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# 11 Seed Oregon / #7 Tennessee / #1 California Pre-Game Notes


Game (8): #11 Oregon (44-17) vs. #7 seed Tennessee (52-13)
Date: Saturday, June 2
Time: 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time
TV: ESPN-ESPN2 / ESPN3.com - Pam Ward/Michele Smith; Holly Rowe (field reporter)
Radio: KCSR 1320-AM (Eugene) – Terry Jonz

Game (10) - Oregon/Tennessee Winner vs. #1 seed California (57-6)
Date: Saturday, June 2
Time: 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time (approximately)
TV: ESPN-ESPN2 / ESPN3.com - Beth Mowins/Jessica Mendoza; Holly Rowe (field reporter)
Radio: KCSR 1320-AM (Eugene) – Terry Jonz / Peg Rees

Field: ASA Hall of Fame Field
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NCAA Softball Website: www.NCAASports.com
NCAA Bracket: http://www.ncaa.com/brackets/softball/d1


SETTING THE STAGE
In its second-ever Women’s College World Series (WCWS) trip, and first since 1989, the #11 seed and No. 12 ranked Oregon (44-17) looks ahead to an elimination game vs. #7 seed and No. 5 ranked Tennessee (52-13) Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time.

The winner of UO-UT game plays #1 seed California (57-6) afterwards at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time Saturday evening. The Bears won their opener, 5-3, over LSU, but lost its second game to #4 seed Oklahoma, 3-0, Friday evening.

Oregon lost its opener Thursday night, 3-1, to defending national champion Arizona State, while the Volunteers dropped their opener Thursday to #2 seed Alabama, 5-3.

The eight-team, double-elimination tournament continues through Wednesday, June 6 with every game televised by various ESPN TV stations (and online at www.ESPN3.com).


OTHER PREVIOUS WCWS SCORES / SATURDAY TIMES-DATES

Day 1 Scores
Game 1 - #4 seed Oklahoma 5, South Florida 1.
Game 2 - #1 seed Calfiornia, 5, LSU 3
Game 3 - #2 seed Alabama 5, #7 seed Tenn. 3
Game 4 – # 3 ASU 3, #11 Oregon 1

Day 2 Scores
Game 5 - #4 Oklahoma 3, #1 California 0
Game 6 - #2 seed Alabama 2, #3 seed ASU 1

Game 3 Times – Sat., June 2
9 a.m. PT  - Game 7 – USF vs. LSU
11:30 a.m. PT – Game 8 - #11 UO vs. #7 Tenn.
4 p.m. PT – Game 9 ASU vs. USF/LSU winner
6:30 p.m. PT – Game 10 – UO/UT vs. #1 Cal

 
DUCK – VOLUNTEER / GOLDEN BEAR SERIES
The Ducks look ahead to their fourth-ever series meeting with Tennessee, and UT won the most recent tilts in 2008 (5-0) and '06 (1-0), while Oregon won the first meeting in '98 (4-2).

Oregon went 1-2 in 2012 against the Pac-12 champion Golden Bears this year in Eugene with a 1-0 win and 8-1 and 10-0 (6) losses in late April. The Bears own a 75-38 series record all-time, and last year then-No. 13 Cal swept then-No. 17 UO in Berkeley (5-0, 2-0, 5-2) on their way to a WCWS bid. In 2011, the then-No. 21 Ducks swept the then-No. 13 Bears for the first time in series history (7-6 (9), 1-0, 8-6 8-6 (9)) in Eugene.


QUICK VOLUNTEER / BEAR NOTES
This week, Tennessee had four All-Americans honored by the NFCA, including the first-team duo of sophomore pitcher Ellen Renfroe (27-4, 1.19, 229 IP, 279 SO, 75 BB, 142 H) and junior second baseman Lauren Gibson (.319, 13 HR, 46 RBI, 16 SB). The Vols’ second-team All-America choices included junior third baseman Raven Chavannae (.429, 79 H, 32 SB) and sophomore shortstop Madison Shipman (.314, 66 H, 11 2B, 10 HR, 63 RBI, 20 SB). Ellen’s junior sister Ivy also has 25 wins and sports a 1.81 ERA.

The Vols are guided by co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly who are in the 24th and 15th years at the helm, and have directed UT to four WCWS trips since 2005 (also including 2006, ’07, ’10).

Cal senior first baseman/pitcher Valerie Arioto was a final three finalist for the USA Player of the Year and was the Pac-12 Player of the Year. Junior pitcher Jolene Henderson was also a repeat NFCA All-American and Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, as was second-team All-American outfielder Jamia Reid. Cal Coach Diane Ninemire is in her 25th year at the helm, has led the team to one national title and 11 WCWS bids among its 24 NCAA tourney trips.


RECENT DUCK STARTERS (2012/2011/Overall Career Starts)
C: Alexa Peterson (53/48/102)
1B: Kailee Cuico (58/40/99)
2B: Kaylan Howard (60/52/168)
SS: Kelsey Chambers (60/54/221)
3B: Lindsey Chambers (18/7/81), Jamie Ray Sullivan(16/-/18)
OF: Allie Burger (48/52/151), Sara Goodrum (9/-/14)
OF: Janie Takeda (56/-/56)
OF: Samantha Pappas (58/50/170)
DP: Christie Nieto (34/5/86)


OREGON’S BIG DANCE SCORECARD
Oregon has played another of the four teams in its opening four-team side of the WCWS bracket - #2 seed Alabama – and fell to the then-No. 1 Tide, 5-1 in the Ducks’ home opener in early March. Among other teams in the World Series, UO split the regular season series with ASU (3-0 win, 7-4 loss) and went 1-2 vs. California (1-0 win, 8-1 and 10-0 losses).
   
Glancing at this year’s NCAA field, UO is 24-14 against the NCAA Tournament opening round advancers, including eight wins vs. Super Regional qualifiers - #1 California, #3 Arizona State, #6 Texas (twice), #9 Missouri, #13 Arizona (twice) and #16 Washington.

Ranked ninth nationally in the season’s final NCAA RPI ratings, UO shined against a tough regular season schedule and sported a 21-14 mark against returning NCAA qualifiers from last year, and a 15-12 record vs. top-25 teams.


THURSDAY’S GAME 1 RECAP vs. #3 seed ASU
In the team’s 3-1 loss to Arizona State, junior Jessica Moore (32-14) held one of the nation’s hitting teams to only three hits and one earned run.

UO scored its only run in the seventh inning after senior DP Christie Nieto led off with a double, and scored on an error by the second baseman. With runners on second and third base and no outs, freshman Sara Goodrum lined a shot down the left field line, but the third baseman snagged the catch and doubled up the runner off third base for the second out.


RECENT DUCK HEROES
Against #3 ASU Thursday in the WCWS opener, five Ducks hit safely once – second-team All-American and junior Samantha Pappas (1-for-3), sophomore catcher Alexa Peterson (1-for-2, BB), junior left fielder Allie Burger (1-for-2), freshman centerfielder Janie Takeda (1-for-2) and senior Christie Nieto (1-for-3).

At the plate last weekend in the Austin Super Regional, sophomores Kailee Cuico (.750, 3 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB) and Alexa Peterson (.556, 5H, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB) led UO in hitting. Three others topped .300 in the three-game series – junior Kaylan Howard (.417, 5H, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI), senior Kelsey Chambers (.364, 4H, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB) and freshman Janie Takeda (.333, 3H, 2BBB, 3 SB).

Overall for the seven games this postseason, here are UO’s leading hitters
- Alexa Peterson, So., C - .421, 8-for-19, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 3 BB, .500 OBP
- Janie Takeda, Fr. CF - .400, 8-for-20, 2B, BB, 4 SB, .450 SLG
- Kaylan Howard - .391, 9-for-23, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 5 RBI, 17 TB, 2 BB, .739 SLG
- Kailee Cuico, So., 1B - .357, 5-for-14, HR, 4 BB, .571 SLG
- Samantha Pappas, Jr., RF - .333, 9-for-27, 3 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 4 SB, .556 SLG
- Christie Nieto, Sr., DP – 5-for-16, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI, .625 SLG, 5 BB, .522 OBP
 

MOORE LEADS THE WAY
Third-team All-American and junior pitcher Jessica Moore (32-14) is 5-2 on this postseason, has pitched 47 of the team’s 48 innings, struck out 38, walked 19, allowed 46 hits, and made all seven starts. She has been the pitcher of record in all seven games, and freshman Karissa Hovinga pitched the other inning, and struck out one, walked none and allowed one hit and no runs.

Altogether in postseason action the last three years, she is 10-6, struck out 91 batters in her 98 innings, walked 31, and allowed 90 hits and 40 earned runs.

Helping Oregon to wins in all nine of her NCAA regional starts the past three seasons and both of its Super Regional victories this year, two-time All-Pac-12 First-Team honoree has positioned the Ducks for many of its most memorable moments.

This season she has staked all 15 of the team’s wins over top-25 opponents with her decisions over No. 1 California, No. 5 Arizona State, No. 7 Washington, No. 8 Texas (twice), No. 9 Missouri, No. 11 Arizona (twice), No. 14 Stanford (twice), No. 14 UCLA (twice), No. 21 Oklahoma State, No. 22 Nebraska, No. 24 North Carolina.

She has scored 19 wins vs. NCAA tourney returnees with other victories over BYU (twice), New Mexico State, Portland State (twice) and San Diego State (twice).

In the Texas Super Regional last weekend, Moore became the second hurler this year to beat the Longhorns twice (joining Mizzou’s Whitney Thomas) and staked the team’s first Super Regional wins in school history.

Two weeks ago, she pitched all 21 innings in team’s NCAA Regional wins over Portland State and BYU (twice) to lead team to third straight Super Regional trip.

In prior years, as a junior in 2011 was an All-Pac-12 and All-Region First Team selection. As a freshman in 2010, was an All-Region First-Team and All-Pac-12 Second-Team choice in 2010, and All-Pac-12 Freshman Team pick.

TOP DUCK PROFILE
Third-year head coach Mike White is widely regarded as one of finest-ever U.S. National Team players and pitching mentors. The 2009 International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame selection, also is well-known in the area as an integral part of two of Oregon’s greatest teams in 2003 and ‘04 and one of the West Coast’s top prep coaches.

Sporting a program-best 69.3 winning percentage as its head coach, White has compiled a 122-54 mark already after leading the Ducks to its first-ever Super Regional trips the last two seasons.

Oregon (44-17) is now 11-6 in the postseason under White, and its 44 wins this year ties for second-most in school history behind its 54 victories in its 72-game WCWS slate in ’89.


2012 INDIVIDUAL GAME HIGHS

BATTING
At bats:    5    (11 games)
Runs scored:    3    (7 games)
Hits:    4    Chambers, Kelsey vs San Jose St. (2/11/12 at Tempe)
RBIs:    5    Chambers, Kelsey vs San Jose St. (2/11/12 at Tempe)
Doubles:    2    Nieto, Christie at Utah (4/13/12)
    2    Howard, Kaylan vs PSU (4/18/12)
    2    Pappas, Samantha vs Seattle (5/2/12)
    2    Pappas, Samantha vs. BYU (5/19/12)
Triples:    1    (8 games )
Home runs:    2    Nieto, Christie at Utah (4/14/12)
    2    Chambers, Kelsey at Utah (4/15/12)
Total bases:    9    Melick, Hannah vs Cal Poly (2/26/12 at Palm Springs)
Walks:    3    Chambers, K. vs Northwestern (2/25 at Palm Springs)
Strikeouts:    3    (4 games)
Sac hits:    2    Takeda, Janie vs Seattle (5/2/12)
Sac flies:    1    (10 games)
Stolen bases:    3    Pappas, Samantha vs #14 UCLA (5/11/12)
Hit by pitch:    2    Nieto, Christie at #11 Arizona (4/28/12)
Caught stealing:    1    (21games)
Runners LOB:    5    Howard, Kaylan vs SDSU (2/12/12 at Tempe)
    5    Peterson, Alexa vs #24 UNC (3/4/12 at Orlando)


FIELDING
Putouts:    15    Peterson, Alexa vs #1 Alabama (3/13/12)
Assists:    8    Ceo, Courtney vs SDSU (2/12/12 at Tempe)
Errors:    3    Chambers, Kelsey vs #24 UNC (3/4/12 at Orlando)
    3    Sullivan, Jamie Ra vs #9 Missouri (5/5/12)
Passed balls:    2    Peterson, Alexa vs Virginia (3/4/12 at Orlando)
    2    Brenner, Liz vs PSU (4/18/12)

PITCHING
Innings pitched:    9.0    Moore, Jessica vs #7 Washington (4/11/12)
Runs allowed:    9    Moore, Jessica vs #14 UCLA (5/10/12)
Earned runs:    9    Moore, Jessica vs #14 UCLA (5/10/12)
Walks allowed:    7    Pappas, Samantha vs Boise State (3/28/12)
Strikeouts:    14    Moore, Jessica vs #1 Alabama (3/13/12)
Hits allowed:    13    Moore, Jessica at #14 Stanford (4/7/12)
Doubles allowed:    4    Moore, Jessica at #14 Stanford (4/7/12)
Triples allowed:    1    (7 games)
Homers allowed:    3    Hovinga, Karissa vs #1 Cal (4/22/12)
    3    Moore, Jessica at #11 Arizona (4/27/12)
    3    Moore, Jessica at #8 Texas (5/26/12)
Wild pitches:    2    Moore, Jessica vs New Mexico (2/10/12 at Tempe)
    2    Moore, Jessica vs Purdue (3/10/12 at Fresno)
Hit batters:    3    Moore, Jessica vs #9 Missouri (5/5/12)

 
2012 TEAM GAME HIGHS

BATTING
At bats:    35    at #14 Stanford (4/7/12)
    35    at #13 Arizona (Apr 28/12)
Runs scored:    14    vs Boise State (3/28/12)
Hits:    16    at #14 Stanford (4/7/12)
RBIs:    13    vs Boise State (3/28/12)Doubles:
Doubles:    5    vs Boise State (3/28/12)
    5    vs #5 Arizona State (3/31/12)
Triples:    1    (8 games)
Home runs:    4    at #14 Stanford (4/7/12)
    4    at Utah (4/15/12)
Total bases:    31    at #14 Stanford (4/07/12)
Walks:    11    vs Northwestern (2/25/12 at Palm Springs)
Strikeouts:    10    vs #1 Alabama (3/13/12)
    10    at #8 Texas (5/25/12)
Sac hits:    2    (7 games)
Sac flies:    1    (10 games)
Stolen bases:    5    vs SDSU (3/11/12 at Fresno)
    5    at #8 Texas (5/26/12)
Hit by pitch:    3    vs #9 Missouri (5/5/12)
Caught stealing:    2    vs Butler (3/9/12 at Fresno)
    2    at #11 Arizona (4/29/12)
Runners LOB:    12    vs SDSU (2/12/12 at Tempe)
    12    at #11 Arizona (4/28/12)
    12    vs Seattle (5/2/12)
Hit into DP:    2    (5 games)


FIELDING
Putouts:    27    vs #7 Washington (4/11/12)
Assists:    17    at #8 Texas (5/26/12)
Errors:    4    vs BYU (2/11/12 at Tempe)
    4    vs Illinois St. (3/2/12 at Orlando)
    4    vs #9 Missouri (5/5/12)
Passed balls:    2    vs Virginia (3/4/12 at Orlando)
DPs turned:    2    vs PSU (4/18/12)
    2    at Utah (4/15/12)

PITCHING
Innings pitched:    9.0    vs #7 Washington (4/11/12)
Runs allowed:    10    vs #1 Cal (4/22/12)
    10    vs #14 UCLA (5/10/12)
Earned runs:    10    vs #1 Cal (4/22/12)
    10    vs #14 UCLA (5/10/12)
Walks allowed:    10    vs Boise State (3/28/12)
Strikeouts:    14    vs #1 Alabama (3/13/12)
Hits allowed:    13    at #14 Stanford (4/07/12)
Doubles allowed:    4    at #14 Stanford (4/07/12)
Hits allowed:    13    at #14 Stanford (4/7/12)
Doubles allowed:    4    at #14 Stanford (4/7/12)
Triples allowed:    1    (7 games )
Homers allowed:    3    vs #1 California (4/22/12)
    3    at #11 Arizona (4/27/12)
    3    at #8 Texas (5/26/12)
Wild pitches:    2    vs New Mexico (2/10/12 at Tempe)
    2    vs Purdue (3/10/12 at Fresno)
Hit batters:    3    vs #9 Missouri (5/5/12)

 
 
OREGON POSTSEASON APPEARANCES  (* Regional Finalist; **Regional Champion)
(Regional Record: 31-21; Super Regional: 0-4; WCWS: 1-2; AIAW WS: 3-2)

 
REGIONAL

**1989 (3-1) - No. 5 Regional - Amherst, Mass.
Oregon 2, Massachusetts 0
Connecticut 2, Oregon 1
Oregon 3, Connecticut 2
Oregon 6, Connecticut 0

1990 (0-2) - No. 8 Regional - Columbus, Ohio
Kent State 3, Oregon 0
Ohio State 2, Oregon 0

1994 (2-2) - No. 3 Regional - Fresno, Calif.
Oregon 3, California 2
Fresno State 1, Oregon 0
Oregon 2, California 1 (20 innings)
Fresno State 5, Oregon 0

1998 (2-2) - No. 2 Regional - Lincoln, Neb.
Iowa 5, Oregon 2
Oregon 11, Coastal Carolina 3
Oregon 10, Iowa 9
Nebraska 9, Oregon 7

1999 (1-2) - No. 8 Regional - Chicago, Ill.
Illinois-Chicago 1, Oregon 0
Oregon 6, Texas 0
Michigan State 9, Oregon 1

2000 (2-2) - No. 5 Regional - Baton Rouge, La.
Southern Mississippi 3, Oregon 0
Oregon 4, Northwestern State 1
Oregon 4, Louisiana-Lafayette 3
Southern Mississippi 3, Oregon 1

*2003 (5-2) - No. 6 Regional - Fullerton, Calif.
No. 17 Oregon 10, Penn State 8
No. 11 Oklahoma State 2, No. 17 Oregon 1
No. 17 Oregon 4, San Diego State 1
No. 17 Oregon 2, No. 6 Cal State Fullerton 1
No. 17 Oregon 7, No. 11 Oklahoma St. 6 (12 innings)
No. 17 Oregon 9, No. 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 2
No. 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 6, No. 17 Oregon 4

*2004 (4-2) - No. 4 Regional - Tallahassee, Fla.
No. 12 Oregon 1, Bethune-Cookman 0
No. 12 Oregon 12, South Florida 0
No. 4 Florida State 5, No. 12 Oregon 4 (12 innings)
Oregon 2, No. 17 South Florida 1
No. 12 Oregon 1, No. 4 Florida State 0
No. 4 Florida State 2, No. 12 Oregon 0

*2005 (2-2) - No. 14 Region - Norman, Okla.
No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette 7, Oregon 5
Oregon 3, Wichita State 2 (8)
Oregon 3, No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette 1
No. 10 Oklahoma 2, Oregon 1

*2007 (2-2) - Columbia, S.C.
No. 20 Oregon 4, Penn State 0
No. 20 Oregon 8, South Carolina 4
South Carolina 2, No. 20 Oregon 0
South Carolina 4, No. 20 Oregon 3

*2008 (2-2) - Norman, Okla.
No. 7 Oklahoma 6, Oregon 0
Oregon 1, Tulsa 0
Oregon 3, Arkansas 0
No. 7 Oklahoma 11, Oregon 0

*2010 (3-0) - Atlanta, Ga.
Oregon 1, Auburn 0
Oregon 11, No. 7 seed Georgia Tech 2 (5)
Oregon 4, Georgia Tech 3 (8)

**2011 (3-0) - University Park, Pa.
Oregon 3, Albany 1
Oregon 2, Fordham 0
Oregon 3, Penn State 1

**2012 (3-0) - Eugene, Ore.
#11 seed Oregon 7, Portland State 3
#11 Oregon 6, BYU 4
#11 Oregon 4, BYU 1


SUPER REGIONAL

2010 (0-2) - Columbia, Mo.
#8 seed Missouri 1, Oregon 0
#8 Missouri 7, Oregon 3

2011 (0-2) – Gainesville, Fla.
#4 seed Florida 9, #13 seed Oregon 1
#4 Florida, 7, #13 Oregon 0

2012 (2-1) – Austin, Texas
#6 seed Texas 4, #11 Oregon 2
#11 Oregon 5, #6 Texas 4 (8)
#11 Oregon10, #6 Texas 6


WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

2012 (0-1) – Oklahoma City, Okla.
Arizona State 3, Oregon 1

1989 (1-2) - Sunnyvale, Calif.
Cal Poly Pomona 1, Oregon 0
Oregon 1, South Carolina 0
Arizona 4, Oregon 0


AIAW WORLD SERIES

1976 (1-2)
Minnesota 5, Oregon 1
Oregon 11, Maryville State 0
Indiana State 14, Oregon 6

1980 (2-2)
Oregon 7, Massachusetts 3
Utah State 5, Oregon 0
Oregon 2, SW Missouri State 1
Western Michigan 1, Oregon 0 (7th Place)