*Updated season/career stats are available via the link above.

 

EUGENE - Remaining at home for the final week of the regular season, the University of Oregon softball team (37-18, Pac-12: 11-8 (3rd)) continued to validate its place among the nation's top programs in Tuesday's national polls.

Repeating its highest ranking of the regular season in both editions, No. 12 / 13 Oregon climbed three positions the week before in both the USA Softball and NFCA versions. The Ducks' only higher sighting in 2012 was their No. 11 position in the USA Softball preseason edition.

UO was one of seven league members that ranked top 20 nationally this week – including the top two in both polls (No. 1/1 California and No. 2/2 Arizona State) - and an eighth program ranked top 25.

Glancing at this week's polls, 11 Duck foes this season were ranked top 25 (USA Softball/ NFCA), and others included No. 3/3 Alabama, No. 9/10 Missouri, No. 14/15 UCLA, No. 16/17 Arizona, No. 17/15 Stanford, No. 18/18 Washington, No. 21/21 North Carolina, No. 24/- Oregon State and No. -/23 Baylor.

One other Duck opponent – BYU – received votes in the NFCA poll.

Compared to last week, Cal ranked first nationally in both polls for the seventh straight week after it swept then-No. 22 Oregon State in Corvallis (9-1, 4-2, 4-1).

Among other movement in the overall top five:
-  No. 2/2 Arizona State held steady after it swept Utah (13-1 (5), 6-4, 13-5 (6)).
- No. 3/3 Alabama moved up a position in the USA Softball version after it went 2-1 vs. Florida (W 9-1 (6), 5-3, L 4-1)
- No. 4/4 Oklahoma fell one position in the USA Softball edition after it went 2-1 vs. Texas (W 5-2 (8), 9-3; L 12-5)
- No. 5/5 Tennessee jumped two spots in the NFCA poll after it swept Ole Miss (5-1, 9-0 (5), 2-1) and beat Tennessee State (5-0).

For comparison's sake, a complete list of the Pac-12's teams rankings from last week follows: No. 1/1 California, No. 2/2 Arizona State, No. 13/15 Arizona, No. 15/14 Washington, No. 17/17 UCLA, No. 21/19 Stanford and No. 22/- Oregon State.

Oregon has now been ranked for 40 straight editions by USA Softball and 33 straight polls by the NFCA. UO's week-by-week USA SB/ NFCA rankings in that stretch follow: 2012 - Preseason 11th/16th, 2/14 19/19, 2/21 21/19, 2/28 18/18, 3/6 15/18; 3/13 14/17; 3/20 15/17; 3/27 16/17; 4/3 17/18; 4/10 15/19; 4/17 14/18; 4/25 15/16; 5/2 12/13; 5/9 12/13. 2011 - Preseason 14th/14th, 2/15 14th/14th, 2/22 13th/13th, 3/2 13th/13th, 3/9 15th/14th, 3/16 16th/15th, 3/23 15th/16th, 3/30 14th/15th, 4/5 15th/16th, 4/12 17th/17th, 4/19 19th/21th, 4/26 16th/19th, 5/3 12th/17th, 5/10 11th/14th, 5/17 11th/12th, 6/15 14th/15th. 2010 - 3/8 25th/-; 3/15 25th/-; 3/22 21st/-; 3/29 21st/ RV; 4/5 17th/ RV; 4/12 17th/23rd; 4/19 18th/20th; 4/26 19th/20th; 5/3 20th/22nd; 5/5 20th/22nd; 5/10 21st-t/22nd; 6/15 14th/14th.

More information on the USA Softball and NFCA polls are available at the http://www.usasoftball.com/news.asp?uid=5398 and http://nfca.org/top25/index.php?cat_id=1 URL addresses.

This weekend, No. 12 UO welcomes No. 14 UCLA (35-16, 11-10) for the final three games of the regular season, Thursday-Saturday, May 10-12. Thursday's and Friday's games start at 6 p.m., and Saturday's finale starts with a special Senior Day pre-game recognition ceremony at noon.

On Sunday, May 13, the college softball world will tune into ESPN-U at 7 p.m. Pacific Time to watch the NCAA Tournament selection show. More tournament information and the 64-team bracket will be posted online at www.NCAAsports.com.

Last weekend at home, Oregon beat its fourth returnee from last year’s World Series with its 8-3 win over No. 9 Missouri, while the Tigers won the other two games, 5-4 and 7-3. Earlier in the week, Oregon took a doubleheader from Seattle by 9-8 and 8-0 counts. In the first game, UO relied on a five-run seventh-inning comeback, while its five-inning win in the finale was its eighth this year via the regulation-shortened eight-run rule.
 
For the five-game set, Samantha Pappas led UO in hitting (.643), hits (9), doubles (4), homers (2). Four others topped .300 – Christie Nieto (.429, 6H, 1 HR, 4 RBI), Kailee Cuico (.400, 6H, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB), Lindsey Chambers (.400, 2H), and Kaylan Howard (.375, 6H, 2 HR, 4 RBI). Alexa Peterson also hit slugged two homers. hit .286, and led the team in RBI (6).
 
With her 8-3 win Saturday over then-No. 9 Missouri, Jessica Moore picked up her 11th win over a top-25 opponent this year (including four vs. top-10 teams). She pitched 17 of the team's 21 innings vs. Mizzou, staked a 2.88 ERA, struck out 14, and walked six.

Freshman Karissa Hovinga pitched all 12 innings vs. Seattle to notch both wins. She also added a save among her  four innings vs. Missouri, and ended with eight strikeouts in her 16 innings on the week.
 
On all-Duck career charts, Kelsey Chambers jumped to second all-time in homers (35), Pappas moved into a tie for eighth all-time for homers (26) and walks (69), and Moore climbed the appearance list (sixth, 122).
 
On all-time Oregon season lists, Cuico improved to fourth all-time in RBI (47-tied), and other notable updates came from Howard (extra-base hits, ninth, 23-tied; RBI, 11th, 44-tied), Kelsey Chambers (runs, seventh, 44-tied) and Moore (wins, second, 25; starts, sixth, 35-tied; innings, eighth, 225).
 
This week Oregon stands third in the Pac-12 with an 11-8 record and is guaranteed of its third-ever repeat +.500 Pac-12 record ever after going 11-10 in 2011 (and likewise in 1993 (8-8) and ’94 (12-12), and 1990 (9-9) and ’89 (13-7)).

UO sits one game ahead of UCLA (fourth-tied, 11-10) and has beaten seven Pac-12 foes for the first time since 2004 and third time ever (including ’04 and ’99 albeit in a 28-game league slate in the latter) since the league expanded to eight teams in 1992.

 

NATIONAL POLLS (5/9) – Poll #13

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=3208
Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
* 1.    California (20)    48-3    500    1
*2.    Arizona State     45-5    479    2
*3.    Alabama    47-6    451    4
4.    Oklahoma    42-8    443    3
5.    Tennessee    45-9    424    5
6.    Louisiana-Lafayette    46-3    379    6
7.    Florida    44-10    377    7
8.    Louisville    50-3    351    8
*9.    Missouri    40-12    330    9
10.    Texas    41-10    326    10
11.    Georgia    40-14    288    11
>12.    Oregon    37-14    279    12
13.    Hawaii    43-5    268    14
14.    Texas A&M    36-16    246    16
*15.    UCLA    35-16    224    17
*16.    Arizona    33-16    211    13
*17.    Stanford    36-16    169    21
*18.    Washington    36-17    137    15
19.    Florida State    45-13    115    19
20.    South Florida    45-10    111    18
*21.    North Carolina    40-12    106    20
22.    Texas Tech    39-15    58    23
23.    Michigan    36-15    57    25
*24.    Oregon State    33-19    53    22
25.    Syracuse    40-13    43    RV

Others Receiving Votes: Tulsa (26); *Baylor (11); Kentucky (8); UMASS (7); Notre Dame (6); LSU (4); Georgia Tech (4); UAB (4); Virginia Tech (2); SC Upstate (2); Maryland (1)

Dropped Out: - LSU (24)
New to Poll: - Syracuse (RV)

* Denotes Duck opponents in 2012

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

 
USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll 

http://nfca.org/top25/index.php?cat_id=1
Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
* 1    California (30)    48-3    750    1
*2    Arizona St.    45-5    718    2
*3    Alabama    47-6    689    3
4    Oklahoma    42-8    663    4
5    Tennessee    45-9    602    7
6    La.-Lafayette    46-3    592    5
7    Florida    44-10    580    6
8    Texas    41-10    534    8
9    Louisville    50-3    503    9
*10    Missouri    40-12    455    10
11    Hawai‘i    43-5    447    12
11    Georgia    40-14    447    11
>13    Oregon    37-14    402    13
*14    UCLA    35-16    359    17
*15    Stanford    36-16    311    19
16    Texas A&M    36-16    301    18
*17    Arizona    33-16    273    15
*18    Washington    36-17    232    14
19    South Florida    45-10    221    16
20    Florida St.    45-13    157    20
*21    North Carolina    40-12    148    21
22    Michigan    36-15    139    23
23    Baylor    33-19    61    25
24    Syracuse    40-13    54    RV
25    Texas Tech    39-15    36    24

Others Receiving Votes: LSU 23, Massachusetts 15, Tulsa 13, *BYU 7, Notre Dame 7, Kentucky 4; three others received votes, but only appeared on one ballot.

Dropped Out: No. 22 LSU


-The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by NCAA Division I head coaches representing each conference. First-place votes are in parentheses.

* Denotes Duck opponents in 2012

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