* A more detailed recap will be posted shortly, and updated season/career stats are available via the link above.
EUGENE - The No. 1 University of California softball team (41-3, 13-2) came back from Oregon’s win Saturday to take the series finale, 10-0, Sunday afternoon at Howe Field.
The No. 14 Ducks (32-11, 9-7) gave up a season-high 10 runs, and lost their first contest this season in less than seven innings.
The returning World Series advancer Bears validated their host of top-six national offensive rankings by scoring five runs in both the third and sixth innings.
In the third, returning All-American Jamia Reid opened the inning with a triple to right center field, then scored on an infield ground-out. After Duck starter Jessica Moore (22-8) followed with three walks to load the bases, head coach Mike White brought in freshman Karissa Hovinga who gave up a 2-RBI double to Daniella Henderson and 2-RBI single to Jolene Henderson.
In the fourth and fifth innings, Hovinga only allowed one hit and no runs, before Cal used three homers to score its final five runs in the sixth. Ashley Decker and Breana Kostreba drilled a pair of two-run round-trippers, sandwiched around a solo shot by U.S. National Team member Valerie Arioto.
For the game, junior Kaylan Howard (2-for-3) led the Ducks in hits, and freshman Janie Takeda (1-for-3) collected UO’s other hit. Sophomore Kailee Cuico also reached base Sunday via a walk.
Moore ultimately pitched 2.2 innings, struck out one, walked five, allowed three hits, and four of her runs allowed were earned. Hovinga pitched the final 3.1 innings, struck out one, walked none, allowed eight hits, and all six of her runs allowed were earned.
Cal’s returning Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year Jolene Henderson (24-1) struck out six, walked one, allowed three hits, and staked her 11th shutout of the season.
At the plate for the Bears, eight of the team’s nine hitters batted safely, and two had multiple hits – Ashley Decker (2-for-3, 3 RBI) and Daniella Henderson (2-for-3, 2 RBI). Arioto (1-for-2, 1 RBI) reached base a game-high three times, thanks to her two walks.
In earlier series action, UO became only the third team to beat Cal this season with Saturday’s 1-0 shutout, while the Bears won Friday’s opener, 8-1, aided by six unearned runs off Duck errors.
For the three-game set, Howard hit .500 (4H), and three others hit .286 with two hits – senior Kelsey Chambers, Cuico and Alexa Peterson. Moore picked up the team’s series win, owned a 2.05 ERA, and posted 14 strikeouts, eight walks and 12 hits in 13.2 innings.
On Duck all-time lists this weekend, Moore climbed career charts in shutouts (fifth, 15) and appearances (eighth, 116), and season lists in wins (fifth, 22) and strikeouts (sixth, 176),
In other action around the league Sunday, No. 3 Arizona State beat No. 16 Stanford, 7-1, to cement the sweep at home; No. 24 Oregon State beat No. 9 Washington at home, 3-2, to take the series, 2-1; No. 15 UCLA beat Utah, 9-1 (6), at home to sweep the series; and No. 12 Arizona topped New Mexico twice earlier this week at home (but was off this weekend).
The Ducks remained tied for third with UCLA in the nation’s top softball league with 9-7 records behind No. 1 California (13-2) and No. 3 Arizona State (11-2). Other league members’ conference marks follow: No. 12 Arizona (fifth, 8-7), No. 11 Washington (7-10), No. 24 Washington State (6-8), No. 16 Stanford (6-12) and Utah (0-15).
Looking ahead to next weekend, UO heads to Tucson for its final regular season road trip at No. 12 Arizona for three single games Friday-Sunday, April 27-29. Live stats from each game will be available at the www.ArizonaAthletics.com website.
Afterwards, Oregon plays its final eight games of the season at home at Howe Field in a doubleheader vs. Seattle (Wed., May 2, 1 p.m.), and three-game sets vs. No. 10 Missouri (Fri-Sat., Mary 4-5) and No. 15 UCLA (Thu.-Sat., May 10-12).
#1 California 10, #14 Oregon 0 (Apr 22, 2012 at Eugene, Ore.)
#1 California 005 005 - 10 11 0 (42-3, 13-2 Pac-12)
#14 Oregon... 000 000 - 0 3 0 (32-11, 9-7 Pac-12)
Pitchers: California - Henderson, J and Jones, V.. Oregon - Moore, Jessica; Hovinga, Karissa(3) and Peterson, Alexa. Win-Henderson, J(24-1) Loss-Moore, Jessica(22-8) T-1:47 A-633
HR CAL - Decker; Arioto; Kostreba. Weather: 72, sunny, wind 1-4mph
BOXSCORE & PLAY-BY-PLAY
#1 California at #14 Oregon
Apr 22, 2012 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
California 10 (42-3,13-2 Pac-12)
|Reid, J. lf||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||0||0|
|Henderson, D 3b||3||1||2||2||0||0||1||3||0|
|Henderson, J p||3||0||1||2||0||0||1||1||0|
|Jones, V. c||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||1||0|
Oregon 0 (32-11,9-7 Pac-12)
|Howard, Kaylan 2b||3||0||2||0||0||0||1||5||0|
|Takeda, Janie cf||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|Chambers, Kelsey ss||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||1||0|
|Melick, Hannah ph||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||2|
|Chambers, Lindsey ss||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b||1||0||0||0||1||1||9||0||0|
|Peterson, Alexa c||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0|
|Pappas, Samantha rf||2||0||0||0||0||0||5||1||0|
|Nieto, Christie lf||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Sullivan, Jamie Rae 3b||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||2||0|
|Goodrum, Sara dp||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Moore, Jessica p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Hovinga, Karissa p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Score by Innings R H E --------------------------------------- California.......... 005 005 - 10 11 0 Oregon.............. 000 000 - 0 3 0 ---------------------------------------
|DP - California 1. LOB - California 5; Oregon 3. 2B - Henderson, D; Echavarria. 3B - Reid, J.. HR - Decker; Arioto; Kostreba. CS - Howard, K.|
|Henderson, J W,24-1||6.0||3||0||0||1||6||0||0||0||0||20||21||5||6|
|Moore, Jessica L,22-8||2.2||3||4||4||5||1||0||0||0||0||10||15||1||5|
Win - Henderson, J (24-1). Loss - Moore, J (22-8). Save - None.
PB - Peterson, A.
Umpires - HP: Katrina Kershaw 1B: John Bennett 3B: Ron Burkhart
2012 OREGON SOFTBALL
#1 California at #14 Oregon
Apr 22, 2012 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
|California starters: 3/lf Reid, J.; 23/rf Decker; 20/1b Arioto; 9/2b Williams; 25/dp Kostreba; 27/ss Cordes; 8/3b Henderson, D; 54/p Henderson, J; 1/cf Echavarria; 10/c Jones, V.;|
|Oregon starters: 3/2b Howard, K; 19/cf Takeda, J; 8/ss Chambers, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 14/c Peterson, A; 0/rf Pappas, S; 17/lf Nieto, C; 20/3b Sullivan, J; 1/dp Goodrum, S; 12/p Moore, J;|
|California 1st - Reid, J. struck out swinging. Decker walked. Arioto walked; Decker advanced to second. Williams grounded out to 3b; Arioto advanced to second; Decker advanced to third. Kostreba grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 1st - Howard, K singled to left field. Takeda, J popped up to 3b. Chambers, K struck out swinging; Howard, K out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|California 2nd - Cordes singled to left field. Henderson, D singled to right field, advanced to second; Cordes advanced to second, out at second rf to ss to 2b. Henderson, D advanced to third on a passed ball. high pitch, nearly hits batters, ball caroms off catcher's glove to bckstop. Henderson, J grounded out to p. easy comebacker to Moore, looks runner back at 3b, then throws to 1b. Echavarria grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 2nd - Cuico, K walked. Peterson, A reached on a fielder's choice, bunt; Cuico, K out at second 1b to ss. Pappas, S flied out to lf. high fly ball to left centerfield. Nieto, C lined out to p. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|California 3rd - Reid, J. tripled to right center. Decker grounded out to 2b, RBI; Reid, J. scored. Arioto walked. Williams popped up to ss. Kostreba walked; Arioto advanced to second. Cordes walked; Kostreba advanced to second; Arioto advanced to third. Hovinga, K to p for Moore, J. Henderson, D doubled to right center, 2 RBI; Cordes advanced to third; Kostreba scored; Arioto scored. Henderson, J singled to left field, advanced to second, 2 RBI; Henderson, D scored; Cordes scored. Echavarria flied out to rf. 5 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 3rd - Sullivan, J grounded out to 3b. Goodrum, S grounded out to p. check swing acted like a bunt, but catcher pounced for easy 3-2 out. Howard, K singled to center field. Takeda, J singled to left field; Howard, K advanced to second. Chambers fouls balls off into side of face, comes out of game aftr5mindelay. Melick, H pinch hit for Chambers, K. Melick, H struck out swinging. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|California 4th - Chambers, L to ss for Melick, H. Reid, J. grounded out to 2b. Howard slides to right, makes hurried off-balanced throw to barely beatReid. Decker singled to center field. Arioto struck out swinging. Williams grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 4th - Cuico, K struck out swinging. Peterson, A grounded out to ss. Reid races to lf line to make catch on run look easy. Pappas, S flied out to lf down the lf line. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|California 5th - Kostreba flied out to rf. Cordes flied out to rf. Henderson, D grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 5th - Nieto, C popped up to ss. Sullivan, J struck out swinging. Goodrum, S grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|California 6th - Henderson, J flied out to rf. Echavarria doubled to left center. Reid, J. flied out to rf. Pappas nearly pegs runner tagging 2b on throw to 3b. Decker homered to right center, 2 RBI; Echavarria scored. Pappas nearly makes jumping catch over RC wall on full run. Arioto homered to left field, RBI. Arioto hits 20th homer of the season. Williams singled to right field. Kostreba homered to center field, 2 RBI; Williams scored. Cordes grounded out to 3b. 5 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 6th - Howard, K grounded out to 3b. Takeda, J struck out swinging. Chambers, L struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|