EUGENE - The No. 12 University of Oregon softball team (34-13, 11-8) evened the series with No. 9 Missouri (39-11, 14-7) with an 8-3, one-hit win in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Howe Field.
The Ducks struck for five runs in the third, two in the fourth, and another in the fifth to stake their ninth victory against a top 25 team this year (including four against top-10 foes).
In the third inning, UO junior Samantha Pappas drilled her seventh homer of the season after freshman Janie Takeda and junior Kaylan Howard led off with a single and walk.
After a pair of outs, senior Christie Nieto reached on an error by the first baseman on a grounder through her legs.
Sophomore Alexa Peterson followed with her sixth homer of season to a nearly identical spot as Pappas’.
In the fourth, Takeda led off with a single on a grounder past a diving third baseman, and Howard followed with her team-leading 11th homer of the season. That career-high round-tripper moved her into a tie for ninth all-time for UO in a season.
In the sixth, Cuico added a two-out RBI single up the middle after Pappas had doubled.
Missouri scored its first run in the third when after its opening reached on an error by the third baseman, and after a walk, Kelsea Roth singled to left field for the RBI.
In the fifth, Duck starter and junior Jessica Moore (25-10) hit three of the first four batters, and the last one forced in a run (after she had walked another prior batter).
Freshman Karissa Hovinga came in with still no outs and bases loaded in the inning, and coaxed a strikeout, grounder and fly out to allow only one more run.
The Ralston, Neb. product ultimately pitched the last three innings, struck out three, walked none and allowed no hits en route to her second save of the season.
Moore struck out six, walked three, gave up one hit, and two of her three runs allowed were earned. The All-Pac-12 returnee climbed into a tie for second all-time for UO for wins in a season (25) with Ani Nyhus (2004).
At the plate at game’s end, three Ducks had multiple hits – Howard (2-for-3), Pappas (2-for-4) and Cuico (2-for-3).
Tiger starter and senior Kristin Nottelmann (12-5) struck out four, walked two, allowed 10 hits, and six of her eight runs allowed were earned.
At the plate for Missouri, the visitors’ lone batter to hit safely was Roth who singled in the third inning.
The two teams cap the series with the finale of the doubleheader immediately after.
Later this weekend, Softball fans can catch the rebroadcast of Friday night’s 5-4 win by Missouri on Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at midnight.
Looking ahead to next week, the Ducks cap the regular season at home against No. 17 UCLA with three games next Thursday-Saturday, May 10-12 at Howe Field.
Afterward, the NCAA tournament selection show will air on ESPN-U on Sunday, May 13 at 7 p.m. PT.
GAME 1 - #12 Oregon 8, #9 Missouri 3 (May 05, 2012 at Eugene, Ore.)
#9 Missouri 001 020 0 - 3 1 2 (39-12)
#12 Oregon 005 201 X - 8 10 4 (37-13)
Pitchers: Missouri - Nottelmann and Hay. Oregon - Moore, Jessica; Hovinga, Karissa(5) and
Peterson, Alexa. Win-Moore, Jessica(25-10) Save-Hovinga, Karissa(2) Loss-Nottelmann(12-5) T-2:17 A-474. HR ORE - Howard, Kaylan (11); Pappas, Samantha (7); Peterson, Alexa (6). Weather: 59, partly sunny, wind 0-3mph. Moore, J faced 4 batters in the 5th.
BOXSCORE & PLAY-BY-PLAY
#9 Missouri at #12 Oregon
May 05, 2012 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
Missouri 3 (39-12)
Oregon 8 (37-13)
|Howard, Kaylan 2b||3||2||2||2||1||0||1||2||0|
|Pappas, Samantha rf||4||2||2||3||0||0||1||1||0|
|Chambers, Kelsey ss||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||2||0|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b||3||0||2||1||1||0||9||0||0|
|Nieto, Christie lf/dp||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Peterson, Alexa c||3||1||1||2||0||0||9||0||2|
|Chambers, Lindsey dp||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|Burger, Allie lf||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Melick, Hannah ph/dp||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sullivan, Jamie Rae 3b||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||2|
|Takeda, Janie cf||3||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||3|
|Moore, Jessica p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Hovinga, Karissa p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Missouri............ 001 020 0 - 3 1 2 Oregon.............. 005 201 X - 8 10 4 -----------------------------------------
|E - Hudson(2); Roth(2); Chambers, K(21); Sullivan, J 3(4). DP - Missouri 2. LOB - Missouri 8; Oregon 7. 2B - Pappas, S(10). HR - Howard, K(11); Pappas, S(7); Peterson, A(6). HBP - Marston; Fleming; Roth; Nieto, C; Peterson, A; Sullivan, J. SB - Sykes(7); Kingsley(8).|
|Moore, Jessica W,25-10||4.0||1||3||2||3||6||0||0||3||0||17||23||2||4||101|
|Hovinga, Karissa S,2||3.0||0||0||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||9||9||1||5||48|
Win - Moore, J (25-10). Loss - Nottelmann (12-5). Save - Hovinga, K (2).
WP - Nottelmann(4). HBP - by Moore, J (Marston); by Moore, J (Fleming); by
Moore, J (Roth); by Nottelmann (Peterson, A); by Nottelmann (Sullivan, J); by
Nottelmann (Nieto, C). PB - Hay(5). Pitches/strikes: Nottelmann 127/85; Moore, J
101/61; Hovinga, K 48/31.
Umpires - HP: Matt Jacks 1B: Rob Hough 3B: Mike Bartling
2012 OREGON SOFTBALL
#9 Missouri at #12 Oregon
May 05, 2012 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
|Missouri starters: 4/cf Sykes; 26/dp Marston; 30/rf Fleming; 8/3b Hudson; 10/1b Roth; 0/c Hay; 11/lf Kingsley; 42/2b Krebs; 16/ss Genovese; 28/p Nottelmann;|
|Oregon starters: 3/2b Howard, K; 0/rf Pappas, S; 8/ss Chambers, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 17/lf Nieto, C; 14/c Peterson, A; 5/dp Chambers, L; 20/3b Sullivan, J; 19/cf Takeda, J; 12/p Moore, J;|
|Missouri 1st - Sykes grounded out to p (3-2 KBBKFB). Marston reached on an error by ss (2-2 KBBK). Fleming walked (3-1 BBKBB); Marston advanced to second. Hudson lined out to lf (1-2 FBK). Roth struck out looking (3-2 KBFBFBK). 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 1st - Howard, K fouled out to lf (3-0 BBB). Pappas, S flied out to lf (1-1 FB). Chambers, K flied out to rf (0-1 K). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Missouri 2nd - Hay struck out looking (1-2 KKBK). Kingsley reached on an error by 3b (1-1 BK). Krebs struck out swinging (0-2 KKS). Kingsley stole second. Genovese grounded out to 3b (2-0 BB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 2nd - Cuico, K walked (3-0 BBBB). Nieto, C singled to center field (0-1 F); Cuico, K advanced to second. Peterson, A reached on an error by 3b (0-2 KF); Nieto, C advanced to second; Cuico, K advanced to third. Chambers, L struck out looking (0-2 FKK). Sullivan, J grounded into double play 3b to c to 1b (1-1 BK); Peterson, A advanced to second; Nieto, C advanced to third; Cuico, K out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.|
|Missouri 3rd - Sykes reached on an error by 3b (0-0). slow-hopping off slap, 3b fields to side, and bounds off heel of mitt. Marston struck out swinging (2-2 KBBFS). Fleming struck out swinging (2-2 SKBBS). Sykes stole second. Hudson walked (3-2 KBBBFB). Roth singled to left field, RBI (0-1 K); Hudson advanced to third; Sykes scored, unearned. Hay grounded out to ss. 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 3rd - Takeda, J singled to right field (0-1 K). Howard, K walked (3-2 FBBBFB); Takeda, J advanced to second. Pappas, S homered to left field, 3 RBI (3-2 BBKFB); Howard, K scored; Takeda, J scored. Pappas' seventh homer of season. Chambers, K struck out swinging (0-2 KFS). Cuico, K grounded out to 2b (2-2 BFKB). Nieto, C reached on an error by 1b (0-0). Buckner-esque nutmeg through 1b's legs. Nieto, C advanced to second on a wild pitch. Peterson, A homered to left field, 2 RBI, unearned (3-1 BBFB); Nieto, C scored, unearned. Peterson hits her sixth homer of the season to same spot Pappas' HR landed. Chambers, L flied out to lf (0-2 KKF). 5 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.|
|Missouri 4th - Nieto, C to dp. Burger, A to lf for Chambers, L. Kingsley reached on an error by 3b (0-1 K). Krebs struck out swinging (1-2 SKFBS). Genovese grounded out to p (2-0 BB); Kingsley advanced to second. ball hit to shallow rf, Howard retreats back for easy catch. Sykes popped up to 2b (2-2 BKSB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 4th - Sullivan, J struck out looking (1-2 KBSK). Takeda, J singled to left field (0-1 K). Takeda slaps ball through left side, past diving 3b. Howard, K homered to left field, 2 RBI (1-0 B); Takeda, J scored. Pappas, S grounded out to 1b unassisted (3-2 FBFBB). 1b barely beats Pappas to bag on slow grounder. Chambers, K struck out swinging (3-2 BBBKFS). 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Missouri 5th - Marston hit by pitch (2-2 KBKFFBF). inside pitch barely nicks her arm. Fleming hit by pitch (3-2 BFBFBF); Marston advanced to second. ball skips in dirt and hit her in the lower leg. Hudson walked (3-2 SBKBBFB); Fleming advanced to second; Marston advanced to third. White visits mound with bases loaded and no outs. Roth hit by pitch, RBI (1-0 B); Hudson advanced to second; Fleming advanced to third; Marston scored. inside pitch hits her lower leg. Hovinga, K to p for Moore, J. Hay struck out looking (2-2 BFSBK). Kingsley grounded out to 2b, RBI (0-2 FSF); Roth advanced to second; Hudson advanced to third; Fleming scored. Randazzo pinch hit for Krebs. Randazzo flied out to rf (3-1 BBKB). 2 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 5th - Jones to cf for Sykes. Corwin to 2b for Randazzo. Cuico, K singled to center field (0-0). Cuico, K advanced to second on a passed ball. Nieto, C popped up to 2b (3-2 KBBFB). Peterson, A hit by pitch (2-2 KBBKF). pitch hits her just above elbow in arm. Melick, H pinch hit for Burger, A. Melick, H fouled out to 1b (2-2 BKBFFF). Sullivan, J hit by pitch (1-1 FB); Peterson, A advanced to second; Cuico, K advanced to third. high inside pitch hits upper shoulder. Takeda, J flied out to cf (0-1 F). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3 LOB.|
|Missouri 6th - Nieto, C to lf. Melick, H to dp. Genovese grounded out to ss (3-2 KBFBBF). Jones grounded out to p (2-2 KBBSF). Pappas makes defensive play of day, and guns runner out at 1b on hrdhit gnd. Marston out at first rf to 1b (2-2 KBFB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 6th - Howard, K singled to third base (1-1 BK). Pappas, S doubled; Howard, K advanced to third. Chambers, K lined into double play 3b unassisted (0-2 FK); Howard, K out on the play. diving play by Hudson down line, tags runner hurdling back to 3b. Cuico, K singled to center field, advanced to second, RBI (2-2 KBFFFB); Pappas, S scored. Nieto, C hit by pitch (2-2 FFBB). shortstop glides behind 2b to make great play and final out of inning. Peterson, A grounded out to ss (0-2 KK). 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Missouri 7th - Fleming grounded out to 2b (1-2 KBK). Hudson struck out swinging (1-2 KBSS). Roth struck out swinging (3-2 BKFBBFS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|