EUGENE - Coming back from a three-run deficit in the fourth inning, the No. 10 University of Oregon softball team (24-4, 1-0) opened Pac-12 play Saturday with a 4-3 win over No. 15 Stanford (22-6, 0-1) at Howe Field.

Senior right fielder Samantha Pappas knocked in her second game-winning RBI of the season, thanks to a two-out, seventh-inning double down the right field line that scored sophomore Janie Takeda.

Pappas' two-bagger was her team-leading fifth of the campaign and moved her to eighth all-time for the Ducks career-wise (34).

The sophomore center fielder Takeda had reached on a one-out bunt single to the shortstop, and moved to scoring position after a walk to sophomore first baseman Kailee Cuico.

"Anything can happen in this conference this year, so getting a win and a good start to the Pac-12 slate was important, especially at home," Oregon head coach Mike White said. "I told Sam before her final at-bat to slow it down and not be so anxious. She was one swing away from a great day, and the previous at-bats didn't matter."

UO scored its first run in the fourth inning when senior second baseman Kaylan Howard drilled her team-leading eighth homer of the season over the left field wall. The four-bagger also moved the All-Region returnee into sixth place all-time for UO career-wise with 33.

The next batter - Cuico - followed with a double to right field, then advanced to third base and home on a pair of illegal pitches by Stanford reliever Kelsey Stevens.

Takeda knocked in Oregon's next run in the fifth inning with a single up the middle. Sophomore third baseman Jamie Rae Sullivan opened the inning with a walk, and pinch-runner Koral Costa advanced to third base on a bunt single by Allie Burger over the third baseman.

At game's end, the returning All-Pac-12 Freshman Team pick Takeda (2-for-4) logged a hit for the 13th straight game, and her 16th multi-hit game of the season.

Five other Ducks hit safely once.

Duck senior Jessica Moore started the game, struck out two, allowed six hits, and all three of her runs allowed were earned.

The Cardinal scored their first two runs in the second inning, thanks to a single, double, wild pitch and single to open the inning.

Stanford's third and final run came in the fourth on a homer by outfielder Cassandra Roulund to right field - her first of the season.

The next two batters in the fourth reached on a single to shortstop and error by the second baseman, but an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play ended the threat

Oregon freshman Cheridan Hawkins (9-1) relieved Moore to open the fifth inning, and retired eight of her nine outs via strikeouts. This week's Pac-12 leader in opposing batting average (.090) also allowed no walks and only one hit among the 10 batters she faced.

"I was a little nervous since it was the first Pac-12 game, but I settled down quickly," Hawkins said. "It was an awesome win. I wanted to help the team whatever way possible."

Stanford's All-Pac-12 starter and senior Teagan Gerhart struck out none, walked none, allowed three hits, and both of her runs allowed were earned.

Stevens (9-3) struck out six, walked three, yielded four hits, and one of her two runs allowed were earned.

"I knew we had a shot to come back if stayed within three (runs)," White said, "and Cheridan did a good job shutting them down."

Looking ahead, the two teams play again on Saturday at 3 p.m. on Sunday and at noon on Monday.

Sunday's game will be broadcast live by the Pac-12 TV Network.

 

BOXSCORE
#15 Stanford at #10 Oregon
Mar 23, 2013 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)

 

Stanford 3 (22-6,0-1 Pac-12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Hassman, Sarah cf 
Winter, Hanna 3b 
White, Leah lf 
Rich, Jenna ss 
Bonstrom, Kayla dp 
Roulund, Cassandra rf 
Plaza, Jessica c 
   Wells, Tylyn pr 
Ashby, Erin 1b 
Schmidt, Tegan 2b 
Gerhart, T. p 
   Stevens, Kelsey p 
Totals  27  10  20 
  

Oregon 4 (24-4,1-0 Pac-12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Ceo, Courtney ss 
Takeda, Janie cf 
Howard, Kaylan 2b 
Cuico, Kailee 1b 
Pappas, Samantha rf 
Peterson, Alexa dp 
Lindvall, Janelle 10 
Sullivan, Jamie Rae 3b 
   Costa, Koral pr/3b 
Burger, Allie lf 
   Goodrum, Sara pr 
Moore, Jessica
   Hawkins, Cheridan
Totals  26  21 
Score by Innings                  R  H  E
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Stanford............ 020 100 0 -  3  7  1
Oregon.............. 000 210 1 -  4  7  1
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Note: 2 outs, 2 runners LOB when the game ended.

E - Stevens(1); Howard, K(5). DP - Oregon 1. LOB - Stanford 4; Oregon 8. 2B - Roulund(7); Cuico, K(4); Pappas, S(5). HR - Roulund(1); Howard, K(8). HBP - Hassman; Cuico, K; Peterson, A. SH - Lindvall, J(1). SB - Burger, A(3). CS - Wells(2).

 

Stanford   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Gerhart, T.   3.1  13  13  47 
Stevens, Kelsey L,9-3  3.1  13  19  68 
  
Oregon   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Moore, Jessica   4.0  17  18  63 
Hawkins, Cheridan W,9-1  3.0  10  10  46 

 

Win - Hawkins, C (9-1). Loss - Stevens (9-3). Save - None. WP - Moore, J(2). HBP - by Moore, J (Hassman); by Stevens (Peterson, A); by Stevens (Cuico, K). PB - Lindvall, J(4). Inherited runners/scored: Stevens 1/1. Pitches/strikes: Gerhart 47/29; Stevens 68/41; Moore, J 63/45; Hawkins, C 46/38.

Umpires - HP: Mike Bartling 1B: Rick Cowan 3B: Edward Cooper
Start: 2 pm Time: 514 Attendance: 157
Weather: 59, partly sunny, wind 1-4mph

 

 
Play-by-Play
 

2013 Oregon Softball
#15 Stanford at #10 Oregon
Mar 23, 2013 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)

 

Stanford starters: 4/cf Hassman; 7/3b Winter; 5/lf White, L.; 2/ss Rich; 3/dp Bonstrom; 6/rf Roulund; 22/c Plaza; 17/1b Ashby; 9/2b Schmidt; 15/p Gerhart;

 

Oregon starters: 22/ss Ceo, C; 19/cf Takeda, J; 3/2b Howard, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 0/rf Pappas, S; 14/dp Peterson, A; 26/c Lindvall, J; 20/3b Sullivan, J; 2/lf Burger, A; 12/p Moore, J;

 

Stanford 1st - Hassman hit by pitch (0-1 K). Winter struck out swinging (0-2 KKS). White, L. reached on a fielder's choice (3-1 BFBB); Hassman out at second ss to 2b. Rich grounded out to ss (1-2 SSB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

 

Oregon 1st - Ceo, C fouled out to c (2-1 BBF). Takeda, J grounded out to 2b (2-1 KBB). LF makes catch just front of warning track in LCF. Howard, K flied out to lf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

 

Stanford 2nd - hard grounder deflected by Moore back to 1b line, runner beats throw. Bonstrom singled to pitcher. Roulund doubled to right center (2-2 KBBF); Bonstrom advanced to third. Roulund advanced to third; Bonstrom scored on a wild pitch. Peterson tried to reach high pitch but tipped off glove to backstop. Plaza singled to right field, RBI (2-2 KFBB); Roulund scored. Wells pinch ran for Plaza. Wells out at second c to ss, caught stealing. Ashby grounded out to ss (2-2 KBBS). Schmidt fouled out to lf (1-1 SB). 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

 

Oregon 2nd - Plaza to c for Wells. Cuico, K flied out to rf (0-0). Pappas, S grounded out to 1b unassisted (1-2 BKK). Peterson, A singled to right field (1-0 B). ball hit of base of RF wall. Lindvall, J grounded out to p (0-2 FF). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

 

Stanford 3rd - Hassman struck out swinging (2-2 KBBFS). Winter grounded out to p (1-2 FFB). White, L. singled to left field (0-0). blooper lands on edge of 3b grass over drawn in infield. White, L. advanced to second on a passed ball. Rich lined out to 3b (0-1 S). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

 

Oregon 3rd - Sullivan, J flied out to cf (2-2 KBKFB). Burger, A out at first 3b to 2b (2-1 BKB). Ceo, C grounded out to p (3-2 BFFBB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

 

Stanford 4th - Bonstrom grounded out to 2b (3-2 KBFFBB). Roulund homered to right center, RBI (0-1 F). 1st horer of season for Roulund. Plaza singled to shortstop (0-2 KF). ball hit to deep ss, and runner easily beat throw. Ashby reached on an error by 2b; Plaza advanced to second. Howard had to range 7' to left, and ball glanced off glove as runnrer passe. Schmidt grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b (1-1 BK); Ashby out on the play. 1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

 

Oregon 4th - Takeda, J fouled out to 3b (1-1 KB). Howard hits towering shot just foul of LF pole. Howard, K homered to left field, RBI (3-2 FBBBKF). Howard's eighth homer of '12 is team high and #6 all-time in career (33). Cuico, K doubled to right center (1-1 KB). Stevens to p for Gerhart. Cuico, K advanced to third. Cuico, K scored. two illegal pitches by Stevens advances Cuico from 2b to home. Pappas, S flied out to cf (2-2 FBBF). Peterson, A hit by pitch (1-0 B). Lindvall, J struck out swinging (0-2 KFS). 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

 

Stanford 5th - Hawkins, C to p for Moore, J. Hassman struck out swinging (0-2 KSS). Winter struck out swinging (0-2 FSS). White, L. singled to shortstop (3-2 BBKBSFFF). Ceo charges grounder, but runner barely beats throw. Rich struck out looking (1-2 FFBK). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

 

Oregon 5th - Sullivan, J walked (3-2 BBKFBB). Costa, K pinch ran for Sullivan, J. Burger, A singled, bunt (0-0); Costa, K advanced to second, advanced to third on a throwing error by p. ball bunted high, nicks off 3bman's glove, pitcher's throw to 2b into cf. Burger, A stole second. Ceo, C struck out swinging (1-2 BFSS). Takeda, J singled, advanced to second, RBI (3-2 BSFFBFB); Burger, A advanced to third; Costa, K scored, unearned. Howard, K struck out swinging (1-2 SSB). Cuico, K hit by pitch (0-0). Pappas, S struck out swinging (2-2 KBBKS). 1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 3 LOB.

 

Stanford 6th - Costa, K to 3b. Bonstrom flied out to cf (0-2 KF). Roulund struck out swinging (1-2 SBSFS). Plaza struck out swinging (0-2 SFS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

 

Oregon 6th - Peterson, A walked (3-0 BBBB). Lindvall, J out at first 1b to 2b, SAC, bunt (0-0); Peterson, A advanced to second. Costa, K struck out swinging (1-2 BFFS). Goodrum, S pinch ran for Burger, A. Goodrum, S struck out swinging (3-2 BKSBBS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

 

Stanford 7th - Sullivan, J to 3b for Costa, K. Burger, A to lf for Goodrum, S. Ashby struck out swinging (1-2 BKSFFFS). Schmidt struck out swinging (2-2 FKBBS). Hassman struck out looking (0-2 FSK). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

 

Oregon 7th - Ceo, C lined out to p (0-2 FKFF). Takeda, J singled, bunt (0-0). Howard, K popped up to c (1-0 B). Cuico, K walked (3-0 BBBB); Takeda, J advanced to second. Pappas, S doubled down the rf line, RBI; Cuico, K advanced to third; Takeda, J scored. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.