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2013 Softball Season Highlights
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 07/01/2013
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UO (50-11, Pac-12: 19-5) celebrated its first Pac-12 softball title, its second-highest overall win total (50), and its best rankings in both coaches polls (No. 3) in the regular season’s final edition.

Oregon advanced to its fourth straight Super Regional appearance (and ever) before it lost the three-game series, 2-1, to #14 seed and Big Ten Runner-up Nebraska.

The Ducks were 16-0 at home at Howe Field during the regular season, then posted a 4-2 postseason mark.

UO welcomed several of its biggest home crowds in recent memory, including sellouts vs. Nebraska (1,794, 1,679) in the first NCAA Super Regional hosted in Eugene.

Overall on the season, Oregon sported a 17-10 mark vs. top-25 foes and a 28-10 ledger vs. NCAA Tournament qualifiers.

UO ranked No. 9 in both the USA Softball and NFCA coaches year-end polls - the fourth straight year it sported top-15 final rankings (2012 (5/5), ’11 (14/15) and ’10 (14/14)).

Oregon was one of three top-10 ranked teams from the Pac-12 with No. 4/4 Washington and No. 7/7 Arizona State. Three other league members ranked top 25 - No. 21/22 Stanford, No. 19/21 UCLA and No. 24/23 California - and Arizona also picked up votes. Altogether in Mike White's tenure, Oregon has now been ranked for 59 straight polls by USA Softball and 52 by the NFCA,

Six other Duck non-conference foes in 2013 were also tabbed top 25 at the close of 2013 by the USA SB/NFCA – national champion and No. 1/1 Oklahoma, No. 5/5 Florida, No. 6/6 Michigan, No. 16/18 LSU, No. 8/8 Nebraska and No. 25/24 Hawai’i.

In the final NCAA RPI rankings, UO stood #7 overall behind #1 Oklahoma, #2 Texas, #3 Florida, #4 Tennessee, #5 Michigan and #6 Washington. Other Pac-12 teams’ positions follow: #8 Arizona State, #20 UCLA, #22 California, #25 Stanford, #31 Arizona, #40 Oregon State and #68 Utah.

Oregon led Pac-12 team rankings in stolen bases (82), lowest ERA (1.64), lowest opponent batting average (.192), batters struck out (456), fewest hits allowed (283) and fewest walks allowed (96).

Three Ducks led Pac-12 individual categories - Janie Takeda (batting, .442; stolen bases, 31; hits, 92), Alexa Peterson (.527) and Cheridan Hawkins (saves, 6; games finished, 19; lowest opposing batting average, .128; games in relief, 20).

In national rankings, UO stood top 15 in six categories - win-loss percentage (fourth, .845), ERA (fifth, 1.58), slugging (sixth, .538), batting (ninth, .332), home runs (12th, 1.36 per game) and scoring (13th, 6.31 runs per game).

Four Duck individuals ranked top 20 nationally statistically – Cheridan Hawkins (hits allowed, second, 3.14 per seven innings; strikeouts, fourth, 10.8 per 7 innings; saves, fourth, 6), Alexa Peterson (on-base percentage, seventh, .557; batting, 12th, .453; slugging, 14th, .844), Janie Takeda (batting, 14th, .448) and Jessica Moore (ERA, 18th, 1.52; wins, 20th, 27).

Oregon combined for 80 homers – nine better than the previous school record – and also set school season bests for batting (.329), runs (366) and slugging (.526).

Mike White received UO’s second Pac-12 Coach of the Year honor, and Ducks racked up a record 17 honors on All-Pac-12 Teams, and six All-Region nods (including a national best five first-team choices).

Jessica Moore won Oregon’s second Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year honor and its first National Player of the Week honors from both NFCA and USA Softball.

In 2013, Oregon’s Cheridan Hawkins and Jessica Moore combined for five Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week awards, and Kailee Cuico and Alexa Peterson each added a Pac-12 Player of the Week honor.

Cheridan Hawkins threw a no-hitter vs. both No. 17 Arizona (5 innings) and Seattle (7 innings), and Jessica Moore threw a five-inning perfect game vs. No. 17 Arizona.

Cheridan Hawkins’ 17 strikeouts vs. Seattle set a new school record by one. She also logged top-20 ranked all-time Oregon strikeout marks vs. Boston College (third, 15, 6 innings), New Mexico (seventh, 13, 6.1 innings), No. 17 Arizona (20th, 11, 5 innings) and No. 16 Nebraska (20th, 11, 7 innings).

Three Duck seniors ended with school records career-wise – Kaylan Howard (homers, 37), Samantha Pappas (hits, 238; homers, 37; RBI, 155) and Jessica Moore (wins, 100; strikeouts, 915; appearances, 176; innings, 903).

Thanks to her 3.41 cumulative GPA, junior catcher/DP Alexa Peterson landed first-team Academic All-America honors. The communication disorders and sciences major became the fourth softball honoree in school history.

The Ducks signed two prep seniors for the 2013-14 season - Lexy Beaudrie-Pierson (OF, Scottsdale, Ariz., Desert Mountain High School, Arizona Storm club) and Nikki Udria (IF, Covina, Calif., Mater Dei High School, Corona Angels club).


 
USA Softball Junior National Team
Cheridan Hawkins, P
Danica Mercado, UT

NFCA All-Americans
Jessica Moore, P (1st Team)
Alexa Peterson, C (1st Team)
Janie Takeda, CF (1st Team)
Kaylan Howard, 2B (3rd Team)

NFCA All-Pacific Region Team
Courtney Ceo, SS (1st Team)
Kaylan Howard, 2B (1st Team)
Jessica Moore, P (1st Team)
Alexa Peterson, C (1st Team)
Janie Takeda, CF (1st Team)
Cheridan Hawkins, P (2nd Team)

National Players of the Week
Jessica Moore, NFCA (4/16)
Jessica Moore, USA Softball (5/7)

Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week
Cheridan Hawkins, 3/5, 3/25, 4/1
Jessica Moore, 4/8, 5/7

Pac-12 Players of the Week
Kailee Cuico, 4/1
Alexa Peterson, 4/15

Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year
Jessica Moore

Pac-12 Coach of the Year
Mike White

All-Pac-12 Team
Jessica Moore, P (1st Team)
Courtney Ceo, SS (1st Team)
Cheridan Hawkins, P (1st Team)
Kaylan Howard, IF (1st Team)
Alexa Peterson, C/DP (1st Team)
Janie Takeda, CF (1st Team)
Samantha Pappas, OF (2nd Team)

Pac-12 All-Freshman Team
Koral Costa
Cheridan Hawkins
Janelle Lindvall

NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team
Jessica Moore, P (MVP)
Janelle Lindvall, C
Kaylan Howard, 2B
Courtney Ceo, 3B
Samantha Pappas, OF
Janie Takeda, OF
Alexa Peterson, UT

Academic All-District
Alexa Peterson (1st Team)

Academic All-America
Alexa Peterson (1st Team)

 

 
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