Don't have an account? Click Here
Ducks Softball BIO
Samantha Pappas
Player Profile:
Samantha Pappas 670716
Position: Outfielder
Bats: L
Throws: R
Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
City/State: Mission Viejo, Calif.
High School: Tesoro
Club: SoCal A's
Experience: High School


• The returning All-American is the Ducks' first outfield honoree, and one of its top all-around players with power to all fields. Is an equal threat on the basepaths (as team’s stolen base leader the last two years) and defensively with a cannon arm (and 29 assists the past three years).

•Was tabbed with teammate Alexa Peterson to the 2012 All-Women's College World Series Team.

• Enters senior season in 2013, ranked top-10 all-time for Oregon career-wise in batting (fourth, .358), homers (seventh, 30), RBI (eighth, 120), walks (eighth, 72) and stolen bases (10th, 49).

• All-time for UO in a season, she ranks top-10 in doubles (second, 17-tied, 2012), extra-base hits (third, 30-tied, 2012), total bases (third, 124-tied, 2012), slugging (fifth, .697, 2012; .641, ninth, 2010), RBI (fifth, 48-tied, 2010), hits (seventh, 70, 2012), batting (ninth, .393, 2012) and stolen bases (ninth, 22, 2012).

• Among Duck all-time best game marks, she is tied for third in doubles (2, vs. Seattle, 5/2/12), fourth in stolen bases (3, vs. #14 UCLA, 5/11/11) and fifth in RBI's (5, vs. Idaho State, 3/26/10),

• As a freshman, was the team's most decorated player with All-Pac-12 and All-Region nods and its second-ever Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year award.

• One of three Duck returnees in 2013 with Kailee Cuico and Kaylan Howard that have hit grand slams in their careers.

• As a prep, was one of two ESPN Rise California State Girls Athlete of the Week recipients in June 2009 with Duck teammate Jessica Moore. The prep All-American also helped her SoCal A’s club team advance to 2008 and ‘09 Nationals.


2012 SEASON (Junior) - Second-Team All-American / All-Pac-12 & All-Region First Team.
Thanks to her second-half offensive surge against many of the nation's top teams, she ended the year ranked top 100 nationally in four categories (doubles, 56th, 0.27 p/g), slugging (61st, .697), batting (63rd, .393) and stolen bases (81st, 0.35 p/g), and also top 200 in RBI (172nd, 0.66 p/g) and homers (195th, 0.18 p/g). Pac-12-wise, she tied for the league lead in doubles (17), and also stood second in stolen bases (22-tied), fourth in total bases (124-tied), fifth in batting (.393), sixth in hits (70) and seventh in slugging (.697). Team-wise, she paced the squad in batting, slugging, doubles, total bases, hits, triples and stolen bases; and stood second in sacrifice flies and on-base percentage; third in walks and homers; fourth in runs and RBI; and sixth in game-winning RBI (4). Was one of two Ducks tabbed to the WCWS All-Tournament Team after she led the tourney field in slugging (1.111), stood second in homers (2-tied) and 11th in batting (.333-tied), and also sported an impressive .400 on-base percentage. In April, she picked up the second Pac-12 Player of the Week honor of her career after she helped the team take the season series vs. then-No. 14 Stanford. In the three-game set, she paced the squad in hitting (.556, 5-for-9), slugging (1.444), on-base percentage (.636), homers (2-tied), triples (1) and walks (2), and stood second in hits (5). She was one of four Ducks that hit safely in all three contests in Palo Alto, had a pair of two-hit efforts in the last two tilts, and reached base in all four at-bats in the finale (2-for-2, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB). In May's final regular season series, she swiped a team-season high three bases and scored deciding run on steal of third base (then advanced home) on wild throw by catcher in 3-2 win vs. No. 14 UCLA. She knocked in four game-winning RBI during slate in key wins over No. 21 Oklahoma State (second-inning double), vs. No. 9 Missouri (third-inning, three-run homer to left field), in the NCAA regional finale vs. BYU (fifth-inning, two-out double to right center field), and in the World Series vs. No. 5 Tennessee (first-inning, no-out solo homer to center field). After hitting .333 the first two weeks of the season, hiked season average above .400 two weeks later, and never dipped below .370 the rest of the campaign. With an injury to senior right-handed pitcher Samantha Skillingstad, she made two appearances for Ducks in the circle. In her three innings, she struck out four, and allowed four hits. Defensively, racked up a career-high 13 assists – more than twice the rest of the Duck outfielders combined (6) – and owned a .942 fielding mark with 52 putouts and four errors.

2012 Season Highs
Runs scored: 3 - vs Seattle (5/2/12)
Hits: 3 - Four times - vs Butler (3/9/12 at Fresno, Calif.); 3 - at Utah (4/14/12); 3 - vs Seattle (5/2/12); 3 - vs BYU (5/18/12)
RBIs: 4 - vs San Diego State (3/11/12 at Fresno, Calif.)
Doubles: 2 - Twice, vs Seattle (5/2/12); 2 - vs #14 UCLA (5/11/12)
Triples: 1 - Twice, at #14 Stanford (4/5/12); 1 - at Utah (4/15/12)
Home runs: 1 - 11 Times, most recent vs #1 California (Jun 02/12 at Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Total bases: 8 - vs Seattle (5/2/12)
Walks: 2 - Four times, most recent vs #7 Washington (4/10/12)
Sac hits: 1 - at #14 Stanford (4/6/12)
Sac flies: 1 - Twice, at Fresno State (3/9/12); at Oregon State (3/26/12)
Stolen bases: 3 - vs #14 UCLA (5/11/12)


2011 SEASON (Sophomore): All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention.
Started 52 of the 54 games she played, splitting her time between center field (31 starts) and right field (21 starts). After her breakout frosh season, opposing teams pitched to her selectively, yet she still ranked among team’s leaders in various categories. At seasons' end, ranked second among Duck outfielders in batting (.286), homers (8), slugging (.370) and on-base percentage (.369). Swiped a team-high 16 bags in 18 attempts, and her 31 RBI stood second-best for the Ducks. Recorded a team-best 12-game hitting streak from April 15 to May 8. Recorded 10 multi-hit games, all two-hit efforts, and three of which came in a six-game stretch vs. Oregon State and at No. 9 Arizona. Hit .305 during Pac-12 play, and her first homer in league play was a three-run shot in the regular season finale win against No. 12 UCLA (5/14). In first week of season, homered, stole a career-high three bases, drove in three runs and scored three more in a win over North Texas (2/12). Later that day, followed that up with a three-RBI effort against Nevada (2/12). Homered and drove in four runs in a victory over UNLV (3/25). Defensively, owned a .976 fielding mark (41 putouts, 6 assists, 5 errors).

2011 Season Game Highs
Hits: 2, Nine times, last at #9 Arizona (4/30/11)
RBIs: 4, vs UNLV (3/25/11)
Home runs: 1, Eight times, last vs #12 UCLA (5/14/11))
Stolen bases: 3, vs North Texas (2/12/11)
Total bases: 5, Three Times, last vs UNLV (3/25/11)
Walks: 3, vs Mississippi (2/11/11)


2010 SEASON: Pac-12 Freshman of the Year / All-Pac-12 First Team / All-Region First Team / Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
One of the West Coast’s most dangerous hitters, she led the team in hits (64), homers (11), RBI (48), slugging (.641), walks (27), stolen bases (11) and longest hitting streak (15 games), and stood second in batting (.383), on-base percentage (.472) and doubles (10). On the Pac-12 charts, ranked top 10 in on-base percentage (ninth, .472) and batting (10th, .383), and also ranked top 10 at end of the regular season in the league in hits and RBI. In year-end NCAA national rankings, was sighted in categories for batting (82nd, .383), RBI (88th, 0.84 per game), on-base percentage (90th, .472), slugging (123rd, .641) and home runs (131st, 11). One of two Ducks with Kelsey Chambers to start all 57 games in ‘10, with 55 starts in right field and another two at designated player. Was one of four Ducks to receive Pac-12 Player/Pitcher of the Week honors in ‘10, thanks to her spring break efforts in six games against Idaho State, Portland State and Seattle in which she led the team in batting (.615), slugging (1.077), on-base percentage (.684), hits (8), RBI (10), home runs (2), walks (5), total bases (14) and stolen bases (3-for-3). That week, she also hit her first career grand slam and had a team-game season high 5 RBI (and the ninth-best total in school history) in the 19-0 win over Idaho State. Clubbed six homers the opening two weekends of her collegiate career after she paced the team in hitting in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe (7-for-18, 3 home runs, 4 RBI, 2 walks, .889 slugging) and Louisville Slugger Classic in Las Vegas (.619, 13-for-21, 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 11 RBI, 4 walks, 1.190 slugging). In her third tourney, batted .429 (6-for-14, 3 doubles, 3 RBI) in the Cathedral City Classic near Palm Springs. In early March in San Diego tournament, topped .300 for the fourth straight weekend (.333, 3-for-9, 1 RBI). In the Pac-12 opening Oregon State series, led team in hitting (.583, 7-for-12, double, 4 RBI, walk) to help UO win the series for the first time in three years. Has three game-winning RBI on season vs. Western Michigan (lead-off homer in first inning in 4-0 win), Seattle (first-inning sacrifice fly in 4-0 win) and Idaho State (first-inning infield ground-out in 19-0 win). Defensively, logged a .945 fielding mark with 42 putouts. Among her team-high 10 assists, five came to first base in wins against No. 19 Texas A&M, Boise State, and No. 14 California - the last being a game-ender in a 1-0 win with the tying run rounding third base - and also in separate games at No. 5 UCLA (2). Also gunned out the go-ahead runs at third base in the sixth inning in 1-0 NCAA opener win over Auburn and against No. 8 Missouri in eventual 1-0 Super Regional loss, and another at second base in the sixth inning in the 6-5 Oregon State series finale.

2010 Season Highs
Hits: 3, Six times (most recent vs. PSU (5/5/10))
RBIs: 5, vs Idaho State (3/26/10)
Doubles: 2, vs Cal State Fullerton (2/19/10 at Las Vegas, Nev.)
Home runs: 1, Eleven times (most recent vs #13 California (4/11/10))
Stolen bases: 2, at Portland State (3/23/10)
Total bases: 7, vs Long Beach State (2/19/10 at Las Vegas, Nev.)
Walks: 2, Five times (most recent vs. #3 Arizona (5/7/10))


HIGH SCHOOL: Prep All-American
As a senior, was a First-Team All-State, All-County and All-League recipient, and led Tesoro High School to the CIFSS Division III championship. At the plate, the Southern Section Division III Player of the Year paced her team in hitting (.438), and had 22 runs batted in with five homers. She also pitched 198 1/3 innings, struck out 230 hitters and held opposing batters to a .156 average. On the year, she recorded all of her team’s decisions (26-4) and posted a 0.92 ERA. She capped the year with a eight-strikeout, four-hit complete game to lead team to 4-0 win in Southern Section title tilt vs. Glendora - her sixth shutout of the section playoffs. As a junior was an All-CIF and All-South Coast League pick and team captain for her CIF champion team, and was also tabbed the Tesoro High School Female Athlete of the Year. As a sophomore in 2007, hit .462, had 12 RBI, two home runs and ranked top-five in each category in the South Coast League. The four-year letterwinner also led the Tesoros’ division in homers her freshman season. As a junior in club action in 2008, she owned a  .435 average heading into national tournament play.

Personal: General Science major. Parents are John and Gina, and has one older brother Austin.


Year  Avg  GP  GS  AB  R   H  2B 3B HR  RBI TB SLG%   BB HBP OB% SF-SH SB-AT PO-A FLD%
2010 .383  57  57 167 30  64  10  0  11  48 107  .641 27  3 .472  2-1  11-14 42-10 .945
2011 .289  54  52 152 32  44   2  1   8  31  72  .474 20  0 .370  1-3  16-18 41-6  .904
2012 .393  61  60 178 42  70  17  2  11  41 124  .697 25  1 .466  2-1  22-25 52-13 .942
TOTAL.358 172 169 497 104 178 29  3  30 120 303  .610 72  4 .439  5-5  49-57 135-29.932


Hits: 3, 10 times (last vs. BYU (5/18/12))
Doubles: 2, vs Cal State Fullerton, 2/19/10 ; Seattle, 5/2/12 ; UCLA, 5/11/12
Triples: 1, at Stanford, 4/5/12 ; at Utah, 4/15/12 ; Weber State, 3/19/11
Home runs: 1, 27 times, last vs #1 California (6/2/12)
RBIs: 5, vs Idaho State (3/26/10)
Stolen bases: 3, vs North Texas (2/12/11); vs. #14 UCLA (5/11/12)
Total bases: 8, vs Seattle (5/2//12)
Walks: 3, vs Mississippi (2/11/11)
Home runs: 1, 27 times
Runs scored: 3, 6 times
Hit by pitch: 1, 4 times
Sac flies: 1, 5 times
Sac bunts: 1, 5 times

Innings pitched: 2.0, Boise State, 3/28/12
Strikeouts: 4, Boise State, 3/28/12
Batters faced: 16, Boise State, 3/28/12

Field chances: 6, California, 4/22/12
Putouts: 5, California, 4/22/12
Assists: 2, vs San Diego State, 2/12/12
Assists: 2, vs San Diego State, 2/12/12



Nickname: Big Papi
Favorite Color: Purple
Pets Growing Up: Louis my cat and Humphrey my dog
Favorite Hobbies: Surfing, snowboarding, playing guitar
Something Most People Would be Surprised to Know About Me: I've moved 14 times in my life.
Personal Hero: My Grandpa
When I was a Little Kid I Wanted to be a: Teacher
Intended Career Profession: Athletic Trainer
If I could have dinner with anyone: Phil Knight
I'd Die Without My: Mom
First Car:  2009 Ford Mustang
Favorite Place I've Visited: Bahamas
Favorite Place I'd Like to Travel to: Greece
Favorite Place to take Visitors to Eugene: Casanova Center and Autzen Stadium
Favorite Entrée/Dish: Fettuccine Alfredo
Favorite Ice Cream: Coffee
Favorite Snack: Brownies
Favorite Pizza Toppings: Pepperoni
Favorite Drink: Any kind of smoothie
Favorite Type of Food: Italian
Best Dish I Can Make: Mac n' Cheese
Favorite Movie: The Proposal
Favorite Actor: Vince Vaughn
Favorite Actress: Rachel Bilson
Favorite TV Comedy: South Park
Favorite TV Drama: House
Favorite TV Reality Show: Jersey Shore
Favorite Singer or Band/CD: Trey Songz
Favorite Video Game: Super Mario Brothers on Nintendo 64
I Chose Oregon Because: The campus is beautiful, the facilities are amazing, and all of the school spirit makes football games and other sporting events so much fun to watch.
First Athletic Award When You Were a Little Kid: MVP of my AYSO all-star team when I was 10.
Biggest Prankster on Team: Brittany Rumfelt
Funniest Person on Team: Ashley Kivett
Biggest Fan: My Mom and Dad
If I didn't play softball, I would play/compete in: Soccer





Q: How long have you been a Duck fan or wanted to come to Oregon?

SP: "Ever since freshman year of high school."


Q: When you talk to others about how you love being a Duck, what are the first things you mention?

SP: "I talk about how awesome our coaches and athletic facilities are, and the amazing school spirit all over town."

Q: Besides athletics, what things initially attracted you academically to the University?

SP: "Besides athletics, the things that initially attracted me to the University part of U of O was the beautiful, green campus, and I wanted to be somewhere that had all four seasons."

Q: What things do you remember from your Oregon recruiting trip?

SP: "I stayed in Sam Skillingstad's dorm room, and I remember that all of the girls on the team were really fun and nice, and I wanted to be a part of a team with that atmosphere."

Q: In what ways does playing in the Pac-12 Conference prepare you to be your best?

SP: "Playing against the nation's best teams prepares us to be our best because each and every opposing player is extremely talented, and only the strong (mentally and physically), make it on the field."

Q: What are the special parts about playing in a college town like Eugene?

SP: "Everywhere you turn, either on campus or just around town, you see people in Oregon gear, and Oregon stickers on cars, which is an awesome environment to play in. You know that you will always have fans in the stands cheering you on."

Q: Talk about the team’s chemistry, and what sets it apart from other programs?

SP: "Everyone gets along very well. I loved the team right away because freshmen weren't treated like freshmen, but like everyone else. It was just nice to feel like you are a part of the team right from the very beginning."

Q: Describe Coach White’s mission statement or general philosophy to being successful, both as a team and as an individual.

SP: "Coach wants us to work as hard as we can and stay mentally strong. If we do that, we will get to where we want to be."

Q: When you work with him, what elements of his coaching style do you appreciate the most?

SP: "I love that Coach White pitches to us in practice. He can throw us some of the craziest pitches that I have ever seen, and it helps me read the spin on the ball and detect which pitch is coming. I also love that he helps us with the mental part of the game, and keeps us mentally strong."

Q: Oregon’s state-of-the art facilities are a big thing in the recruiting process – what were your impressions of various ones?

SP: "When we toured the treatment center on my recruiting trip I was in awe. Everything was amazing and I didn't want to leave, and now I am in there every single day. On my trip, I thought the coolest thing that I saw was the underwater treadmills, and I also love the cold and hot tubs to relax in after practice."

Q: Are there other unique elements in the University of Oregon athletic department that you didn’t find anywhere else?

SP: "I love that we have a very knowledgeable nutrition staff that helps each and every one of us out with keeping our bodies healthy and in the best shape that we can be to compete at the highest level."

Q: What’s your major, and what led you to pick it?

SP: "I am a Human Physiology major because I want to be a nurse."

Q: Do you have a special pride to wearing the ‘O’, and why?

SP: "Definitely, because the University of Oregon is the best school in the country! Even when I come home to Southern California and wear my Oregon gear, people are always saying, "GO DUCKS!" I also always see random people around my hometown walking around in Oregon sweatshirts, and it's awesome to see that the school spirit, even in other states."


- -



Samantha Videos:
Samantha Photos: