*Updated season/career stats are available via the link above, boxscores are available in the LINKS box to the right.
EUGENE – The No. 12 University of Oregon softball team (37-14, 11-8) wrapped its penultimate weekend of the regular season with an 8-3 win and 7-3 loss vs. No. 9 Missouri (40-12, 14-7) in their doubleheader at Howe Field Saturday.
*GAME 2 RECAP
The returning World Series advancing Tigers bounced back from a loss immediately before with a 7-3 win, thanks to another fine pitching effort by All-American Chelsea Thomas (21-7).
Missouri racked up five runs in the second inning, then added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
UO answered with two runs in the fourth on a two-run homer by senior Kelsey Chambers and another run in the fifth on an RBI single by senior Christie Nieto.
Chambers’ ninth round-tripper of the season moved her into a tie for second all-time for UO career-wise (35), and within two of the team season lead.
For the game, six Ducks hit safely once, and junior Samantha Pappas doubled for the 11th time this year and moved into a tie for the team season lead with junior Kaylan Howard and Chambers.
Duck starter and junior Jessica Moore (25-11) pitched the first six innings, struck out three, walked two, allowed seven hits, and four of her seven runs allowed were earned.
Freshman Karissa Hovinga worked the final inning, and posted no strikeouts or walks, and allowed one hit and no runs.
For the game, MU’s Nicole Hudson (3-for-3) hit three doubles and was the lone Tiger with multiple hits.
In the circle, Thomas struck out nine, walked four, allowed six hits, and all three of her runs allowed were earned.
In team comparisons, Missouri held edges in hits (7-6), fewest runners left on base (5-6) and fewest errors (0-1), and UO owned advantages in walks drawn (4-2).
* GAME1 RECAP
In the 8-3 opening win, the Ducks one-hit the Tigers who entered the game ranked top 50 nationally in a host of offensive categories.
Oregon 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 the 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-season high round-tripper moved her into a tie for ninth all-time for UO in a campaign.
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 batter 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.
On other all-Duck career charts after Saturday's games, 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 jumped to fourth all-time in RBI (47-tied), and other season-list improvements were claimed by Howard (extra-base hits, ninth, 23-tied; RBI, 11th, 44-tied), Chambers (runs, seventh, 44-tied) and Moore (starts, sixth, 35-tied; innings, eighth, 225).
For the three-game set, Cuico led UO in hitting (.556), hits (5-tied) and walks (2-tied). Four others topped .300 - Pappas (.500, 5H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2BB), Howard (.400, 4H, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB), Takeda (.333, 3H, 1BB) and Nieto (.300, 3H, 1 RBI).
Moore pitched 17 of the team's 21 innings, staked a 2.88 ERA, went 1-2, struck out 14, walked six, allowed 15 hits, and seven of her 15 runs allowed were earned.
Later this weekend, Oregon softball fans catch the rebroadcast of Friday night’s 5-4 win by Missouri on Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at midnight.
Looking ahead, 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.
GAME 2 - #9 Missouri 7, #12 Oregon 3 (May 05, 2012 at Eugene, Ore.)
#9 Missouri 050 001 1 - 7 8 0 (40-12)
#12 Oregon 000 201 0 - 3 6 1 (37-14)
Pitchers: Missouri - Thomas and Marston. Oregon - Moore, Jessica; Hovinga, Karissa(7) and Peterson, Alexa. Win-Thomas(21-7) Loss-Moore, Jessica(25-11) T-2:09 A-474. HR ORE - Chambers, Kelsey. Weather: 62, sunny, wind 1-3mph. Moore, J faced 1 batter in the 7th.
#9 Missouri at #12 Oregon
May 05, 2012 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
Missouri 7 (40-12)
Oregon 3 (37-14)
|Howard, Kaylan 2b||3||0||0||0||1||2||0||6||0|
|Pappas, Samantha rf||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Chambers, Kelsey ss||4||2||1||2||0||1||5||2||3|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b||2||0||1||0||1||0||10||0||0|
|Nieto, Christie dp||3||0||1||1||0||2||0||0||0|
|Peterson, Alexa c||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||0||3|
|Chambers, Lindsey 3b||2||0||1||0||1||1||1||3||0|
|Burger, Allie lf||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||0||0|
|Takeda, Janie cf||3||0||1||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 ----------------------------------------- Missouri............ 050 001 1 - 7 8 0 Oregon.............. 000 201 0 - 3 6 1 -----------------------------------------
|E - Moore, J. DP - Missouri 1. LOB - Missouri 5; Oregon 6. 2B - Fleming 3; Pappas, S. HR - Chambers, K. SH - Genovese. SB - Sykes; Hudson; Genovese.|
|Moore, Jessica L,25-11||6.0||7||7||4||2||3||0||0||0||0||26||29||2||12||110|
Win - Thomas (21-7). Loss - Moore, J (25-11). Save - None.
Pitches/strikes: Thomas 121/73; Moore, J 110/74; Hovinga, K 14/10.
Umpires - HP: Rob Hough 1B: Mike Bartling 3B: Matt Jacks
2012 OREGON SOFTBALL
#9 Missouri at #12 Oregon
May 05, 2012 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
|Missouri starters: 4/cf Sykes; 26/c Marston; 30/rf Fleming; 8/3b Hudson; 10/1b Roth; 22/dp Muller; 16/ss Genovese; 11/lf Kingsley; 1/2b Stephens; 18/p Thomas;|
|Oregon starters: 3/2b Howard, K; 0/rf Pappas, S; 8/ss Chambers, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 17/dp Nieto, C; 14/c Peterson, A; 5/3b Chambers, L; 2/lf Burger, A; 19/cf Takeda, J; 12/p Moore, J;|
|Missouri 1st - Sykes struck out swinging (1-2 KBKS). Marston grounded out to 2b (1-2 BKK). Fleming doubled to center field (3-2 BKBFB). Fleming continues racing to 2b on ball to deep cf, and beats throw. Hudson grounded out to 2b (2-1 KBB). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 1st - Howard, K struck out swinging (2-2 BKBSS). Pappas, S grounded out to p (0-0). Pappas hits nubber in front of plate, and almost beats throw by pitcher. Chambers, K popped up to ss (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Missouri 2nd - Roth walked (3-2 KSBBBB). Corwin pinch ran for Roth. Muller singled to left field; Corwin advanced to second. Genovese reached on a fielder's choice, SAC, bunt (1-2 FFB); Muller advanced to second; Corwin advanced to third. Kingsley reached on an error by p (1-2 SKB); Genovese advanced to second; Muller advanced to third; Corwin scored, unearned. slap to pitcher, who bobbled ball as she looked home, runner safe. Stephens singled to third base, 2 RBI (0-0); Kingsley advanced to second; Genovese scored; Muller scored. Sykes reached on a fielder's choice (0-2 KF); Stephens out at second 2b to ss; Kingsley advanced to third. Sykes stole second. Marston grounded out to 2b, RBI (1-2 KBF); Sykes advanced to third; Kingsley scored, unearned. Fleming doubled to right field, RBI (3-2 BBBKKF); Sykes scored, unearned. Ball lands 10' from wall despite racing towards line. Hudson struck out looking (1-2 SKBFFK). 5 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 2nd - Roth to 1b for Corwin. Cuico, K popped up to p (1-1 KB). Nieto, C struck out swinging (3-2 FBFFBBS). Peterson, A grounded out to ss (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Missouri 3rd - Roth grounded out to 3b (1-0 B). Muller struck out looking (1-2 BKSK). diving play after Burger races in 12' on shallow liner. Genovese flied out to lf (0-1 S). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 3rd - Chambers, L singled to left field (1-0 B). 3bman makes diving attempt down 3b line, and ball skips high over her glove. Burger, A struck out swinging (2-2 FFBBS). Takeda, J grounded into double play 2b to 1b; Chambers, L out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Missouri 4th - Kingsley singled to center field (0-2 FSF). Stephens grounded out to ss (2-0 BB); Kingsley advanced to second. Sykes grounded out to 3b (2-1 FBB). Marston grounded out to p (1-2 BKK). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 4th - Howard, K grounded out to 3b (2-2 KBBK). Pappas, S doubled to left field (1-0 B). Chambers, K homered to center field, 2 RBI (2-2 SBSBFF); Pappas, S scored. Chambers' ninth homer of season gives her 35 all-time (tied-2nd) for UO. Cuico, K singled to right field (3-2 BBBKS). Nieto, C struck out swinging (2-2 FSFBBS). hard liner, 2bman makes leaping grab for htird out. Peterson, A lined out to 2b. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Missouri 5th - Fleming walked (3-0 BBBB). Hudson reached on a fielder's choice (1-0 B); Fleming out at second 2b to ss. Howard nearly makes diving catch, then gets fielders choice. Roth flied out to lf (0-1 K). Hudson stole second. Muller grounded out to 3b (2-2 BKBF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 5th - Chambers, L struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b (0-2 FFS). Burger, A grounded out to p (0-2 FF). Takeda, J grounded out to p (3-2 FBBFBF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Missouri 6th - Genovese singled to center field (1-2 KBF). Genovese bangs chopper up middle past drawn in infield. Genovese stole second. Kingsley grounded out to ss (0-1 K); Genovese advanced to third. Stephens reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second (1-1 BF); Genovese scored. 3b threw ball home that beat runner, but latter knocked ball loose on slide. Stephens out at second ss unassisted, runner left early. Sykes grounded out to 2b (1-0 B). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 6th - Howard, K struck out swinging (2-2 BFFBS). Pappas, S walked (3-2 KSBBBB). Chambers, K reached on a fielder's choice (2-2 BBFFF); Pappas, S out at second 2b to ss. Cuico, K walked (3-2 FBBBKB); Chambers, K advanced to second. Nieto, C singled to second base, RBI (0-1 S); Cuico, K advanced to second; Chambers, K scored. 2b dives to knock down grounder behind 1b, but ball trickles 2' away. Peterson, A struck out swinging (1-2 KKBS). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Missouri 7th - Marston singled to center field (1-2 FKB). Hovinga, K to p for Moore, J. Fleming doubled to left center, advanced to third, RBI (1-2 KBK); Marston scored. Hudson popped up to 3b (3-2 BBFBFF). Roth popped up to ss (0-2 KF). Chambers makes jumping catch for third out. Muller lined out to ss. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 7th - Chambers, L walked (3-1 BBFBB). Burger, A struck out looking (2-2 BSSFBK). Takeda, J singled to right field (1-1 FB); Chambers, L advanced to third. diving attempt by rf who traps the ball. Howard, K walked (3-2 SSBBBB); Takeda, J advanced to second. Pappas, S reached on a fielder's choice (1-1 BK); Howard, K advanced to second; Takeda, J advanced to third; Chambers, L out at home p to c. Chambers, K struck out looking (1-2 FBSK). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3 LOB.|