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THIS WEEK’S OREGON SOFTBALL ACTION
Tournament: Citrus Classic
Dates: Friday-Sunday, March 1-3
Locations: Walt Disney Sports Complex, Orlando
Tourney Website: www.d9events.com
Complete Schedule: http://bit.ly/YzZfNO

Tourney Schedule (All Times Pacific)
No. 11/11 LSU (14-2) - Fri. (3/1), 8 a.m. PT - *ESPN3.com*
Long Island (2-12) - Fri. (3/1), 10:15 a.m. PT
Boston College (3-2) - Sat. (3/2), 7 a.m. PT
Temple (1-3) - Sat. (3/2), 9:15 a.m. PT
No. 14/14 Michigan (10-3) - Sun (3/3), 6 a.m. PT
James Madison (7-3) - Sun. (3/3), 8:15 a.m. PT
 

SETTING THE STAGE
Looking ahead to its fourth of five season-opening tournaments, the No. 10-ranked University of Oregon softball team (13-3) heads to the Citrus Classic in Orlando this Friday-Sunday, March 1-3.

Over the course of three days, UO will play six games in three days at the ESPN Sports Complex, including one against fellow returning World Series returnee LSU, Super Regional advancer Michigan and NCAA veteran Long Island.

In this week’s two national polls – two of this week’s foes stood top 15 – No. 11/11 LSU and No. 14/14 Michigan – while James Madison also picked up votes.

UO will make its third straight trip to the event after it went 4-2 in 2011 and 5-1 in 2012. UO has faced one of this weekend’s rivals before in head coach Mike White’s four-year tenure, and beat Long Island, 3-1, in 2010 in Palm Springs.


AROUND THE CORNER
Next week, the Ducks have one final warm-weather tournament in Fresno (March 8-9) with tilts vs. NCAA tourney returnee San Diego State and Fresno State, Iowa State and St. Mary’s.

UO's home opener at Howe Field is two weeks away – a doubleheader vs. New Mexico, Wednesday, March 13 – and its first Pac-12 series is the following weekend at home vs. Stanford (Sat.-Mon., March 23-25).

Altogether, Oregon's schedule is one of the nation's toughest and features 32 of its 56 games against NCAA tourney qualifiers from last year (including five Women's College World Series qualifiers).


RECENT DUCK STARTERS (2013/2012/Overall Career Starts - All Positions)
C: Alexa Peterson (14/57/119), Janelle Lindvall (12/-/12)
1B: Kailee Cuico (16/61/117)
2B: Kaylan Howard (16/62/186)
SS: Courtney Ceo (16/36/107)
3B: Koral Costa (7/-/7), Jamie Rae Sullivan (7/18/25)
LF: Allie Burger (6/50/164), Danica Mercado (11/-/11)
CF: Janie Takeda (16/58/74)
RF: Samantha Pappas (11/60/180), Danica Mercado (11/-/11)


RECENT DUCK ACTION
The Ducks went 5-0 in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic near Palm Springs last weekend – their fifth perfect tourney showing under Mike White.

Oregon scored wins over returning Mountain West Conference champion San Diego State (3-1) and UNLV (4-2) on Sunday, Cal Poly (2-1) and Nebraska (11-2 (6 innings)) on Saturday, and Virginia on Friday (13-0 (5 innings)). The Huskers made their first top 25 appearance this week, while UO held Cal Poly shy of its third upset of a top-20 team after it had recently beaten Washington and Georgia.


DUCK TRACKS
Overall for the five games at the Big League Dreams Park near Palm Springs, two Oregon starters topped .400 with their 6-for-15 weekends – senior second baseman Kaylan Howard (HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB) and junior shortstop Courtney Ceo (2B, 2 RBI, BB, 2 SB).

Four others starters topped .300 – freshman catcher Janelle Lindvall (.385, 5-for-13, 2 RBI, 2 BB), junior first baseman Kailee Cuico (.385, 5-for-13, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 12 RBI), senior center fielder Janie Takeda (.353, 6-for-17, 3B, HR, 5 RBI, SB) and freshman utility player Koral Costa (.300, 3-for-10, RBI, BB).

Staking a 3-0 mark, All-American nad senior Jessica Moore logged a 1.31 ERA, 19 strikeouts, four walks and seven hits in her 16.0 innings, and held foes to a .130 hitting mark.

Posting a 0.00 ERA and allowing only one hit for the second straight tourney, freshman left-hander Cheridan Hawkins went 2-0 in the circle. She ended with 15 strikeouts and three walks in her 11.0 innings, and held opponents to a .030 batting average.

Duck game-winning RBI’s last weekend went to:
- Virginia  (13-0, 2/22/13) – Janie Takeda one-run triple down RF line, 1st inning (0 out)
- Cal Poly (2-1, 2/23/13) – Courtney Ceo double down left field line, 5th inning (1 out)
- Nebraska (11-2, 2/23/13) – Kailee Cuico two-run homer to RCF, 1st inning (2 outs)
- UNLV (4-2, 2/23/13) - no game-winning RBI (Howard scored on throwing error by 3B on FC by Mercado, 3rd inning (2 outs))
- SDSU (3-1, 2/24/13) – Janie Takeda single to right side, 3rd inning (2 outs)


MORE TEAM NOTES
- Three Duck starters are hitting +.400 this season – sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda (.449, 22H, 12 RBI, 9SB), junior catcher Alexa Peterson (.412, 14 H, 3 HR, 10 RBI) and junior shortstop Courtney Ceo (.408, 20H, HR, 9 RBI, 6SB).

- Junior Kailee Cuico owns the team’s longest hitting streak of the season – currently 11 games strong. Cuico also had the team’s second-longest in ’12 (13 games) behind Kaylan Howard (15), while Samantha Pappas owned the longest streak in ’11 (12 games) and ’10 (15).

- In the circle, freshman Cheridan Hawkins has not allowed an earned run for 25 straight innings since her first collegiate start vs. No. 1 Oklahoma on Feb. 9.

- Duck pitchers are holding opposing hitters to a .170 hitting mark – the team’s best since the start of Pac-12 play, and ahead of its marks in 1985 and ’87 (.176 / .179).

- The Duck offense has eight different players that have knocked in game-winning RBI’s already this year – Kailee Cuico 3, Courtney Ceo 2, Janie Takeda 2, Koral Costa 1, Sara Goodrum 1, Danica Mercado 1, Alexa Peterson 1 and Jamie Rae Sullivan 1.

- Thanks to Janie Takeda’s first collegiate homer at Palm Springs, eight different players have combined for 17 homers this year – Cuico (4), Kaylan Howard (3), Alexa Peterson (3), Janelle Lindvall (2), Ceo (1), Koral Costa (1), Stevie Jo Knapp (1), Karine Shaver (1). Four of those Ducks are frosh – Lindvall, Costa, Knapp and Shaver - and Knapp’s came in her first collegiate at-bat.

- UO’s all-time best homer per game season average is 1.22 (from 2011), and this year’s average ( 1.06) ranks second-best.

- The Ducks are leading the Pac-12 in stolen bases (26) this year – three more than second-best Stanford. UO’s 1.625 per game average is third-best in school history behind its marks in 2008 (2.20) and ‘07 (2.11).


2012 DISNEY REWIND
Last year in Orlando, then-No. 18 Oregon went 5-1 with its wins over then-No. 24 North Carolina (5-4), Illinois State (5-2), Pittsburgh (3-2), Purdue (8-1) and Virginia (6-2), and its only loss came to World Series returnee and then-No. 10 Baylor (2-1).

Then-senior shortstop Kelsey Chambers knocked in game-winning RBI in Oregon's first three-games of the weekend, thanks to her first-inning double and ground-out vs. Illinois State and Purdue, and her eighth-inning single against Pittsburgh. In the tourney finale, second baseman Kaylan Howard added another dramatic homer with her two-run, seventh-inning shot vs. No. 24 UNC.

Outfielder Allie Burger added the weekend's other game-winner with her three-run, second-inning triple vs. Virginia, and the Spokane, Wash., led UO in batting combined for the six tourney games  (.500, 4-for-8, 1 walk).

Two other starters topped .300 on the trip – outfielders Samantha Pappas (.412, 7-for-17, 1 2B, 1 RBI) and Janie Takeda (.368, 7-for-19, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB). First baseman Kailee Cuico also homered vs. Purdue, knocked in a weekend-best 6 RBI (tying with Chambers) and walked a team-high five times.

In the circle, Jessica Moore went 3-1 on the weekend, struck out 26, walked seven, and allowed 21 hits in 29.2 innings. Karissa Hovinga won both of her starts vs. eventual NCAA tourney advancer Illinois State and Purdue, and struck out seven, walked none, and gave up nine hits in her 11.1 innings.


DUCK 2013 TEAM PREVIEW
Boasting arguably its deepest roster ever, the World Series returnee Ducks returns starters at seven of the eight field positions, and both of its pitchers from last year - senior Jessica Moore and sophomore Karissa Hovinga.

The returning Third-Team All-American from Sutter, Calif., Moore is already the school career record for wins (80) and strikeouts (768), and owns its top-three season strikeout totals (256, 2012; 238, second ‘10; 224, third, ‘11).

Hovinga made three appearances for the Canadian National Team in the World Championships last summer and won both of her starts.

UO sports another All-America returnee in senior Samantha Pappas – the first Duck outfielder to claim All-America honors with her second-team national nod in 2012.

In January, Moore and Pappas were tabbed to the 2013 USA Softball Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List. Subsequent finalist lists will be released on April 10 (Top 25), May 8 (Top 10) and May 22 (Top 3), while the winner will be announced on May 28 before the Women’s College World Series.

Six other Duck returnees have earned various conference and region honors - senior outfielders Allie Burger (All-Region Second Team, All-Pac-12 Freshman Team) and infielder Kaylan Howard (All-Pac-12 Second Team, All-Region First Team), and junior infielders Courtney Ceo (All-Region Second Team, All-Pac-12 Freshman Team), Kailee Cuico (All-Region Second Team) and Alexa Peterson (All-Region First Team, Pac-12 All-Freshman Team) and sophomore outfielder Janie Takeda (Pac-12 All-Freshman Team).


NEW TO THE FOLD

The Ducks said farewell to four seniors last season, yet welcome a talented seven-person newcomer class that featured four players on the ESPN.com Top 100 recruit list – third-most nationally.

That quartet includes catcher Janelle Lindvall (#9, Stevenson Ranch, Calif.), left-handed pitcher Cheridan Hawkins (#11, Anderson, Calif.), infielder Danica Mercado (#27, Temecula, Calif.) and utility player Koral Costa (#63, San Pedro, Calif.).

UO’s other three heralded additions include infielders Stevie Jo Knapp (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Karine Shaver (Waipahu, Hawai’i), and redshirt freshman outfielder Alyssa Gillespie (Hillsboro, Ore.) – a former Gatorade prep state player of the year.


UPCOMING OPPONENT NOTES

Louisiana State University (11-1)
Last weekend in Palm Springs, the returning WCWS advancer went 4-1 with wins over a pair of NCAA returnees – then-No. 14 Arizona (3-0) and BYU (10-6) - and Ohio State (7-0) UNLV (6-1), while its loss came to then-No. 16 UCLA (2-0). … LSU returns 12 letterwinners and five starters from last year’s squad that made the team’s third-ever World Series trip and went 40-25 overall (and sported a 15-13 SEC mark.) … Senior pitcher Rachele Fico was a first-team All-American last year after she ranked top five nationally in ERA (fourth, 1.12) and shutouts (fifth, 13). Last year, sophomore outfielder A.J. Andrews was an All-SEC Freshman Team pick, and redshirt junior utility player Allison Falcon ranked second on the team in batting (.252), homers (3) and RBI (23). The team also welcomes three players that were ESPN top-100 recruits last year in freshman infielders Bianka Bell, Sandra Simmons and Hailey Smith.  … Head Coach Beth Torina is in her second season in Baton Rouge, after she served as a head coach at Florida International (2008-11), and assistant coach at Houston (2003-07) and  Stetson (2000-02).

Top Tiger Players (Notable 2013 Stats)
Bianka Bell, Fr., IF - .372, 16H, 2B, 2 HR, 3 SB
Allison Falcon, RJR., UT - .360, 18H, 5 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI
Jacee Blades, Jr., UT - .356, 16H, 2 2B, 3 SB
A.J. Andrews, So., OF - .346, 18H, 2B, 6 SB
Sandra Simmons, Fr., IF - .263, 3 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI
Tammy Wray, Jr., IF - .227, 3 HR, 11 RBI
Rachele Fico, Sr., RHP – 0.60, 9-1, 58.2 IP, 75 SO, 15 BB, 27 H
Meghan Patterson, Jr., RHP – 1.79, 3-1, 31.1 IP, 26 SO, 5 BB, 23 H


LIU Brooklyn (2-12)
The Blackbirds staked both of its wins two weeks ago at Florida Atlantic vs. then-No. 14 Michigan (2-1) and FAU (7-4). … The squad returns eight starters and 12 letterwinners from last year’s team that went 25-35 overall and placed third in the Northeast Conference with a 13-7 mark. … Sophomore catcher/infielder Nichole Toven and senior outfielder Karina Cervantes are former First-Team All-NEC First-Team choices, and senior first baseman Emily Kakuska was an NEC All-Tournament Team choice. Last year, Toven led the team in batting (.316), and senior catcher Emily Kakuska topped the doubles category (12). Redshirt junior right-hander Cassie Vondrak is the team’s top pitcher from last year, and worked 138.1 of its 398 innings (194 SO, 136 BB, 470 H). … Head Coach  Roy Kortmann is in his 19th year at the helm and has guided the team to a 518-417-2 mark. 

Top Blackbird Players (Notable 2013 Stats)
Lauren Morizi, RJr., SS - .400, 16H, 3 SB, 6 RBI, 5 BB
Emily Kakuska, C, Sr. - .400, 14H, 6 RBI, 4BB
Whitney West, Fr. OF - .296,, 8H, 4 SB
Karina Cervantes, Sr., OF - .275, 14H, 3 2B, 2 3B, 3 RBI
Cassie Vondrak, RJr., RHP – 4.38, 2-7, 56 IP, 19 SO, 26 BB, 74 H
Heather White, RSo., 3B/2B – 10.71, 0-4, 16.1 IP, 6 SO, 33 BB, 23H


Boston College (3-2)
Last weekend at UT-Chattanooga, the Eagles opened their season with wins over Miami of Ohio (6-5), Chattanooga (6-1) and Toledo (13-4 (5)) and losses to Missouri State (10-7) and Ohio (8-6). …  The team returns a pair of All-ACC picks from last season - first-team pitcher Nicole D’Argento and second-team infielder Andrea Filler. … Second-year head coach Ashley Obrest led the team to a 23-30 mark last year - its first 20-win season in five years – and an upset of NCAA advancer and top-25 North Carolina. The year before at Colgate, she guided the team to a Patriot League title (and 16-3 mark), and posted the most overall wins by a first-year head coach (27) in school history.

Top Eagle Players (Notable 2013 Stats)
C.J. Chirichigno, So., IF - .571, 8H, 3 2B, 5 RBI, 4 SB
Tory Speer, Jr., OF/1B - .421, 8H, 2 2B, 3 HR
Megan Cooley, Fr., OF - .412, 7H, 3 SB
Andrea Filler, So., IF/RHP - .385, 5H, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 4.88 ERA, 1-1, 14.1 IP, 5 SO, 10 BB, 12H
Alana DiMaso, Jr., UT - .313, 5H, 2 2B, HR, 2BB
Chelsea Dimon, So., P/1B – 5.60, 2-1, 10 IP, 4 SO, 7 BB, 11 H
 

Temple (1-3)
The Owls opened their season in Elon, N.C., last weekend with a win over St. Peter’s (12-2) and losses to Hampton (8-4, 5-1) and Elon (8-3). … Earlier this year, Temple was picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic-10 preseason coaches poll. … Senior catcher/first baseman Kayla Cook ranked 16th nationally in runs per game last year with her school season record (47). … Junior shortstop Sarah Prezioso topped the team in batting (.351) in 2012, and her 39 RBI and 54 hits ranked second- and sixth-best all-time for the Owls. Junior catcher Stephanie Pasquale is a two-time all-league pick. She ranked second on the squad last year in batting (.319), and her 14 doubles tied the team school season record.… Junior right-hander Brooklin White is an A-10 preseason all-league second-team pick after she went 14-11 last year with three shutouts. …  Fifth-year head coach Joe DiPietro led the team to a 27-22 mark last year and 12-6 conference ledger.

Top Owl Players (Notable 2013 Stats)
Gina Sciarrone, Sr., 1B/DH -  .600, 3H, 2 RBI
Lacey McKeon, So., OF - .385, 5H, RBI, 3 BB, SB
Sarah Prezioso, Jr., SS - .333, 4H, HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB
Kayla Cook, Sr., C/1B - .250, HR, RBI
Jessica Tolmie, Fr., P/1B – 2.80, 1-0, 5 IP, 4 SO, 3 BB, 2 H, .125
Kelsey Dominik, Fr., IF – 5.00, 0-0, 7.0 IP, 2 SO, 6 BB, 11 H, .355
Jessica Mahoney, So. P – 9.55, 0-1, 7.1 IP, 6 SO, 5 BB, 13H, .394


Michigan (10-3)
The Wolverines come off a 42-17 mark last season and a fifth straight Big Ten title (thanks to a 18-5 conference mark.) … Last weekend, the Wolverines went 4-1 in the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Fla., with wins over then-No. 12 Louisiana-Lafyette (3-1), Illinois State (11-9 (10 innings)), UC Davis (6-0) and Hofstra (3-0), and lost to DePaul (4-3). … Sara Driesenga threw a no-hitter earlier this year vs. Hofstra, and also struck out a career-high 13 batters in a10-inning win vs. Illinois State. Senior second baseman Ashley Lane has 31 career homers and ranks sixth all-time in school history (while she hit 18 last season). Driesenga and sophomore left-handed pitcher Haylie Wagner are returning All-Big-Ten First-Team choices, while junior outfielder Nicole Sappingfield and Lane were Second- and Third-Team honorees. Last month, Wagner was tabbed to the USA Softball Player of the Year Watch list after she logged a 32-7 mark last year and 1.53 ERA. … Head Coach Carol Hutchins is in her 29th year at the helm and is one of six Division 1 coaches to win 1,000 games. The NFCA Hall of Fame member has led the Wolverines to 15 league titles the last 20 years, and WCWS trips in nine of the last 17 seasons (including a national title in 2005). Her players have racked up 50 All-America honors, 16 Big Ten Player of the Year and 13 Pitcher of the Year accolades and 153 All-Big Ten honors.

Top Wolverine Players (Notable 2013 Stats)
Caitlin Blanchard, Jr., C - .400, 14H, 3 2B, 5 RBI
Amy Knapp, Sr., SS - .375, 12H, 2B, 5 BB, 2 SB
Sierra Lawrence, Fr., SS/OF  - .371, 13H, 2B, 2 3B, HR, 7 RBI, 3 SB
Sara Driesenga, So., RHP - .367, 11H, 2B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 0.88 ERA, 9-2, 71.2 IP, 63 SO, 9 BB, 50 H
Ashley Lane, Sr., IF - .361, 13H, 2 HR
Sierra Romero, Fr., 2B/SS - .310, 13H, 3 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 13 RBI
Lyndsay Doyle, Jr., OF - .308, 12H, 6 SB
Stephanie Speierman, Sr., RHP – 1.97, 1-0, 10.2 IP, 2 SO, 4 BB
 

James Madison (7-3)
The Dukies come off 3-2 mark last weekend in Clearwater, Fla., with wins over DePaul (7-5), UC Davis (4-3 (8 innings)) and then-No. 14 South Florida (1-0), and losses to Indiana (3-1) and then-No. 12 Louisiana-Lafayette (9-1). … The team was picked second in the Colonial Athletic Association preseason coaches poll after it went 30-26 last year and finished second in the league (with a 15-5 mark). … Among the team’s 14 returning letterwinners and seven position starters, JMU returns four players that were All-CAA picks in 2012 – the first-team pair of outfielder Morgan Heath and pitcher Heather Kiefer, and second-team duo of third baseman Caitlin Sandy and DP/pitcher Sarah Mooney. Kiefer was the CAA Rookie of the Year last year after she ranked 75th nationally in ERA (1.96) last year, and went 14-6, struck out 95, walked 41 and allowed 132 hits in 143 innings.  … Head Coach Mickey Dean is in his first season at JMU after he led Radford to four Big South regular season championships and two league tourney titles. The four-time Big South Coach of the Year staked a 241-116 mark from 2007-12, and coached 14 All-Region choices and one All-American.

Top Dukie Players (Notable 2013 Stats)
Erica Field, Fr., UT - .485, 16H, 3 2B, 10 RBI, 4 SB
Jailyn Ford, Fr., P/1B - .387, 12H, 4 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 3 SB, 0.94 ERA, 3-0, 22.1 IP, 27 SO, 7 BB, 12H
Jasmine Butler, Sr., OF - .364, 12H, 2B, 6 SB
Sarah Mooney, So., C/RHP - .357, 10H, 2 2B, HR, 8 RBI, 4 SB
Morgan Heath, So., OF - .286, 10H, 3 2B, 5 RBI, 4 SB
Heather Kiefer, So., RHP – 2.03, 2-1, 20.2 IP, 11 SO, 6 BB, 20H
 

ALL-TIME DUCK-OPPONENT SERIES RESULTS
 
Boston College
Series Record: Oregon leads, 2-0
3/8/2002 vs. Boston College     W, 3-0
3/9/2002 vs. Boston College     W, 3-1

James Madison
Series Record: Oregon leads, 1-0
3/2/2008 vs. James Madison     W, 7-2

Long Island
Series Record: Oregon leads, 3-0
2/26/2010 vs. Long Island    W, 3-1
2/22/2008 vs. Long Island    W, 2-1
3/13/2004 vs. Long Island & (UO #16)     W, 9-1

Louisiana State
First Meeting

Michigan
Series Record: Michigan leads, 4-2
2/13/2005 vs. #8 Michigan (UO #13)     L, 0-9
3/20/1999 vs. Michigan     L, 3-7
2/19/1995 vs. Michigan     L, 3-4
2/20/1994 vs. Michigan     L, 0-2
2/20/1994 vs. Michigan     W, 2-1
2/15/2003 vs. #4 Michigan     W, 8-7

Temple
Series Record: Oregon leads, 1-0
3/5/2004 vs. Temple% (UO #14)     W, 6-23

 
AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH
Winning all three of her starts last weekend in Palm Springs, returning All-American Jessica Moore moved atop the Oregon all-time list for career appearances (145) past former great Connie McMurren (second, 142). Moore also became the first Duck to stake 80 wins in a career, and also moved to second all-time in innings (750.1) past Susan Voeller (third, 735.0).

Altogether, eight current Ducks stand top 10 in several career/season/game offensive categories, and a complete list follows.
 
 
UO ALL-TIME HITTING CHARTS

Allie Burger
Season
Triples – 6th, 4, 2010
Batting – 11th, .387, 2010

Game
Stolen Bases – 4th-t, 3, vs. Utah State, 3/20/11
RBI - 10th-t, 5, vs. Oregon State, 4/3/10

Courtney Ceo
Career
Batting – 3rd, .365

Game
Hits - 2nd-t, 4, vs. Arkansas, 2/19/11

Kailee Cuico
Season
RBI – 3rd, 53, 2012 (2nd is 61, 1st is 73)
Homers – 7th, 12, 2012 (6th is 13, 4th is 14, 3rd is 15)
Walks – 7th, 31, 2012 (6th is 32, 5th is 33, 3rd is 37)

Game
Doubles – 1st-t, 3 vs. Utah State, 3/20/11
RBI – 10th-t, 5 vs. Long Beach State, 2/15/13

Kaylan Howard
Career
Home Runs – 8th, 28 (7th is 30, 6th is 31,)

Season
Extra-Base Hits – 3rd-t, 29, 2012 (2nd is 30, 1st is 31)
RBI – 4th, 52, 2012 (3rd is 53, 2nd is 61, 1st is 73)
Doubles – 5th, 15, 2012 (2nd is 16, 1st is 18)
Total Bases – 5th-t, 116 (4th is 117, 3rd is 120, 2nd is 127)
Home Runs – 7th-t, 12, 2012 (6th is 13, 4th is 14)
Slugging – 10th, .641 (9th is .643; 8th is .660)

Game
Doubles – 3rd-t, 2, vs. Portland State, 4/18/12; vs. SJSU, 2/9/13
RBI – 10th-t, 5, at #7 Georgia Tech, 5/22/10


Samantha Pappas
Career
Batting – 4th, .356
Homers – 7th, 30 (6th is 31, 5th is 33, 2nd is 35)
RBI – 6th, 121 (5th is 136, 4th is 138, 3rd is 141)
Walks – 5th, 76 (4th is 86, 2nd-tie is 96)
Stolen Bases – 10th, 51 (8th-tied is 52, 6th is 58, 5th is 60)

Season
Doubles – 2nd, 16-tied, 2012
RBI – 3rd, 48, 2010
Slugging – 5th, .675, 2012
Extra-Base Hits – 6th, 27, 2012
Total Bases – 7th, 114, 2012
Batting – 7th, .396, 2012
Slugging – 7th, .641, 2010
Total Bases – 7th-t, 107, 2010
Home Runs – 8th-t, 11, 2010
Hits – 9th, 67
Stolen Bases – 12th-t, 21, 2012
Batting – 12th, .383, 2010

Game
Stolen Bases – 4th-t, 3, vs. N. Texas, 2/12/11
RBI - 10th-t, 5, 3/26/10
*Doubles – 3rd-t, 2 vs. Seattle, 5/2/12

Alexa Peterson
Game
Home Runs – 3rd-t, 2, vs. Nevada, 2/18/11


UO ALL-TIME PITCHING CHARTS

Jessica Moore
Career
Strikeouts – 1st, 768 (2nd is 584)
Wins – 1st, 80 (2nd is 73)
Shutouts – 5th, 15 (4th is 18, 3rd is 21, 2nd is 22, 1st is 31)
Appearances – 1st, 145 (2nd-t is 142)
Innings – 2nd, 750.1 (1st is 783.0)
Complete Games – 6th, 66 (5th is 76, 4th is 80, 3rd is 82)

Season
Strikeouts – 1st, 244, 2012 (2nd is 238)
Wins – 2nd, 32, 2012 (1st is 42)
Starts – 2nd, 44, 2012 (1st is 53)
Appearances – 2nd, 49, 2012 (1st is 61)
Innings – 2nd, 285.2, 2012 (1st is 361.2)
Complete Games – 4th, 31, 2012 (4th is 30, 3rd is 32)
Strikeouts, 1st, 238, 2010
Strikeouts – 3rd, 224, 2011
Wins – 3rd-t, 24, 2011
Wins – 15th, 16, 2010
Appearances – 8th-t, 41, 2010, ‘11
Starts – 6th, 36, 2011

Game
Strikeouts – 3rd, 14, vs. No. 1 Alabama, 3/13/12
Strikeouts – 3rd, 14, vs. Portland State, 5/6/10
Strikeouts – 4th, 13, vs. No. 3 Arizona, 5/7/10
Strikeouts – 5t, 12, vs. Creighton, 2/12/10
Strikeouts – 5t, 1, vs. Cal Poly, 3/6/10
Strikeouts – 5t, 12, vs. No. 16 BYU, 2/10/11
Strikeouts – 11t, 11, vs. No. 19 Texas A&M, 2/25/11
Strikeouts – 11t, 11, vs. North Carolina, 3/4/11
Strikeouts – 11th, 11, vs. Fordham, 5/21/11
Strikeouts – 18t, 10, vs. Hawai’i, 2/26/10
Strikeouts – 18t, 10, at PSU, 3/23/10
Strikeouts – 18t, 10, at Oregon State, 4/1/10


Cheridan Hawkins
Game
Strikeouts – 18th, 10, vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 2/16/13


IN THE POLLS
Oregon claimed its fifth straight top-10 national ranking in the regular season’s third editions released Tuesday.

Dropping a spot in both the NFCA and USA Softball editions, No. 10/12 UO was one of four top-10 ranked teams in the Pac-12 this week with a pair of fellow WCWS returnees - No. 3/3 Arizona State and No. 8/7 California - and No. 12/10 UCLA.

Overall, Oregon was one of eight league members that ranked top 25 nationally this week with No. 16/15 Stanford, No. 18/18 Washington, No. 17/21 Arizona and No. 24/- Oregon State.

For comparison's sake, a complete list of Pac-12 rankings from the previous edition follows: No. 3/3 Arizona State, No. 8/8 California, No. 9/11 Oregon, No. 14/19 Arizona, No. 16/13 UCLA, No. 20/17 Stanford, No. 22/22 Washington and Oregon State (received votes).

Six other Duck non-conference foes in 2013 were also tabbed top 25 this week by the NFCA/USA Softball – No. 2/1 Oklahoma, No. 4/4 Florida, No. 11/11 LSU, No. 14/14 Michigan, No. 20/22 Hawai’i and No. -/25 Nebraska.

Overall in the top five, the top two teams stayed the same - No. 1/2 Alabama and No. 2/1 Oklahoma. No. 4/4 Florida and No. 5/8 Texas each improved a spot in the NFCA edition, while No. 9/5 Texas A&M jumped four spots in the USA Softball version.

Altogether, Oregon has now been ranked for 44 straight polls by USA Softball and 39 by the NFCA, and its week-by-week USA SB/ NFCA rankings in that stretch follow: 2013 – Preseason 6/5, 2/12 7/9, 2/19 9/11. 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; 5/16 12/12; 6/12 5/5. 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.

Complete NFCA and USA Softball polls are available at the https://nfca.org/index.php/polls and http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=7248 URL addresses.


SKED CRED
The Ducks face another grueling regular season slate in 2013 with 32 of its 56 games this spring against 16 returning tournament qualifiers from last year’s NCAA tournament field.

Among the Ducks’ 56 games against 36 opponents, UO will face four other WCWS returnees in national runner-up Oklahoma, Arizona State, California and LSU.

The Ducks will face three other Super Regional advancers (Arizona, Michigan, Washington), four more NCAA Regional finalists (Florida, Oregon State, San Diego State, Stanford) and five other NCAA tourney qualifiers (Hawai’i, Long Beach State, Long Island, Portland State and UCLA).

Among the team’s 19 other foes this spring, six others were recent NCAA tourney advancers, including Nebraska (’11, ’10, ‘09), Western Michigan (’11), Virginia (’10), Cal Poly (’09), Cal State Fullerton (’09) and UNLV (’09).

Glancing at this week’s national polls, the Ducks will play 11 teams ranked top 25 by the NFCA/USA Softball this season –  No. 2/1 Oklahoma, No. 3/3 Arizona State, No. 5/5 Florida, No. 8/8 California, No. 11/10 LSU, No. 14/19 Arizona, No. 15/15 Michigan, No. 16/13 UCLA, No. 19/20 Hawai’i, No. 20/17 Stanford and No. 22/22 Washington.

An eighth league team (Oregon State) received votes in the NFCA poll, and Nebraska and San Diego State received votes in the USA Softball edition.


2012 – ANOTHER MEMORABLE SEASON
Last spring, Oregon (45-18, 13-9) ended the season ranked a best-ever fifth nationally in the USA Softball and NFCA polls – also the third straight season it ended the slate top 15 in both. Oregon opened the campaign tabbed No. 11 and No. 16, respectably, and stood top 25 all season long.

UO staked its second-most wins ever (45) and placed third in the nation’s top softball conference. The Ducks staked back-to-back top-three Pac-12 finishes for the first time since the Pac-12 expanded to eight teams in 1994. Oregon also beat every league rival in the same season for the third time in that stretch.

Among other conference notes, UO won season series vs. both UCLA and Arizona for the second straight season and third and fourth times ever vs. the 11- and eight-time national champions, respectively. Oregon also topped Stanford in the season series for the second straight year and ninth time overall.

Making its 14th-ever regional trip (and hosting for the first time ever), UO went 3-0 for the third straight year under head coach Mike White, thanks to its mid-May wins at Howe Field vs. Portland State (7-3) and BYU (6-4, 4-1). In late May in Austin, #11 seed Oregon registered its first-ever NCAA Super Regional victories en route to a 2-1 mark and upset of #6 seed Texas (L: 3-1; W: 5-4 (8 innings), 10-6).

Under White, Oregon is now 12-7 in the postseason since 2010 thanks to its 6-3 mark in 2012. In comparison, it went 25-21 in its 11 combined prior postseason trips since 1989.

Overall, UO went 25-15 against NCAA tourney advancers, and 16-13 vs. top-25 teams in 2012, including a 1-0 win mid-April vs. then-No. 1 California (its second upset of a top-ranked foe in White’s tenure).

Last year's Duck offense broke school records for RBI (335) and runs (363), and stood second all-time in batting (.308), doubles (90) and total bases (824), and third in hits (520), walks (207), runs per game (5.76), doubles per game (1.43) and RBI per game (5.32). In the circle, the Ducks' 45 wins in a 63-game season ranked second-best all-time behind its 54 victories in in 1989’s 72-game campaign.


HOME SWEET HOWE
Oregon points towards another impressive home schedule this season with its home opener set for Wednesday, March 13 – a doubleheader vs. New Mexico.

Later this spring, UO also points towards three-game home league series vs. Stanford (Sat.-Mon., 3/23-25), Utah (Tue.-Wed., 4/2-3), Arizona (Fri.-Sun., 4/12-14) and Oregon State (Fri.-Sun., 5/3-5), and another non-conference doubleheader vs. Seattle (Wed., 5/1).

The Ducks come off one of their most exciting home slates in 2012, after they went 16-8 in the friendly confines of Howe Field. Oregon hosted its first-ever postseason games and went 3-0 in NCAA Regional play with wins over BYU (twice) and Portland State. In prior months, the Ducks won season series vs. then-No. 14 UCLA (2-1), Boise State (3-0), Portland State (2-0) and Seattle (2-0), and tied season series (1-1) with recent national champions and then-No. 5 Arizona State and then-No. 7 Washington. UO also upset its second top-ranked foe in head coach Mike White’s tenure (California, 1-0), and added another win vs. a top-10 foe and World Series returnee in Missouri.

Sporting a 12-4 home record in 2011, UO ended 15- and 10-game losing streaks to then-No. 12 UCLA and then-No. 10 Stanford in that May, and took each season series for the first time since 2005 and ’07, respectively. In mid-April, UO celebrated its first series sweep of Oregon State since 1994, and third ever. Two weeks before, Oregon’s 2-1 win vs. then-No. 3 ASU in early April marked its seventh top-10 ranked Pac-11 victim at Howe Field the past two years. Earlier this season, UO went 4-0 in non-conference action vs. Weber State (6-1, 6-2) and Utah State (11-3, 9-0).

In 2010, the Ducks went 14-5 in the friendly confines after they rattled off a 12-0 start, then staked at least one win in every home series against the nation's top conference. Oregon's perfect early season run included its first-ever sweep of then-No. 13 Cal in April. The following weekend, UO beat its first top-ranked team, then-No. 1 Washington, since 2004, with its 4-0 victory against the returning national player of the year Danielle Lawrie. Oregon’s other league home victories came vs. then-No. 3 Arizona (2-1) in nine innings when Neena Bryant hit a two-run shot off another of the nation’s top pitchers, Kenzie Fowler.


NATIONAL / REGION / PAC-12 HONOR ROLL
Last May, Oregon was one of five programs nationally (and three in the Pac-12 with ASU and UCLA) that placed all six of its NFCA All-Region nominees on first and second teams, and senior Samantha Pappas and Jessica Moore went on to score second- and third-team All-America honors. UO now has 10 all-time All-America honors altogether, and Pappas was the first Duck outfield recipient, while Moore was the fourth Oregon pitcher.

Altogether during third-year head coach Mike White’s tenure, the Ducks have claimed seven of their 19 first-team all-time selections (and six of its 25 second-team choices) in the honor dating back to 1988. Oregon’s previous All-Region selection record (5) came in ’89, the year it advanced to the Women’s College World Series. That team featured four first-team and one second-team selections.

Among conference honors, 11 players were honored to various All-Pac-12 teams in 2012. All-time for Oregon, UO has racked up 21 first-team honors and 37 second-team selections in the award based on a vote by league head coaches.

A list of current Ducks’ all-time All-Region and All-Pac-12 honors follows:

Samantha Pappas – 2012: NFCA Second-Team All-American, All-Pac-12 First Team, All-Region First Team; 2011: All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention; 2010: Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year, All-Pac-12 First Team, All-Region First Team, All-Pac-12 Freshman Team
Jessica Moore – 2012: NFCA Third-Team All-American, All-Pac-12 First Team, All-Region First Team; 2011: All-Pac-12 First Team, All-Region First Team; 2010: All-Region First Team, All-Pac-12 Second Team, All-Pac-12 Freshman Team
Janie Takeda – 2012: All-Pac-12 Freshman Team
Kaylan Howard – 2012: All-Region First Team, All-Pac-12 Second Team; 2010: All-Pac-12 Freshman Team Honorable Mention
Courtney Ceo – 2012: All-Region Second Team, All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention; 2011: All-Region Second Team, All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, All-Pac-12 Freshman Team
Kailee Cuico – 2012: All-Region Second Team, All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention; 2011: All-Pac-12 Freshman Team Honorable Mention
Alexa Peterson – 2012: All-Region First Team, All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team; Academic All-District Team; 2011: All-Region Second Team, All-Pac-12 Freshman Team
Allie Burger – 2010: All-Region Second Team, All-Pac-12 Freshman Team, All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention
Sara Goodrum – 2012: All-Pac-12 Freshman Team Honorable Mention
Karissa Hovinga – 2012: All-Pac-12 Freshman Team Honorable Mention


TOP DUCK PROFILE
Fourth-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 70.1 winning percentage as its head coach, White has compiled a 136-58 mark already after leading the Ducks to its second-ever World Series trip, and its first-ever Super Regional trips the last three seasons.

In 2011, UO tied for third in the final conference standings (42-16, 11-10) after it won league series against then-returning national champion and No. 12 UCLA (2-1), No. 10 Stanford (2-1), at then-returning national runner-up and No. 9 Arizona (2-1), and vs. Oregon State (3-0). UO’s Civil War sweep of OSU was its third ever and first since 1994, and it tied its largest winning margin in the Duck-Husky series with its 8-0 win at then-No. 6 Washington.

The Ducks went 3-0 in the NCAA Regional at State College, Pa., with wins over Albany (3-1), Fordham (2-0) and Penn State (3-1), then advanced to the Super Regional before it fell to eventual NCAA runner-up Florida in Ganesville.

In his first year at the helm, Oregon went 36-21 in 2010 – nearly reverse the previous year’s mark (16-34) – and staked its most Pac-10 wins (8) since its 10 in 2003 and ’04. Oregon beat five different Pac-10 teams – No. 1 Washington, No. 3 Arizona, No. 9 Arizona State, No. 13 California (3 times and its first-ever sweep in the series) and OSU (2) – for the first time since topping all seven in ’04.

The Ducks opened the postseason by upsetting then-No. 7 ranked / No. 8 seeded Georgia Tech twice in Atlanta in the regional, and ultimately ended the year ranked 14th nationally in both polls.

His recent Duck success led to an invite to join the U.S. National Team coaching staff as an assistant coach in the summer of '12. Team USA went 9-1 in the ISC Women's World Championship against the world's best, en route to a silver medal before narrowly losing to Japan, 2-1, in the 10-inning finale.

In his prior Duck stint as an assistant coach, the Ducks lowered their ERA from 3.01 the season prior to his arrival to 2.12 and 1.68, respectively, while its strikeout totals of 347 and 394 – then the best two in school history – far outdistanced its 223 total from 2002.

His first-year pupils included then-freshman Amy Harris who set a single-season strikeout record (180) his first season, while senior Andrea Vidlund led the nation in saves and set a Pac-10 record (11). The next season, newcomer Ani Nyhus was an All-Pac-10 First Team and NCAA Regional All-Tournament choice and two-time conference pitcher of the week. The junior college transfer notched 20 wins (25-12), rewrote the program’s single-season strikeout record (202) and pitched a no-hitter vs. Utah State. Catcher Jenn Poore was also an All-American and All-Pac-10 Second Team honoree in ’04 and drafted into the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league.

Since then, he continued to live in Eugene with his family and remained active as an assistant coach for one of the nation’s top programs at Marist High School during the 2008-09 seasons. The program ended 2009 ranked 22nd nationally by USA Today and won consecutive 4A state titles after identical 29-1 seasons. He also coached the Northwest Thunder and Northwest Bullets Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) youth club teams and served as a private instructor for various elite players of all levels.

As a player, the New Zealand native became a U.S. citizen in 1994 and helped the two national teams claim two gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze in his four trips with New Zealand and two with the United States

In 2000, he helped guide the USA to a bronze medal in the World Championships when he went 2-0 with a 0.89 ERA and 19 strikeouts. In 1999, the U.S. won the silver medal at the Pan Am Games, and he was 3-2 with a 0.68 ERA and 35 strikeouts. He also played on three silver medal Pan-American Games teams in 1995, 1999 and 2003.

Among other honors, the multiple Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) MVP pitcher and All-American helped lead teams to five ASA national titles and five ISC World Club Championships, and was the 2002 ASA Player of the Year.


MORE LOVE FOR THE DUCK STAFF
Oregon’s highly-regarded staff also includes two other talented coaches that sport equally impressive playing resumes.

White first shared the field with the U.S. National Team as a teammate to third-year assistant coach Blake Miller – a 15-year pro-player, and a member of U.S. National Teams since 2001. As a collegiate coach the past 12 years, Miller has worked with two All-Americans and nine Academic All-Americans, and guided four teams to regional bids and one Junior College World Series trip. His resume includes stops as a head coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville the past three seasons and at Darton College (2006-07) and as an assistant coach at East Tennessee State (2005), Missouri Western State (2004) and Mesa State (2001-03).

The Ducks welcome another of the nation’s most respected coaches and players in first-year assistant coach Chelsea Spencer. A four-year starter for California, the All-America shortstop led the team to a Pac-12 and NCAA title, two more NCAA runner-up finishes and a fourth World Series bid. Afterwards, she was a professional player for six seasons, and four-time All-NPF selection. Her lengthy resume also includes four seasons as the Chabot Community College Head Coach (2006-10) and two seasons as a Michigan State assistant coach (2011-12).


THE ‘CONFERENCE OF CHAMPIONS’
The Pac-12’s moniker is validated by the fact the eight Pac-10 schools have combined to win 24 of the 31 softball NCAA national championships, including the six of the last seven by four different teams. Last year, the Pac-12 advanced five teams to the 16-team Super Regional level, and three of the eight World Series qualifiers.

Again this week, the Pac-12 sports seven teams ranked top 25 nationally this week by the NFCA/USA Softball –No. 3/3 ASU, No. 8/8 California, No. 9/11 Oregon, No. 14/19 Arizona, No. 16/13 UCLA and No. 20/17 Stanford  and No. 22/22 Washington. An eighth team – Oregon State – picked up votes in the NFCA edition.

Last year, the Pac-12 featured three teams in the Women’s College World Series - #1 seed California, #3 seed Arizona State and #11 seed Oregon. Two more teams advanced to the Super Regional - #13 Arizona and #16 Washington – two others were NCAA Regional finalists (Oregon State, Stanford) and another made the postseason (UCLA).

In January’s Pacific-12 Conference Softball Coaches Preseason Poll, Oregon scored a best-ever third-place position and trailed fellow WCWS returnees California (first) and Arizona State (second). Other teams’ rankings in the nine-team conference included Washington (fourth), Arizona (fifth), Stanford (sixth), UCLA (seventh), Oregon State (eighth) and Utah (ninth).

In recent years under fourth-year head coach Mike White, UO has scored back to back third-place Pac-12 finishes in 2012 and ’11 after it was tabbed seventh in the league preseason polls. The Ducks also bettered their preseason league position (seventh) in his first season when the team placed  sixth in 2010.

All-Time NCAA Softball Champions/Runners-up
Year     Champion (Coach)     Score     Runner-Up
1982     UCLA (Sharron Backus)     2-0 (8)     Fresno State
1983     Texas A&M (Bob Brock)     2-0 (12)     CS Fullerton
1984     UCLA (Sharron Backus)     1-0 (13)     Texas A&M
1985     UCLA (Sharron Backus)     2-1 (9)     Nebraska
1986     CS Fullerton (Judi Garman)     3-0      Texas A&M
1987     Texas A&M (Bob Brock)     4-1     UCLA
1988     UCLA (Sharron Backus)     3-0     Fresno State
1989     UCLA (Backus/Enquist)     1-0     Fresno State
1990     UCLA (Backus/Enquist)     2-0     Fresno State
1991     Arizona (Mike Candrea)     5-1     UCLA
1992     UCLA (Backus/Enquist)     2-0     ARI ZONA
1993     Arizona (Mike Candrea)     1-0     UCLA
1994     Arizona (Mike Candrea)     4-0     CS Northridge
1995     UCLA (Sharron Backus)%     4-2     Arizona
1996     Arizona (Mike Candrea)     6-4     Washington
1997     Arizona (Mike Candrea)     10-2     UCLA
1998     Fresno State (Margie Wright)     1-0     Arizona
1999     UCLA (Sue Enquist)     3-2     Washington
2000     Oklahoma (Patty Gasso)     3-1     UCLA
2001     Arizona (Mike Candrea)     1-0     UCLA
2002     California (Diane Ninemire)     6-2     Arizona
2003     UCLA (Sue Enquist)     1-0 (9)     California
2004     UCLA (Sue Enquist)     3-1     California
2005     Michigan (Carol Hutchins)     4-1 (10)^     UCLA
2006     Arizona (Mike Candrea)     5-0^     Northwestern
2007     Arizona (Mike Candrea)     5-0^     Tennessee
2008     Arizona State (Clint Myers)     11-0^     Texas A&M
2009     Washington (Heather Tarr)     5-1 ^    Florida
2010     UCLA (Kelly Inouye-Perez)     5-0^     Arizona
2011    Arizona State (Clint Myers)    7-2^    Florida
2012    Alabama (Pat Murphy)    5-4^    Oklahoma

^ - Best of three championship series - % - The 1995 title was later vacated by the NCAA.

2013 GAME-WINNING RBI
Western Michigan (8-0, 2/7/13) - Ceo RBI single to LF, 2nd inning (2 outs)
Stephen F. Austin (8-1, 2/8/13) - Sullivan RBI single to RF, 2nd inning (2 outs)
San Jose State (7-1, 2/9/13) - Costa solo homer to LF, 2nd inning (0 outs)
Boise State (9-1, 2/10/13) - Cuico single to CF, 1st inning (1 out)
Long Beach State (10-1, 2/15/13) - Cuico foul sacrifice fly to LF (1 out)
Utah Valley (9-1, 2/15/13) - Goodrum ground-out to 2B (2 outs)
Louisiana Monroe (4-0, 2/16/13) - Mercado single to RCF, 2nd inning (0 outs)
CS Fullerton (6-0, 2/17/13) - Peterson three-run HR to LCF (2 out)
Virginia (13-0, 2/22/13) - Takeda one-run triple down RF line, 1st inning (0 out, 1-0 pitch)
Cal Poly (2-1, 2/23/13) - Ceo double down left field line, 5th inning (1 out, 0-1 pitch)
Nebraska (11-2, 2/23/13) - Cuico two-run homer to RCF, 1st inning (2 out, 1-0 pitch)
(UNLV (4-2, 2/23/13) )- no game-winning RBI (Howard scored on throwing error by 3B on FC by Mercado, 3rd inning (2 out, 1-2 pitch)
SDSU (3-1, 2/24/13) - Takeda single to right side, 3rd inning (2 out, 3-0 pitch)

BY PLAYER: Cuico 3, Takeda 2, Ceo 2, Costa 1, Goodrum 1, Mercado 1, Peterson 1, Sullivan 1


2013 OREGON SOFTBALL QUICK FACTS / MEDIA INFORMATION

UNIVERSITY INFORMATION
Location: Eugene, Ore.
Enrollment: 24,000
President: Dr. Michael Gottfredson
Athletic Director: Rob Mullens
Senior Women’s Administrator: Lisa Peterson
Colors / Nickname: Green and Yellow (Pantone 342 & Yellow)
Nickname: Ducks
Conference: Pacific-12
Home Field (Capacity): Howe Field (1,400)
Department Web site: www.GoDucks.com

OREGON SOFTBALL HISTORY / INFORMATION
Head Coach: Mike White (136-58, Fourth Season)
Assistant Coaches: Blake Miller, Chelsea Spencer
Preseason All-Time Softball Record: 1000-865-1 (First Year, 1974)
Postseason Trips: 1976, 80, 89*, 90, 94, 98, 99, 2000, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08, 10, 11, 12
Super Regional Appearances: 2010, 11, 12
Women’s College World Series Appearances*: 1989, 2012
All-Americans: 10
2012 Record / Conference Record (Place): 45-18 / 13-9 (3rd)
Letterwinners Returning / Lost:  12 (Sr. 4, Jr. 3, So. 5) / 4
Pitchers Returning / Lost: 2 (Sr. 1, So. 1) / 1
Position Starters Returning / Lost: 7 (OF 3, IF 4) /1 (SS)
Position Players Returning / Lost:  10 (OF 4, IF 6)

Returning Starters (2012 Stats)
Courtney Ceo (Jr., 3B, .378, .431 OBP, 10 SB)
Sam Pappas (Sr., OF, .393, .697 SLG, 11 HR, 41 RBI, 22 SB)
Kailee Cuico (Jr., UT, .313, 12 HR, 56H, 54 RBI, .575 SLG)
Kaylan Howard (Sr., 2B, .332, 17 2B, 12 HR, 52 RBI, 20 BB)
Alexa Peterson (Jr, C, .323, 53 H, 7 2B, 6 HR, 35 RBI, .476 SLG)
Janie Takeda (So., OF, .323, 60 H, 10 SH, 16 SB)
Allie Burger (Sr., OF, .241, 5 SB)
Jessica Moore (Sr., P, 2.58, 33-15, 303.2 IP, 256 SO, 113 BB)

Key Losses (2011 Statistics)
Kelsey Chambers (SS, .299, 10 HR, 48 RBI, .515 SLG)
Christie Nieto (DP, .328, 9 HR, 34 BI, .638 SLG, .516 OBP)

Newcomers (7)
Koral Costa (Fr., UT, San Pedro, Calif.)
Alyssa Gillespie (RFr., OF, Hillsboro, Ore.)
Cheridan Hawkins (Fr., LHP, Anderson, Calif.),
Stevie Jo Knapp (Fr., IF,  Chino Hills, Calif.)
Janelle Lindvall (Fr., C, Stevenson Ranch, Calif.),
Danica Mercado (Fr., IF,  Temecula, Calif.)
Karine Shaver (Fr., IF, Waipahu, Hawai’i)

MEDIA SERVICES INFORMATION
Assistant AD: Andy McNamara
Sr. Assistant Ath. Director, Media Services: Dave Williford
Assistant (SB Contact): Geoff Thurner, (541) 346-2250
E-mail: gthurner@uoregon.edu
Department web site: www.goducks.com
Address: 2727 Leo Harris Parkway, Eugene, Ore. 97401
Office Phone: 541/346-5488
Office FAX: 541/346-5449
Press Box Phone: 541-346-4497

OREGON SOFTBALL MEDIA
Daily Emerald Student Newspaper: www.dailyemerald.com
Eugene Register Guard: www.registerguard.com
Oregonian: www.oregonlive.com
KEZI-TV (ABC): www.kezi.org
KMTR-TV (NBC): www.kmtr.org
KVAL-TV (CBS): www.kval.org
KUGN-590 AM (Radio): www.kugn.com
Duck News (Online): www.DuckNews.com


MORE ONLINE SOFTBALL INFORMATION
Oregon Softball Twitter: www.twitter.com/OregonSB
NCAA: www.ncaasports.com
NCAA Playing Rules:
http://www.ncaapublications.com/p-4233-2012-2013-womens-softball-rules-2-year-publication.aspx
NCAA Championships Handbooks: http://ncaa.org/wps/portal/ncaahome?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connect/ncaa/NCAA/Sports+and+Championship/General+Information/championship+handbooks
NCAA Record Books: http://web1.ncaa.org/web_files/stats/SB_Records/2012/DivI.pdf
Pacific-12 Conference: www.Pac-12.org
National Professional Fastpitch League (NPF): www.profastpitch.com
International Softball Federation: www.internationalsoftball.com
USA Softball:  www.USAsoftball.ccm
National Fastpitch Coaches Association: www.nfca.org
Ultimate College Softball: www.ultimatecollegesoftball.com
 

2013 OREGON SOFTBALL ROSTER / PRONUNCIATIONS

NUMERICAL ROSTER
#  Name  Pos.  B/T  Ht.  Yr.  Hometown (H.S./College)
1       Sara Goodrum    OF     L/L     5-8     So.     Mesa, Ariz. (Red Mountain)
2       Allie Burger    OF     L/R     5-3     Sr.     Spokane, Wash. (Shadle Park)
3       Kaylan Howard    2B     R/R     5-4     Sr.     Riverside, Calif. (Riverside Poly)
6       Danica Mercado    IF     L/R     5-4     Fr.     Temecula, Calif. (Great Oak)
7       Koral Costa    UT     R/R     5-5     Fr.     San Pedro, Calif. (San Pedro)
8       Karine Shaver    IF     L/R     5-4     Fr.     Waipahu, Hawai’i (Kamehameha)
9       Alyssa Gillespie    OF     L/R     5-9     RFr.     Hillsboro, Ore. (Glencoe)
10   Karissa Hovinga    RHP     R/R     5-9     So.     Ralston, Neb. (Papillion)
11   Cheridan Hawkins     LHP     L/L     5-10     Fr.     Anderson, Calif. (Anderson)
12   Jessica Moore    RHP     R/R     5-10     Sr.     Sutter, Calif. (Sutter)
14   Alexa Peterson     C     R/R     5-8     Jr.     Salem, Ore. (South Salem)
18   Stevie Jo Knapp    IF     R/R     5-10     Fr.     Chino Hills, Calif. (Ayala)
19   Janie Takeda    OF     L/R     5-7     So.     Placentia, Calif. (El Dorado)
20   Jamie Rae Sullivan    IF     R/R     5-9     So.     Huntington Beach, Calif. (Marina)
22   Courtney Ceo    IF     L/R     5-8     Jr.     Meadow Vista, Calif. (Bear River)
24   Hannah Melick    IF     R/R     5-8     So.     Pacific, Wash. (Auburn)
26   Janelle Lindvall    C     R/R     5-10     Fr.     Stevenson Ranch, Calif. (West Ranch)
33   Kailee Cuico    UT     R/R     5-6     Jr.     Carson, Calif. (San Pedro))

** PRONUNCIATION GUIDE **  Courtney Ceo (SEE-oh), Kailee Cuico (KIE-lee KWEE-co), Sara Goodrum (GOOD-rum), Karissa Hovinga (HOE-vin-gay), Hannah Melick (ME-lick), Danica Mercado (DAN-ih-cah), Karine Shaver (kah-RYNN), Janie Takeda (tah-KAY-dah).

ALPHABETICAL ROSTER
#  Name  Pos.  B/T  Ht.  Yr.  Hometown (H.S./College)
2       Allie Burger    OF     L/R     5-3     Sr.     Spokane, Wash. (Shadle Park)
22   Courtney Ceo    IF     L/R     5-8     Jr.     Meadow Vista, Calif. (Bear River)
7       Koral Costa    UT     R/R     5-5     Fr.     San Pedro, Calif. (San Pedro)
33   Kailee Cuico    UT     R/R     5-6     Jr.     Carson, Calif. (San Pedro))
9       Alyssa Gillespie    OF     L/R     5-9     RFr.     Hillsboro, Ore. (Glencoe)
1       Sara Goodrum    OF     L/L     5-8     So.     Mesa, Ariz. (Red Mountain)
11   Cheridan Hawkins     LHP     L/L     5-10     Fr.     Anderson, Calif. (Anderson)
10   Karissa Hovinga    RHP     R/R     5-9     So.     Ralston, Neb. (Papillion)
3       Kaylan Howard    2B     R/R     5-4     Sr.     Riverside, Calif. (Riverside Poly)
18   Stevie Jo Knapp    IF     R/R     5-10     Fr.     Chino Hills, Calif. (Ayala)
6       Danica Mercado    IF     L/R     5-4     Fr.     Temecula, Calif. (Great Oak)
12   Jessica Moore    RHP     R/R     5-10     Sr.     Sutter, Calif. (Sutter)
14   Alexa Peterson     C     R/R     5-8     Jr.     Salem, Ore. (South Salem)
26   Janelle Lindvall    C     R/R     5-10     Fr.     Stevenson Ranch, Calif. (West Ranch)
24   Hannah Melick    IF     R/R     5-8     So.     Pacific, Wash. (Auburn)
8       Karine Shaver    IF     L/R     5-4     Fr.     Waipahu, Hawai’i (Kamehameha)
20   Jamie Rae Sullivan    IF     R/R     5-9     So.     Huntington Beach, Calif. (Marina)
19   Janie Takeda    OF     L/R     5-7     So.     Placentia, Calif. (El Dorado)

Head Coach: Mike White (4th Season)
Assistant Coaches: Blake Miller (3rd Season)
Assistant Coach: Chelsea Spencer (1st Season)
Managers: Brennon Clark, Garrett Gilchrist
Athletic Trainers: Molly Seifert, Clay Jamieson

 
SQUAD BREAKDOWN
 
BY CLASS
Seniors: 4
Juniors: 3
Sophomores: 5
Freshmen: 7
 
BY STATE
California: 12
Washington: 2
Oregon: 2
Arizona, Hawai’i, Nebraska: 1

BY POSITION
Infielders: 9
Outfielders: 6
Pitchers; 3
Catchers: 2
 
AT BAT
Right/Left: 10/9

RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (# of letters): Allie Burger (3), Kaylan Howard (3), Jessica Moore (3), Samantha Pappas (3), Courtney Ceo (2), Kailee Cuico (2), Alexa Peterson (2), Sara Goodrum (1), Karissa Hovinga (1), Hannah Melick (1), Jamie Rae Sullivan (1), Janie Takeda (1). Letterwinners Lost (4): Kelsey Chambers (2), Lindsey Chambers (2), Christie Nieto (2), Samantha Skillingstad (3).


THIS WEEK’S NATIONAL POLLS #3 (2/26)

 
USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll 
https://nfca.org/index.php/polls

Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
1    Alabama (20)    16-0    764    1
*2    Oklahoma (11)    15-0    755    2
*3    Arizona State    16-0    712    3
*4    Florida    16-1    661    5
5    Texas    16-1    611    6
6    Missouri    9-1    587    7
7    Tennessee    13-2    582    4
*8    California    11-2    559    8
9    Texas A&M    17-0    549    10
>10    Oregon    13-3    514    9
*11    LSU    14-2    470    11
*12    UCLA    13-1    439    16
13    Louisiana Lafayette    12-2    416    12
*14    Michigan    10-3    369    15
15    Louisville    12-2    313    18
*16    Stanford    14-3    298    20
*17    Arizona    10-5    238    14
*18    Washington    10-5    215    22
19    Kentucky    11-3    210    21
*20    Hawai'i    8-4    200    19
21    Tulsa    11-4    166    24
22    Baylor    15-2    139    25
23    Georgia    7-6    134    13
*24    Oregon State    13-3    76    RV
25    Florida State    9-6    43    23
 
Others Receiving Votes:  South Alabama (19), Virginia Tech (13), USF (9), North Carolina (7), Ohio State (3), Illinois State (3), *James Madison (1).

Dropped Out:  #17 USF (6-8)
 
Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

-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 2013

 
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25
http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=7248

Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
* 1.    Oklahoma (18)    15-0    498    1      
2.    Alabama (2)    16-0    480    2      
*3.    Arizona State    16-0    462    3      
*4.    Florida    16-1    405    5      
5.    Texas A&M    17-0    385    9      
6.    Missouri    9-1    379    7      
*7.    California    11-2    376    8      
8.    Texas    16-1    367    6      
9.    Tennessee    13-2    359    4      
*10.    UCLA    13-1    342    13      
*11.    LSU    14-2    317    10      
>12.    Oregon    14-3    293    11
13.    Louisiana-Lafayette    12-2    241    12      
*14.    Michigan    10-3    232    15      
*15.    Stanford    14-3    209    17      
16.    Louisville    12-2    187    18      
17.    Kentucky    11-3    174    20      
*18.    Washington    10-5    150    22      
19.    Tulsa    11-4    118    24      
20.    Baylor    15-2    102    25      
*21.    Arizona    10-5    101    19      
*22.    Hawaii    8-4    91    21      
23.    Virginia Tech    11-1    58    RV      
24.    Georgia    7-6    43    16      
*25.    Nebraska    11-4    31    RV     

Others receiving votes: Florida State (27), South Alabama (16), South Florida (12), Syracuse (12), Oregon State (12), Georgia Tech (5), Northwestern (4), Notre Dame (3), Ohio State (2), SC Upstate (2), North Carolina (1), Iowa (1), Florida Gulf Coast (1), Kennesaw State (1)

New to Poll: Virginia Tech, Nebraska
Dropped Out: South Florida, Florida State

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.


* Denotes Duck opponents in 2013

 
OREGON POSTSEASON APPEARANCES 
(* Regional Finalist; **Regional Champion, ***Super Regional Champion)
(Regional Record: 34-21; Super Regional: 2-5; WCWS: 2-4; 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 8, BYU 1


SUPER REGIONAL

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

2011 (0-2) – Gainesville, Fla.
#4 seed Florida 9, No. 13 seed Oregon 1
Florida, 7, Oregon 0

***2012 (2-1) – Austin, Texas
#6 seed Texas, 4, #11 seed Oregon 2
#11 Oregon 5, #6 Texas 4
#11 Oregon 10, #6 Texas 6


WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

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

2012 (1-2) – Oklahoma City, Okla.
#3 seed Arizona State 3, #11 seed Oregon 1
#11 seed Oregon 3, #5 seed Tennessee 1
#1 seed California 6, #11 seed Oregon 3


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)
 

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