STARKVILLE, Miss. – After posting one of its greatest seasons ever, the University of Oregon softball team was honored with a school-record four All-America honors in Wednesday’s announcement by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Senior pitcher Jessica Moore, junior catcher/DP Alexa Peterson and sophomore outfielder Janie Takeda were selected to the 18-person national first team, and senior second baseman Kaylan Howard was chosen to the national third team.
Joining former Oregon great Julie Cavanaugh as a repeat honoree, Moore received third-team honors last season, and the other three Ducks claimed their first All-America honors.
Tied with Tennessee for more first-team honorees nationally (3), Oregon was also one of three squads that featured four combined honorees on the three All-America teams with Alabama and Oklahoma.
Conference-wise, the Pac-12 featured 10 honorees among the 54 picks from the three teams chosen by head coaches across the nation.
Overall in school history, the Ducks have staked six of their 12 NFCA All-America the past two years under Pac-12 Coach of the Year Mike White after outfielder Samantha Pappas was a second-team selection in 2012.
This week, three of Wednesday’s Duck honorees ranked top 30 nationally statistically – Takeda (batting, 14th, .442), Moore (wins, 20th, 27) and Peterson (on-base percentage, 25th, .527; batting, 29th, .424; slugging, 25th, .784).
Peterson led the Pac-12 this week in on-base percentage, as did Takeda in batting, stolen bases (31) and hits (92).
On UO all-time lists, Takeda set a school record for hits (92). She also ranked top 10 season-wise for Oregon in batting (second), runs (third), stolen bases (sixth) and total bases (fifth), as did Peterson (slugging, second; batting, fourth; extra-base hits, seventh; total bases, 10th), Howard (RBI, seventh, extra-base hits, seventh; homers, ninth), and Moore (wins, third; strikeouts, seventh).
Two weeks ago, the quartet were all first-team NFCA All-Pacific-Region honorees with junior shortstop Courtney Ceo, while freshman pitcher Cheridan Hawkins was a second-team selection. The Ducks were one of five teams nationally to land a maximum six all-region selections, and the only one that featured five, first-team choices.
In mid-May, Oregon was equally lauded by league head coaches as Ducks landed 17 honors on various All-Pac-12 teams. Moore received Oregon’s second-ever Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year award and was among a record six All-Pac-12 First-Team picks with Ceo, Hawkins, Howard, Peterson and Takeda. Pappas was an All-Pac-12 Second-Team selection, and Hawkins was one of three Ducks on the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team with third baseman Koral Costa and catcher Janelle Lindvall.
Team-wise this season, the Ducks (50-11, 19-5) celebrated their first Pac-12 softball title, their second-highest overall win total, and their best rankings in both coaches polls (No. 3) in the regular season’s final edition.
Last weekend, Oregon made its fourth straight Super Regional appearance (and ever) before it lost the three-game series, 2-1, to #14 seed and Big Ten Runner-up Nebraska in Eugene.
On Thursday, May 31, the eight-team Women’s College World Series returns to Oklahoma City, and will continue through June 5. Every game in the double-elimination format will be broadcast by various ESPN channels.
All-Time Duck All-Americans
1989 — Katie Wiese, P (1st)
1989 — Kim Manning, UT/DP (2nd)
1990 — Julie Cavanaugh, 1B (2nd)
1991 — Julie Cavanaugh, 1B (1st)
2003 — Andrea Vidlund (3rd)
2004 — *Jenn Poore, C (1st)
2004 — *Ani Nyhus, P (3rd)
2007 — Jenn Salling, SS (1st)
2012 – Samantha Pappas, OF (2nd)
2012 – Jessica Moore, P (3rd)
2013 – Jessica Moore, P (1st)
2013 – Janie Takeda, OF (1st)
2013 – Alexa Peterson (1st)
2013 – Kaylan Howard (3rd)
* Easton All-Americans
2013 NFCA Division I All-Americans
Pos., Name, School
P - Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma
P - Blaire Luna, Texas
P - Hannah Rogers, Florida
C - Amber Freeman, Arizona State
1B - Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma
2B - Lauren Gibson, Tennessee
3B - Raven Chavanne, Tennessee
SS - Madison Shipman, Tennessee
OF - Janie Takeda, Oregon
OF - Cassidy Bell, Penn State
OF - Kayla Braud, Alabama
UT/P - Kaitlin Inglesby, Washington
UT/Non-P or DP - Alexa Peterson, Oregon
At-Large/P - Chelsea Thomas, Missouri
At-Large/UT-P - Lauren Haeger, Florida
At-Large/3B - Taylor Hoagland, Texas
At-Large/P - Rachele Fico, LSU
At-Large/P - Jessica Moore, Oregon
Pos., Name, School
P - Olivia Galati, Hofstra
P - Dallas Escobedo, Arizona State
P - Jolene Henderson, California
C - Megan Baltzell, Longwood
1B - Alicja Wolny, Louisville
2B - Katie Keller, Louisville
3B - Shelby Pendley, Oklahoma
SS - Cheyenne Coyle, Arizona State
OF - Haylie McCleney, Alabama
OF - B.B. Bates, UCLA
OF - Brianna Turang, Oklahoma
UT/P - Tatum Edwards, Nebraska
UT/Non-P or DP - Cali Lanphear, Texas A&M
At-Large/SS - Sierra Romero, Michigan
At-Large/2B - Kaila Hunt, Alabama
At-Large/OF - Emilee Koerner, Notre Dame
At-Large/OF - Brianna Cherry, La.-Lafayette
At-Large/P - Hannah Campbell, South Alabama
Pos., Name, School
P - Kaia Parnaby, Hawaii
P - Aimee Creger, Tulsa
P - Lacey WaldroP - Florida State
C - Sarah Draheim, Louisiana at Lafayette
1B - Geri Ann Glasco, Georgia
2B - Kaylan Howard, Oregon
3B - Kaitlyn Richardson, Minnesota
SS - Taylor Thom, Texas
OF - Tomeka Watson, Elon
OF - Maggie Hull, Kansas
OF - A.J. Andrews, Louisiana State
UT/P - Jackie Traina, Alabama
UT/Non-P or DP - Brooke Short, Longwood
At-Large/P - Sara Nevins, South Florida
At-Large/OF - Jennifer Gilbert, Ball State
At-Large/C - Stephanie Pasquale, Temple
At-Large/2B - Ashley Lane, Michigan
At-Large/UT-P - Mel Dumezich, Texas A&M
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