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No. 12 Ducks Fell No. 10 Cardinal, 4-2
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Release Date: 05/08/2011
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EUGENE - The University of Oregon softball team (37-13, 9-9) held on for a 4-2 win Sunday at Howe Field and took the season series from Stanford (37-13, 9-9) for the first time since 2007.

Helping force the Cardinal to strand 15 runners, sophomore Jessica Moore (20-8) pitched the final 3.2 innings, struck out six, walked three, and allowed two hits and one earned run.

The Sutter, Calif., native continued her ascent up the Duck all-time season lists in strikeouts (fifth, 174) and wins (eighth, 20-tied), and also improved her stature career-wise for UO in strikeouts (fifth, 412) and wins (ninth, 36).

Junior Christie Nieto put UO up, 2-0, in the second inning, with a towering home run over the left field wall - her sixth round-tripper and fifth game-winning RBI of the season.

The Cardinal answered with a run in the fourth off Oregon reliever Samantha Skillingstad to draw within, 2-1, thanks to an RBI single by All-America junior Ashley Hansen.

Freshman Alexa Peterson added a pair of critical insurance runs with a two-run homer of her own in the sixth inning to put UO up, 4-1.

At game's end, Peterson's fifth homer of the season also marked her second hit of the day - UO's high on the day - and three others had single hits (sophomores Kaylan Howard and Samantha Pappas and Nieto).

After weathering a pair of rain delays that added up to 40 minutes in the fifth and sixth innings, Stanford challenged one last time in the seventh.

After the opening batters reached on a walk and throwing error by Moore, the Cardinal scored its second run on a two-out single by lead-off hitter Sarah Hassman. With runners on second and third base, the nation's fifth-leading hitter Hansen came up to the plate, and was forced into a grounder to end the game.

In her 22nd complete game of the season, Cardinal sophomore Tegan Gerhart (21-9) struck out seven, walked two, yielded five hits, and all four of her runs allowed were earned.

Hassman (2-for-4) collected half of Stanford's hits, with Hansen and Caitlyn Pura garnering the others.

Duck senior Brittany Rumfelt made her third league start in as many weekends, struck out three, walked two and allowed no hits in 2.2 innings. She was relieved in the third inning with runners on first and second and two outs by Skillingstad who got a bases-loaded strikeout to end the threat.

Moore was called in to relieve her in the third inning when Stanford loaded the bases with one out. Moore responded by striking out the next two batters to end the inning.

Ultimately, the Cardinal stranded bases runners in every inning, including two in five different innings and three once.

The Duck defense contributed to that statistic by making four errors on the day - its second-most after committing a season-high five in Friday night's 4-1 loss.

Overall, for the three-game series, Peterson led UO in hitting (.444, 4-for-9, 1 HR, 2 RBI), and two others topped .300 - Moniqui Fuiava (.375, 3-for-8, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 1 walk) and Pappas (.375, 3-for-8, 1 walk).

On the mound vs. the Cardinal, Moore went 2-1, struck out 19 batters in 17.2 of the team's 21 innings, walked seven, and gave up 13 hits en route to a 1.19 ERA.

Factoring in UO's 2-0 shutout Saturday that ended a 10-game series losing streak, Oregon has won 11 of the 21 season series dating back to 1991. In that stretch, the two teams tied twice, and Stanford held the upper hand in eight seasons.

Oregon's ninth Pac-10 victory of the season bettered last year's total by one, and is its most since it won 10 in 2003 and '04 when head coach Mike White served as a Duck assistant coach.

Looking ahead to next weekend's regular season finale, UO welcomes returning national champion and No. 12 UCLA (32-15, 8-10) for a three-game set on Thu.-Sat., May 12-14.

The softball world will then tune into the 64-team NCAA Tournament selection show on Sunday, May 15 at 7 p.m. PT on ESPN-U.

In other action around the Pac-10 this weekend, No. 1 Arizona State swept No. 11 Washington in Seattle; No. 7 California swept Oregon State in Corvallis; and No. 11 Arizona beat No. 12 UCLA, 2-1, in Westwood.

Winners of seven of its last nine games, Oregon moved into a tie for fourth place in the Pac-10 with the Cardinal. Overall, ASU (48-5, 15-3) now holds a two-game lead on California (37-9, 13-5) atop the league standings, and Arizona (39-14, 9-8) follows three games back in third place.

Trailing UO and Stanford, UCLA (32-15, 8-10) sits in sixth place, followed by Washington (32-13, 7-11) and Oregon State (18-25, 1-17).


LINESCORE

#12 OREGON 4, #10 Stanford 2 (May 08, 2011 at Eugene, Ore.)
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#10 Stanford........ 000 100 1 -  2  4  1      (37-13, 9-9 Pac-10)
#12 OREGON.......... 020 002 X -  4  5  4      (37-13, 9-9 Pac-10)
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Pitchers: Stanford - Gerhart, Teagan and Gerhart, Kelsey. OREGON - Rumfelt, Brittany; Skillingstad, Sam(3); Moore, Jessica(4) and Peterson, Alexa. Win-Moore, Jessica(20-8)  Loss-Gerhart, Teagan(21-9)  T-3:10  A-368. HR ORE - Peterson, Alexa; Nieto, Christie. Weather: 55, partly sunny, wind 2-5 mph

 

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