*Updated season/career stats are available via the link above, and other NCAA / Pac-12 / misc. information is available in the LINKS box to the right.

 

THIS WEEK’S No. 12 DUCK SOFTBALL ACTION

vs. No. 14 UCLA
(35-16, 11-10 (4th)
Location: Howe Field, Eugene, Ore.
Opponent Web site: www.UCLAbruins.com

Game Start Times/Ticket Promotions
- Thu, May 10, 6 pm:
Movie Night / Thirsty Thursday: $1 off soda.

- Fri, May 11, 6 pm: Strike Out Cancer: Wear Pink. Raffle and silent auction to support cancer research.

- Sat, May 12, Noon: Senior citizens receive $1 general admission. T-shirt giveaway to first 50 fans. Kids can take part in a sign-making contest, and afterwards run bases and get player autographs.


* ON TV THIS WEEK
NCAA Tournament selection show, Sun., May 13, ESPN-U, 7 p.m.

 

SETTING THE STAGE
For the second straight year, the No. 12 University of Oregon softball team (37-14, 11-8) wraps the regular season by welcoming 11-time national champion UCLA (35-16, 11-10) to Howe Field for a three-game set this weekend.

Saturday's noon finale will feature a special pre-game ceremony to honor the team's five seniors - infielders Kelsey and Lindsey Chambers, utility player Christie Nieto, catcher Jordan Reeves and pitcher Samantha Skillingstad - who have helped UO to its first-ever Super Regional trips the past two years.

In a battle for third place in the nation’s top softball league (that features eight top-25 teams this week), UO and UCLA both sport 11 wins, and Oregon sits two games ahead in the loss column. Three other conference rivals are in the hunt for third place behind No. 1 California (48-3, 19-2) and No. 2 Arizona State (45-5, 17-2) who play each other in Berkeley, Thursday-Saturday.

Last year, UO took the season series for only the second time ever with its 2-1 advantage, and  ended the then-returning national champions’ 15-game series win streak. Going back to previous years, the Ducks also swept the three-game series in 2005 (3-1, 2-1, 3-0) and tied the four-game set in 1998.

Last weekend at home, the Ducks beat their fourth returnee from last year’s World Series with their 8-3 win over No. 9 Missouri, while the Tigers won the other two games, 5-4 and 7-3. Earlier in the week, Oregon took a doubleheader from Seattle by 9-8 and 8-0 counts. In the first game, UO relied on a five-run seventh-inning comeback. Its five-inning win in the finale was its eighth this year via the regulation-shortened eight-run rule.
 
Then-No. 17 UCLA went 2-1 last weekend vs. then-No. 13 Arizona in Westwood (W 10-4, 7-2; L 7-6). The Bruins have also taken league season series vs. Utah (3-0), at then-No. 7 Washington (2-1), vs. then-No. 15 Stanford (2-1), and vs. Oregon State (2-1) and were swept at then-No. 5 Arizona State and at then-No. 1 California.

Oregon’s 11-8 Pac-12 ledger guarantees its third-ever repeat +.500 Pac-12 marks after it went 11-10 in 2011. UO has also beaten seven Pac-12 foes for the first time since 2004 and third time since the league expanded to eight teams in 1993. 

To prep itself for its 14th NCAA Tournament postseason bid on Sunday night, UO has faced a tough regular season schedule and ranks eighth nationally in the NCAA RPI ratings. The Ducks sport a 17-11 mark against returning NCAA qualifiers from last year, and a 11-9 record vs. top-25 teams.

Softball fans can watch the NCAA Tournament selection show on Sun., May 13 on ESPN-U at 7 p.m. Pacific Time.


RECENT DUCK STARTERS (2012/2011/Overall Career Starts)
C: Alexa Peterson (53/48/93)
1B: Kailee Cuico (50/40/91)
2B: Kaylan Howard (50/52/158)
SS: Kelsey Chambers (50/54/211)
3B: Lindsey Chambers (8/7/74), Jamie Ray Sullivan(16/-/18)
OF: Allie Burger (38/52/147), Sara Goodrum (9/-/13)
OF: Janie Takeda (46/-/46)
OF: Samantha Pappas (48/50/160)


RECENT DUCK HEROES
For the five-game set vs. No. 9 Missouri and Seattle last week, junior Samantha Pappas led the Ducks in hitting (.643), hits (9), doubles (4) and homers (2).

Four others topped .300 – redshirt junior Christie Nieto (.429, 6H, 1 HR, 4 RBI), sophomore Kailee Cuico (.400, 6H, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB), Lindsey Chambers (.400, 2H), and junior Kaylan Howard (.375, 6H, 2 HR, 4 RBI). Sophomore Alexa Peterson also hit slugged two homers. hit .286, and led the team in RBI (6).

Game-winning RBI vs. Seattle went to senior Kelsey Chambers (seventh inning, RBI single over center fielder’s head  and Nieto (third inning, double to center field) and vs. #9 Missouri to Pappas (third inning, homer to left field (3 RBI)).

With her 8-3 win Saturday over then-No. 9 Missouri, junior Jessica Moore picked up her 11th win over a top-25 opponent this year (including four vs. top-10 teams). She pitched 17 of the team's 21 innings vs. Mizzou, staked a 2.88 ERA, struck out 14, and walked six.

Freshman Karissa Hovinga pitched all 12 innings vs. Seattle to notch both wins. She also added a save among her four innings vs. Missouri, and ended with eight strikeouts in her 16 innings on the week.
 
On all-Duck career charts, senior Kelsey Chambers jumped to second all-time in homers (35), Pappas moved into a tie for eighth all-time for homers (26) and walks (69), and Moore climbed the appearance list (sixth, 122).
 
On all-time Oregon season lists, Cuico improved to fourth all-time in RBI (47-tied), and other notable updates came from Howard (extra-base hits, ninth, 23-tied; RBI, 11th, 44-tied), Kelsey Chambers (runs, seventh, 44-tied) and Moore (wins, second, 25; starts, sixth, 35-tied; innings, eighth, 225).


LAST YEAR’S BRUIN SERIES NOTES
Last May at Howe Field, then-No. 11 Oregon ended a 15-game series losing streak with its 6-5 win in the opener. After then-No. 12 UCLA won the second game, 7-4, the Ducks bounced back for a 5-0 win in the Senior Day finale for their ninth win in their final 12 Pac-10 games.

After the three-game set, then-freshman Alexa Peterson was tabbed the Pac-12 Player of the Week after she paced UO in hitting (.714, 5-for-7) and hit safely in all three games. Three others topped .300 – senior Kelsey Chambers (.429, .3-for-7, 2 HR, 2 RBI), junior Kaylan Howard (.375, 2-for-6, 1 HR (grand slam), 4 RBI, 1 BB) and then-senior Kaitlin Vitek (.333, 2-for-6, 1 HR, 1 BB).

In the circle, senior Brittany Rumfelt earned her first Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week award, after she struck out seven in her six innings in the finale – also her first collegiate start vs. the Bruins.

In the finale, junior Jessica Moore came in with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and no outs, and coaxed a double play and ground-out to third base to help UO become the second team to shutout UCLA last year. Moore added the win in the first contest, and struck out 11 en route to the complete game.


NATIONAL CRED
In Monday morning’s national rankings, UO ranked top 25 nationally team-wise in five categories - scoring (12th, 6.10 rpg), slugging (13th,.498), batting (15th, .316), win-loss percentage (26th,.725) and home runs (20th, 1.10 p/g) - and also 40th in doubles (1.30 p/g).

On the individual front, junior Jessica Moore stood 20th nationally in wins (25), and five other Ducks ranked top 250 - sophomore Kailee Cuico (RBI, 48th, 0.92 p/g; walks, 138th, 0.53 p/g; homers, 146th, 0.20 p/g; slugging, 205th, .580), junior Samantha Pappas (batting, 53rd, .401; slugging, 87th, .664; doubles, 194th, 0.22 p/g), senior Kelsey Chambers (RBI, 67th, 0.88 p/g; doubles, 208th, 0.22 p/g; homers, 200th, 0.18 p/g), junior Kaylan Howard (RBI, 71st, 0.88 p/g; home runs, 98th, 0.22 p/g; slugging, 121st, .632), senior Christie Nieto (slugging, 96th, .659; batting, 225th, .352; walks, 243rd, 0.47).

A complete list of NCAA team/individual softball rankings is available at the ncaasports.com website at the http://web1.ncaa.org/stats/StatsSrv/ranksummary?sportCode=WSB URL address.
 

PACING THE PAC(-12)
Sophomore first baseman Kailee Cuico was Oregon’s highest-ranked individual entry in Monday’s updated Pac-12 rankings, and led the categories for chances (406) and putouts (390), and stood eighth in RBI (47).

UO’s seven other entries ranked top 10 included the outfield trio of juniors Samantha Pappas (batting, seventh, .401; stolen bases, eighth, 14; on-base percentage, ninth, .481) and Allie Burger (sacrifice bunts, sixth, 7-tied) and freshman Janie Takeda (sacrifice bunts, first-10-tied), sophomore Kailee Cuico (RBI, eighth, 47), senior Christie Nieto  (hit by pitch, fourth, 10) and junior pitcher Jessica Moore (innings, first, 225; wins, third, 25; starts, third, 35; strikeouts, third, 196; appearances, fourth, 40; ERA, fourth, 2.30, games finished, seventh, 11) and freshman Karissa Hovinga (games finished, eighth-tied, 11; games in relief, 10th, 9)
   
Team-wise offensively, UO’s top league overall rankings came in sacrifice bunts (second, 35) and stolen bases (59). Oregon also ranked fourth in hits (436), runs (311), doubles (68), total bases (686) and on-base percentage (.401), RBI (287); and fifth in batting (.316), slugging (.498), homers (56) and triples (7).

In Pac-12-only play, Duck hitters stood first in sacrifice bunts (13), second in batting (.305) and hits (164), doubles (31), and third in total bases (276) and stolen bases (18-tied).

In the circle, the Ducks ranked second in fewest homers allowed (194), third in wins (37), ERA (2.66), homers allowed (26), and fourth in saves (4) and walks allowed (129).

In Oregon’s 12-8 early April win at then-No. 14 Stanford, the Ducks’ 29 hits and 53 total bases still mark Pac-12 overall season highs.

Last year, Oregon comfortably paced the Pac-12 in batters struck out (446), most stolen bases in a game (8 vs. North Texas) and most doubles in a game (a school-record 7 vs. Utah State), while then-senior Brittany Rumfelt and sophomore Kailee Cuico tied for first in the league in relief appearances (21) and most doubles in a game (3), respectively.


2012 DUCK SEASON PREVIEW
Ranked No. 11 and No. 16 in the preseason by USA Softball and the NFCA (both preseason program bests), Oregon returns starters at seven of the eight field positions, and its top pitcher from last year - junior Jessica Moore.

The right-hander from Sutter, Calif., has posted UO's top two all-time best strikeout totals (238, 224) the past two years, and became the third Duck pitcher ever to earn all-conference honors.

Seven other Duck returnees have earned prior All-Pac-12 acclaim - senior shortstop Kelsey Chambers (2010 Honorable Mention), junior outfielders Allie Burger (2010 HM) and Samantha Pappas (2010 All-Pac-12) and infielder Kaylan Howard (2010 All-Freshman HM), and sophomore infielders Courtney Ceo (2011 All-Freshman), Kailee Cuico (2011 All-Freshman HM) and Alexa Peterson (2011 All-Freshman Team).

With its return to national prominence under third-year head coach Mike White, Oregon has made its first-ever Super Regional trips the past two years, and ended the year ranked top 15 nationally in both the USA SB/NFCA polls in 2010 (14/14) and ’11 (14/15). Last year’s third-place Pac-12 finish (based on its 11-10 league mark) was its best finish since the league expanded to eight teams in 1993.


NEW TO THE FOLD
The Ducks said farewell to five seniors from last season, yet welcome an impressive six-person newcomer class that includes pitcher Karissa Hovinga (Ralston, Neb.), outfielders Alyssa Gillespie (Hillsboro, Ore.), Sara Goodrum (Red Mountain, Ariz.) and Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.), and infielders Hannah Melick (Auburn, Wash.) and Jamie Rae Sullivan (Huntington Beach, Calif.).

- Takeda was an Under Armour Prep All-American in 2011 and four-time all-league pick. In 2012, she has the most starts among frosh (46) with her nods in center field, and her 50 hits and .329 batting mark rank second and fourth on the squad this week, respectively.

- A starter at designated player for 10 games in 2012, Melick connected on a seventh-inning, game-winning two-run double in the opening weekend win vs. NCAA veteran San Diego State. In week two, she just missed hitting for the cycle vs. Cal Poly (3-for-3, double, triple, homer, 3 RBI), then homered again the next game vs. returning Missouri Valley Conference champion Illinois State in Orlando. On the season, she paces the team in pinch-hits (5) and pinch-hit batting average (.278). As a prep senior, the 2011 South Puget Sound League North Division Player of the Year paced the league in batting, on-base percentage and slugging.

- With an 12-3 mark this season, Hovinga has pitched 10 complete games among her 16 starts, has struck out 68 batters and walked 42 in her 116.2 innings, and owns a 3.12 ERA. In December, she went 2-1 in the ISF Junior World Championships for the Canadian National Team. As a prep, she was a three-time, all-state first-team pick for two-time Nebraska state champion Pappillion High School.
 
- A three-year Arizona all-state honorable mention. Goodrum helped lead her Red Mountain prep team to state titles her last two years. The first two months of the season, she started six games for UO in left field, three in right field, and altogether has seven more at designated player, and altogether has played 31 contests. She drilled her first homer in the finale win at Utah in mid-April for her first collegiate extra-base hit.

- A starter at third base in 16 games (including 10 in Pac-12 play), Sullivan ripped her first collegiate hit - a two-run double - the second weekend of the campaign vs. returning WAC champion New Mexico State. In March and April, she added her first career starts at first base and designated player to give her 18 overall on the season, and the latter was part of a 4-RBI day vs. Boise State that included her first homer, a two-run shot, and a two-run double. In the series at #11 Arizona, she went 3-for-10 (2B, 2 RBI, BB). Before her Duck career, she was a starter for the Cal Worth Firecrackers 18-U club team that won the Colorado Fireworks and Canadian Open Junior Olympic U-19 tourneys, and took second in the PGF tournament.

- Gillespie was the 2011 Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year and four-time all-state choice for Glencoe High School near Portland, but will likely miss the season due to shoulder surgery.


OPPONENT GAME NOTES

#14 UCLA Bruins (35-16, Pacific-12 11-10 (4th)) - www.UCLAbruins.com
The Bruins return 14 letterwinners, eight starters and three pitchers from last year’s Regional advancers that went 36-19 overall and tied for sixth in the Pac-12 (9-12). … This year, key wins for the team include came over No. 10 Baylor (10-6), No. 13 Kentucky (7-1, 12-0 (5), 6-2), No. 15 Stanford (12-4 (5), 5-2), No. 7 Washington (7-5, 5-0) and No. 15 Arizona (10-4, 7-2). … Team-wise in the NCAA this week, UCLA leads the nation in slugging (.599), ranks third in batting (.349) and home runs (1.55 per game), and fifth in doubles (1.63 p/g) and scoring (sixth, 6.92 p/g). … Freshman Stephany LaRosa ranks top 25 nationally in batting (sixth, .455), RBI (eighth, 1.18 p/g), slugging (16th, .842) and home runs, 24th, 0.31 p/g). Other Bruins hitters ranked top 100 include redshirt senior Katie Schroeder (batting, 33rd, .415; doubles, 60th, 0.27 p/g; walks, 127th, 0.55 p/g), redshirt senior Samantha Camuso (slugging, 38th, .764; RBI, 40th, 0.96 p/g; homers, 57th, 0.26 p/g; batting, 110th, .378), senior Andrea Harrison (homers, 47th, 0.27 p/g; RBI, 67th, 0.88 p/g; slugging, 65th, 0.701; batting, 113th, .377) and junior B.B. Bates (slugging, 63rd, .703). … In the circle, sophomore Jessica Hall ranks 69th in wins (18) and 89th in strikeouts (7.0 p/7 innings). … Sixth-year head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez owns a 354-74 record at the helm and has led the team to a national title (2010), another World Series trip (2008) and a Pac-12 title (2009).

Top Bruin Players (Notable 2012 Stats)
Stephany LaRosa, Fr., IF - .455, 75 H, 10 2B, 3 3B, 16 HR, 60 RBI
Katie Schroeder, RSr., OF - .415, 66 H, 14 2B, 5 HR, 29 RBI, 28 BB
Samantha Camuso, RSr., IF - .378, 48 H, 12 HR, 44 RBI
Andrea Harrison, Sr., UT - .377, 63 H, 12 2B, 14 HR, 46 RBI
B.B. Bates, Jr., OF - .374, 58 H, 10 2B, 13 HR, 43 RBI
Dani Yudin, Sr., C/UT - .317, 38 H, 7 HR, 35 RBI, 40 BB
Talee Snow, So., IF – 30 H, 7 2B, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 13 BB
Jessica Hall, So., LHP – 3.12, 18-11, 13 CG, 4 SHO, 186 IP, 185 SO, 73 BB, 167 H
Ally Carda, Fr., RHP – 3.36, 13-4, 6 CG, 116.2 IP, 95 SO, 69 BB, 97 H

 
All-Time Oregon-UCLA Results (UCLA Leads Series, 71-14)
*5/12/2011 - #12 UCLA (UO #11), W, 6-5
5/13/2011 - #12 UCLA (UO #11), L, 4-7
*5/14/2011 - #12 UCLA (UO #11), W, 5-0
4/30/2010 - at #5 UCLA (UO #18), L, 4-11
5/1/2010 - at #5 UCLA (UO #18), L, 2-10 (5)
5/2/2010 - at #5 UCLA (UO #18), L, 2-10 (6)
4/18/2009 - #3 UCLA, L, 2-9
4/19/2009 - #3 UCLA, L, 0-6
5/1/2009 - at #2 UCLA, L, 0-8
3/29/2008 - at #1 UCLA, L, 0-2
3/30/2008 - at #1 UCLA, L, 0-12
5/8/2008 - #3 UCLA, L, 1-3
4/14/2007 - #14 UCLA* (UO #10, L, 3-13
4/15/2007 - #14 UCLA* (UO #10, L, 1-5
4/27/2007 - at #12 UCLA* (UO #16), L, 0-8
4/22/2006 - #1 UCLA, L, 3-9
4/23/2006 - #1 UCLA, L , 2-5
5/5/2006 - #1 UCLA, L, 0-7
*4/2/2005 - #7 UCLA*, W, 3-1
*4/2/2005 - #7 UCLA*, W, 2-1
*5/12/2005 - at #12 UCLA*, W, 3-0
*4/17/2004 - at #3 UCLA*, W, 4-3
4/18/2004 - at #3 UCLA* (UO #14), L, 2-3
4/30/2004 - #3 UCLA* (UO #11), L, 0-2
*4/12/2003 - #2 UCLA* (UO #20), W, 5-4
4/13/2003 - #2 UCLA* (UO #20), L, 3-9
5/2/2003 - at #2 UCLA* (UO #19), L, 3-4
4/20/2002 - at UCLA*, L, 0-7
4/21/2002 - at UCLA*, L, 1-3
5/3/2002 - UCLA*, L, 1-2
4/21/2001 - #1 UCLA, L, 3-4
4/22/2001 - #1 UCLA, L, 3-6
5/4/2001 - at #2 UCLA, L, 4-6
4/7/2000 - UCLA*, L, 0-6
5/13/2000 - at UCLA*, L, 2-5
5/13/2000 - at UCLA*, L, 4-12
4/17/1999 - UCLA*, L, 1-6
4/17/1999 - UCLA*, L, 1-16
5/1/1999 - at UCLA*, L, 2-5
*5/1/1999 - at UCLA*, W, 5-2
*4/18/1998 - at UCLA*, W, 6-5
4/18/1998 - at UCLA*, L, 4-10
5/2/1998 - UCLA *, L, 4-7
*5/2/1998 - UCLA*, W, 3-1
2/28/1997 - UCLA, L, 0-19
3/22/1997 - at UCLA*, L, 1-13
3/22/1997 - at UCLA*, L, 0-8
4/26/1997 - UCLA*, L, 0-2
4/26/1997 - UCLA*, L, 4-8
3/23/1996 - at UCLA*, L, 2-4
3/23/1996 - at UCLA*, L, 2-4
4/28/1996 - UCLA*, L, 1-8
4/28/1996 - UCLA*, L, 5-9
4/14/1995 - UCLA*, L, 0-7
5/1/1995 - UCLA*, L, 1-13
5/1/1995 - UCLA*, L, 0-5
3/29/1994 - at UCLA*, L, 0-1
3/29/1994 - at UCLA*, L, 0-2
*5/11/1994 - UCLA*, W, 3-2
5/11/1994 - UCLA*, L, 1-2
3/29/1993 - at UCLA*, L, 0-3
3/29/1993 - at UCLA*, L, 1-2
4/19/1992 - UCLA*, L, 1-4
4/19/1992 - UCLA*, L, 1-4
2/17/1991 - UCLA, L, 1-5
3/25/1991 - at UCLA*, L, 0-5
3/25/1991 - at UCLA*, L, 0-10
4/21/1991 - UCLA*, L, 0-7
4/21/1991 - UCLA*, L, 0-4
3/27/1990 - at UCLA*, L, 0-1
*3/27/1990 - at UCLA*, W, 3-0
3/30/1989 - at UCLA*, L, 0-1
*3/30/1989 - at UCLA*, W, 1-0
5/6/1989 - UCLA*, L, 2-3
5/6/1989 - UCLA*, L, 0-2
3/20/1988 - at UCLA*, L, 0-1
*3/20/1988 - at UCLA*, W, 2-0
5/7/1988 - at UCLA*, L, 2-3
5/7/1988 - at UCLA*, L, 1-5
4/27/1987 - UCLA*, L, 3-6
4/27/1987 - UCLA*, L, 0-2
2/18/1990 - UCLA, L, 0-2
3/8/1987 - UCLA, L, 0-7
3/7/1986 - UCLA, L, 0-4
1985 - UCLA, L, 0-1

* = Oregon wins


IN THE POLLS
Repeating its highest ranking of the regular season in both national polls this week, No. 12 / 13 Oregon climbed three positions the week before in both the USA Softball and NFCA editions, and its only higher sighting in 2012 was its No. 11 position in the USA Softball preseason edition.

UO was one of eight league members that ranked top 25 nationally this week, including the top two teams overall - No. 1/1 California and No. 2/2 Arizona State.

Glancing at this week's polls, 11 Duck foes this season were ranked top 25 (USA Softball/ NFCA), and others included No. 3/3 Alabama, No. 9/10 Missouri, No. 14/15 UCLA, No. 16/17 Arizona, No. 17/15 Stanford, No. 18/18 Washington, No. 21/21 North Carolina, No. 24/- Oregon State and No. -/23 Baylor. One other Duck opponent – BYU – received votes in one poll.

Compared to last week, Cal ranked first nationally in both polls for the seventh straight week after it swept then-No. 22 Oregon State in Corvallis (9-1, 4-2, 4-1).

Among other movement in the top five overall:
-  No. 2/2 Arizona State held steady after it swept Utah (13-1 (5), 6-4, 13-5 (6)).
- No. 3/3 Alabama moved up a position in the USA Softball version after it went 2-1 vs. Florida (W 9-1 (6), 5-3, L 4-1)
- No. 4/4 Oklahoma fell one position in the USA Softball edition after it went 2-1 vs. Texas (W 5-2 (8), 9-3; L 12-5)
- No. 5/5 Tennessee jumped two spots in the NFCA poll after it swept Ole Miss (5-1, 9-0 (5), 2-1) and beat Tennessee State (5-0).

For comparison's sake, a complete list of the Pac-12's teams rankings from last week follows: No. 1/1 California, No. 2/2 Arizona State, No. 13/15 Arizona, No. 15/14 Washington, No. 17/17 UCLA, No. 21/19 Stanford, No. 22/- Oregon State.

Oregon has now been ranked for 40 straight editions by USA Softball and 33 straight polls by the NFCA. UO's week-by-week USA SB/ NFCA rankings in that stretch follow: 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. 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.

More information on the USA Softball and NFCA polls are available at the http://www.usasoftball.com/news.asp?uid=5398 and http://nfca.org/top25/index.php?cat_id=1 URL addresses.

In January's preseason national polls, UO was tabbed No. 11 by USA Softball and No. 16 by NFCA - both program bests, respectively. The Pac-12 was again the nation’s top league and featured seven teams ranked top 13 nationally - No. 1 ASU (last year's national champion), No. 3 California, No. 8 Arizona, No. 9 Stanford, No. 11 Oregon, No. 12 Washington and No. 13 UCLA.


AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH
On Duck all-time lists this past weekend, the Duck career strikeout leader Jessica Moore (658) climbed Duck all-time the categories for career appearances (sixth, 122) and victories in a season (second-tie, 25).

Other improvements on career lists came from Kelsey Chambers (homers, second-tie, 35), Samantha Pappas (homers, eighth-tie, 26; walks, eighth-tie, 69).

Season-wise, chart-climbers included Kailee Cuico (RBI, fourth-tie, 47), Kelsey Chambers (runs, seventh, 44; RBI, ninth-tie, 45) and Kaylan Howard (homers, ninth, 23; extra-base hits, ninth, 23)

Altogether, 10 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
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
Game
Hits - 2nd-t, 4, vs. Arkansas, 2/19/11

Kailee Cuico
Game
Doubles – 1st-t, 3 vs. Utah State, 3/20/11

Kelsey Chambers
Career
Homers – 2nd-t, 35 (1st is 37)
Doubles – 7th-t, 34 (5th is 36, 4th is 38, 2nd is 39)
RBI - 5th, 135 (4th is 136, 3rd is 141)

Season
Home Runs – 6th-t, 13, 2011 (4th is 14, 3rd is 15, 2nd is 16)
Runs – 7th-t, 44 (6th is 47, 5th is 48, 3rd is 49, 2nd is 55)
RBI – 9th-t, 45 (6th is 46, 4th is 47, 3rd is 48, 2nd is 61)

Game
Home Runs – 3rd-t, 2, vs. Nevada, 2/22/11
*Home Runs – 3rd-t, 2, *at Utah, 4/15/12; vs. #9 Arizona, 4/30/11
*Hits – 2nd-t, 4 vs. San Jose State, 2/11/12
*Runs – 6th-t, 3 vs. San Jose State, 2/11/12
*RBI – 10th, 5, vs. San Jose State, 2/11/12

Kaylan Howard
Season
*Home Runs – 9th-t, 11, 2012
*Extra-Base Hits – 9th, 23, 2012

Game
*Doubles – 3rd-t, 2, vs. Portland State, 4/18/12

Samantha Pappas
Career
Batting – 3rd, .348
Walks – 10th, 66

Season
RBI – 3rd, 48, 2010
Slugging – 7th, .641, 2010
Total Bases – 7th-t, 107, 2010
Home Runs – 8th-t, 11, 2010
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

Christie Nieto
Game
*Home Runs – 3rd-t, 2 at Utah, 4/15/12

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


UO ALL-TIME PITCHING CHARTS

Jessica Moore
Career
Strikeouts – 1st, 658
Wins – 2nd, 65 (1st is 73)
Shutouts – 5th, 14 (4th is 18, 3rd is 21, 2nd is 22, 1st is 31)
Innings - 7th, 606.2 (6th is 631, 5th is 716.2, 4th is 720)
Appearances – 6th, 122 (5th is 123, 4th is 133, 2nd-t is 140)

Season
Strikeouts, 1st, 238, 2010
Strikeouts – 2nd, 224, 2011 (1st is 238, Moore, 2010)
*Strikeouts – 5th, 196, 2012 (4th is 202, 3rd is 203)
*Wins – 2nd-t, 25, 2012 (1st is 42)
Wins – 3rd-t, 24, 2011 (2nd is 25, 1st is 42)
Wins – 15th, 16, 2010, ’12 (11th-t is 17, 10th is 18, 9th is 20)

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

Samantha Skillingstad
Career
Strikeouts – 6th, 398 (4th is 435, 3rd is 445)
Appearances - 9t, 93 (8th is 114, 7th is 119)
Shutouts – 11th, 7 (10th is 9, 8th is 10)
Wins – 11th, 32 (9th is 33, 8th is 41)

Season
Strikeouts – 6th, 170, 2009

Game
Strikeouts – 5t, 12, at PSU, 3/23/10
Strikeouts – 11t, 11, vs. N. Dakota, 3/13/10
Strikeouts – 17t, 10, at Stanford, 4/24/09

*=2012 season marks
 

POWER SURGE
In 2012, the Ducks are again taking aim at the fences with 56 homers by 11 different players in their opening 51 games. The past five weeks, UO has connected on 33 homers over the course of 17 league tilts at then-No. 14 Stanford, vs. then-No. 7 Washington and No. 1 California and at Utah, and doubleheaders vs. Portland State and Seattle.

In that span, Ducks with round-trippers (with totals in that span in ()) include seniors Christie Nieto (6) and Kelsey Chambers (4), juniors Samantha Pappas (5) and Kaylan Howard (5), sophomores Kailee Cuico (7) and Alexa Peterson (5) and freshman Sara Goodrum (1).

Last year, UO bashed six homers in its six games in the NCAA Regional and final regular season series vs. then-No. 12 UCLA to cement a new school season record. UO's 71 homers from 12 Duck players gave it a 1.22 per game ratio - 14th -best nationally.

Not surprisingly, head coach Mike White's first squad in 2010 featured 13 players combining for 51 homers in 57 games - the fifth-best overall total in school history. From a historical standpoint, UO’s former school record (69) came in a 69-game season in 1999 (for a 1.0 per game ratio).

With her five homers the last month of the 2011 regular season vs. then-No. 9 Arizona, then-No. 10 Stanford and then-No. 12 UCLA, junior Kelsey Chambers belted a team-leading and career-high 13 homers in 2011 – the sixth-best mark all-time for UO in a season – and her 31 career-wise is fifth all-time for the Ducks. Also on the Oregon season list, junior Samantha Pappas hit 11 homers in 2010 and tied for eighth all-time for UO in a campaign.

Other Duck returnees that cleared the fences in 2011 included Pappas (8), sophomore Kailee Cuico (7), senior Christie Nieto (6), sophomores Courtney Ceo (5) and Alexa Peterson (5), junior Kaylan Howard (4), senior Lindsey Chambers (3), and juniors Jessica Moore (2) and Allie Burger (1).

Junior Kaylan Howard is the first Duck to hit grand slam(s) this year, with four-baggers vs. UC Santa Barbara and Nebraska. The Riverside, Calif., native also hit grand slams as a freshman in an NCAA regional upset at #5 seed Georgia Tech, and as a sophomore in a win against then-returning national champion UCLA. Sophomore Kailee Cuico added a first-inning, game-winning grand slam in the series-opening win at No. 11 Arizona, and senior Christie Nieto added her second for the Ducks later in the game.

Current Ducks that hit grand slams last year include senior Christie Nieto (vs. then-No. 9 Hawai’i as a pinch-hitter), and junior Samantha Pappas and Cuico in separate games vs. UNLV. Pappas also turned the trick as a freshman in a win vs. Idaho State.


DOUBLE YOUR FUN
The Ducks again sport a pair of twins on their roster in 2012 and both have played key roles the past four seasons.

The identical junior pair of Kelsey Chambers and Lindsey Chambers have combined for 45 homers (35 / 10) in their careers, including nine and one, respectively, in 2012.

As a sophomore in 2010, Kelsey Chambers was tabbed an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, and in 2011, ranked sixth all-time in homers hit in a season (13) and is currently second career-wise (35).

They saw the most action among newcomers as freshmen when Kelsey started in right field the first half of ‘09, then started 24 games in the remainder at second base (and had two more at shortstop), while Lindsey’s starts came in the left side of the infield with 18 at third base and 22 at shortstop.


NEW TO THE FOLD
In late April in the doubleheader sweep of Portland State, Duck fans caught their first glimpse on the diamond of the department’s most versatile athlete – freshman catcher Liz Brenner. The Portland, Ore., native was a former 6A all-state softball first-team choice as a prep sophomore and catcher/first baseman for the Northwest Blaze club team that won the 2009 ASA 16-U national title.

With a season-ending injury to back-up catcher Courtney Ceo in mid-April, Brenner joined the team the day before the team’s sweep of Portland State, and played both games (2 walks, 2 runs, 0-for-4). She could also play first base - a position that she split time at in club ball, particularly her later seasons.

The Meadow Vista, Calif., native Ceo became the team’s back-up signal-caller last fall, and had started seven of the first 19 games behind the plate. On the season, the returning All-Region Second-Team choice led the squad in hits (45), and ranked second in stolen bases (10) and third in hitting (.378) and slugging (.431).

Brenner will back up one of the team’s top players – sophomore signal-caller Alexa Peterson. An All-Pac-12 Freshman Team and All-Region Second Team choice last year.

Brenner’s addition alleviates the loss of two catchers from last year’s roster – Ashley Kivett and Jordan Reeves – and have no other current players with prior catching experience.

Last year as a prep senior, Brenner was the 2010-11 state player of the year in both volleyball and basketball as a senior at the Jesuit High School, and the state shot put champion and javelin runner-up among her many state honors in all four sports.

In the fall volleyball season, Brenner was key to the Ducks’ fifth postseason trip the last six years (and 21-10, 14-8 Pac-12 mark). The All-Pac-12 Freshman Team added her second Pac-12 Freshman of the Week laurel in November after she tied the league regular season high in kills (31) at then-No. 5 Stanford, and hit .651 - the Pac-12’s best season mark with 20 or more kills and eighth-best overall.  Overall, she had 14 double-digit kill tallies (including 11 in league play) and topped .300 in nine matches. For the season, she topped Duck newcomers and ranked third on the squad in kills (2.74 per set), and stood third among starters in hitting (.241) and points (2.96 p/s). 

After an injury to the Ducks’ top basketball forward and senior All-Pac-12 pick Amanda Johnson in December, Brenner joined the hoops squad in similar fashion. In her 21 contests at forward, Brenner started eight games, and averaged 5.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 23.8 minutes a game. Her season scoring high - 16 points - came against USC in late January only a month after she joined the team.

Brenner became the first Duck female three-sport start since Peg Rees – the current Oregon softball announcer – and basketball, softball and volleyball letterwinner for the Ducks in 1973-76.
   

SKED CRED
The Ducks have faced another grueling regular season slate in 2012 with 33 of their 56 games this spring against 17 returning tournament qualifiers from last year’s NCAA tournament field.

The list included last year’s national champion Arizona State, five of the remaining seven World Series advancers (Alabama, Baylor, California, Missouri, Oklahoma State), three more Super Regional Advancers (Arizona, Stanford, Washington), four more regional finalists (BYU, Nebraska, San Diego State and UCLA) and four more round of 64 advancers (Fresno State, Illinois State, New Mexico State, Portland State).

So far this year against those returning NCAA qualifiers, UO is 14-9 with wins vs. returning national champion and No. 5 Arizona State (3-0), three other World Series advancers in No. 1 California (1-0), No. 9 Missouri (8-3) and No. 10 Oklahoma State (8-0 (6)), Super Regional advancer and No. 14 Stanford (8-5, 12-8), regional finalist No. 24 Nebraska (4-2), Fresno State (5-4), Illinois State (5-2), New Mexico State (7-1), Portland State (10-4, 1-0) and San Diego State (5-4, 6-0). UO’s losses came to ASU (7-4), Cal (8-1, 10-0), Super Regional returnee BYU (2-1), a trio of World Series advancers in No. 1 Alabama (5-1), No. 9 Missouri (5-4, 7-3) and No. 10 Baylor (2-1) and Super Regional advancer and No. 14 Stanford (7-6).

Among the team’s 14 other foes this spring, UO beat two others that were NCAA tourney advancers in ’10 – No. 24 North Carolina (5-4) and Virginia (6-2) - while it also beat Cal Poly (11-1) and Purdue (twice - 8-1, 9-1 (5)) who advanced to the postseason in ’09.

In this week’s seventh NCAA RPI national rankings, Oregon ranked eighth and third-best among league teams. UO was one of eight Pac-12 teams in the top 23 overall with #1 California, #2 Arizona State, #10 Arizona, #11 UCLA, #17 Washington, #18 Stanford and #23 Oregon State.

To see a complete list of NCAA RPI rankings, visit the http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/softball/d1 URL address.


HOME SWEET HOWE
In 2012, the Ducks own a 11-7 record in the friendly confines of Howe Field this year with its series sweep of Boise State and doubleheader sweep of Portland State, 1-1 splits vs. returning national champion and then-No. 3 Arizona State, returning Super Regional advancer and then-No. 7 Washington, 1-2 series with No. 1 California and No. 9 Missouri, and loss to then-No. 1 Alabama.

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 early 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-12 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.


PICKS OF THE PAC-12
In early April, junior outfielder Samantha Pappas was rewarded with her second Pac-12 Softball Player honors after then-No. 17 Oregon went 2-1 vs. the then-No. 14 Cardinal for the second straight year – only its second series advantage the last five years. Oregon posted 8-5 and 12-8 in the first and third games, and came back from a 6-2 deficit in the second tilt to narrowly fall, 7-6.

On the weekend, the former All-Pac-12 pick Pappas paced UO in hitting (.556), slugging (1.444), on-base percentage (.636), homers (2-tied), triples (1) and walks (2), and stood second in hits (5).

The Las Flores, Calif., native was one of four Ducks that hit safely in every game, and had a pair of two-hit efforts in the last two games after she reached base in all four at-bats in the finale (2-for-2, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB). During the series, she also posted personal season game highs in runs (2), triples (1), total bases (5-twice), homers (1-twice), walks (2) and sacrifice hits (1).

Pappas’ 2012 award marked the 37th in school history, eighth in the tenure of head coach Mike White, and the second for the former Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year after she picked up similar honors as a freshman in 2010.

Among the current roster, junior pitcher Jessica Moore is a two-time Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week recipient, and sophomore catcher Alexa Peterson and junior outfielder Allie Burger received similar league weekly player awards in 2011 and ’10, respectively.


2011 – ANOTHER MEMORABLE SEASON
Last year, UO both started and ended the year ranked top 15 in both national polls en route to its second straight (and ever) NCAA Super Regional trip.

- Last May, Oregon finished tied for third in the Pac-12 Conference - its best finish since the league expanded to eight teams in 1993. The final two weeks of the regular season, UO won its first series vs. then-No. 12 UCLA and then-No. 12 Stanford for the first times since 2005 and '07, respectively.

- Among other conference play notes last year:
- UO won its third-ever season series vs. eight-time national champion Arizona.
- UO swept Oregon State for the third time ever and first time since 1994.
- UO's 8-0 win at then-No. 6 Washington tied its biggest winning margin in the series.

Last May, UO opened the postseason with a 3-0 mark in the Penn State Regional with wins over Albany (3-1), Fordham (2-0) and at Penn State (3-1), then dropped both of its Super Regional games at eventual NCAA runner-up Florida.  Altogether, the past two years, UO is now 6-4 in the postseason under third-year head coach Mike White.

- Last year's Duck team broke school season records for home runs (71, 1.22 per game), and ranked 14th nationally. On the mound, the Ducks' 446 strikeouts (7.69 strikeouts p/g) ranked second-best all-time for UO behind his 2010 pitching staff's mark (470, 8.25).


AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH
Last year, the Duck pitching staff was on another near season-record pace for strikeouts in 2011 (446, 378.0 innings (1.18 K/Inning)) under head coach Mike White’s tutelage. The current record belonged to the Ducks’ four-person staff from 2010 (470, 381.2 innings (1.23 K/Inning)) that easily topped the former mark (394, 432.2 innings, 57 games) set by White’s former crew in 2004. Here are other notable current and 2010 Duck team rankings compared to the school season record (note: UO has played 56 games so far this year):

Hitting – 2011 Team Stats (2010 / *UO Record (# of games))
Home Runs – 1st, 71 (2010 - 5th, 51 / *old record 1999 – *69(69))
Slugging – 1st, .484 (2010 - 2nd, .460 / *2007 - .482 (59))
Sacrifice Flies – 3rd, 14 (2010 – 2nd, 15; *2007 – 16th (59))
Batting – 5th, .291 (2010 - 2nd, .299 / *2007 -.310 (59))
RBI – 5th, 261 (2010 - 6th, 239 / *1999 – 307 (69))
Total Bases – 4th, 711 (2010 - 5th, 679 / *1999 – *834 (69))
Runs – 5th, 298 (2010 - 8th, 258 / *1998 - 361 (71))
Hits – 11th, 428 (2010 – 9th, 442 (*1989 – 552 (70))
Doubles – 11th-t, 58 (4th-t, 72 / *1999 – 92 (69))

Pitching – 2011 Team Stats (2010 / UO Record (# of games))
Strikeouts – 2nd, 437 (*2010 - 1st, 470 (57))
Saves – 7th-t, 4 (2010 - 3rd, 6 / *2003 – 17 (56))
Opposing Batting – 6th, .205 (2010 - 12th, .236 / *1985 - .176 (50))
Shutouts – 7th-t, 14 (2010 - 6th, 14; *1989 – 27 (70))
 

HONOR ROLL
In 2011, eight Ducks were honored to various All-Pac-12 Teams and four enjoyed nods on the NFCA Pacific All-Region squads.

Junior pitcher Jessica Moore became the third Duck pitcher to ever land on the All-Pac-12 First Team, while then-senior first baseman Monique Fuiava received her first All-Pac-12 Second-Team commendation. Four others added honorable mention status – sophomore infielder  Courtney Ceo, junior outfielder Samantha Pappas and then-senior pitcher Brittany Rumfelt and outfielder Kaitlin Vitek.

Ceo and catcher Alexa Peterson were also tabbed to the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team, while utility player Kailee Cuico was an honorable mention.

Regional coaches took similar notice as Moore and Fuiava made their first appearances on the NFCA Pacific All-Region First Team, as did Ceo and Peterson on the Second Team.

Dating back to 1988, UO has now staked 15 first-team and 23 second-team regional-team laurels, and this year’s quartet tied its second-best tally ever (and was one shy of its all-time (5) from 1989). On the All-Pac-12 rolls, Oregon has racked up 19 first-team honors and 35 second-team selections.

Other team-awarded honors went to Fuaiva (Batting Leader, Offensive MVP), Moore (Pitcher of the Year), Peterson (Defensive Player of the Year), and seniors Christie Nieto (Web Gem) and Samantha Skillingstad (Spirit Award).


MOORE LEADS THE WAY
Helping Oregon to wins in all six of her NCAA regional starts the past two seasons, All-Pac-12 First Team honoree and sophomore pitcher Jessica Moore has positioned the Ducks for many of its biggest wins this year, and here are various highlights from last season’s final two months in reverse chronological order.

- Working her first 21-inning stretch in a 48-hour window in 2011, Moore notched all 21 outs in the regional finale vs. Penn State (5/22), struck out five, walked two, gave up four hits and one earned run. After UO scored three runs in the sixth inning to take a 3-1 lead, she got out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the inning’s bottom half with a pair of ground-ball outs, then set PSU down 1-2-3 in the seventh.
- In a NCAA regional second-game dual (5/21) vs. Fordham’s returning first-team All-American Jen Mineau, Moore logged her third one-hit complete game of the season, walked one, and struck out 11 – one off her season high.
- In the NCAA regional opener (5/20) vs. America East champion Albany, her nine strikeouts was her sixth effort of nine K’s or more this season, and she allowed only one walk, five hits and one earned run.
- In her win vs. then-No. 12 UCLA (5/12), Moore struck out 10 – her Pac-12 season high and most career-wise in a seven-inning league tilt. She also got her third save of the season in the 5-0 series clincher and regular season finale (5/14) when she came in with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh, and got a double play and ground out.
- In her 2-0 shutout of then-No. 10 Stanford (5/7), she struck out eight Cardinal batters – a team then-Pac-12 season high, then got the win in the 4-2 finale (5/8) after she struck out strike out six in the final 3 2/3 innings.
- In her 2-0 first-game shutout of then-No. 9 Arizona (4/29), she four-hit the nation’s ninth-leading hitting team (and added four strikeouts) to become the third Duck to ever beat the eight-time national champions in consecutive seasons.
- In her 2-1 win in the finale vs. then-No. 3 Arizona State (4/10), she one-hit the nation’s leader in hitting (.380) and second in runs per game (8.76).
- She picked up two of the team’s three wins vs. rival Oregon State (4/21, 4/23) in 7-1 and 8-1 wins.
- In the 8-0 series finale vs. then-No. 6 Washington (4/3), she struck out five and allowed five hits in her 6 2/3 innings, and helped UO tie its largest winning margin vs. the returning World Series advancers.


TOP DUCK PROFILE
Third-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 71.4 winning percentage as its head coach, White has compiled a 115-51 mark already after leading the Ducks to its first-ever Super Regional trips the last two seasons.

Last spring, UO was similarly tabbed seventh in the league preseason poll. Four months later, it tied for third in the final conference standings (42-16, 11-10) thanks to its best finish since the league expanded to eight teams in 1993.

Last year, Oregon was one of the nation’s hottest teams at the end of the season after it won nine of its last 12 Pac-12 games. In that stretch, the Ducks won their last four 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).

Those Bruins and Cardinal wins ended 15- and 10-game losing streaks for their first wins and series advantages since 2005 and ‘07.

Earlier in the Pac-12 slate, UO’s Civil War sweep of OSU was its third ever and first since 1994; it one-hit then-NCAA batting leader Arizona State, 2-1; and it tied its largest winning margin in the Duck-Husky series with its 8-0 win at then-No. 6 Washington.

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-12 wins (8) since its 10 in 2003 and ’04. Oregon beat five different Pac-12 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.

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-12 record (11). The next season, newcomer Ani Nyhus was an All-Pac-12 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-12 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.

Among other honors, the multiple Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) MVP pitcher and All-American 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 three other talented coaches that sport equally impressive playing resumes.

Third-year Duck coach and former UCLA All-American Lisa Dodd has earned similar respect as a Nevada assistant coach after she helped the Wolf Pack to a WAC Conference title, top-20 rankings and NCAA bid in 2008. As a pitcher and infielder, the 2007 NFCA Second-Team All-American starred on Bruin teams that claimed three straight WCWS trips and a Pac-12 title in 2006. She went on to play professionally in Italy in 2007 and ’08, while as a prep she was tabbed the 2003 Gatorade National Prep Player of the Year.

White first shared the field with second-year assistant coach Blake Miller on the U.S. National Team teammate, and the latter has played 15 seasons as a pro player and been a member of U.S. National Teams since 2001. As a collegiate coach the past 11 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).


CATCH THE ACTION LIVE
Duck softball fans can track home action this season several ways. For home games, O-Zone subscribers can listen to and watch games online for as little as $9.17 per month (for a 12-month membership), and a link to signing up is available at the www.GoDucks.com multimedia link at the top of each page.

Fans from Duck opponents can catch multiple games online for a $12.95 automatically-renewing monthly membership (and should cancel the membership before the end of the month to prevent the next month's charge).

Live stats for all home and away contests are available for free via the softball schedule page by clicking on the page icon with the '1" in the far right media column.


PAC-12 PRESEASON POLL
In the annual Pacific-12 Conference Softball Coaches Preseason Poll, defending national champion Arizona State topped the rankings and received six of the nine first-place votes. Returning World Series advancer California and Arizona followed in second and third places, and picked up two and one first-place votes, respectively.

The remaining standings for the nine-team league follow: UCLA (fourth), Stanford (fifth), Washington (sixth), Oregon (seventh), Oregon State (eighth) and Utah (ninth).

For comparison’s sake last spring, UO was similarly tabbed seventh in the league preseason poll. Four months later, it tied for third in the final conference standings (42-16, 11-10) thanks to its best finish since the league expanded to eight teams in 1993.


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 30 softball NCAA national championships, including the last six by four different teams. This year, the Pac-12 advanced six teams to the 16-team Super Regional level, and two of the eight World Series qualifiers (national champion Arizona State, California).

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     ARI ZONA
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

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


2012 DUCK GAME-WINNING RBI’S
UC Santa Barbara (2/10) - Kailee Cuico first-inning one-out homer to right field
San Jose State (2/11) - Kelsey Chambers first-inning no-out double to second base
San Diego State (2/12) - Pinch-hitter Hannah Melick, seventh-inning no-out 2-RBI double to left center field
#22 Nebraska (2/24) - Kaylan Howard first-inning no-out grand slam to left field (4 RBI)
#21 Oklahoma State (2/25) - Sam Pappas second-inning, one-out double down left field line
Northwestern (2/25) - Kaylan Howard third-inning, one-out double to left field
New Mexico State (2/26) - Kaylan Howard third-inning, one-out single to left field (2 RBI)
Cal Poly (2/26) - no GW-RBI
Illinois State (3/2) - Kelsey Chambers first-inning, one-out double (1 RBI)
Purdue (3/3) - Kelsey Chambers first-inning, one-out infield ground-out (1 RBI)
Pittsburgh (3/3) - Kelsey Chambers eighth-inning, one-out single to left field (1 RBI)
Virginia (3/4) - Allie Burger second-inning, two-out triple to left field (3 RBI)
#24 North Carolina (3/4) - Kaylan Howard seventh-inning, no-out, two-run homer to left field (2 RBI)
Butler (3/9) – K. Chambers first-inning, no-out single to right field (1 RBI)
at Fresno State (3/9) – Alexa Peterson, seventh-inning, two out (1-2 pitch), single to left center field (2 RBI)
Connecticut (3/10) – Kaylan Howard first-inning, one-out single to left field (1 RBI)
Purdue (3/10) – Kaylan Howard first-inning, two-out triple to center field (2 RBI)
San Diego State (3/11) – Kailee Cuico first-inning, one-out infield ground-out to 2B (1 RBI)
at Oregon State (3/24) – Kaylan Howard fourth-inning, one-out homer to left field (3 RBI)
vs. Boise State (3/28) – Kailee Cuico sixth-inning, no-out single to left field (2 RBI)
vs. Boise State (3/28) – Kelsey Chambers first-inning, no-out double to center field (2 RBI)
vs. Boise State (3/29) – Lindsey Chambers eighth-inning, one-out homer to left field (2 RBI)
vs. #5 Arizona State (3/31) – Christie Nieto fifth-inning, one-out homer to center field (1 RBI)
at #14 Stanford (4/5) – Kailee Cuico first-inning one-out sacrifice fly to left field (1 RBI)
at #14 Stanford (4/7) – Alexa Peterson third-inning, no-out double to left field (1 RBI)
vs. # 7 Washington (4/10) – Christie Nieto fifth-inning, one-out two-run homer to right field (2 RBI)
at Utah (4/13) – Alexa Peterson second-inning, no-out single to right field (1 RBI)
at Utah (4/14-15) – Christie Nieto second-inning, solo homer to left field (1 RBI)
at Utah (4/15) – Alexa Peterson second-inning, one-out single to left field (1 RBI)
vs. Portland State (4/18) – Game 1 – Alexa Peterson second-inning homer to left field (1 RBI)
vs. Portland State (4/18) – Game 2 – Kailee Cuico first-inning, one-out infield ground-out (1 RBI)
vs. #1 California (4/210 – Kailee Cuico sixth inning, two-out single to right field (1 RBI)
at #11 Arizona (4/27) – Kailee Cuico first inning, no-out grand slam to left center field (4 RBI)
at #11 Arizona (4/28) – Kaylan Howard second inning, one-out homer to left field (3 RBI)
vs. Seattle (5/2) - Kelsey Chambers seventh inning, no-out RBI single over center fielder’s head (1 RBI)
vs. Seattle (5/2) – Christie Nieto third inning, no-out double to center field (1 RBI)
vs. #9 Missouri (5/5) - Samantha Pappas third inning, no-out, homer to left field (3 RBI)

* No GW-RBI

BY PLAYER
8 – Kaylan Howard
7 – Kailee Cuico, Kelsey Chambers;5 – Alexa Peterson; 4 – Christie Nieto; 2 - Sam Pappas; 1 - Allie Burger, Lindsey Chambers, Hannah Melick

 

2012 OREGON SOFTBALL QUICK FACTS / MEDIA INFORMATION
 
UNIVERSITY INFORMATION
Location: Eugene, Ore.
Enrollment: 20,394
President: Richard Lariviere
Senior Women’s Administrator: Renee Baumgartner
Colors / Nickname: Green and Yellow (Pantone 342 & Yellow)
Nickname: Ducks
Conference: Pacific-10
Home Field (Capacity): Howe Field (1,400)
Department Web site: www.GoDucks.com
Home Game Status Update Line (b/c of weather conflicts): (541) 346-6148

OREGON SOFTBALL HISTORY / INFORMATION
Head Coach: Mike White (115-51, 3nd Season)
Assistant Coaches: Lisa Dodd, Blake Miller
Preseason All-Time Softball Record: 955-847-1 (First Year, 1974)
Postseason Trips: 1976, 80, 89*, 90, 94, 98, 99, 2000, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08, 10, 11
Super Regional Appearances: 2010, 11
Women’s College World Series Appearances*: 1989
All-Americans: 8
2011 Record / Pac-12 Record (Place): 42-16 / 11-10 (3rd-tie)
Letterwinners Returning / Lost: 12 (4 Sr., 4 Jr., 4 So.) / 7
Position Starters Returning / Lost: 7 (5 IF, 2 OF) / 2 (1 IF, 1 OF)
Position Players Returning / Lost: 10 (8 IF, 2 OF) / 5 (4 IF, 1 OF)
Pitchers Returning / Lost: 2 / 2

Top Returnees (2011 Stats)
- Allie Burger (Jr, OF, .273, .373 SLG, 12 SB)
- Courtney Ceo (So., 3B, .356, 64H, 5 HR, 14 SB)
- Kelsey Chambers (Sr., SS, 34 H, 8 2B, 13 HR, 30 RBI, .574 SLG)
- Kailee Cuico (So., UT, .235, 8 2B, 7 HR, 28 RBI, .487 SLG)
- Kaylan Howard (Jr., 2B, .270, 38 H, 4 HR, 15 RBI, .411 SLG)
- Jessica Moore (Jr., P, 24-11, 6 SHO, 224 SO, 100 BB, 206.2 IP)
- Christie Nieto (Sr., UT, .270, 27 H, 6 HR, 24 RBI, .510 SLG)
- Samantha Pappas (Jr, OF, .289, 44 H, 8 HR, 31 RBI, .474, 16 SB)
- Alexa Peterson (So., C, .344, 42 H, 5 HR, 18 RBI, .516 SLG)

Key Losses (2011 Statistics)
- Monique Fuiava (Sr., 1B, .357, 14 2B, 8 HR, 44 RBI),
- Brittany Rumfelt (Sr., P, 6-0, 2.30, 64 IP, 88 SO, 28 BB, 47 H)
- Kaitlin Vitek (Sr., DP, .297, 33H, 9 HR, 22 RBI, .595 SLG)

Newcomers (6)
- Alyssa Gillespie (Fr., OF, Hillsboro, Ore.)
- Sara Goodrum (Fr., OF, Mesa, Ariz.)
- Karissa Hovinga (Fr., P, Ralston, Neb.)
- Hannah Melick (Fr., IF, Pacific, Wash.)
- Jamie Rae Sullivan (Fr., IF, Huntington Beach, Calif.)
- Janie Takeda (Fr., OF, Placentia, Calif.)

 

MEDIA SERVICES INFORMATION
Assistant Ath. Director, Media Services: Dave Williford
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
 


2012 OREGON SOFTBALL ROSTER / PRONUNCIATIONS

NUMERICAL ROSTER
#  Name  Pos.  B/T  Ht.  Yr.  Hometown (H.S./College)
00    Samantha Pappas    OF    L/R    5-10    Jr.    Las Flores, Calif. (Tesoro)
1       Sara Goodrum    OF     L/L     5-8     Fr.     Mesa, Ariz. (Red Mountain)
2      Allie Burger    OF    L/R    5-3    Jr.    Spokane, Wash. (Shadle Park)
3      Kaylan Howard    2B    R/R    5-4    Jr.    Riverside, Calif. (Poly)
4    Lauren Kotz    UT    R/R    5-7    So.    Bakersfield, Calif. (Stockdale)
5      Lindsey Chambers    IF    R/R    5-4    Sr.    Concord, Calif. (Clayton Valley)
7      Samantha Skillingstad    RHP    R/R    5-10    Sr.    Spokane, Wash. (Shadle Park)
8      Kelsey Chambers    IF    R/R    5-4    Sr.    Concord, Calif. (Clayton Valley)
9       Alyssa Gillespie    OF     L/R     5-9     Fr.     Hillsboro, Ore. (Glencoe)
10   Karissa Hovinga    RHP     R/R     5-9     Fr.     Ralston, Neb. (Papillion)
12    Jessica Moore    RHP    R/R    5-10    Jr.    Sutter, Calif. (Sutter)
14    Alexa Peterson    C    R/R    5-8    So.    Salem, Ore. (South Salem)
17    Christie Nieto    UT    L/L    5-9    Sr.    Yorba Linda, Calif. (El Dorado)
19   Janie Takeda    OF     L/R     5-7     Fr.     Placentia, Calif. (El Dorado)
20   Jamie Rae Sullivan    IF     R/R     5-9     Fr.     Huntington Beach, Calif. (Marina)
21   Liz Brenner    C    R/R    6-1    Fr.    Portland, Ore. (Jesuit)
22    Courtney Ceo    IF    L/R    5-8    So.    Meadow Vista, Calif. (Bear River)
24   Hannah Melick    IF     R/R     5-8     Fr.     Pacific, Wash. (Auburn)
33    Kailee Cuico    UT    R/R    5-6    So.    San Pedro, Calif. (San Pedro)


** PRONUNCIATION GUIDE **  Courtney Ceo (SEE-oh), Kailee Cuico (KIE-lee KWEE-co), Sara Goodrum (GOOD-rum), Karissa Hovinga (HOE-vin-gay), Lauren Kotz (COAT-ss), Hannah Melick (ME-lick), Christie Nieto (knee-ET-oh), Samantha Pappas (PAPP-us), Samantha Skillingstad (SKILL-ing-stad), Janie Takeda (tah-KAY-dah).

 

ALPHABETICAL ROSTER
#  Name  Pos.  B/T  Ht.  Yr.  Hometown (H.S./College)
00    Samantha Pappas    OF    L/R    5-10    Jr.    Las Flores, Calif. (Tesoro)
1       Sara Goodrum    OF     L/L     5-8     Fr.     Mesa, Ariz. (Red Mountain)
2      Allie Burger    OF    L/R    5-3    Jr.    Spokane, Wash. (Shadle Park)
3      Kaylan Howard    2B    R/R    5-4    Jr.    Riverside, Calif. (Riverside Poly)
4    Lauren Kotz    UT    R/R    5-7    So.    Bakersfield, Calif. (Stockdale)
5      Lindsey Chambers    IF    R/R    5-4    Sr.    Concord, Calif. (Clayton Valley)
7      Samantha Skillingstad    RHP    R/R    5-10    Sr.    Spokane, Wash. (Shadle Park)
8      Kelsey Chambers    IF    R/R    5-4    Sr.    Concord, Calif. (Clayton Valley)
9       Alyssa Gillespie    OF     L/R     5-9     Fr.     Hillsboro, Ore. (Glencoe)
10   Karissa Hovinga    RHP     R/R     5-9     Fr.     Ralston, Neb. (Papillion)
12    Jessica Moore    RHP    R/R    5-10    Jr.    Sutter, Calif. (Sutter)
14    Alexa Peterson    C    R/R    5-8    So.    Salem, Ore. (South Salem)
17    Christie Nieto    UT    L/L    5-9    Sr.    Yorba Linda, Calif. (El Dorado)
19   Janie Takeda    OF     L/R     5-7     Fr.     Placentia, Calif. (El Dorado)
20   Jamie Rae Sullivan    IF     R/R     5-9     Fr.     Huntington Beach, Calif. (Marina)
21   Liz Brenner    C    R/R    6-1    Fr.    Portland, Ore. (Jesuit)
22    Courtney Ceo    IF    L/R    5-8    So.    Meadow Vista, Calif. (Bear River)
24   Hannah Melick    IF     R/R     5-8     Fr.     Pacific, Wash. (Auburn)
33    Kailee Cuico    UT    R/R    5-6    So.    San Pedro, Calif. (San Pedro)

Head Coach: Mike White (3rd Season)
Assistant Coach: Lisa Dodd (3rd Season)
Assistant Coaches: Blake Miller (2nd Season)
Managers: Brennon Clark, Garrett Gilchrist
Athletic Trainers: Brad Kneibel, Clay Jamieson

 
SQUAD BREAKDOWN
 
BY CLASS
Seniors: 4
Juniors: 4
Sophomores: 4
Freshmen: 6

BY STATE
California: 11
Washington: 3
Oregon: 2
Arizona, Nebraska: 1

BY POSITION
Infielders: 8
Outfielders: 5
Pitchers; 3
Catchers: 3
 
AT BAT
Right/Left: 11/7

RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (# of letters): Kelsey Chambers (3), Lindsey Chambers (3), Samantha Skillingstad (3), Allie Burger (2), Kaylan Howard (2), Jessica Moore (2), Samantha Pappas (2), Courtney Ceo (1), Kailee Cuico (1), Lauren Kotz (1), Alexa Peterson (1). Letterwinners Lost (4): Monique Fuiava (4), Ashley Kivett (3), Cortney Kivett (3), Brittany Rumfelt (4), Kaitlin Vitek (4)



NATIONAL POLLS (5/9) – Poll #13
 
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=3208
Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
* 1.    California (20)    48-3    500    1
*2.    Arizona State     45-5    479    2
*3.    Alabama    47-6    451    4
4.    Oklahoma    42-8    443    3
5.    Tennessee    45-9    424    5
6.    Louisiana-Lafayette    46-3    379    6
7.    Florida    44-10    377    7
8.    Louisville    50-3    351    8
*9.    Missouri    40-12    330    9
10.    Texas    41-10    326    10
11.    Georgia    40-14    288    11
>12.    Oregon    37-14    279    12
13.    Hawaii    43-5    268    14
14.    Texas A&M    36-16    246    16
*15.    UCLA    35-16    224    17
*16.    Arizona    33-16    211    13
*17.    Stanford    36-16    169    21
*18.    Washington    36-17    137    15
19.    Florida State    45-13    115    19
20.    South Florida    45-10    111    18
*21.    North Carolina    40-12    106    20
22.    Texas Tech    39-15    58    23
23.    Michigan    36-15    57    25
*24.    Oregon State    33-19    53    22
25.    Syracuse    40-13    43    RV

Others Receiving Votes: Tulsa (26); *Baylor (11); Kentucky (8); UMASS (7); Notre Dame (6); LSU (4); Georgia Tech (4); UAB (4); Virginia Tech (2); SC Upstate (2); Maryland (1)

Dropped Out: - LSU (24)
New to Poll: - Syracuse (RV)

* Denotes Duck opponents in 2012

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.


USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll 

http://nfca.org/top25/index.php?cat_id=1
Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
* 1    California (30)    48-3    750    1
*2    Arizona St.    45-5    718    2
*3    Alabama    47-6    689    3
4    Oklahoma    42-8    663    4
5    Tennessee    45-9    602    7
6    La.-Lafayette    46-3    592    5
7    Florida    44-10    580    6
8    Texas    41-10    534    8
9    Louisville    50-3    503    9
*10    Missouri    40-12    455    10
11    Hawai‘i    43-5    447    12
11    Georgia    40-14    447    11
>13    Oregon    37-14    402    13
*14    UCLA    35-16    359    17
*15    Stanford    36-16    311    19
16    Texas A&M    36-16    301    18
*17    Arizona    33-16    273    15
*18    Washington    36-17    232    14
19    South Florida    45-10    221    16
20    Florida St.    45-13    157    20
*21    North Carolina    40-12    148    21
22    Michigan    36-15    139    23
23    Baylor    33-19    61    25
24    Syracuse    40-13    54    RV
25    Texas Tech    39-15    36    24

Others Receiving Votes: LSU 23, Massachusetts 15, Tulsa 13, *BYU 7, Notre Dame 7, Kentucky 4; three others received votes, but only appeared on one ballot.

Dropped Out: No. 22 LSU


-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 2012

 
 
2012 INDIVIDUAL GAME HIGHS


BATTING
At bats:    5    (11 games)
Runs scored:    3    (4 games)
Hits:    4    Chambers, Kelsey vs San Jose St. (2/11/12 at Tempe)
RBIs:    5    Chambers, Kelsey vs San Jose St. (2/11/12 at Tempe)
Doubles:    2    Nieto, Christie at Utah (4/13/12)
    2    Howard, Kaylan vs PSU (4/18/12)
    2    Pappas, Samantha vs Seattle (5/2/12)
Triples:    1    (7 games )
Home runs:    2    Nieto, Christie at Utah (4/14/12)
    2    Chambers, Kelsey at Utah (4/15/12)
Total bases:    9    Melick, Hannah vs Cal Poly (2/26/12 at Palm Springs)
Walks:    3    Chambers, K. vs Northwestern (2/25 at Palm Springs)
Strikeouts:    3    Goodrum, Sara vs UConn (3/10/12 at Fresno)
    3    Takeda, Janie vs #1 Alabama (3/13/12)
    3    Ceo, Courtney at Oregon St. (3/25/12)
Sac hits:    2    Takeda, Janie vs Seattle (5/2/12)
Sac flies:    1    (8 games)
Stolen bases:    2    (4 games)
Hit by pitch:    2    Nieto, Christie at #11 Arizona (4/28/12)
Caught stealing:    1    (19 games)
Runners LOB:    5    Howard, Kaylan vs SDSU (2/12/12 at Tempe)
    5    Peterson, Alexa vs #24 UNC (3/4/12 at Orlando)

FIELDING
Putouts:    15    Peterson, Alexa vs #1 Alabama (3/13/12)
Assists:    8    Ceo, Courtney vs SDSU (2/12/12 at Tempe)
Errors:    3    Chambers, Kelsey vs #24 UNC (3/4/12 at Orlando)
    3    Sullivan, Jamie Ra vs #9 Missouri (5/5/12)
Passed balls:    2    Peterson, Alexa vs Virginia (3/4/12 at Orlando)
    2    Brenner, Liz vs PSU (4/18/12)

PITCHING
Innings pitched:    9.0    Moore, Jessica vs #7 Washington (4/11/12)
Runs allowed:    8    Hovinga, Karissa vs Seattle (5/2/12)
Earned runs:    8    Hovinga, Karissa vs Seattle (5/2/12)
Walks allowed:    7    Pappas, Samantha vs Boise State (3/28/12)
Strikeouts:    14    Moore, Jessica vs #1 Alabama (3/13/12)
Hits allowed:    13    Moore, Jessica at #14 Stanford (4/7/12)
Doubles allowed:    4    Moore, Jessica at #14 Stanford (4/7/12)
Triples allowed:    1    (7 games)
Homers allowed:    3    Hovinga, Karissa vs #1 Cal (4/22/12)
    3    Moore, Jessica at #11 Arizona (4/27/12)
Wild pitches:    2    Moore, Jessica vs New Mexico (2/10/12 at Tempe)
    2    Moore, Jessica vs Purdue (3/10/12 at Fresno)
Hit batters:    3    Moore, Jessica vs #9 Missouri (5/5/12)



2012 TEAM GAME HIGHS

BATTING
At bats:    35    at #14 Stanford (4/7/12)
Runs scored:    14    vs Boise State (3/28/12)
Hits:    16    at #14 Stanford (4/7/12)
RBIs:    13    vs Boise State (3/28/12)Doubles:
Doubles:    5    vs Boise State (3/28/12)
    5    vs #5 Arizona State (3/31/12)
Triples:    1    (6 games)
Home runs:    4    at #14 Stanford (4/7/12)
    4    at Utah (4/15/12)
Total bases:    31    at #14 Stanford (4/07/12)
Walks:    11    vs Northwestern (2/25/12 at Palm Springs)
Strikeouts:    10    vs #1 Alabama (3/13/12)
Sac hits:    2    (6 times)
Sac flies:    1    (8 games)
Stolen bases:    5    vs SDSU (3/11/12 at Fresno)
Hit by pitch:    3    vs #9 Missouri (5/5/12)
Caught stealing:    2    vs Butler (3/9/12 at Fresno)
    2    at #11 Arizona (4/29/12)
Runners LOB:    12    vs SDSU (2/12/12 at Tempe)
    12    at #11 Arizona (4/28/12)
    12    vs Seattle (5/2/12)
Hit into DP:    2    at #14 Stanford (4/7/12)
    2    vs PSU (4/18/12)
    2    vs #9 Missouri (5/5/12)


FIELDING
Putouts:    27    vs #7 Washington (4/11/12)
Assists:    14    vs SDSU (2/12/12 at Tempe)
    14    vs #21 Ok. St. (2/25/12 at Palm Springs)
    14    vs #7 Washington (4/11/12)
Errors:    4    vs BYU (2/11/12 at Tempe)
    4    vs Illinois St. (3/2/12 at Orlando)
    4    vs #9 Missouri (5/5/12)
Passed balls:    2    vs Virginia (3/4/12 at Orlando)
DPs turned:    2    vs PSU (4/18/12)
    2    at Utah (4/15/12)

PITCHING
Innings pitched:    9.0    vs #7 Washington (4/11/12)
Runs allowed:    10    vs #1 Cal (4/22/12)
Earned runs:    10    vs #1 Cal (4/22/12)
Walks allowed:    10    vs Boise State (3/28/12)
Strikeouts:    14    vs #1 Alabama (3/13/12)
Hits allowed:    13    at #14 Stanford (4/07/12)
Doubles allowed:    4    at #14 Stanford (4/07/12)
Hits allowed:    13    at #14 Stanford (4/7/12)
Doubles allowed:    4    at #14 Stanford (4/7/12)
Triples allowed:    1    (7 games )
Homers allowed:    3    vs California (4/22/12)
    3    at #11 Arizona (4/27/12)
Wild pitches:    2    vs New Mexico (2/10/12 at Tempe)
    2    vs Purdue (3/10/12 at Fresno)
Hit batters:    3    vs #9 Missouri (5/5/12)

 
OREGON POSTSEASON APPEARANCES  (* Regional Finalist; **Regional Champion)
(Regional Record: 31-21; Super Regional: 0-4; WCWS: 1-2; 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


SUPER REGIONAL

2010 (0-2) - Columbia, Mo.
No. 8 seed Missouri 1, Oregon 0
Missouri 7, Oregon 3

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


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


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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