TUCSON, Ariz. - Powered by a pair of grand slams, the No. 15 University of Oregon softball team (34-12, 10-7) staked an 11-7 win over No. 11 Arizona (31-13, 8-8) in Friday's series opener at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Helping the Ducks remain third in the nation's top softball league, sophomore Kailee Cuico and senior Christie Nieto cranked no-out grand slams in the first and third innings to help UO top its seventh league opponent this season.

In the circle for UO, junior Jessica Moore (23-8) pitched the complete game, struck out three, walked three, allowed 11 hits, and six of her seven runs allowed were earned.

For the game, 10 Ducks hit safely and two staked multiple hits - Cuico (3-for-3, 3 runs, 4 RBI, 1 double, 1 BB) and junior Kaylan Howard (2-for-5, 1 RBI).

Freshman Jamie Rae Sullivan and junior Samantha Pappas added doubles.

Arizona starter Kenzie Fowler (13-6) pitched the first four innings, struck out four, walked three, gave up six hits, and seven of her eight runs allowed were earned.

Reliever Jessica Spigner worked the final three innings, struck out none, walked one, gave up seven hits, and all three of her runs allowed were earned.

At the plate for Arizona, seven Wildcats hit safely, and three had multiple hits - Lini Koria (3-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI), Brigette Del Ponte (2-for-2) and Chelsea Goodacre (2-for-4, 1 RBI).

Looking ahead, the two teams look ahead to single games on both Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.


BOXSCORE & PLAY-BY-PLAY

#15 Oregon at #11 Arizona
Apr 27, 2012 at Tucson, Ariz. (Hillenbrand Stadium)

 

Oregon 11 (34-12,10-7 Pac-12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Howard, Kaylan 2b 
Takeda, Janie cf 
Chambers, Kelsey ss 
Cuico, Kailee 1b 
Nieto, Christie dp 
Pappas, Samantha rf 
Peterson, Alexa
Sullivan, Jamie Rae 3b 
   Chambers, Lindsey ph 
Burger, Allie lf 
   Melick, Hannah ph 
Moore, Jessica
Totals  33  11  13  11  21 
  

Arizona 7 (31-13,8-8 Pac-12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Wilson cf 
Suitos rf 
   Kirker ph 
   Lavine rf 
Del Ponte 3b 
Pendley ss 
Koria c/1b 
Spigner 1b/p 
   Bryan pr 
Goodacre dp/c 
Arriola 2b 
Buchanan lf 
Fowler p/dp 
Totals  29  11  21 
Score by Innings                  R  H  E
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Oregon.............. 404 000 3 - 11 13  2
Arizona............. 300 101 2 -  7 11  1
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E - Howard, K; Peterson, A; Pendley. DP - ORE 1. LOB - ORE 6; Arizona 6. 2B - Cuico, K; Pappas, S; Sullivan, J; Del Ponte. HR - Cuico, K; Nieto, C; Koria 2; Goodacre. HBP - Chambers, K. SH - Suitos. SF - Wilson. CS - Pappas, S.

 

Oregon   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Moore, Jessica W,23-8  7.0  11  29  34  121 
  
Arizona   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Fowler L,13-6  4.0  18  22  76 
Spigner   3.0  15  16  42 

 

Win - Moore, J (23-8). Loss - Fowler (13-6). Save - None. HBP - by Fowler (Chambers, K). Pitches/strikes: Moore, J 121/75; Fowler 76/47; Spigner 42/29.

Umpires - HP: Calvin Walker 1B: John Baca 3B: Rick Cowan
Start: 7 p.m. Time: 2:32 Attendance: 2579
Weather: 79 degrees, clear skies
Fowler faced 2 batters in the 5th.

 

 
Play-by-Play
 

2012 OREGON SOFTBALL
#15 Oregon at #11 Arizona
Apr 27, 2012 at Tucson, Ariz. (Hillenbrand Stadium)

Oregon starters: 3/2b Howard, K; 19/cf Takeda, J; 8/ss Chambers, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 17/dp Nieto, C; 0/rf Pappas, S; 14/c Peterson, A; 20/3b Sullivan, J; 2/lf Burger, A; 12/p Moore, J;

Arizona starters: 17/cf Wilson; 3/rf Suitos; 4/3b Del Ponte; 21/ss Pendley; 90/c Koria; 9/1b Spigner; 77/dp Goodacre; 5/2b Arriola; 15/lf Buchanan; 19/p Fowler;

Oregon 1st - Howard, K singled up the middle (0-2 KKF). Takeda, J singled to shortstop (0-2 KK); Howard, K advanced to second. Chambers, K hit by pitch (0-0); Takeda, J advanced to second; Howard, K advanced to third. Cuico, K homered to left center, 4 RBI; Chambers, K scored; Takeda, J scored; Howard, K scored. Nieto, C struck out swinging. Pappas, S doubled to right field (2-2 KSBB). Pappas, S out at second c to ss, caught stealing. Peterson, A struck out swinging (2-2 KBFBS). 4 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Arizona 1st - Wilson walked (3-1 BBBKB). Suitos reached on a fielder's choice (0-2 KK); Wilson out at second ss to 2b. Del Ponte doubled to left field, RBI (1-1 KB); Suitos scored. Pendley grounded out to 1b unassisted (3-1 BBBK); Del Ponte advanced to third. Koria homered to right field, 2 RBI (0-2 FK); Del Ponte scored. Spigner grounded out to 3b (0-0). 3 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Oregon 2nd - Sullivan, J grounded out to 3b (0-1 K). Burger, A grounded out to 3b (0-1 K). Howard, K grounded out to ss (2-2 KBKB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Arizona 2nd - Goodacre grounded out to ss (2-1 BBK). Arriola struck out swinging (2-2 KSBFBFS). Buchanan grounded out to ss (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Oregon 3rd - Takeda, J reached on a fielding error by ss (0-2 KS). Chambers, K walked (3-0 BBBB); Takeda, J advanced to second. Cuico, K walked (3-0 BBBB); Chambers, K advanced to second; Takeda, J advanced to third. Nieto, C homered to left field, 4 RBI (0-0); Cuico, K scored; Chambers, K scored; Takeda, J scored, unearned. Pappas, S struck out looking (3-2 BFBBKFK). Peterson, A flied out to rf (2-2 BBFS). Sullivan, J flied out to cf (3-1 BBBK). 4 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 0 LOB.

Arizona 3rd - Wilson singled down the lf line (0-0). Suitos grounded out to 3b, SAC, bunt (0-0); Wilson advanced to second. Del Ponte walked (3-2 FSBBBB). Pendley struck out swinging (2-2 BBKFS). Koria singled to left field (1-0 B); Del Ponte advanced to second; Wilson advanced to third. Spigner flied out to lf (1-1 BK). 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Oregon 4th - Burger, A grounded out to 3b (0-1 F). Howard, K struck out looking (1-2 FFBFK). Takeda, J grounded out to 1b unassisted (1-2 FBF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Arizona 4th - Goodacre homered to right field, RBI (2-2 BFKB). Arriola grounded out to 2b (0-1 S). Buchanan singled to second base (1-1 BS). Wilson reached on a fielder's choice, out at second c to ss; Buchanan out at second 1b to ss. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Oregon 5th - Chambers, K walked (3-1 KBBBB). Cuico, K doubled to right field (1-1 KB); Chambers, K advanced to third. Koria to 1b. Spigner to p. Goodacre to c. Fowler to dp. Nieto, C flied out to lf (0-0). Pappas, S walked (3-0 BBBB). Peterson, A reached on a fielder's choice (1-0 B); Pappas, S advanced to second; Cuico, K advanced to third; Chambers, K out at home 2b to c. Chambers, L pinch hit for Sullivan, J. Chambers, L reached on a fielder's choice (2-2 BKBK); Peterson, A advanced to second; Pappas, S out at third 3b unassisted. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Arizona 5th - Sullivan, J to 3b for Chambers, L. Suitos fouled out to 3b (2-2 BKBF). Del Ponte walked (3-2 BKFBBB). Pendley flied out to rf (0-0). Koria struck out swinging (1-2 KSFBFS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Oregon 6th - Burger, A singled to shortstop (1-2 KSB). Howard, K flied out to cf (1-2 BFK). Takeda, J reached on a fielder's choice (0-1 F); Burger, A out at second 2b unassisted. Chambers, K singled to left field (0-1 K); Takeda, J advanced to second, out at third lf to 3b. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Arizona 6th - Spigner reached on a fielding error by 2b (3-1 BBBK). Bryan pinch ran for Spigner. Goodacre singled down the lf line (1-0 B); Bryan advanced to second. Arriola singled to left field (2-1 KBB); Goodacre advanced to second; Bryan advanced to third. Buchanan flied out to lf (0-0). Dropped foul ball, E2. Wilson flied out to cf, SAC, RBI (3-2 KBBKFFBF); Bryan scored, unearned. Kirker pinch hit for Suitos. Kirker flied out to cf (0-0). 1 run, 2 hits, 2 errors, 2 LOB.

Oregon 7th - Lavine to rf for Kirker. Spigner to p for Bryan. Cuico, K singled up the middle (0-0). Nieto, C grounded out to 1b unassisted (0-0); Cuico, K advanced to second. Pappas, S grounded out to p (0-0). Peterson, A singled up the middle, RBI (0-0); Cuico, K scored. Sullivan, J doubled to left field (0-1 K); Peterson, A advanced to third. Melick, H pinch hit for Burger, A. Melick, H singled to right field, RBI (1-2 SBK); Sullivan, J advanced to third; Peterson, A scored. Burger, A to lf for Melick, H. Howard, K singled down the lf line, RBI (3-2 BBFBKF); Burger, A advanced to second; Sullivan, J scored. Takeda, J grounded out to 2b (0-0). 3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Arizona 7th - Del Ponte singled down the lf line (3-2 BFBFBF). Pendley reached on a fielder's choice (1-1 KB); Del Ponte out at second 2b to ss. Koria homered to right center, 2 RBI (2-2 SBFFBFF); Pendley scored. Spigner singled down the lf line (1-0 B). Goodacre lined into double play 1b unassisted; Spigner out on the play. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.