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 5th - Escobedo, D. to p for Popescue, M.. Takeda, J fouled out to ss (1-0 B). Peterson, A walked (3-2 BSBFFBB). Cuico, K reached on a fielder's choice (2-2 BSFB); Peterson, A out at second ss to 2b. Lindvall, J lined out to 3b (2-2 BKBKF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Arizona State 5th - Caporuscio grounded out to p (1-2 BKF). Wigness, B. reached on a fielding error by ss (2-2 BBFK). Johnson, A. homered to left field, 2 RBI (3-2 KBFBBF); Wigness, B. scored, unearned. Coyle, C. grounded out to p (0-0). Freeman, A. walked (3-1 FBBBB). Spiel, A. pinch ran for Freeman, A.. Steele, H. singled through the left side (2-0 BB); Spiel, A. advanced to second. Kemp, B. flied out to lf (0-2 KK). 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 6th - Freeman, A. to c for Spiel, A.. Moore, J struck out looking (1-2 SSBFK). Costa, K struck out looking (3-2 BFBKBFFK). Goodrum, S grounded out to 1b unassisted (2-0 BB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Arizona State 6th - Parlich, S. struck out swinging (0-2 SSFS). Girard, N. grounded out to ss (0-0). Hawkins, C to p for Moore, J. Caporuscio flied out to rf (0-1 S). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 7th - Mercado, D struck out swinging (1-2 KBKFS). Pappas, S grounded out to 2b (0-0). Takeda, J struck out swinging (2-2 BKSBS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Arizona State 7th - Aubrecht, L. pinch hit for Wigness, B.. Aubrecht, L. popped up to 2b (1-2 BFSF). Johnson, A. popped up to ss (3-2 BKSBBF). Moore, J to p for Hawkins, C. Coyle, C. grounded out to ss (0-2 FS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
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