ORLANDO, Fla. - In a battle between returning World Series advancers, the No. 10 University Oregon softball team (14-3) topped No. 11 LSU (14-3) to open action Friday in the Citrus Classic.
The ESPN3.com-broadcasted game featured a pair of All-America senior pitchers, and UO's Jessica Moore (8-2) rose to the challenge in her third complete game of the season.
The Sutter, Calif., native struck out five, walked, one, allowed six hits, and both of her runs allowed were earned.
LSU starter Rachele Fico (9-2) pitched the opening 3.1 innings, struck out two, walked three, gave up eight hits, and seven of her nine runs allowed were earned.
Ashley Czechner worked the final 1.1 innings, logged no strikeouts and one walk, gave up no hits, and her one run allowed was unearned.
Junior shortstop Courtney Ceo (3-for-4) paced the Duck offense by tying her career high in hits and also stole her seventh base of the season.
Sophomore centerfielder Janie Takeda followed her in the lineup with a 2-for-3 effort.
The duo started the game with a pair of singles, and senior second baseman Kaylan Howard knocked in the first on an error by the second baseman.
Junior catcher Alexa Peterson added a suicide squeeze bunt for Oregon' second and final run of the first inning.
The Ducks added two more runs in the third inning on an RBI double by Peterson and an infield ground-out by senior right fielder Samantha Pappas.
Oregon struck for five more runs in the fourth inning thanks to singles by freshman left fielder Danica Mercado, Ceo and Takeda, a fielder's choice by Howard, and junior first baseman Kailee Cuico's fifth homer of the year - a two-run shot.
UO's final run came in the fifth, thanks to a two-out walk, and pair of infield errors.
At the plate for LSU, six players hit safely once in the two teams' first-ever meeting.
The Bayou Bengals scored their two runs in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, LSU loaded the bases on a pair of singles and an error before pinch-hitter Dylan Supak stroked a two-run single through the right side.
Moore ended the threat with an infield ground-out and strikeout with the bases still loaded.
The Tigers also put a pair of runners on to start the second inning, thanks to a pair of infield singles. Moore coolly answered with two strikeouts looking and a ground-out to avoid the top of the lineup that stanza.
Moore's effort improved a host of top-10 totals in the school career record books for wins (first, 81), strikeouts (first, 773), appearances (first, 146), innings (second, 755.1) and complete games (sixth, 67).
Immediately after on Friday, UO takes on another NCAA tourney returnee in LIU-Brooklyn at the ESPN Sports Complex.
Later in the weekend, Oregon faces Boston College and Temple Saturday at 7 and 9:15 a.m. Pacific Time, and No. 14 Michigan and James Madison on Sunday morning at 6 and 8:15 a.m. PT.
#11 Louisiana State vs #10 Oregon
Mar 01, 2013 at Orlando, Fla. (Wide World of Sports)
Louisiana State 2 (14-3)
|All. Falcon 2b||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
Oregon 10 (14-3)
|Ceo, Courtney ss||4||2||3||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Takeda, Janie cf||3||2||2||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Howard, Kaylan 2b||2||2||0||1||1||0||0||1||0|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b||2||1||1||2||1||1||9||0||0|
|Burger, Allie pr||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Peterson, Alexa dp||2||0||1||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Pappas, Samantha rf||2||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|Costa, Koral 3b||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||3|
|Sullivan, Jamie Rae ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Lindvall, Janelle c||2||0||0||0||0||1||5||0||0|
|Knapp, Stevie Jo ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mercado, Danica lf||2||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Melick, Hannah ph||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Moore, Jessica p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
Score by Innings R H E -------------------------------------- Louisiana State..... 000 02 - 2 6 5 Oregon.............. 202 51 - 10 8 1 --------------------------------------
Note: 2 outs, 1 runner LOB when the game ended.
|E - All. Falcon; Wray; Kloss; Heyward; Czechner; Ceo, C. LOB - LSU 6; Oregon 4. 2B - Peterson, A. HR - Cuico, K. SH - Peterson, A. SB - Ceo, C. CS - Ceo, C.|
|Moore, Jessica W,8-2||5.0||6||2||2||1||5||0||0||0||0||22||23||0||10||86|
Win - Moore, J (8-2). Loss - Fico (9-2). Save - None.
Inherited runners/scored: None. Pitches/strikes: Fico 71/40; Czechner 28/14;
Moore, J 86/55.
2013 Oregon Softball
#11 Louisiana State vs #10 Oregon
Mar 01, 2013 at Orlando, Fla. (Wide World of Sports)
|Louisiana State starters: 6/lf Andrews; 23/rf Blades; 32/2b All. Falcon; 27/ss Bell; 18/3b Wray; 3/1b Simmons; 77/c Kloss; 1/dp Alcaraz; 25/cf Heyward; 37/p Fico;|
|Oregon starters: 22/ss Ceo, C; 19/cf Takeda, J; 3/2b Howard, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 14/dp Peterson, A; 0/rf Pappas, S; 7/3b Costa, K; 26/c Lindvall, J; 6/lf Mercado, D; 12/p Moore, J;|
|Louisiana State 1st - Andrews singled up the middle (0-0). Blades grounded out to p (1-1 BF); Andrews advanced to second. All. Falcon grounded out to 1b unassisted (1-2 SKB); Andrews advanced to third. Bell struck out swinging (3-2 BBKKBFS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 1st - Ceo, C singled through the right side (2-2 KBKB). Takeda, J singled to first base (2-0 BB); Ceo, C advanced to third. Howard, K reached on an error by 2b, advanced to second (2-2 BKBF); Takeda, J advanced to third; Ceo, C scored. Cuico, K struck out swinging (2-2 KFBBS). Peterson, A grounded out to 2b, bunt, SAC, RBI (1-1 SB); Howard, K advanced to third; Takeda, J scored, unearned. Pappas, S walked (3-0 BBBB). Costa, K popped up to ss (1-1 KB). 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.|
|Louisiana State 2nd - Wray singled to shortstop (3-1 BKBB). Simmons singled, bunt (2-0 BB); Wray advanced to second. Kloss struck out looking (1-2 SSBK). Alcaraz reached on a fielder's choice (1-1 KB); Simmons advanced to second; Wray out at third ss to 3b. Heyward struck out looking (1-2 BFSFK). 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 2nd - Lindvall, J struck out swinging (1-2 BFKS). Mercado, D grounded out to 2b (0-0). Ceo, C singled to catcher (1-1 BF). Ceo, C out at second c to ss, caught stealing. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Louisiana State 3rd - Andrews grounded out to ss (1-2 BSK). Blades struck out looking (3-2 BFBSBK). All. Falcon grounded out to 3b (0-1 S). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 3rd - Takeda, J fouled out to ss (0-0). Howard, K walked (3-1 BBBKB). Cuico, K walked (3-2 SKBBBB); Howard, K advanced to second. Peterson, A doubled through the left side, RBI (0-0); Cuico, K advanced to third; Howard, K scored. Burger, A pinch ran for Cuico, K. Pappas, S grounded out to 1b unassisted, RBI (0-0); Peterson, A advanced to third; Burger, A scored. Costa, K grounded out to ss (0-1 K). 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Louisiana State 4th - Cuico, K to 1b for Burger, A. Bell grounded out to 3b (0-0). Wray grounded out to ss (3-2 BBKSB). Simmons grounded out to 2b (1-0 B). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 4th - Lindvall, J grounded out to 3b (2-2 FBBK). Mercado, D singled down the rf line (2-2 BKFFB). Ceo, C singled through the right side (1-0 B); Mercado, D advanced to second. Takeda, J singled up the middle, advanced to second on an error by cf, RBI (0-0); Ceo, C advanced to third on an error by cf; Mercado, D scored. Howard, K reached on an error by 3b, advanced to second, RBI; Takeda, J scored on an error by 3b; Ceo, C scored on an error by 3b. Cuico, K homered to left center, 2 RBI (1-0 B); Howard, K scored, unearned. Czechner to p for Fico. Peterson, A flied out to lf (2-1 KBB). Pappas, S flied out to rf (2-1 BFB). 5 runs, 4 hits, 2 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Louisiana State 5th - Kloss grounded out to ss (1-2 KFB). Alcaraz singled up the middle (2-1 BKB). Heyward singled to catcher, bunt (1-1 BK); Alcaraz advanced to second. Andrews reached on an error by ss (1-2 KFBFF); Heyward advanced to second; Alcaraz advanced to third. Supak pinch hit for Blades. Supak singled through the right side, 2 RBI (1-0 B); Andrews advanced to third; Heyward scored; Alcaraz scored. Blades to rf for Supak. All. Falcon grounded out to p (0-0); Blades advanced to second. Bell walked (3-2 KBBBSFB). Wray struck out swinging (0-2 KSS). 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 3 LOB.|
|Oregon 5th - Sullivan, J pinch hit for Costa, K. Sullivan, J flied out to lf (1-1 BK). Knapp, S pinch hit for Lindvall, J. Knapp, S fouled out to c (2-1 BBF). Melick, H pinch hit for Mercado, D. Melick, H walked (3-2 FKBBBFB). Mercado, D to lf for Melick, H. Ceo, C reached on an error by p (3-2 BFKBB); Mercado, D advanced to third on an error by p. Ceo, C stole second; Mercado, D scored on an error by c, unearned. 1 run, 0 hits, 2 errors, 1 LOB.|