THIS WEEK’S DUCK SOFTBALL ACTION

Opponent: Utah (14-16-1, 1-5)
Location: Howe Field, Eugene, Ore.
- Tue., April 2, 3 p.m. - Doubleheader
- Wed., April 3, 11:30 a.m.
Opponent Website: www.UtahUtes.com

Opponent: No. 4 California (27-3-1, 3-0)
Location: Levine-Fricke Field, Berkeley, Calif.
- Sat., April 6, 1 p.m. - Doubleheader
- Sun., April 7, Noon
Opponent Website: www.CalBears.com

 

SETTING THE STAGE
Looking ahead to its third weekend of Pac-12 play, the No. 9-ranked University of Oregon softball team (28-5, 3-0) hosts Utah (14-16-1, 1-5) on Tuesday-Wednesday, April 2-3, then heads to fellow WCWS returnee and No. 4 California, Saturday-Sunday, April 6-7.
 
Off to a best-ever 5-1 Pac-12 start for the second time under head coach Mike White, the Ducks will play six games in six days, thanks to doubleheaders vs. Utah on Tuesday and at No. 4 California Saturday

This week, UO is tied for second place in the Pac-12 with No. 2 Arizona State with their 5-1 marks, just behind No. 4 Cal (3-0). The Pac-12 is again the nation’s top conference this week, with seven teams ranked top 20, and an eighth team in the top 25.

Last year, Oregon toppled its second top-ranked foe in White’s tenure with its 1-0 victory over Cal in Eugene. The week before in ‘12, UO swept Utah in Salt Lake City to up its series winning streak to seven straight games.

Oregon comes off a 2-1 weekend at No. 15 Washington and took its first series from the returning Super Regional advancers since 2004. Afterwards, freshman Cheridan Hawkins won her second straight Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honor and school-record third of the season, and junior first baseman Kailee Cuico picked up her first Pac-12 Player of the Week nod.

Overall this season, Oregon sports a 7-4 mark vs. top-25 foes with wins over WCWS returnee and No. 11 LSU, No. 14 Michigan, No. 15 Stanford (3) and No. 15 Washington (2). Three of its top-20 losses came in non-conference play to No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 14 Florida and No. 20 Hawai’i, along with a 2-1 decision at No. 15 UW.

Adding in games vs. other 2012 NCAA tourney returnees from, UO is 11-4 with its victories over Long Beach State, San Diego State (2) and LIU-Brooklyn.

 

THIS WEEK’S PROMOTIONS
Tuesday's doubleheader is a Bi-Mart $2 Tuesday, and fans that show their Bi-Mart card will get $2 admission. Like all Duck softball doubleheaders in 2013, Tuesday's ticket prices are also 2 games for the price of 1.

Wednesday’s 11:30 a.m. game vs. the Utes is Field Trip Day. Kids attending the game with their 4J school classes will get in free, and can participate in coloring contests, and run the bases post-game.


RECENT DUCK STARTERS (2013/2012/Overall Career Starts - All Positions)
C: Alexa Peterson (29/57/134), Janelle Lindvall (21/-/21)
1B: Kailee Cuico (32/61/133)
2B: Kaylan Howard (33/62/203)
SS: Courtney Ceo (32/36/123)
3B: Koral Costa (18/-/18), Jamie Rae Sullivan (16/18/34)
LF: Allie Burger (14/50/172), Alyssa Gillespie (3/-/3), Danica Mercado (17/-/17)
CF: Janie Takeda (33/58/91)
RF: Samantha Pappas (28/60/197)


AROUND THE CORNER
Next week, the Ducks then host eight-time national champion and No. 19 Arizona (April 12-14). Later in April, UO travels to NCAA regional qualifiers - Portland State (Tue., April 16) and  No. 15 UCLA (Fri.-Sun., April 26-28).

Oregon opens May by hosting Seattle (Wed., May 1) and NCAA Regional finalist and No. 24 Oregon State (Fri.-Sun., May 3-5). UO then wraps up the regular season at WCWS veteran and No. 2 Arizona State (Thu.-Sat., May 9-11).

Altogether, Oregon's schedule is one of the nation's toughest and features 32 of its 55 games against NCAA tourney qualifiers from last year (including five Women's College World Series qualifiers).


ON THE TUBE
Next Sunday’s game vs. Arizona (4/14, Noon) is one of five more regular season games televised live this year on the Pac-12 TV Network.

The others are May contests at home vs. Oregon State (Fri., 5/3, 4 p.m.; Sat., 5/4, Noon; Sun., 5/5, 1 p.m.) and at Arizona State (Fri., 5/10, 5 p.m.; Sat., 5/11, 5 p.m.).



OUT OF THE BLOCKS STRONG
With its 5-1 Pac-12 start, Oregon has matched its all-time best opening start that it notched in head coach Mike White’s first season in 2010. In that latter campaign, UO opened with a 2-1 series advantage at Oregon State and took the Beaver series for the first time since ’07. The following weekend in Eugene it swept then-No. 13 California (7-6, 1-0, 8-6) for the first time in school history.


RECENT DUCK ACTION
Last weekend in Seattle, No. 10 Oregon won its first series from No. 15 Washington since 2004 (2-1).

Its 12-1 victory in the opener was UO’s highest run total and biggest win margin in the series dating back to 1993. The Ducks tied their season high in hits (17) that it initially logged vs. No. 14 Michigan four weeks ago, and was just of their season high in runs (13).

Oregon also won the second game, 4-2, 2, thanks to a RBI double and a two-run homer by senior second baseman Kaylan Howard.

UW won the finale, 2-1, after it scored once in its final three innings off both Jessica Moore and Cheridan Hawkins.

For the three games combined, UO owned notable team edges in hitting (.326-.178), hits (28-13), doubles (5-1), homers (5-0), RBI (17-3) and ERA (1.05-5.67).

At the plate for the series, junior catcher Alexa Peterson paced the team in batting (.571), hits (4), doubles (2) and walks (2).

Four other starters also topped .300 – Pac-12 Player of the Week and junior first baseman Kailee Cuico (.444, 4 H, 2 HR, 3 RBI), freshman catcher Janelle Lindvall (.375, 3 H, 2B, HR, 2 RBI), Howard (.364, 4 H, 2B, HR, 4 RBI) and senior right fielder Samantha Pappas (.333, 3 H, 2B).

For the weekend, Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week and freshman Cheridan Hawkins went 1-1 with an 0.78 ERA, seven strikeouts, two walks and six hits allowed. All-American and senior Jessica Moore went 1-0 in her two starts, logged a 1.40 ERA, struck out seven, walked four, and gave up six hits.


DUCK STARTER NOTES
With hits in 14 of her last 17 games, junior catcher Alexa Peterson jumped to fifth nationally this week in the toughest to strikeout category (1:69 at-bats), 10th in batting (.464), 21st in on-base percentage (.543) and 58th in slugging (.768). In Pac-12 rankings, she leads the league in batting (.464) and on-base percentage (.543), and stands seventh in slugging (.768), sacrifice bunts (4) and runners caught stealing (4). On UO’s all-time batting list, she ranks fifth career-wise (.358). Two weeks ago, she tied Oregon’s third-best all-time mark for doubles in a game (2) in her 2-for-2 day vs. New Mexico – her fifth multi-hit game among the last 12.

Peterson has made 15 starts at catcher this year, and split time evenly behind the plate with freshman Janelle Lindvall who has 18 starts. The latter player paces Duck frosh in hits (19), homers (5), RBI (17) and slugging (.543), and collected her first career game-winning RBI in the final two victories over No. 15 Stanford with a sixth-inning pinch-hit double and first-inning single.

Sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda is the Pac-12 leader this week in hits (50) and stolen bases (16) also ranks second in batting (.484) and fourth nationally in the latter category. She has hit safely in 28 of the team’s 33 contests this season (and has a team-high 18 multi-hit games on the season).

Junior shortstop Courtney Ceo ranked top 85 nationally this week in runs (23rd, 1.07 per game), batting (50th, .419) and stolen bases (85th, 0.48 p/g). The All-Region returnee stood top 10 in the Pac-12 in hits (third, 44), stolen bases (third, 13), runs (fourth, 35), batting (fifth, .419) and sacrifice bunts (fourth, 5).

Against No. 15 Washington, junior first baseman Kailee Cuico and senior second baseman Kaylan Howard clubbed their team-leading 10th and ninth homers of the season. This week, they rank 41st and 52nd nationally, and seventh and ninth in the Pac-12, respectively. The pair also ranked 63rd and 116th nationally in RBI this week (1.03 / 0.88 per game).

Senior right fielder Samantha Pappas crushed her first four homers of the season in the span of four games in Orlando in early March and now is tied for fifth all-time for the Ducks career-wise (34). The returning second-team All-American also stands top 10 all-time for UO in batting (fourth, .358), RBI (sixth, 135), hits (eighth, 208), stolen bases (eighth, 52) and doubles (eighth, 35).

Senior Jessica Moore has claimed three of UO’s victories vs. top-25 foes this year vs. then-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. Ranked 33rd nationally in wins (13) and 30th in ERA (1.38) this week, she also stood sixth in the conference in both categories. The returning third-team All-American is the Duck career record holder in strikeouts (804), wins (86), appearances (156) and innings (798.2).

Picking up her third Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honor on Monday, freshman Cheridan Hawkins claimed two of the team’s three wins last weekend - a 10-3 victory over No. 15 Stanford (4 SO, 0 BB, 4H, 5 IP) and a 4-2 decision over No. 15 Washington (7 SO, 2 H, 2 BB, CG). She earned her second league honor the week before after she pitched eight scoreless innings in the first two games vs. No. 15 Stanford. She scored wins in relief in both outings after she retired 14 of her 18 outs via strikeouts, and allowed only two infield hits and no walks. The week before, she struck out 13 batters in her 6.1 innings in the finale vs. New Mexico. That ‘K’ total was the sixth-best in school history and three off her personal-high in six innings vs. Boston College (15) in early March. This week’s conference leader in opposing batting (.109) and saves (3), she also stood second in fewest hits allowed (30) and fourth in ERA (1.29) and fifth in strikeouts (120). Ranked second nationally in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (2.57 avg.), she also stood top 20 nationally in strikeouts per seven innings (eighth, 10.3 avg.), saves (13th) and ERA (18th).

Enjoying an impressive March at the plate, redshirt freshman outfielder Alyssa Gillespie collected her first collegiate hits in a 9-for-15 stretch. She stroked her first collegiate hit on March 1 vs. NCAA tourney returnee Long Island, then stroked a team season high in hits vs. James Madison (4-for-4) two days later for her first multi-hit game. In between those outings, she collected her first extra-base hit vs. Boston College – a double in her 2-for-2 day.

Senior left fielder Allie Burger has hit safely in five of her last nine games, including her first multi-hit tilt of the year vs. New Mexico (2-for-3). With 172 career starts, she leads the team’s starting rotation in left field this season with her 14 opening nods, including five of the last eight games. Freshman Danica Mercado has 10 starts in left field, and showed her versatility with five starts early in the year at third base and twice in right field. Last week she was named with Cheridan Hawkins to the U.S. Junior National Team that will play in the 2013 ISF Jr. World Championships in July in Ontario.

In the opener vs. No. 15 Stanford, freshman Koral Costa made her 11th start at third base since March. The week before vs. No. 15 Stanford, she posted her first multi-RBI game of her career, thanks to her two-out, two-run single in the sixth inning. The versatile utility player also has six starts in left field, and leads freshmen in doubles (4) and stands second in walks (6) behind Lindvall (7). Sophomore Jamie Rae Sullivan also has 16 starts at the hot corner in 2013, and her .263 season batting average includes career highs in hits earlier this year vs. Stephen F. Austin (3-for-3, 3 RBI) and Temple (3-for-5).


MORE TEAM NOTES
- Three Duck starters are hitting +.400 this season – junior catcher Alexa Peterson (.464, 32 H, 4 HR, 20 RBI), sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda (.455, 50 H, 25 RBI, 16 SB) and junior shortstop Courtney Ceo (.419, 44 H, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 13 SB).

- On the Duck career batting charts, three current Ducks rank top five all-time - junior shortstop Courtney Ceo (third, .379), senior right fielder Samantha Pappas (fourth, .359) and junior catcher Alexa Peterson (fifth, .358). Three Ducks also dot the school career homer list (Pappas, fifth, 34; Kaylan Howard, fifth, 35; Kailee Cuico, ninth, 29).

- Junior first baseman Kailee Cuico (18) owns the team’s longest hitting streak of the season (18 games), followed by sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda (13) and junior shortstop Courtney Ceo (11). Senior second baseman Kaylan Howard owned the longest last season (15), and Samantha Pappas rattled off the longest streaks in ’11 (12 games) and ’10 (15).

- Duck pitchers are holding opposing hitters to a .180 hitting mark – the team’s third-best since the start of Pac-12 play, and in the same neighborhood of its best marks from 1985 and ’87 (.176 / .179).

- With freshman Janelle Lindvall’s pair of game-winning RBI vs. No. 15 Stanford, the Duck offense features 11 different players that have knocked in game-winning RBI’s already this year – Kailee Cuico 5, Janie Takeda 4, Courtney Ceo 3, Kaylan Howard 3, Janelle Lindvall 2, Koral Costa 1, Sara Goodrum 1, Danica Mercado 1, Samantha Pappas 1, Alexa Peterson 1, and Jamie Rae Sullivan 1. 

- In early March, the Ducks smacked +4 homers in four of their six games in the Citrus Classic en route to a 19-1 advantage on the trip. The Ducks tied their school record (6) vs. No. 14 Michigan, and also hit four against both No. 11 LSU and James Madison in five and seven innings, and three vs. Boston College in six innings.

- Season-wise, thanks to their homers last week, Kailee Cuico (10) and Kaylan Howard (9) are just shy of the Ducks’ 11th-best mark in a season (11). Altogether, 11 different players have combined for 44 homers this year. Others with round-trippers in 2013 include Samantha Pappas (4), Alexa Peterson (4), Janelle Lindvall (5), Courtney Ceo (4), Stevie Jo Knapp (2), Jamie Rae Sullivan (2), Janie Takeda (2), Koral Costa (1) and Karine Shaver (1).

- Four of those Ducks with round-trippers this season are frosh – Lindvall, Costa, Knapp and Shaver - and Knapp’s came in her first collegiate at-bat.

- UO is on record pace for homers per game in 2012 (1.33) as a team. The Ducks are still ahead of their school-record mark from two years ago (1.22, 2011), while last year’s mark ranks third-best (1.05).


TOPPING THE PAC-12 & NCAA TEAM CHARTS
This week, the Ducks again led the ‘Conference of Champions’ in stolen bases (48), and ranked second in batting (.337), hits (307) and total bases (486), and third in runs (217), RBI (193) and homers (44). In pitching categories, the team sported the top marks in the league in opposing batting (.180) and saves (4), and second-best totals for ERA (1.41), strikeouts (235) and fewest hits allowed (139).

On Monday’s NCAA charts, UO stood top 20 in six categories – ERA (fifth, 1.41), batting (eighth, .337), homers (ninth, 1.33 per game), slugging (ninth, .533), win-loss percentage (10th, .862) and scoring (16th, 6.58 p/g).

Team Category – Current Pac-12 Ranking (NCAA Ranking (if available))
Batting    2nd, .337 (8th)
Slugging    3rd, .533 (9th)
On-Base Pct.    4th, .405
Runs    3rd, 217
Hits    2nd, 307
RBI    3rd, 193
Homers    3rd, 44 (9th)
Total Bases    2nd, 486
Stolen Bases    1st, 48 (49th, 1.45 p/g) ERA    2nd, 1.41
Strikeouts    2nd, 235
Opposing Batting    1st, .180
Saves    1st, 4
Fewest Hits Allowed    2nd, 139
Fewest Walks Allowed    2nd, 57
Fielding    5th, .969 (45th)
Scoring    6.56 (16th)
Win-Loss Pct.    (10th, .848)

 

THIS WEEK’S PAC-12 INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS (NCAA Ranking in ())

Hitting
Batting – Peterson, UO, 1st .464 (10th); Takeda, 2nd, .455 (19th); Ceo, 5th, .419 (50th)
Runs - Ceo, 4th, 35 (63rd); Howard, 5th, 32 (51st)
Hits - Takeda, UO, 1st, 50; Ceo, 3rd, 44
On-Base Pct. – Peterson, UO, 1st, .543 (21st)
Slugging – Ziegenhirt, Cal, 1st, .946    Peterson, 7th, .768 (58th); Cuico, 10th, .719 (89th)
RBI – Cuico, 8th, 34 (91st)
HR - Bates, UCLA, 1st, 14; Cuico, 7th, 10 (41st); Howard, 9th, 9 (52nd)
SB - Takeda, UO, 1st, 16 (62nd)    Ceo, 3rd, 13 (63rd)

Pitching
ERA – Hawkins, 4th 1.29 (18th); Moore, 6th, 1.38 (25th); Hovinga, 8th, 1.80
Opp. BA - Hawkins, UO, 1st, .109; Moore, 8th, .205
Strikeouts - Hawkins, 5th, 120 (57th); Moore, 8th, 79
SO Looking - Moore, 8th, 86
Wins - Moore, 6th, 13 (33rd); Hawkins, 8th, 12 (55th)
Saves - Hawkins, UO, 1st, 3 (13th); Moore, 12th, 1
Games - Hawkins, 5th, 23; Moore, 8th, 22
Starts – Moore, 5th, 17
Games Finished – Hawkins, UO, 1st, 13    Hovinga, 7th, 8
Hits Allowed  - Hawkins, UO (2nd, 2.57 p/ 7 innings)
Walks – Hovinga, 3rd, 11; Moore, 7th, 23
 
 
PRIDE OF THE PAC-12
Three Ducks topped the Pac-12 individual rankings this week - sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda (hits, 50; stolen bases, 16), junior catcher Alexa Peterson (batting, .464; on-base percentage, .543) and freshman pitcher Cheridan Hawkins (opposing batting, .109; saves, 3; games finished, 13).

Hawkins ranked second in the nation in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (2.57 avg.), and eighth in strikeouts (11.3 per 7 innings), 13th in saves (3) and 81st in ERA (1.29).

At the plate, junior catcher Alexa Peterson was the fifth-toughest player to strike out nationally (with her 1 strikeout in 69 at-bats this year), and ranked 10th in batting (.464), 21st in on-base percentage and 58th in slugging (.768).

Others ranked top 60 nationally included Takeda (batting, 19th, .484), senior pitcher Jessica Moore (wins, 33rd, 13), junior shortstop Courtney Ceo (runs, 22nd, 1.0 per game; batting, 50th, .419), junior first baseman Kailee Cuico (homers, 41st, 10) and senior second baseman Kaylan Howard (runs, 51st, 0.97 p/g; homers, 52nd, 9).


2012 DUCK-UTE-BEAR REWIND
Last year in Salt Lake City, the Ducks swept Utah (9-0, 6-2, 11-1 (6 innings), and went 1-2 at home vs. then-No. 1 California (8-1 loss, 1-0 win, 10-0 loss (6)).

Against the Utes last year, then-senior Christie Nieto hit safely in all five at-bats and hit two homers and two doubles for a eye-popping 2.600 slugging mark. Five other multi-game starters topped .300 – Alexa Peterson (.600, 6 H, HR, 4 RBI), Samantha Pappas (.455, 5 H, 2B, 3B, HR, 5 RBI, SB), Kelsey Chambers (.400, 4 H, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI), Janie Takeda (.364, 4 H, 2B, SB) and Kaylan Howard (.364, 4 H, 2B, 2 SB).

Duck pitchers Karissa Hovinga and Jessica Moore split time in the circle evenly. Each worked 10 innings, and their stats follow: Hovinga (0.00, 1-0, 6 SO, 4 BB, 7 H), Moore (1.40, 2-0, 8 SO, 1 BB, 11 H).

Against Cal, Moore became the first pitcher to shutout the Bears in 2012, and struck out eight, walked only one and allowed only four hits. She made all three starts, and pitched 13.2 of the team’s 20 innings (14 SO, 8 BB, 12 H, .222 opposing batting).

At the plate, Kailee Cuico drove in the game-winning RBI in the second game with her two-out, sixth-inning single. For the series, Howard led UO in batting (.500, 4 H), followed by Peterson and Cuico who each hit .286 (2-for-7) and both had one RBI.


DUCK 2013 TEAM PREVIEW
Boasting arguably its deepest roster ever, the World Series returnee Ducks return starters at seven of the eight field positions, and both of its pitchers from last year - senior Jessica Moore and sophomore Karissa Hovinga.

The returning Third-Team All-American from Sutter, Calif., Moore is already the school career record for wins (86) and strikeouts (804), and owns its top-three season strikeout totals (256, 2012; 238, second ‘10; 224, third, ‘11).

Hovinga made three appearances for the Canadian National Team in the World Championships last summer and won both of her starts.

UO sports another All-America returnee in senior Samantha Pappas – the first Duck outfielder to claim All-America honors with her second-team national nod in 2012.

In January, Moore and Pappas were tabbed to the 2013 USA Softball Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List. Subsequent finalist lists will be released on April 10 (Top 25), May 8 (Top 10) and May 22 (Top 3), while the winner will be announced on May 28 before the Women’s College World Series.

Six other Duck returnees have earned various conference and region honors - senior outfielders Allie Burger (All-Region Second Team, All-Pac-12 Freshman Team) and infielder Kaylan Howard (All-Pac-12 Second Team, All-Region First Team), and junior infielders Courtney Ceo (All-Region Second Team, All-Pac-12 Freshman Team), Kailee Cuico (All-Region Second Team) and Alexa Peterson (All-Region First Team, Pac-12 All-Freshman Team) and sophomore outfielder Janie Takeda (Pac-12 All-Freshman Team).


NEW TO THE FOLD
The Ducks said farewell to four seniors last season, yet welcome a talented seven-person newcomer class that featured four players on the ESPN.com Top 100 recruit list – third-most nationally.

That quartet includes catcher Janelle Lindvall (#9, Stevenson Ranch, Calif.), left-handed pitcher Cheridan Hawkins (#11, Anderson, Calif.), infielder Danica Mercado (#27, Temecula, Calif.) and utility player Koral Costa (#63, San Pedro, Calif.).

UO’s other three heralded additions include infielders Stevie Jo Knapp (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Karine Shaver (Waipahu, Hawai’i), and redshirt freshman outfielder Alyssa Gillespie (Hillsboro, Ore.) – a former Gatorade prep state player of the year.


UPCOMING OPPONENT NOTES

Utah (14-16-1, 1-5)
This week, the Utes lead the nation in doubles plays per game (0.87 per game), and also rank top 100 in triples (25th, 0.29 per game) and doubles (71st, 1.32 p/g). Three Utah individuals stood top 100 nationally this week – junior center fielder Chalese Fankhauser (triples, 13th, 4), senior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina (doubles, 72nd, 0.29 p/g; triples, 90th, 2) and sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman (triples, 90th, 2). … The team returns two of its All-Pac-12 honorable mentions from last season – senior first baseman Katelyn Elliott and Hoopiiaina – and graduated fellow picks Whitney Holm, Generra Nielson and Tia Palauni. … Second-year Pac-12 member Utah has defeated four returning NCAA tournament qualifiers this season – No. 17 Arizona (8-4), Long Beach State (3-1), Long Island Brooklyn (7-0) and UNLV (14-6). … Sixth-year head coach Amy Hogue owns a 147-153-1 record at the helm, and factoring in her five-year stint at Salt Lake Community Coach, sports a 343-238-1 record overall.
 
Top Ute Players (Notable 2013 Stats)
Kelsi Hoopiiaina, Sr., SS - .369, 38 H, 9 2B, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 4 SB
Chalese Fankhauser, Jr., CF - .318, 28 H, 5 2B, 4 3B, 4 SB
Kate Dickman, So., LF - .298, 28 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 12 RBI
Shelby Pacheco, Fr., C - .270, 20 H, 3 2B, 3 HR, 17 RBI
Naomi Amu, Jr., RHP – 3.02, 7-6, 85.2 IP, 33 SO, 22 BB, .313 OppBA
Mariah Ramirez, So., RHP – 3.70, 4-6, 75.2 IP, 33 SO, 27 BB, 85 H, .284 OppBA


No. 4 California (27-3, 3-0)
The Women’s College World Series returnee Bears have ranked top 10 in the national polls the entire season, and key wins this year have come over No. 15 Baylor (3-0), No. 20 Hawai’i  (1-0), Nebraska (1-0), Northwestern (2-0) and San Diego State (1-0). … This week, Cal ranked sixth nationally in ERA (1.42) and eighth in fielding (.979), and also stood 28th in homers (1.07 per game) and 52nd in slugging (.458). The Bears are anchored in the circle by returning Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year Jolene Henderson. The senior right-hander led the nation in shutouts (12) this week, and ranked top 11 nationally in wins (second, 22), ERA (fourth, 0.90), strikeouts (eighth, 174) and hits allowed (11th, 3.86 per game). Senior catcher Lindsey Ziegenhirt also stood top 20 nationally in RBI (fifth, 1.36 p/g), slugging (seventh, .946) and homers (16th, 12), and two other hitters stand top 100 – freshman outfielder Khala Taylor (triples, 90th, 2) and senior infielder Danielle Henderson (walks, 98th, 0.60 per game)… The team returns six starters, one pitcher and 12 letterwinners from last year’s squad that won the Pac-12 title and went 58-7 overall. … Head Coach Diane Ninemire owns an 1140-519 record in Berkeley, and in her 26 seasons at the helm has led Cal to one national title and 11 World Series bids among its 23 straight regional trips.
 
Top Golden Bear Players (Notable 2013 Stats)
Lindsey Ziegenhirt, Sr., C - .378, 12 HR, 38 RBI
Cheyenne Cordes, So., OF/OF - .367, 36 H, 7 2B, 5 HR, 24 RBI
Khala Taylor, Fr., OF - .351, 27 H, 2 3B, 7 SB
Britt Vonk, Jr., SS - .279, 17 H, 3B, 9 BB
Danielle Henderson, So., 3B/C - .277, 23 H, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB
Victoria Jones, Jr., IF/C - .266, 21 H, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 2 SB
Jolene Henderson, Sr., RHP/1B – .313, 21 H, 5 2B, 5 HR, 17 RBI; 0.90, 23-2, 174 SO, 30 BB, 170.2 IP, .160 OppBA
Nisa Ontiveros, Fr., RHP – 4.14, 3-1, 25.1 IP, 11 SO, 9 BB, 33 H, .308 OppBA
 


ALL-TIME DUCK-UTE SERIES RESULTS
Series Record: Oregon  leads, 14-9
4/13/2012    at Utah* (UO #15)    W, 9-0
4/14/2012    at Utah* (UO #15)    W, 6-2
4/15/2012    at Utah* (UO #15)    W, 11-1
2/18/2011    vs. Utah (UO #14)    W, 8-5 (9)
2/25/2010    vs. Utah    W, 4-2
3/1/2009    vs. Utah    W, 2-0
2/18/2007    vs. Utah    W, 6-0
3/1/2002    vs. Utah    L, 2-7
2/9/2001    vs. Utah    W, 4-1
2/18/2000    vs. Utah    L, 0-1
2/21/1998    vs. Utah    W, 8-2
2/24/1996    vs. Utah    L, 3-4
2/17/1995    vs. Utah    W, 3-1
3/24/1993    vs. Utah    L, 3-4
3/26/1992    vs. Utah    L, 1-4
3/23/1990    vs. Utah    L, 0-3
2/17/1989    vs. Utah    W, 2-1
5/27/1989    vs. Utah    W, 7-0
3/5/1988    vs. Utah    W, 3-0
3/25/1988    vs. Utah    W, 7-0
3/6/1987    vs. Utah    L, 0-1
1980    Utah    L, 3-6
1982    Utah     L, 0-1
 


ALL-TIME DUCK-GOLDEN BEAR SERIES RESULTS
Series Record: California leads, 76-38
4/20/2012    #1 California (UO #14)    L, 1-8
4/21/2012    #1 California (UO #14)    W, 1-0
4/22/2012    #1  California (UO #14)    L, 0-10
6/2/12    vs. #1 California (UO #12)    L, 3-6
4/15/2011    at #13 California (UO #17)    L, 0-5
4/16/2011    at #13 Cal (UO #17)    L, 0-2
4/17/2011    at #13 Cal (UO #17)    L, 2-5
4/9/2010    #13 Cal (UO #21)    W, 7-6 (9)
4/10/2010    #13 Cal (UO #21)    W, 1-0
4/11/2010    #13 Cal (UO #21)    W, 8-6 (9)
4/3/2009    #12 California    W, 7-0
4/25/2009    at #15 California    L, 2-7
4/26/2009    at #15 California    L, 0-1
4/11/2008    at #22 California    L, 2-3 (11)
5/3/2008    #22 California    L, 1-6
5/4/2008    #22 California    W, 4-1
3/30/2007    California (UO #13)    W, 4-3
5/11/2007    at California (UO #20)    W, 8-2
5/12/2007    at California (UO #20)    L, 2-4
4/7/2006    at #7 California    W, 5-1
4/29/2006    #8 California    L, 0-4
4/30/2006    #7 California    L, 0-6
4/15/2005    #3 California (UO #25)    L, 5-6
5/7/2005    at #2 California (UO #25)    L, 0-1
5/8/2005    at #2 California (UO #25)    L, 0-1
4/2/2004    at #3 California (UO #15)    W, 4-0
5/15/2004    #3 California (UO #12)    L, 1-3
5/15/2004    #3 California (UO #12)    L, 2-5
3/9/2003    #8 California (UO #23)    L, 0-6
4/5/2003    at #7 California (UO #19)    L, 0-4
4/6/2003    at #7 California (UO #19)    L, 1-4
5/9/2003    #5 California (UO #18)    W, 9-1
4/6/2002    California    L, 2-3
4/7/2002    California    L, 0-7
5/10/2002    at California    L, 2-3
3/10/2001    California    L, 0-6
4/7/2001    at #5 California    L, 0-4
4/8/2001    at #5 California    L, 4-9
5/11/2001    #6 California    L, 4-7
2/26/2000    California    L, 1-12
3/19/2000    California    L, 0-3
4/14/2000    at California    W, 3-2
5/6/2000    California    L, 0-4
5/7/2000    California    W, 4-0
4/10/1999    at California    L, 1-9
4/10/1999    at California    W, 7-0
5/9/1999    California    L, 6-10
5/9/1999    California    L, 0-3
4/4/1998    California    W, 3-2
4/4/1998    California    W, 5-3
5/9/1998    at California    L, 0-2
5/9/1998    at California    L, 0-8
4/5/1997    at California    L, 0-4
4/5/1997    at California    W, 13-8
5/11/1997    California    W, 5-3
5/11/1997    California    L, 3-4
3/10/1996    at California    L, 0-3
3/10/1996    at California    W, 2-0
4/20/1996    California    L, 0-5
4/30/1995    at California    W, 2-0
4/30/1995    at California    W, 2-0
5/6/1995    California    L, 1-8
5/6/1995    California    W, 3-2
3/22/1994    at California    L, 0-10
3/22/1994    at California    W, 1-0
4/16/1994    California    W, 2-0
4/16/1994    California    W, 3-2
5/20/1994    California    W, 3-2
5/21/1994    California    W, 2-1
3/20/1993    at California    W, 1-0
3/20/1993    at California    L, 1-3
3/9/1992    at California    L, 1-4
3/9/1992    at California    L, 1-6
5/2/1992    California    L, 0-2
5/2/1992    California    W, 1-0
3/30/1991    at California    L, 0-3
3/30/1991    at California    L, 0-2
5/4/1991    California    L, 0-4
5/4/1991    California    L, 0-1
2/15/1990    California    W, 2-1
3/18/1990    at California    L, 0-6
3/18/1990    at California    L, 0-3
5/4/1990    California    W, 1-0
5/4/1990    California    W, 1-0
2/17/1989    California    L, 0-1
4/1/1989    at California    L, 3-4
4/1/1989    at California    L, 1-7
4/9/1989    California    L, 1-2
4/9/1989    California    W, 4-0
2/21/1988    California    W, 5-4
3/30/1988    at California    W, 3-2
3/30/1988    at California    L, 1-2
5/8/1988    California    L, 1-4
5/8/1988    California    W, 1-0
4/16/1987    California    L, 1-2
4/16/1987    California    L, 3-5
4/26/1987    California    L, 2-4
4/26/1987    California    W, 6-0
4/13/1986    California    L, 0-7
4/13/1986    California    L, 1-4
4/21/1986    at California    L, 0-7
4/21/1986    at California    L, 1-4
1985    California    L, 0-2
1985    California    L, 0-2
1984    California    L, 0-2
1984    California    L, 1-7
1984    California    L, 0-1
1983    California    L, 0-3
1983    California    L, 0-1
1981    California    L, 0-7
1980    California    L, 0-1
1980    California    L, 1-3
1980    California    L, 0-1
1979    California    W, 1-0
 

AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH
Last week, a pair of seniors climbed positions on several school all-time career lists - Kaylan Howard (homers, fifth, 34; RBI, seventh, 122) and Samantha Pappas (runs, fifth, 130). Senior pitcher Jessica Moore added to her school record totals for wins (86), strikeouts (804), appearances (156) and innings (798.2).

Altogether, eight current Ducks stand top 10 in several career/season/game offensive categories, and a complete list follows.

 
UO ALL-TIME HITTING CHARTS

Allie Burger
Season
Triples – 6th, 4, 2010
Batting – 11th, .387, 2010

Game
Stolen Bases – 4th-t, 3, vs. Utah State, 3/20/11
RBI - 10th-t, 5, vs. Oregon State, 4/3/10

Courtney Ceo
Career
Batting – 3rd, .379

Game
Hits - 2nd-t, 4, vs. Arkansas, 2/19/11

Kailee Cuico
Career
Homers – 9th, 29 (8th is 31, 6th is 33, 5th is 34)

Season
RBI – 3rd, 53, 2012 (2nd is 61, 1st is 73)
Homers – 7th, 12, 2012
Homers – 15th, 11, 2013
Walks – 7th, 31, 2012 (6th is 32, 5th is 33, 3rd is 37)

Game
Doubles – 1st-t, 3 vs. Utah State, 3/20/11
RBI – 10th-t, 5 vs. Long Beach State, 2/15/13

Kaylan Howard
Career
Home Runs – 5th, 34 (3rd is 35, 2nd is 37, 1st is 37)
RBI – 7th, 122 (9th is 119, 7th is 121)

Season
Extra-Base Hits – 3rd-t, 29, 2012 (2nd is 30, 1st is 31)
RBI – 4th, 52, 2012 (3rd is 53, 2nd is 61, 1st is 73)
Doubles – 5th, 15, 2012 (2nd is 16, 1st is 18)
Total Bases – 5th-t, 116 (4th is 117, 3rd is 120, 2nd is 127)
Home Runs – 7th-t, 12, 2012 (6th is 13, 4th is 14)
Slugging – 10th, .641 (9th is .643; 8th is .660)

Game
Doubles – 3rd-t, 2, vs. Portland State, 4/18/12; vs. SJSU, 2/9/13
RBI – 10th-t, 5, at #7 Georgia Tech, 5/22/10


Samantha Pappas
Career
Batting – 4th, .359
Runs – 5th, 130 (5th is 130, 4th is 135, 3rd is 144)
Homers – 5th, 34 (3rd is 36, 2nd is 36, 1st is 37)
Walks – 5th, 80 (4th is 86, 2nd-tie is 96)
RBI – 6th, 135 (5th is 136, 4th is 138, 3rd is 141)
Stolen Bases – 8th, 52 (6th is 58, 5th is 60, 3rd is 71)

Season
Doubles – 2nd, 16-tied, 2012
RBI – 3rd, 48, 2010
Slugging – 5th, .675, 2012
Extra-Base Hits – 6th, 27, 2012
Total Bases – 7th, 114, 2012
Batting – 7th, .396, 2012
Slugging – 7th, .641, 2010
Total Bases – 7th-t, 107, 2010
Home Runs – 8th-t, 11, 2010
Hits – 9th, 67
Stolen Bases – 12th-t, 21, 2012
Batting – 12th, .383, 2010

Game
Stolen Bases – 4th-t, 3, vs. N. Texas, 2/12/11
RBI - 10th-t, 5, 3/26/10
*Doubles – 3rd-t, 2 vs. Seattle, 5/2/12

Alexa Peterson
Career
Batting – 4th, .359

Game
Home Runs – 3rd-t, 2, vs. Nevada, 2/18/11


UO ALL-TIME PITCHING CHARTS

Jessica Moore
Career
Strikeouts – 1st, 804 (2nd is 584)
Wins – 1st, 86 (2nd is 73)
Shutouts – 5th, 15 (4th is 18, 3rd is 21, 2nd is 22, 1st is 31)
Appearances – 1st, 156 (2nd-t is 142)
Innings – 2nd, 798.2 (1st is 783.0)
Complete Games – 6th, 68 (5th is 76, 4th is 80, 3rd is 82)

Season
Strikeouts – 1st, 244, 2012 (2nd is 238)
Wins – 2nd, 32, 2012 (1st is 42)
Starts – 2nd, 44, 2012 (1st is 53)
Appearances – 2nd, 49, 2012 (1st is 61)
Innings – 2nd, 285.2, 2012 (1st is 361.2)
Complete Games – 4th, 31, 2012 (4th is 30, 3rd is 32)
Strikeouts, 1st, 238, 2010
Strikeouts – 3rd, 224, 2011
Wins – 3rd-t, 24, 2011
Wins – 15th, 16, 2010
Appearances – 8th-t, 41, 2010, ‘11
Starts – 6th, 36, 2011

Game
Strikeouts – 3rd, 14, vs. No. 1 Alabama, 3/13/12
Strikeouts – 3rd, 14, vs. Portland State, 5/6/10
Strikeouts – 4th, 13, vs. No. 3 Arizona, 5/7/10
Strikeouts – 5t, 12, vs. Creighton, 2/12/10
Strikeouts – 5t, 1, vs. Cal Poly, 3/6/10
Strikeouts – 5t, 12, vs. No. 16 BYU, 2/10/11
Strikeouts – 11t, 11, vs. No. 19 Texas A&M, 2/25/11
Strikeouts – 11t, 11, vs. North Carolina, 3/4/11
Strikeouts – 11th, 11, vs. Fordham, 5/21/11
Strikeouts – 18t, 10, vs. Hawai’i, 2/26/10
Strikeouts – 18t, 10, at PSU, 3/23/10
Strikeouts – 18t, 10, at Oregon State, 4/1/10


Cheridan Hawkins
Game
Strikeouts – 2nd, 15, vs. Boston College, 3/2/13
Strikeouts – 6th, 13, vs. New Mexico, 3/13/13
Strikeouts – 20th, 10, vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 2/16/13


IN THE POLLS
This week, Oregon claimed its 10th straight top-10 national ranking in the regular season’s eighth editions.

Improving a spot in the USA Softball poll to No. 9, and holding steady in the NFCA version, respectively, No. 9/10 UO was one of three top-10 ranked teams in the Pac-12 this week with a pair of fellow WCWS returnees - No. 2/2 Arizona State and No. 4/5 California.

Overall, Oregon was one of eight league members that ranked top 25 nationally in the USA SB/NFCA polls this week with No. 14/14 Stanford, No. 15/15 UCLA, No. 15/17 Washington, No. 22/19 Arizona and No. -/24 Oregon State.

For comparison's sake, a complete list of Pac-12 rankings from the previous USA SB/NFCA edition follows: No. 2/2 Arizona State, No. 4/5 California, No. 10/10 Oregon, No. 14/12 UCLA, No. 15/16 Washington, No. 15/17 Stanford, No. 21/17 Arizona and No. -/23 Oregon State.

Six other Duck non-conference foes in 2013 were also tabbed top 25 this week by USA SB/NFCA – No. 1/1 Oklahoma, No. 3/3 Florida, No. 12/12 Michigan, No. 13/13 LSU, No. 19/22 Nebraska and No. 21/16 Hawai’i.

Overall at the top of the USA SB/NFCA polls, the top eight teams stayed steady last week. No. 1/1 Oklahoma, No. 2/2 Arizona State and No. 3/3 Florida held steady for the fourth straight week, followed by No. 4/5 California, No. 5/6 Tennessee, No. 7/4 Alabama and No. 8/8 Texas.

Altogether, Oregon has now been ranked for 49 straight polls by USA Softball and 44 by the NFCA, and its week-by-week USA SB/ NFCA rankings in that stretch follow: 2013 – Preseason 6/5, 2/12 7/9, 2/19 9/11, 2/26 12/10, 3/5 8/9, 3/12 9/10, 3/19 10/10, 3/26 10/10. 2012 - Preseason 11th/16th, 2/14 19/19, 2/21 21/19, 2/28 18/18, 3/6 15/18; 3/13 14/17; 3/20 15/17; 3/27 16/17; 4/3 17/18; 4/10 15/19; 4/17 14/18; 4/25 15/16; 5/2 12/13; 5/9 12/13; 5/16 12/12; 6/12 5/5. 2011 - Preseason 14th/14th, 2/15 14th/14th, 2/22 13th/13th, 3/2 13th/13th, 3/9 15th/14th, 3/16 16th/15th, 3/23 15th/16th, 3/30 14th/15th, 4/5 15th/16th, 4/12 17th/17th, 4/19 19th/21th, 4/26 16th/19th, 5/3 12th/17th, 5/10 11th/14th, 5/17 11th/12th, 6/15 14th/15th. 2010 - 3/8 25th/-; 3/15 25th/-; 3/22 21st/-; 3/29 21st/ RV; 4/5 17th/ RV; 4/12 17th/23rd; 4/19 18th/20th; 4/26 19th/20th; 5/3 20th/22nd; 5/5 20th/22nd; 5/10 21st-t/22nd; 6/15 14th/14th.

Complete NFCA and USA Softball polls are available at the https://nfca.org/index.php/polls and http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=7248 URL addresses.

In this week’s NCAA RPI rankings, UO stood fifth overall and tops in the Pac-12, ahead of #6 California, #7 Arizona State, #14 Washington, #16 UCLA, #19 Stanford, #28 Arizona, #31 Oregon State and #82 Utah. Complete NCAA RPI ratings are available at the http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/softball/d1/ncaa_womens_softball_rpi URL address.


PICKS OF THE PAC-12
In March and early April, freshman pitcher Cheridan Hawkins was honored with a school-record three Pac-12 Softball Pitcher of the Week honors.

The first came after she helped lead the Ducks to a 6-0 run in the Citrus Classic in Orlando to open March. Among her four appearances, she logged UO’s second-highest strikeout tally ever (15) in her six-inning shutout of Boston College. That tally was one shy of the school record, and her only hit allowed came with one out remaining (while she only walked one).

In the tourney finale vs. James Madison, the Anderson, Calif., native struck out six, walked one and allowed only two hits vs. the Dukes who picked up votes in last week’s national poll. Against returning NCAA tourney advancer Long Island, she struck out all six batters she faced in her two innings of relief.

She allowed only one earned run on the weekend, which ended a 39.0 streak of innings without allowing an earned run. Among the team’s six games combined, she led in ERA (0.45), wins (2), innings (15.2), strikeouts (29) and opposing batting average (.078).

Three weeks later, she was honored for her eight scoreless innings in relief in the Pac-12-opening 4-3 and 3-2 victories over No. 15 Stanford. In those games, she retired 14 of her 18 combined outs via strikeouts and allowed only two infield hits and no walks or runs. She also bettered her season strikeout-per-seven-innings average (10.80) that ranked sixth nationally the week before with a 16.33 weekend average.

Factoring in her win in her start and 10-3 decision in the finale, she struck out 18 batters in her 11 innings for the three games, walked none, and allowed six hits and three runs for a 1.91 ERA.

The final week of March she claimed two of the team’s three league wins over the Cardinal (10-3) and No. 15 Huskies (4-2).

In the finale over Stanford, she struck out four, walked none and allowed four hits in her five innings. She logged seven strikeouts vs. UW in her second-game win, and allowed only two hits and two walks in her second complete game of the campaign.

Overall for her three appearances, she led the team in wins (2), innings (14.0), strikeouts (11) and fewest walks (2).

That same weekend in the three games vs. Washington and finale vs. Stanford, junior first baseman Kailee Cuico led the Ducks in home runs (3), RBI (6) and slugging (1.077) for the week's four games.

The Carson, Calif., native tallied 3 RBI in the 10-3 finale over No. 15 Stanford - her second-highest total of the year. She logged a pair of two-hit games vs. No. 15 Washington, and multi-RBI games vs. both foes.

Those awards marked the 40th and 41st pitcher/player selections in school history, and 11 in the tenure of head coach Mike White.

Among the current roster, junior outfielder Samantha Pappas and pitcher Jessica Moore are two-time recipients, and sophomore catcher Alexa Peterson and junior outfielder Allie Burger received similar nods in 2011 and ’10, respectively.


SKED CRED
The Ducks face another grueling regular season slate in 2013 with 32 of their 55 games this spring against 16 returning tournament qualifiers from last year’s NCAA tournament field.

Among the Ducks’ 35 opponents, UO will face four other WCWS returnees in national runner-up Oklahoma, Arizona State, California and LSU.

The Ducks will take on three other Super Regional advancers (Arizona, Michigan, Washington), four more NCAA Regional finalists (Florida, Oregon State, San Diego State, Stanford) and five other NCAA tourney qualifiers (Hawai’i, Long Beach State, Long Island, Portland State and UCLA).

Among the team’s 18 other foes this spring, six others were recent NCAA tourney advancers, including Nebraska (’11, ’10, ‘09), Western Michigan (’11), Virginia (’10), Cal Poly (’09), Cal State Fullerton (’09) and UNLV (’09).


2012 – ANOTHER MEMORABLE SEASON
Last spring, Oregon (45-18, 13-9) ended the season ranked a best-ever fifth nationally in the USA Softball and NFCA polls – also the third straight season it ended the slate top 15 in both. Oregon opened the campaign tabbed No. 11 and No. 16, respectably, and stood top 25 all season long.

UO staked its second-most wins ever (45) and placed third in the nation’s top softball conference. The Ducks staked back-to-back top-three Pac-12 finishes for the first time since the Pac-12 expanded to eight teams in 1994. Oregon also beat every league rival in the same season for the third time in that stretch.

Among other conference notes, UO won season series vs. both UCLA and Arizona for the second straight season and third and fourth times ever vs. the 11- and eight-time national champions, respectively. Oregon also topped Stanford in the season series for the second straight year and ninth time overall.

Making its 14th-ever regional trip (and hosting for the first time ever), UO went 3-0 for the third straight year under head coach Mike White, thanks to its mid-May wins at Howe Field vs. Portland State (7-3) and BYU (6-4, 4-1). In late May in Austin, #11 seed Oregon registered its first-ever NCAA Super Regional victories en route to a 2-1 mark and upset of #6 seed Texas (L: 3-1; W: 5-4 (8 innings), 10-6).

Under White, Oregon is now 12-7 in the postseason since 2010 thanks to its 6-3 mark in 2012. In comparison, it went 25-21 in its 11 combined prior postseason trips since 1989.

Overall, UO went 25-15 against NCAA tourney advancers, and 16-13 vs. top-25 teams in 2012, including a 1-0 win mid-April vs. then-No. 1 California (its second upset of a top-ranked foe in White’s tenure).

Last year's Duck offense broke school records for RBI (335) and runs (363), and stood second all-time in batting (.308), doubles (90) and total bases (824), and third in hits (520), walks (207), runs per game (5.76), doubles per game (1.43) and RBI per game (5.32). In the circle, the Ducks' 45 wins in a 63-game season ranked second-best all-time behind its 54 victories in in 1989’s 72-game campaign.


HOME SWEET HOWE
After a 5-0 start at home in 2013, Oregon points towards another impressive home schedule this season after it swept its home-opening doubleheader vs. New Mexico and three-game series vs. No. 15 Stanford in March.

Later this spring, UO also points towards three-game home league series vs. Utah (Tue.-Wed., 4/2-3), Arizona (Fri.-Sun., 4/12-14) and Oregon State (Fri.-Sun., 5/3-5), and another non-conference doubleheader vs. Seattle (Wed., 5/1).

The Ducks come off one of their most exciting home slates in 2012, after they went 16-8 in the friendly confines of Howe Field. Oregon hosted its first-ever postseason games and went 3-0 in NCAA Regional play with wins over BYU (twice) and Portland State. In prior months, the Ducks won season series vs. then-No. 14 UCLA (2-1), Boise State (3-0), Portland State (2-0) and Seattle (2-0), and tied season series (1-1) with recent national champions and then-No. 5 Arizona State and then-No. 7 Washington. UO also upset its second top-ranked foe in head coach Mike White’s tenure (California, 1-0), and added another win vs. a top-10 foe and World Series returnee in Missouri.

Sporting a 12-4 home record in 2011, UO ended 15- and 10-game losing streaks to then-No. 12 UCLA and then-No. 10 Stanford in that May, and took each season series for the first time since 2005 and ’07, respectively. In mid-April, UO celebrated its first series sweep of Oregon State since 1994, and third ever. Two weeks before, Oregon’s 2-1 win vs. then-No. 3 ASU in early April marked its seventh top-10 ranked Pac-11 victim at Howe Field the past two years. Earlier this season, UO went 4-0 in non-conference action vs. Weber State (6-1, 6-2) and Utah State (11-3, 9-0).

In 2010, the Ducks went 14-5 in the friendly confines after they rattled off a 12-0 start, then staked at least one win in every home series against the nation's top conference. Oregon's perfect early season run included its first-ever sweep of then-No. 13 Cal in April. The following weekend, UO beat its first top-ranked team, then-No. 1 Washington, since 2004, with its 4-0 victory against the returning national player of the year Danielle Lawrie. Oregon’s other league home victories came vs. then-No. 3 Arizona (2-1) in nine innings when Neena Bryant hit a two-run shot off another of the nation’s top pitchers, Kenzie Fowler.


NATIONAL / REGION / PAC-12 HONOR ROLL
Last May, Oregon was one of five programs nationally (and three in the Pac-12 with ASU and UCLA) that placed all six of its NFCA All-Region nominees on first and second teams, and senior Samantha Pappas and Jessica Moore went on to score second- and third-team All-America honors. UO now has 10 all-time All-America honors altogether, and Pappas was the first Duck outfield recipient, while Moore was the fourth Oregon pitcher.

Altogether during third-year head coach Mike White’s tenure, the Ducks have claimed seven of their 19 first-team all-time selections (and six of its 25 second-team choices) in the honor dating back to 1988. Oregon’s previous All-Region selection record (5) came in ’89, the year it advanced to the Women’s College World Series. That team featured four first-team and one second-team selections.

Among conference honors, 11 players were honored to various All-Pac-12 teams in 2012. All-time for Oregon, UO has racked up 21 first-team honors and 37 second-team selections in the award based on a vote by league head coaches.

A list of current Ducks’ all-time All-Region and All-Pac-12 honors follows:
 
Allie Burger, Sr., OF
2010
All-Region Second Team
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

Courtney Ceo, Jr., SS
2012
All-Region Second Team
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

2011
All-Region Second Team
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team

Kailee Cuico, Jr., 1B
2012
All-Region Second Team
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

2011
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team Honorable Mention

Sara Goodrum, So., OF
2012
All-Pac-12 Freshman Hon. Mention

Karissa Hovinga, So., RHP
2012
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team Honorable Mention

Kaylan Howard, Sr., 2B
2012
All-Region First Team
All-Pac-12 Second Team

2010
All-Pac-12 Freshman Hon. Mention

Jessica Moore, Sr. RHP
2012
NFCA Third-Team All-American
All-Pac-12 First Team
All-Region First Team

2011
All-Pac-12 First Team
All-Region First Team

2010: All-Region First Team
All-Pac-12 Second Team
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team

Samantha Pappas, Sr., RF
2012
NFCA Second-Team All-American
All-Pac-12 First Team
All-Region First Team

2011
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

2010
Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year
All-Pac-12 First Team
All-Region First Team
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team

Alexa Peterson, Jr., C
2012
All-Region First Team
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention
Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team
Academic All-District Team

2011
All-Region Second Team
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team

Janie Takeda, So., CF
2012
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team

 
TOP DUCK PROFILE
Fourth-year head coach Mike White is widely regarded as one of finest-ever U.S. National Team players and pitching mentors. The 2009 International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame selection, also is well-known in the area as an integral part of two of Oregon’s greatest teams in 2003 and ‘04 and one of the West Coast’s top prep coaches.

Sporting a program-best 71.6 winning percentage as its head coach, White has compiled a 151-60 mark already after leading the Ducks to its second-ever World Series trip, and its first-ever Super Regional trips the last three seasons.

In 2011, UO tied for third in the final conference standings (42-16, 11-10) after it won league series against then-returning national champion and No. 12 UCLA (2-1), No. 10 Stanford (2-1), at then-returning national runner-up and No. 9 Arizona (2-1), and vs. Oregon State (3-0). UO’s Civil War sweep of OSU was its third ever and first since 1994, and it tied its largest winning margin in the Duck-Husky series with its 8-0 win at then-No. 6 Washington.

The Ducks went 3-0 in the NCAA Regional at State College, Pa., with wins over Albany (3-1), Fordham (2-0) and Penn State (3-1), then advanced to the Super Regional before it fell to eventual NCAA runner-up Florida in Ganesville.

In his first year at the helm, Oregon went 36-21 in 2010 – nearly reverse the previous year’s mark (16-34) – and staked its most Pac-10 wins (8) since its 10 in 2003 and ’04. Oregon beat five different Pac-10 teams – No. 1 Washington, No. 3 Arizona, No. 9 Arizona State, No. 13 California (3 times and its first-ever sweep in the series) and OSU (2) – for the first time since topping all seven in ’04.

The Ducks opened the postseason by upsetting then-No. 7 ranked / No. 8 seeded Georgia Tech twice in Atlanta in the regional, and ultimately ended the year ranked 14th nationally in both polls.

His recent Duck success led to an invite to join the U.S. National Team coaching staff as an assistant coach in the summer of '12. Team USA went 9-1 in the ISC Women's World Championship against the world's best, en route to a silver medal before narrowly losing to Japan, 2-1, in the 10-inning finale.

In his prior Duck stint as an assistant coach, the Ducks lowered their ERA from 3.01 the season prior to his arrival to 2.12 and 1.68, respectively, while its strikeout totals of 347 and 394 – then the best two in school history – far outdistanced its 223 total from 2002.

His first-year pupils included then-freshman Amy Harris who set a single-season strikeout record (180) his first season, while senior Andrea Vidlund led the nation in saves and set a Pac-10 record (11). The next season, newcomer Ani Nyhus was an All-Pac-10 First Team and NCAA Regional All-Tournament choice and two-time conference pitcher of the week. The junior college transfer notched 20 wins (25-12), rewrote the program’s single-season strikeout record (202) and pitched a no-hitter vs. Utah State. Catcher Jenn Poore was also an All-American and All-Pac-10 Second Team honoree in ’04 and drafted into the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league.

Since then, he continued to live in Eugene with his family and remained active as an assistant coach for one of the nation’s top programs at Marist High School during the 2008-09 seasons. The program ended 2009 ranked 22nd nationally by USA Today and won consecutive 4A state titles after identical 29-1 seasons. He also coached the Northwest Thunder and Northwest Bullets Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) youth club teams and served as a private instructor for various elite players of all levels.

As a player, the New Zealand native became a U.S. citizen in 1994 and helped the two national teams claim two gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze in his four trips with New Zealand and two with the United States. In 2000, he helped guide the USA to a bronze medal in the World Championships when he went 2-0 with a 0.89 ERA and 19 strikeouts. In 1999, the U.S. won the silver medal at the Pan Am Games, and he was 3-2 with a 0.68 ERA and 35 strikeouts. He also played on three silver medal Pan-American Games teams in 1995, 1999 and 2003.

The multiple Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) MVP pitcher and All-American also helped lead teams to five ASA national titles and five ISC World Club Championships, and was the 2002 ASA Player of the Year.


MORE LOVE FOR THE DUCK STAFF
Oregon’s highly-regarded staff also includes two other talented coaches that sport equally impressive playing resumes.

White first shared the field with the U.S. National Team as a teammate to third-year assistant coach Blake Miller – a 15-year pro-player, and a member of U.S. National Teams since 2001. As a collegiate coach the past 12 years, Miller has worked with two All-Americans and nine Academic All-Americans, and guided four teams to regional bids and one Junior College World Series trip. His resume includes stops as a head coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville the past three seasons and at Darton College (2006-07) and as an assistant coach at East Tennessee State (2005), Missouri Western State (2004) and Mesa State (2001-03).

The Ducks welcome another of the nation’s most respected coaches and players in first-year assistant coach Chelsea Spencer. A four-year starter for California, the All-America shortstop led the team to a Pac-12 and NCAA title, two more NCAA runner-up finishes and a fourth World Series bid. Afterwards, she was a professional player for six seasons, and four-time All-NPF selection. Her lengthy resume also includes four seasons as the Chabot Community College Head Coach (2006-10) and two seasons as a Michigan State assistant coach (2011-12).


THE ‘CONFERENCE OF CHAMPIONS’
The Pac-12’s moniker is validated by the fact the eight Pac-12 schools have combined to win 24 of the 31 softball NCAA national championships, including the six of the last seven by four different teams. Last year, the Pac-12 advanced five three of the eight World Series qualifiers were from the Pac-12 (#1 seed California, #3 seed Arizona State and #11 seed Oregon); two more teams advanced to the Super Regional (#13 Arizona, #16 Washington); two others were NCAA Regional Finalists (Oregon State, Stanford), and another made the postseason (UCLA).

In January’s Pacific-12 Conference Softball Coaches Preseason Poll, Oregon scored a best-ever third-place position and trailed fellow WCWS returnees California (first) and Arizona State (second). Other teams’ rankings in the nine-team conference included Washington (fourth), Arizona (fifth), Stanford (sixth), UCLA (seventh), Oregon State (eighth) and Utah (ninth).

In recent years under fourth-year head coach Mike White, UO has scored back to back third-place Pac-12 finishes in 2012 and ’11 after it was tabbed seventh in the league preseason polls. The Ducks also bettered their preseason league position (seventh) in his first season when the team placed  sixth in 2010.

All-Time NCAA Softball Champions/Runners-up
Year     Champion (Coach)     Score     Runner-Up
1982     UCLA (Sharron Backus)     2-0 (8)     Fresno State
1983     Texas A&M (Bob Brock)     2-0 (12)     CS Fullerton
1984     UCLA (Sharron Backus)     1-0 (13)     Texas A&M
1985     UCLA (Sharron Backus)     2-1 (9)     Nebraska
1986     CS Fullerton (Judi Garman)     3-0      Texas A&M
1987     Texas A&M (Bob Brock)     4-1     UCLA
1988     UCLA (Sharron Backus)     3-0     Fresno State
1989     UCLA (Backus/Enquist)     1-0     Fresno State
1990     UCLA (Backus/Enquist)     2-0     Fresno State
1991     Arizona (Mike Candrea)     5-1     UCLA
1992     UCLA (Backus/Enquist)     2-0     Arizona
1993     Arizona (Mike Candrea)     1-0     UCLA
1994     Arizona (Mike Candrea)     4-0     CS Northridge
1995     UCLA (Sharron Backus)%     4-2     Arizona
1996     Arizona (Mike Candrea)     6-4     Washington
1997     Arizona (Mike Candrea)     10-2     UCLA
1998     Fresno State (Margie Wright)     1-0     Arizona
1999     UCLA (Sue Enquist)     3-2     Washington
2000     Oklahoma (Patty Gasso)     3-1     UCLA
2001     Arizona (Mike Candrea)     1-0     UCLA
2002     California (Diane Ninemire)     6-2     Arizona
2003     UCLA (Sue Enquist)     1-0 (9)     California
2004     UCLA (Sue Enquist)     3-1     California
2005     Michigan (Carol Hutchins)     4-1 (10)^     UCLA
2006     Arizona (Mike Candrea)     5-0^     Northwestern
2007     Arizona (Mike Candrea)     5-0^     Tennessee
2008     Arizona State (Clint Myers)     11-0^     Texas A&M
2009     Washington (Heather Tarr)     5-1 ^    Florida
2010     UCLA (Kelly Inouye-Perez)     5-0^     Arizona
2011    Arizona State (Clint Myers)    7-2^    Florida
2012    Alabama (Pat Murphy)    5-4^    Oklahoma

^ - Best of three championship series - % - The 1995 title was later vacated by the NCAA.


2013 GAME-WINNING RBI
Western Michigan (8-0, 2/7/13) - Ceo RBI single to LF, 2nd inning (2 outs)
Stephen F. Austin (8-1, 2/8/13) - Sullivan RBI single to RF, 2nd inning (2 outs)
San Jose State (7-1, 2/9/13) - Costa solo homer to LF, 2nd inning (0 outs)
Boise State (9-1, 2/10/13) - Cuico single to CF, 1st inning (1 out)
Long Beach State (10-1, 2/15/13) - Cuico foul sacrifice fly to LF (1 out)
Utah Valley (9-1, 2/15/13) - Goodrum ground-out to 2B (2 outs)
Louisiana Monroe (4-0, 2/16/13) - Mercado single to RCF, 2nd inning (0 outs)
CS Fullerton (6-0, 2/17/13) - Peterson three-run HR to LCF (2 out)
Virginia (13-0, 2/22/13) - Takeda one-run triple down RF line, 1st inning (0 out, 1-0 pitch)
Cal Poly (2-1, 2/23/13) - Ceo double down left field line, 5th inning (1 out, 0-1 pitch)
Nebraska (11-2, 2/23/13) - Cuico two-run homer to RCF, 1st inning (2 out, 1-0 pitch)
(UNLV (4-2, 2/23/13) )- no game-winning RBI (Howard scored on throwing error by 3B on FC by Mercado, 3rd inning (2 out, 1-2 pitch)
SDSU (3-1, 2/24/13) - Takeda single to right side, 3rd inning (2 out, 3-0 pitch)
(#11 LSU (10-2 (5), 3/1/13) - no GW RBI (Ceo scored on error on grounder by Howard, 1st inning (0 out, 2-2 pitch))
Long Island ((8-1, 3/1/13) - Pappas 3-run homer to LCF 2nd inning, 0-0 pitch)
Boston College (8-0 (6), 3/2/13) - Howard sacrifice fly to CF, 3rd inning (1 out, 0-2 pitch)
Temple (11-4, 3/2/13) - Takeda bases-loaded walk, 1st inning (1 out, 3-1 pitch)
#14 Michigan (13-4 (6), 3/3/13) - Cuico one-run single to CF, 1st inning (1 out, 0-1 pitch)
(James Madison (12-1, 3/3/13) - Gillespie scored from second base on error by pitcher on grounder by Howard, 3rd inning (1 out, 0-0 pitch))
San Diego State (3-2, 3/8/13) - Ceo one-run suicide squeeze bunt, 7th inning (2 outs, 1-1 pitch)
St. Mary's (4-2, 3/9/13) - Takeda one-run single to LF, 2nd inning (1 out, 3-0 pitch)
(New Mexico (10-0 (6), 3/13/13) - Takeda groundout to 3b, 1st inning (1 out, 0-2 pitch) Ceo scored on errant throw that sailed over 3b's head.)
New Mexico (4-0, 3/13/13) - Cuico two-run single to CF, 4th inning (1 out, 2-2 pitch)
#15 Stanford (4-3, 3/23/13) - Pappas one-run double down RF line, 7th inning (2 outs, 0-0 pitch)
#15 Stanford (3-2, 3/24/13) - Lindvall two-run double to RCF, 6th inning (2 outs, 0-0 pitch)
#15 Stanford (10-3, 3/25/13) - Lindvall two-run single to RF (2 outs, 1-2 count pitch)
#15 Washington (12-1, 3/28/13) - Howard one-run single to CF, 5th inning (2 outs, 1-2 pitch)
#15 Washington (4-2, 3-29/13) - Howard two-run homer to LCF, 6th inning (0 outs, 3-2 pitch)

BY PLAYER: Cuico 5, Takeda 4, Ceo 3, Howard 3, Lindvall 2, Pappas 2, Costa 1, Goodrum 1, Mercado 1, Peterson 1, Sullivan 1

HOMER RUNDOWN
Western Michigan (2/7) – Stevie Jo Knapp, 4th inning, 2 runs, LF, 1 out
San Jose State (2/9) – Koral Costa, 2nd inning, LF, 0 out
San Jose State (2/9) – Alexa Peterson – 2nd inning, 1 run, RCF, 2 out
Boise State (2/10) – Janelle Lindvall – 2nd inning, 1 run, CF, 0 out
Boise State (2/10) – Kaylan Howard – 2nd inning, 2 run, LF, 2 out
Boise State (2/10) – Alexa Peterson – 3rd inning, 1 run, CF, 1 out
Boise State (2/10) – Karine Shaver, 6th inning, 2 runs, CF, 1 out
Long Beach State (2/15) – Courtney Ceo, 3rd inning, 2 runs, CF, 1 out
Long Beach State (2/15) – Kailee Cuico, 7th inning, 3 runs, 2 out
Long Beach State (2/15) – Janelle Lindvall, 7th inning, 3 runs, 2 out
Utah Valley (2/15) – Kailee Cuico, 3rd inning, 2 runs, CF, 2 out
Hawai’i (2/16) – Kaylan Howard, 1st inning, 2 runs, LCF, 1 out
Cal State Fullerton (2/17) – Alexa Peterson, 3 runs, LCF, 2 out
Viriginia (2/22/13) – Kailee Cuico – 1st inning, 2 runs, LCF, 0 outs
Nebraska (2/23/13) – Kailee Cuio – 1st inning, 2 runs, RCF, 2 out
Nebraska (2/23/13) – Janie Takeda – 6st inning, 2 runs, RF, 1 out
San Diego St. (2/24/13) – Kaylan Howard – 5th inning, 2 runs, RF, 2 outs,
#11 LSU (3/1/13) – Kailee Cuico – 4th inning, 2 runs, LF, 1 out
Long Island (3/1/13) – Samantha Pappas – 2nd inning, 3 runs, 2 outs
Long Island (3/1/13) –Kaylan Howard – 3rd inning, 1 run, 0 outs
Long Island (3/1/13) – Jamie Rae Sullivan – 5th inning, 2 runs, 0 outs.
Long Island (3/1/13) –.Samantha Pappas – 5th inning, 1 run, 2 outs
Boston College (3/2/13) – Stevie Jo Knapp – 4th inning, 2 runs, 0 outs
Boston College (3/2/13) – Samantha Pappas – 4th inning, 1 run, 1 out
Boston College (3/2/13) – Courtney Ceo – 4th inning, 1 run, 1 out
Temple (3/2/13) – Kailee Cuico – 4th inning, 2 runs, 1 out
#14 Michigan (3/3/13) – Kaylan Howard – 3rd inning, 1 run, 0 out
#14 Michigan (3/3/13) – Kaylan Howard – 4th ining, 1 run, 2 outs
#14 Michigan (3/3/13) – Kailee Cuico – 4th inning, 1 run, 2 outs
#14 Michigan (3/3/13) – Janelle Lindvall – 5th inning, 1 run, 0 outs
#14 Michigan (3/3/13) – Samantha Pappas – 5th inning, 1 run, 1 out
#14 Michigan (3/3/13) – Courtney Ceo – 6th inning, 2 runs, 1 out
James Madison (3/3/13) – Kaylan Howard – 6th inning, 2 runs, 2 outs
James Madison (3/3/13) – Alexa Peterson – 7th inning, 1 run, 1 out
James Madison (3/3/13) – Janelle Lindvall, 7th inning, 1 run, 2 outs
James Madison (3/3/13) – Jamie Rae Sullivan, 7th inning, 2 runs, 2 outs
New Mexico (3/13/13) – Janie Takeda, 7th inning, 3 runs, 0 outs
#15 Stanford (3/23/13) - Kaylan Howard, 4th inning, 1 run, 1 out
#15 Stanford (3/25/13) - Kailee Cuico, 4th inning, 3 runs, 2 outs
#15 Washington (3/28/13) – Janelle Lindvall, 2nd inning, 1 run, 2 outs
#15 Washington (3/28/13) – Kailee Cuico, 5th inning, 2 runs, 2 outs
#15 Washington (3/28/13) – Courtney Ceo, 7th inning, 3 runs, 2 outs
#15 Washington (3/29/13) – Kaylan Howard, 6th inning, 2 runs, 0 outs
#15 Washington (3/30/13) – Kailee Cuico, 2nd inning, 1 run, 0 outs
 

 


2013 OREGON SOFTBALL QUICK FACTS / MEDIA INFORMATION
 
UNIVERSITY INFORMATION
Location: Eugene, Ore.
Enrollment: 24,000
President: Dr. Michael Gottfredson
Athletic Director: Rob Mullens
Senior Women’s Administrator: Lisa Peterson
Colors / Nickname: Green and Yellow (Pantone 342 & Yellow)
Nickname: Ducks
Conference: Pacific-12
Home Field (Capacity): Howe Field (1,400)
Department Web site: www.GoDucks.com

OREGON SOFTBALL HISTORY / INFORMATION
Head Coach: Mike White (151-60, Fourth Season)
Assistant Coaches: Blake Miller, Chelsea Spencer
Preseason All-Time Softball Record: 1000-865-1 (First Year, 1974)
Postseason Trips: 1976, 80, 89*, 90, 94, 98, 99, 2000, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08, 10, 11, 12
Super Regional Appearances: 2010, 11, 12
Women’s College World Series Appearances*: 1989, 2012
All-Americans: 10
2012 Record / Conference Record (Place): 45-18 / 13-9 (3rd)
Letterwinners Returning / Lost:  12 (Sr. 4, Jr. 3, So. 5) / 4
Pitchers Returning / Lost: 2 (Sr. 1, So. 1) / 1
Position Starters Returning / Lost: 7 (OF 3, IF 4) /1 (SS)
Position Players Returning / Lost:  10 (OF 4, IF 6)

Returning Starters (2012 Stats)
Courtney Ceo (Jr., 3B, .378, .431 OBP, 10 SB)
Sam Pappas (Sr., OF, .393, .697 SLG, 11 HR, 41 RBI, 22 SB)
Kailee Cuico (Jr., UT, .313, 12 HR, 56H, 54 RBI, .575 SLG)
Kaylan Howard (Sr., 2B, .332, 17 2B, 12 HR, 52 RBI, 20 BB)
Alexa Peterson (Jr, C, .323, 53 H, 7 2B, 6 HR, 35 RBI, .476 SLG)
Janie Takeda (So., OF, .323, 60 H, 10 SH, 16 SB)
Allie Burger (Sr., OF, .241, 5 SB)
Jessica Moore (Sr., P, 2.58, 33-15, 303.2 IP, 256 SO, 113 BB)

Key Losses (2011 Statistics)
Kelsey Chambers (SS, .299, 10 HR, 48 RBI, .515 SLG)
Christie Nieto (DP, .328, 9 HR, 34 BI, .638 SLG, .516 OBP)

Newcomers (7)
Koral Costa (Fr., UT, San Pedro, Calif.)
Alyssa Gillespie (RFr., OF, Hillsboro, Ore.)
Cheridan Hawkins (Fr., LHP, Anderson, Calif.),
Stevie Jo Knapp (Fr., IF,  Chino Hills, Calif.)
Janelle Lindvall (Fr., C, Stevenson Ranch, Calif.),
Danica Mercado (Fr., IF,  Temecula, Calif.)
Karine Shaver (Fr., IF, Waipahu, Hawai’i)

MEDIA SERVICES INFORMATION
Director / Assistant AD: Andy McNamara
Assistant (SB Contact): Geoff Thurner, (541) 346-2250
E-mail: gthurner@uoregon.edu
Department web site: www.goducks.com
Address: 2727 Leo Harris Parkway, Eugene, Ore. 97401
Office Phone: 541/346-5488
Office FAX: 541/346-5449
Press Box Phone: 541-346-4497


OREGON SOFTBALL MEDIA
Daily Emerald Student Newspaper: www.dailyemerald.com
Eugene Register Guard: www.registerguard.com
Oregonian: www.oregonlive.com
KEZI-TV (ABC): www.kezi.org
KMTR-TV (NBC): www.kmtr.org
KVAL-TV (CBS): www.kval.org
KUGN-590 AM (Radio): www.kugn.com
Duck News (Online): www.DuckNews.com


MORE ONLINE SOFTBALL INFORMATION
Oregon Softball Twitter: www.twitter.com/OregonSB
NCAA: www.ncaasports.com
NCAA Playing Rules:
http://www.ncaapublications.com/p-4233-2012-2013-womens-softball-rules-2-year-publication.aspx
NCAA Championships Handbooks: http://ncaa.org/wps/portal/ncaahome?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connect/ncaa/NCAA/Sports+and+Championship/General+Information/championship+handbooks
NCAA Record Books: http://web1.ncaa.org/web_files/stats/SB_Records/2012/DivI.pdf
Pacific-12 Conference: www.Pac-12.org
National Professional Fastpitch League (NPF): www.profastpitch.com
International Softball Federation: www.internationalsoftball.com
USA Softball:  www.USAsoftball.ccm
National Fastpitch Coaches Association: www.nfca.org
Ultimate College Softball: www.ultimatecollegesoftball.com
 

2013 OREGON SOFTBALL ROSTER / PRONUNCIATIONS

 
NUMERICAL ROSTER
#  Name  Pos.  B/T  Ht.  Yr.  Hometown (H.S./College)
00    Samantha Pappas    OF    L/R    5-10    Sr.    Mission Viejo, Calif. (Tesoro)
1       Sara Goodrum    OF     L/L     5-8     So.     Mesa, Ariz. (Red Mountain)
2       Allie Burger    OF     L/R     5-3     Sr.     Spokane, Wash. (Shadle Park)
3       Kaylan Howard    2B     R/R     5-4     Sr.     Riverside, Calif. (Riverside Poly)
6       Danica Mercado    IF     L/R     5-4     Fr.     Temecula, Calif. (Great Oak)
7       Koral Costa    UT     R/R     5-5     Fr.     San Pedro, Calif. (San Pedro)
8       Karine Shaver    IF     L/R     5-4     Fr.     Waipahu, Hawai’i (Kamehameha)
9       Alyssa Gillespie    OF     L/R     5-9     RFr.     Hillsboro, Ore. (Glencoe)
10   Karissa Hovinga    RHP     R/R     5-9     So.     Ralston, Neb. (Papillion)
11   Cheridan Hawkins     LHP     L/L     5-10     Fr.     Anderson, Calif. (Anderson)
12   Jessica Moore    RHP     R/R     5-10     Sr.     Sutter, Calif. (Sutter)
14   Alexa Peterson     C     R/R     5-8     Jr.     Salem, Ore. (South Salem)
18   Stevie Jo Knapp    IF     R/R     5-10     Fr.     Chino Hills, Calif. (Ayala)
19   Janie Takeda    OF     L/R     5-7     So.     Placentia, Calif. (El Dorado)
20   Jamie Rae Sullivan    IF     R/R     5-9     So.     Huntington Beach, Calif. (Marina)
22   Courtney Ceo    IF     L/R     5-8     Jr.     Meadow Vista, Calif. (Bear River)
24   Hannah Melick    IF     R/R     5-8     So.     Pacific, Wash. (Auburn)
26   Janelle Lindvall    C     R/R     5-10     Fr.     Stevenson Ranch, Calif. (West Ranch)
33   Kailee Cuico    UT     R/R     5-6     Jr.     Carson, Calif. (San Pedro))


** PRONUNCIATION GUIDE **  Courtney Ceo (SEE-oh), Kailee Cuico (KIE-lee KWEE-co), Sara Goodrum (GOOD-rum), Karissa Hovinga (HOE-vin-gay), Cheridan Hawkins (SHARE-a-dan), Hannah Melick (ME-lick), Danica Mercado (DAN-ih-cah), Karine Shaver (kah-RYNN), Janie Takeda (tah-KAY-dah).
 
ALPHABETICAL ROSTER
#  Name  Pos.  B/T  Ht.  Yr.  Hometown (H.S./College)
2       Allie Burger    OF     L/R     5-3     Sr.     Spokane, Wash. (Shadle Park)
22   Courtney Ceo    IF     L/R     5-8     Jr.     Meadow Vista, Calif. (Bear River)
7       Koral Costa    UT     R/R     5-5     Fr.     San Pedro, Calif. (San Pedro)
33   Kailee Cuico    UT     R/R     5-6     Jr.     Carson, Calif. (San Pedro))
9       Alyssa Gillespie    OF     L/R     5-9     RFr.     Hillsboro, Ore. (Glencoe)
1       Sara Goodrum    OF     L/L     5-8     So.     Mesa, Ariz. (Red Mountain)
11   Cheridan Hawkins     LHP     L/L     5-10     Fr.     Anderson, Calif. (Anderson)
10   Karissa Hovinga    RHP     R/R     5-9     So.     Ralston, Neb. (Papillion)
3       Kaylan Howard    2B     R/R     5-4     Sr.     Riverside, Calif. (Riverside Poly)
18   Stevie Jo Knapp    IF     R/R     5-10     Fr.     Chino Hills, Calif. (Ayala)
6       Danica Mercado    IF     L/R     5-4     Fr.     Temecula, Calif. (Great Oak)
12   Jessica Moore    RHP     R/R     5-10     Sr.     Sutter, Calif. (Sutter)
00    Samantha Pappas    OF    L/R    5-10    Sr.    Mission Viejo, Calif. (Tesoro)
14   Alexa Peterson     C     R/R     5-8     Jr.     Salem, Ore. (South Salem)
26   Janelle Lindvall    C     R/R     5-10     Fr.     Stevenson Ranch, Calif. (West Ranch)
24   Hannah Melick    IF     R/R     5-8     So.     Pacific, Wash. (Auburn)
8       Karine Shaver    IF     L/R     5-4     Fr.     Waipahu, Hawai’i (Kamehameha)
20   Jamie Rae Sullivan    IF     R/R     5-9     So.     Huntington Beach, Calif. (Marina)
19   Janie Takeda    OF     L/R     5-7     So.     Placentia, Calif. (El Dorado)

Head Coach: Mike White (4th Season)
Assistant Coaches: Blake Miller (3rd Season)
Assistant Coach: Chelsea Spencer (1st Season)
Managers: Brennon Clark, Garrett Gilchrist
Athletic Trainers: Molly Seifert, Clay Jamieson

 

 
SQUAD BREAKDOWN
 
BY CLASS
Seniors: 4
Juniors: 3
Sophomores: 5
Freshmen: 7
 
BY STATE
California: 12
Washington: 2
Oregon: 2
Arizona, Hawai’i, Nebraska: 1

BY POSITION
Infielders: 9
Outfielders: 6
Pitchers; 3
Catchers: 2
 
AT BAT
Right/Left: 10/9

RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (# of letters): Allie Burger (3), Kaylan Howard (3), Jessica Moore (3), Samantha Pappas (3), Courtney Ceo (2), Kailee Cuico (2), Alexa Peterson (2), Sara Goodrum (1), Karissa Hovinga (1), Hannah Melick (1), Jamie Rae Sullivan (1), Janie Takeda (1). Letterwinners Lost (4): Kelsey Chambers (2), Lindsey Chambers (2), Christie Nieto (2), Samantha Skillingstad (3).


THIS WEEK’S NATIONAL POLLS #8 (4/2)

USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll  
https://nfca.org/index.php/polls

Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
*1    Oklahoma (27)    28-2    769    1
*2    Arizona State (1)    31-3    734    2
*3    Florida (3)    31-3    723    3
4    Alabama    29-4    652    4
*5    California    26-3    647    6
6    Tennessee    27-6    629    8
7    Missouri    17-2    601    7
8    Texas    29-4    542    9
9    Texas A&M    26-5    526    5
>10    Oregon    25-4    514    10
11    Louisville    26-5    464    11
*12    UCLA    24-6    417    12
*13    LSU    27-6    413    13
*14    Michigan    24-7    383    14
*15    Stanford    22-7    324    15
*16    Washington    23-8    293    17
*17    Arizona    21-9    253    16
*18    Hawai'i    25-7    226    20
19    Tulsa    26-6-1    215    19
20    Baylor    26-7    205    18
21    Kentucky    23-8    179    21
22    Georgia    25-7    126    23
*23    Oregon State    22-5    91    24
*24    Nebraska    22-6    67    25
25    South Alabama    27-5    40    RV
 
Others Receiving Votes:  Virginia Tech (26), Notre Dame (6), USC Upstate (4), Iowa (3), Florida State (2), McNeese State (1).
 
Dropped Out:  No. 22 Virginia Tech (18-6)
 
Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

-The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by NCAA Division I head coaches representing each conference. First-place votes are in parentheses.


* Denotes Duck opponents in 2013

 
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=7248

Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
*1.    Oklahoma (17)    28-2    494    1
*2.    Arizona State (1)    31-3    469    2
*3.    Florida    31-3    457    3
*4.    California (2)    26-3    440    5
5.    Tennessee    27-6    416    8
6.    Missouri    17-2    389    7
7.    Alabama    29-4    382    6
8.    Texas    29-4    355    9
9.    Texas A&M    26-5    345    4
>10.    Oregon    25-4    331    10
11.    Louisville    26-5    317    11
*12.    LSU    27-6    275    12
*13.    Michigan    24-7    254    14
*14.    UCLA    24-6    248    13
*15.    Washington    23-8    188    17
16.    Baylor    26-7    181    15
*17.    Stanford    22-7    164    16
18.    Tulsa    26-6-1    159    18
*19.    Nebraska    22-6    126    20
20.    Kentucky    23-8    120    21
*21.    Arizona    21-9    80    22
*22.    Hawaii    25-7    76    23
23.    Georgia    25-7    71    24
24.    Virginia Tech    18-6    47    19
25.    South Alabama    27-5    43    25
 
Others Receiving Votes: Wisconsin (38), *Oregon State (9), Iowa (8), Florida State (7), North Carolina (3), SC Upstate (3), Minnesota (2), Louisiana-Lafayette (1), North Carolina State (1), *San Diego State (1)

Dropped Out: - / New to Poll: -

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

* Denotes Duck opponents in 2013

 
OREGON POSTSEASON APPEARANCES 
(* Regional Finalist; **Regional Champion, ***Super Regional Champion)

(Regional Record: 34-21; Super Regional: 2-5; WCWS: 2-4; AIAW WS: 3-2)

 
REGIONAL
**1989 (3-1) - No. 5 Regional - Amherst, Mass.
Oregon 2, Massachusetts 0
Connecticut 2, Oregon 1
Oregon 3, Connecticut 2
Oregon 6, Connecticut 0

1990 (0-2) - No. 8 Regional - Columbus, Ohio
Kent State 3, Oregon 0
Ohio State 2, Oregon 0

1994 (2-2) - No. 3 Regional - Fresno, Calif.
Oregon 3, California 2
Fresno State 1, Oregon 0
Oregon 2, California 1 (20 innings)
Fresno State 5, Oregon 0

1998 (2-2) - No. 2 Regional - Lincoln, Neb.
Iowa 5, Oregon 2
Oregon 11, Coastal Carolina 3
Oregon 10, Iowa 9
Nebraska 9, Oregon 7

1999 (1-2) - No. 8 Regional - Chicago, Ill.
Illinois-Chicago 1, Oregon 0
Oregon 6, Texas 0
Michigan State 9, Oregon 1

2000 (2-2) - No. 5 Regional - Baton Rouge, La.
Southern Mississippi 3, Oregon 0
Oregon 4, Northwestern State 1
Oregon 4, Louisiana-Lafayette 3
Southern Mississippi 3, Oregon 1

*2003 (5-2) - No. 6 Regional - Fullerton, Calif.
No. 17 Oregon 10, Penn State 8
No. 11 Oklahoma State 2, No. 17 Oregon 1
No. 17 Oregon 4, San Diego State 1
No. 17 Oregon 2, No. 6 Cal State Fullerton 1
No. 17 Oregon 7, No. 11 Oklahoma St. 6 (12 innings)
No. 17 Oregon 9, No. 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 2
No. 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 6, No. 17 Oregon 4

*2004 (4-2) - No. 4 Regional - Tallahassee, Fla.
No. 12 Oregon 1, Bethune-Cookman 0
No. 12 Oregon 12, South Florida 0
No. 4 Florida State 5, No. 12 Oregon 4 (12 innings)
Oregon 2, No. 17 South Florida 1
No. 12 Oregon 1, No. 4 Florida State 0
No. 4 Florida State 2, No. 12 Oregon 0

*2005 (2-2) - No. 14 Region - Norman, Okla.
No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette 7, Oregon 5
Oregon 3, Wichita State 2 (8)
Oregon 3, No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette 1
No. 10 Oklahoma 2, Oregon 1

*2007 (2-2) - Columbia, S.C.
No. 20 Oregon 4, Penn State 0
No. 20 Oregon 8, South Carolina 4
South Carolina 2, No. 20 Oregon 0
South Carolina 4, No. 20 Oregon 3

*2008 (2-2) - Norman, Okla.
No. 7 Oklahoma 6, Oregon 0
Oregon 1, Tulsa 0
Oregon 3, Arkansas 0
No. 7 Oklahoma 11, Oregon 0

*2010 (3-0) - Atlanta, Ga.
Oregon 1, Auburn 0
Oregon 11, No. 7 seed Georgia Tech 2 (5)
Oregon 4, Georgia Tech 3 (8)

**2011 (3-0) - University Park, Pa.
Oregon 3, Albany 1
Oregon 2, Fordham 0
Oregon 3, Penn State 1

**2012 (3-0) – Eugene, Ore.
#11 seed Oregon 7, Portland State 3
#11 Oregon 6, BYU 4
#11 Oregon 8, BYU 1


SUPER REGIONAL

2010 (0-2) - Columbia, Mo.
#8 seed Missouri 1, Oregon 0
Missouri 7, Oregon 3

2011 (0-2) – Gainesville, Fla.
#4 seed Florida 9, No. 13 seed Oregon 1
Florida, 7, Oregon 0

***2012 (2-1) – Austin, Texas
#6 seed Texas, 4, #11 seed Oregon 2
#11 Oregon 5, #6 Texas 4
#11 Oregon 10, #6 Texas 6


WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

1989 (1-2) - Sunnyvale, California
Cal Poly Pomona 1, Oregon 0
Oregon 1, South Carolina 0
Arizona 4, Oregon 0

2012 (1-2) – Oklahoma City, Okla.
#3 seed Arizona State 3, #11 seed Oregon 1
#11 seed Oregon 3, #5 seed Tennessee 1
#1 seed California 6, #11 seed Oregon 3


AIAW WORLD SERIES

1976 (1-2)
Minnesota 5, Oregon 1
Oregon 11, Maryville State 0
Indiana State 14, Oregon 6

1980 (2-2)
Oregon 7, Massachusetts 3
Utah State 5, Oregon 0
Oregon 2, SW Missouri State 1
Western Michigan 1, Oregon 0 (7th Place)

 

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