TEMPE, Ariz. – The No. 2 University of Oregon softball team (45-9, 18-5) banged out eight hits against No. 5 Arizona State (45-9, 16-7), but fell Friday afternoon by a 5-3 count in the second game of their three-game series.

In comparison, ASU ended with six hits for the game, and a pair of RBI singles fueled its four-run third inning, aided by two walks, a hit by pitch and an error.

ASU went ahead 1-0 in the first inning, thanks to a solo homer by Cheyenne Coyle, but the Ducks bounced back and took the lead in the second inning, 2-0.

Junior first baseman Kailee Cuico led off the inning with her seventh double of the year down the left field line.

The All-Region returnee came around to score on a pair of singles by junior catcher Alexa Peterson and senior right fielder Samantha Pappas. Pappas later touched home after she advanced on a sacrifice bunt and infield ground-out.

UO’s final run came in the fourth inning after Peterson doubled, advanced on a fielder’s choice, and scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman third baseman Koral Costa.

Overall for the game, Pappas and Peterson both went 2-for-3, and four others hit safely once.

The Mission Viejo, Calif., native Pappas climbed a spot on the all-time Duck career hit list into a tie for second place with former great Sari-Jane Jenkins (230), and is now only four shy of the school record owned by Julie Cavanaugh (234).

The returning All-American right fielder also moved in a tie for third all-time for the Ducks in career runs (144) with teammate Kaylan Howard - and 10 off Jill Robinson's school record.

In the circle for the Ducks, freshman starter Cheridan Hawkins (17-5) pitched the first 2.1 innings, struck out three, walked two, allowed three hits, and three of her four runs allowed were earned.

With the bases loaded in the third inning and no outs, sophomore Karissa Hovinga relieved her and pitched the next 2.2 innings, struck out two, walked one, gave up three hits and one unearned run.

Hawkins re-entered in the sixth inning and got three straight outs to finish her team-high 17th contest of the year.

With another ‘K’ in the final inning, the Anderson, Calif., native upped her season strikeout total to 196 – still sixth-best in team history and six shy of the fifth-best mark (202).

ASU starter Mackenzie Popescue (19-5) pitched the opening four innings, struck out five, walked one, yielded seven hits and three earned runs.

After sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda singled to open the fifth inning and freshman shortstop Karine Shaver walked with no outs, Dallas Escobedo entered the game and pitched the remainder.

The All-American ultimately picked up her second save of the season with her five strikeouts, one walk, and no hits allowed in two innings of work.

At the plate for Arizona State, two players had multiple hits – Sam Parlich (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Lucy Aubrecht (2-for-3, RBI).

Looking ahead, the two teams return to action at Farrington Stadium on Saturday for the 5 p.m. regular season finale that will be televised live by the Pac-12 Network.



LINESCORE

#5 Arizona State 5, #2 Oregon 3 (May 10, 2013 at Tempe, Ariz.)
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#2 Oregon.............. 020 100 0 -  3  8  1      (45-9, 18-5 Pac-12)
#5 Arizona State....... 104 000 X -  5  6  0      (45-9, 16-7 Pac-12)
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Pitchers: Oregon - Hawkins, Cheridan; Hovinga, Karissa(4) and Peterson, Alexa. Arizona State - Popescue, Mackenzie; Escobedo, Dallas(5) and Aubrecht, Lucy. Win-Popescue, Mackenzie(19-5)  Save-Escobedo, Dallas(2)  Loss-Hawkins, Cheridan(17-5)  T-2:24  A-1743. HR ASU - Coyle, Cheyenne. Weather: 89 degrees. Popescue, M. faced 2 batters in the 5th.



BOXSCORE
#3 Oregon at #5 Arizona State
May 10, 2013 at Tempe, Ariz. (Farrington Stadium)

Oregon 3 (45-9,18-5 Pac-12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Takeda, Janie cf 
Ceo, Courtney ss 
   Shaver, Karine ss 
Howard, Kaylan 2b 
Cuico, Kailee 1b 
Pappas, Samantha rf 
Peterson, Alexa c 
Lindvall, Janelle dp 
   Gillespie, Alyssa pr 
Costa, Koral 3b 
Burger, Allie lf 
   Melick, Hannah ph 
Hawkins, Cheridan p 
   Hovinga, Karissa p 
Totals  26  10  18 
  

Arizona State 5 (45-9,16-7 Pac-12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Johnson, Alix cf 
Coyle, Cheyenne ss 
Freeman, Amber dp 
   Spiel, Abby pr 
Steele, Haley 3b 
Kemp, Bethany 1b 
Parlich, Sam 2b 
Caporuscio,Elizabeth lf 
Aubrecht, Lucy c  11 
Wigness, Bailey rf 
   Soria, Jennifer ph 
Popescue, Mackenzie p 
   Escobedo, Dallas p 
Totals  25  21 
Score by Innings                  R  H  E
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Oregon.............. 020 100 0 -  3  8  1
Arizona State....... 104 000 X -  5  6  0
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E - Howard, K. LOB - ORE 6; ASU 6. 2B - Cuico, K; Peterson, A. HR - Coyle, C.. HBP - Coyle, C.. SH - Lindvall, J. SF - Costa, K.
Oregon   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Hawkins, Cheridan L,17-5  3.1  13  16  60 
Hovinga, Karissa   2.2  12  13  58 
  
Arizona State   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Popescue, Mackenzie W,19-5  4.0  17  20  91 
Escobedo, Dallas S,2  3.0  10  48 
Win - Popescue, M. (19-5). Loss - Hawkins, C (17-5). Save - Escobedo, D. (2). HBP - by Hawkins, C (Coyle, C.). Inherited runners/scored: Hovinga, K 3/3; Escobedo, D. 2/0. Pitches/strikes: Hawkins, C 60/38; Hovinga, K 58/37; Popescue, M. 91/56; Escobedo, D. 48/28.

Umpires - HP: Eric Hawthorne 1B: Tracy Hart 3B: Calvin Walker
Start: 5:06 pm Time: 2:24 Attendance: 1743
Weather: 89 degrees
Popescue, M. faced 2 batters in the 5th.

 
Play-by-Play
 

2013 Oregon Softball
#3 Oregon at #5 Arizona State
May 10, 2013 at Tempe, Ariz. (Farrington Stadium)

 

Oregon starters: 19/cf Takeda, J; 22/ss Ceo, C; 3/2b Howard, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 0/rf Pappas, S; 14/c Peterson, A; 26/dp Lindvall, J; 7/3b Costa, K; 2/lf Burger, A; 11/p Hawkins, C;

 

Arizona State starters: 33/cf Johnson, A.; 27/ss Coyle, C.; 9/dp Freeman, A.; 32/3b Steele, H.; 21/1b Kemp, B.; 20/2b Parlich, S.; 55/lf Caporuscio; 16/c Aubrecht, L.; 2/rf Wigness, B.; 99/p Popescue, M.;

 

Oregon 1st - Takeda, J struck out swinging (2-2 KBKBS). Ceo, C struck out swinging (2-2 KKBBS). Howard, K grounded out to p (1-2 KBS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

 

Arizona State 1st - Johnson, A. struck out swinging (2-2 KKBBS). Coyle, C. homered to left center, RBI (0-0). Freeman, A. fouled out to rf (2-2 KBSFB). Steele, H. struck out swinging (1-2 FKBS). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

 

Oregon 2nd - Cuico, K doubled down the lf line (3-1 BKBB). Pappas, S singled to left field (2-2 BSKB); Cuico, K advanced to third. Peterson, A singled to right center, RBI (2-2 KFBB); Pappas, S advanced to second; Cuico, K scored. Lindvall, J out at first 1b to 2b, SAC, bunt (0-0); Peterson, A advanced to second; Pappas, S advanced to third. Costa, K grounded out to 3b (1-1 BK). Burger, A singled, RBI (1-2 KBSF); Peterson, A out at third 2b to 3b; Pappas, S scored. 2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

 

Arizona State 2nd - Kemp, B. singled to center field (0-0). Parlich, S. reached on a fielder's choice (0-0); Kemp, B. out at second 1b to p to ss. Caporuscio flied out to rf (2-2 KFBBFF). Aubrecht, L. singled to left center (1-1 BK); Parlich, S. advanced to second. Wigness, B. struck out swinging (0-2 KSS). 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

 

Oregon 3rd - Takeda, J struck out swinging (1-2 BFSS). Ceo, C singled to second base (3-2 FFBBFFBFFF). Howard, K reached on a fielder's choice (0-0); Ceo, C out at second 2b to ss. Cuico, K struck out swinging (2-2 BBKFS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

 

Arizona State 3rd - Johnson, A. flied out to cf (1-2 KFB). Coyle, C. hit by pitch (0-1 F). Freeman, A. walked (3-1 BFBBB); Coyle, C. advanced to second. Spiel, A. pinch ran for Freeman, A.. Steele, H. walked (3-2 BFBFBB); Spiel, A. advanced to second; Coyle, C. advanced to third. Hovinga, K to p for Hawkins, C. Kemp, B. reached on a fielder's choice (2-2 BKFB); Steele, H. advanced to second; Spiel, A. advanced to third; Coyle, C. out at home ss to c. Parlich, S. singled to center field, advanced to second on the throw, 2 RBI (2-2 KKFBFFB); Kemp, B. advanced to third; Steele, H. scored; Spiel, A. scored. Shaver, K to ss for Ceo, C. Caporuscio reached on a fielding error by 2b (2-1 BBK); Parlich, S. advanced to third; Kemp, B. scored, unearned. Aubrecht, L. singled through the left side, RBI (2-2 BKKB); Caporuscio advanced to second; Parlich, S. scored, unearned. Soria, J. pinch hit for Wigness, B.. Soria, J. flied out to cf (1-0 B). 4 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

 

Oregon 4th - Wigness, B. to rf for Soria, J.. Freeman, A. to dp for Spiel, A.. Pappas, S singled to center field (1-0 B). Peterson, A doubled to right center (3-2 BBBKFFF); Pappas, S advanced to third. Lindvall, J reached on a fielder's choice (2-1 BBK); Peterson, A advanced to third; Pappas, S out at home ss to c. Gillespie, A pinch ran for Lindvall, J. Costa, K flied out to cf, SF, RBI (2-1 KBB); Peterson, A scored. Melick, H pinch hit for Burger, A. Melick, H struck out swinging (1-2 FBFS). 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

 

Arizona State 4th - Burger, A to lf for Melick, H. Johnson, A. grounded out to 2b (2-2 BKBK). Coyle, C. struck out swinging (0-2 KKS). Freeman, A. grounded out to ss (0-2 KS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

 

Oregon 5th - Takeda, J singled through the right side (2-2 FFBB). Shaver, K walked (3-1 BBBKB); Takeda, J advanced to second. Escobedo, D. to p for Popescue, M.. Howard, K struck out swinging (2-2 BKBFFS). Cuico, K flied out to lf (3-2 BBFKB). Pappas, S struck out swinging (3-2 KFBBBFS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

 

Arizona State 5th - Steele, H. walked (3-0 BBBB). Kemp, B. reached on a fielder's choice (3-1 KBBB); Steele, H. out at second ss to 2b. Parlich, S. singled to center field (0-2 FFF); Kemp, B. advanced to second. Caporuscio popped up to 2b (2-2 BKBK). Aubrecht, L. struck out swinging (1-2 BKKFS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

 

Oregon 6th - Lindvall, J to dp for Gillespie, A. Peterson, A popped up to 2b (1-0 B). Lindvall, J flied out to lf (0-0). Costa, K walked (3-2 KBBBFFFB). Burger, A flied out to lf (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

 

Arizona State 6th - Hawkins, C to p for Hovinga, K. Wigness, B. struck out swinging (2-2 BFKFBS). Johnson, A. fouled out to 3b (1-2 SBS). Coyle, C. fouled out to ss (1-0 B). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

 

Oregon 7th - Takeda, J struck out swinging (2-2 KBBKS). Shaver, K struck out swinging (3-2 FFBBFBS). Howard, K struck out looking (2-2 KBBFK). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.


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