EUGENE - After capping one of its most successful regular seasons ever, the No. 11 University of Oregon softball team (39-14, 11-10) honored several of its players at its annual awards banquet Saturday evening.
Earlier in the day, the Ducks polished off a third-place Pac-10 finish with a win over returning national champion and No. 12 UCLA, then hours later announced six of their team honors:
Batting Leader – Courtney Ceo / Monique Fuiava
Offensive MVP – Monique Fuiava
Pitcher of the Year – Jessica Moore
Defensive Player of the Year - Alexa Peterson
Web Gem – Christie Nieto
Spirit Award – Samantha Skillingstad
Fuiava and Ceo both hit .378 this season - only .010 shy of the 10th-best mark in a season for the Ducks (.388).
Fuiava also paced the squad with career highs in RBI (44), doubles (12), slugging (.677) and on-base percentage (.453), and ranked second in hits (48), and third in homers (8). Career-wise, she ranks top-10 on Duck career lists in doubles (fourth, 37), homers (sixth, 27) and RBI (ninth, 103).
Moore's strikeout (193) and win (21) totals this year rank fourth and sixth all-time for UO in a season. The Sutter, Calif., native also ranks top-10 career-wise for UO in strikeouts (fifth, 431), shutouts (eight, 10-tied), wins (ninth, 37) and ERA (ninth, 1.78).
Peterson started 43 of Oregon's 53 games this season behind the plate - the most by a Duck freshman in recent memory - and threw out four base runners.
In her 33 games as an outfielder, Nieto was one of team's steadiest defensively, and came up with three assists in Pac-10 tilts vs. Cal, Stanford at UCLA.
A team leader on and off the field, Skillingstad sports a 3.28 cumulative GPA, and tied the fifth-best strikeout mark in a game twice this year (12) in wins over then-No. 19 Texas A&M and Ole Miss.
Earlier on Saturday, the Ducks three-hit the Bruins en route to a 5-0 win and took the series, 2-1, from the 11-time national champions for the first time since 1995.
The past month, UO also won its previous three series against Oregon State, then-No. 9 Arizona and then-No. 10 Stanford to post its second-ever +.500 league record (11-10) and tie its second-best ever league win total in school history.
Looking ahead, the Ducks will tune into the 64-team NCAA Tournament selection show Sunday from 7-8 p.m. PT on ESPN-U.
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