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Release Date: 04/11/2013
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THIS WEEK’S No. 6 DUCK SB ACTION
Opponent: No. 17 Arizona (27-14, 4-5)

Location: Howe Field, Eugene, Ore.
- Fri., April 12, 5 p.m.
- Sat., April 13, 2 p.m.
- *Sun., April14, Noon – *Pac-12 TV (Live)
Opponent Website: www.ArizonaWildcats.com

 

SETTING THE STAGE
Looking ahead to its fourth week of Pac-12 play, the No. 6-ranked University of Oregon softball team (33-6, 10-2) hosts No. 17 Arizona (27-14, 4-5) for three games this Friday-Sunday, April 12-14.

Off to a best-ever 10-2 Pac-12 start under head coach Mike White, the Ducks took the series by 2-1 counts in Tucson last year and in Eugene in 2011, and have also held the upper hand in ’08 (2-1) and ’89 (4-3).

Overall among the Ducks’ 18 wins in the 98-game series dating back to 1984, five have come under White the past three years.

After its 5-1 mark last week at then-No. 4 California and Utah, the Ducks are trailed narrowly by No. 2 Arizona State (36-4, 7-2) in the Pac-12 standings that features seven league teams ranked top 20 again this week.

With its 2-1 edge at then-No. 4 California last week, Oregon staked multiple victories in Berkeley for the first time since 1995. Earlier in the week, the Ducks upped their series win streak vs. Utes to 10 games with their three-game sweep.

Afterwards, senior Jessica Moore won the third Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honor of her career after she went 4-0 on the week, and was also named a USA Softball Player of the Year Top-25 Finalist.

Overall this season, Oregon sports a 9-5 mark vs. top-25 foes with wins over two WCWS returnees – No. 4 California (2) and No. 11 LSU – and fellow NCAA tourney veterans No. 14 Michigan, No. 15 Stanford (3) and No. 15 Washington (2). Three of its top-20 losses came in non-conference play to No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 14 Florida and No. 20 Hawai’i, along with decisions at No. 15 UW (2-1) and No. 4 Cal (3-1).

Adding in games vs. other 2012 NCAA tourney returnees, UO is 13-5 with additional victories over Long Beach State, LIU-Brooklyn and San Diego State (twice).

 

THIS WEEK’S PROMOTIONS vs. ARIZONA

Friday, April 12, 5 p.m. -  Strike Out Cancer Day. Fans that wear pink will get $3 admission. The Ducks’ special pink jerseys will be auctioned off during the game in a silent raffle at the marketing table, and proceeds will go to the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute. The game is sponsored by Carl’s Jr., and Duck students will get double points for the Oregon Rewards program. Free pizza will also be available for the first 50 UO students on-hand.

Saturday, April 13, 2 p.m. - Spirit / Yellow Out Day. Fans that wear yellow will get reduced ticket prices ($3 adults / $2 kids), and current UO faculty will get $3 admission with a valid staff I.D. card. Duck softball player trading cards will also be available for the first time as well as 50 mini-posters, and kids can get autographs after the game.

Sunday, April 14, Noon - ASA Day. Kids that wear their softball/baseball uniforms to the game will get $2 tickets. The contest is also a BiMart 2-for-1 ticket deal for fans that show their BiMart cards at the gate.

 

RECENT DUCK STARTERS (2013/2012/Overall Career Starts - All Positions)
C: Alexa Peterson (35/57/140), Janelle Lindvall (30/-/30)
1B: Kailee Cuico (32/61/139)
2B: Kaylan Howard (39/62/208)
SS: Courtney Ceo (38/36/129)
3B: Koral Costa (23/-/23), Jamie Rae Sullivan (17/18/35)
LF: Allie Burger (18/50/176), Danica Mercado (20/-/20)
CF: Janie Takeda (39/58/97)
RF: Samantha Pappas (34/60/203)

 

AROUND THE CORNER
Next week, the Ducks travel to NCAA regional qualifier Portland State (Tue., April 16), then cap the month the following weekend at No. 19 UCLA (Fri.-Sun., April 26-28).

Oregon opens May by hosting Seattle (Wed., May 1) and NCAA Regional finalist and Oregon State (Fri.-Sun., May 3-5). UO then wraps up the regular season at WCWS veteran and No. 2 Arizona State (Thu.-Sat., May 9-11).

Altogether, Oregon's schedule is one of the nation's toughest and features 32 of its 55 games against NCAA tourney qualifiers from last year (including five Women's College World Series qualifiers).

 

ON THE TUBE
This Sunday’s game vs. Arizona (4/14, Noon) is one of six more regular season games televised live this year on the Pac-12 TV Network.

The others are May contests at home vs. Oregon State (Fri., 5/3, 4 p.m.; Sat., 5/4, Noon; Sun., 5/5, 1 p.m.) and at Arizona State (Fri., 5/10, 5 p.m.; Sat., 5/11, 5 p.m.).

 

OUT OF THE BLOCKS STRONG
With its conference-leading 10-2 start, Oregon has bettered its all-time best opening league start that it notched in head coach Mike White’s first season in 2010 (7-5).

Oregon’s best Pac-12 finish was its runner-up placing in 1989 (13-7) – the year of its first WCWS trip.

Since then, Ducks have scored a pair of third-place efforts the last two seasons under White in 2012 (12-9) and ’11 (11-10). UO also took third place when he served as an assistant coach in 2003 (10-11), and in 1990 (9-9) and ’88 (9-11).

 

RECENT DUCK ACTION
Last weekend in Berkeley, the then-No. 9 Ducks (33-6, 10-2) took the series from then-No. 4 California for the first time since 2010, thanks to its 5-1 and 9-3 wins, while the fellow WCWS returnee Bears won the second game, 3-1. The Ducks notched a pair of same-season wins in Berkeley for the first time since 1995, and staked its second-most runs ever in a game vs. the Bears (9) vs. the returning Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year.

Earlier in the week, UO swept Utah with a pair of six-inning victories (11-3, 11-1) and 5-2 decision in the finale to raise its series winning streak to 10 games (including eight under head coach Mike White).

Its 15 hits in the finale vs. the Bears was three off its season high vs. Utah (18), and its pair of 11-run efforts vs. the Utes upped its season tallies for double-digit run wins (12) and less-than-seven-inning wins (11).

Team-wise, the Ducks held notable edges over the returning Pac-12 champion Bears in batting (.330-.250), hits (31-20), homers (5-3), RBI (14-6), ERA (1.75-3.00), batters struck out (27-15) and hits allowed (20-31). 

Likewise, UO’s advantages in the Utah series were equally impressive: batting (.430-.253), hits (37-19), homers (6-2), RBI (21-5), ERA (1.84-7.82), batters struck out (17-4), batters walked (1-4) and hits allowed (19-37).

At the plate for the six games, five starters topped .400 – senior left fielder Allie Burger (.500, 4-for-8), senior second baseman Kaylan Howard (.478, 11-for-23, 3 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, SB), junior catcher Alexa Peterson (.474, 9-for-19, 2 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 3 HBP), sophomore center Janie Takeda (.435, 10-for-23, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 4 SB) and freshman left fielder Danica Mercado (.400, 2-for-5, RBI).

Howard claimed two of the team’s four game-winning RBI with her solo homers vs. Utah (first game, first inning) and No. 4 California (first game, 4th inning). The others from the Utah second and third games went to Mercado (second-inning RBI single) and Peterson (fourth-inning RBI double).

For the trip, senior Jessica Moore (4-0) led the team in ERA (1.59), wins (4), innings (22), complete games (2) and strikeouts (20). Freshman Cheridan Hawkins (1-1) struck out 22 in 14 innings, and allowed 14 hits in her four appearances and two starts.

 

TOPPING THE PAC-12 & NCAA CHARTS
Offensively this week, the Ducks again led the ‘Conference of Champions’ in stolen bases (55), and ranked second in batting (.343), hits (375), slugging (.549), homers (55) and total bases (599), and third in on-base percentage (.402) and runs (259).

In pitching categories, the team sported the top marks in the league in opposing batting (.192), ERA (1.47), fewest hits allowed (178) and saves (5), and second-best total for strikeouts (279).

The Ducks also own the Pac-12’s single-game highs this season for homers (6) and total bases (36) in its tilt vs. No. 14 Michigan, and stolen bases best (5) vs. No. 15 Stanford.

On Monday’s NCAA charts, UO stood top 15 in six categories – ERA (fourth, 1.47), batting (seventh, .343), homers (seventh, 1.41 per game), slugging (eighth, .549), win-loss percentage (10th, .866) and scoring (12th, 6.64 p/g).

 

PRIDE OF THE PAC-12
Three Ducks topped the Pac-12 individual rankings this week - sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda (hits, 60; stolen bases, 20), junior catcher Alexa Peterson (batting, .466; on-base percentage, .544) and freshman pitcher Cheridan Hawkins (opposing batting, .133; saves, 4).

Hawkins ranked second in the nation in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (3.22 avg.), fifth in strikeouts (10.43 per 7 innings), ninth in saves (4), 24th in ERA (1.46) and 68th in wins (13).

At the plate, junior catcher Alexa Peterson ranked eighth in batting (.466), 16th in on-base percentage (.544) and 24th in slugging (.830), and was the 42nd-toughest player to strike out nationally (with her 4 strikeouts in 88 at-bats this year).

Others ranked top 65 nationally included Takeda (batting, 17th, .451; stolen bases, 48th, 0.51 p/g; toughest to strikeout, 65th, 7:133 at-bats), senior pitcher Jessica Moore (wins, 15th, 17; ERA, 22nd, 1.42), junior shortstop Courtney Ceo (runs, 32nd, 1.03 p/g; batting, 50th, .419), junior first baseman Kailee Cuico (homers, 32nd, 12) and senior second baseman Kaylan Howard (homers, 32nd, 12; runs, 44th, 0.97 p/g).

 

DUCK STARTER NOTES
With eight multi-hit efforts in her last 17 games, junior catcher Alexa Peterson continued to lead the Pac-12 this week in batting (.466) and on-base percentage (.544) and stood second in slugging (.830). Nationally, she ranked eighth in batting (.466), 16th in on-base percentage (.544), 24th in slugging (.830) and 42nd in the toughest to strikeout category (4:88 at-bats). On UO’s all-time batting list, she ranks fourth career-wise (.358). She logged a three-hit game in each of the last three series vs. Washington, Utah and California, and in the Ute contest she hit a sixth-inning walk-off homer for her second game-winning RBI of the year.

Peterson has made 17 starts at catcher this year, and split time with freshman Janelle Lindvall who has 22 starts behind the plate. The latter player paces Duck frosh in hits (25), homers (7), RBI (22) and slugging (.586), and collected her first career game-winning RBI in the final two victories over No. 15 Stanford with a sixth-inning pinch-hit double and first-inning single. In early April, she hit a walk-off, three-run homer vs. Utah in the sixth inning, then added a solo shot four days later vs. No. 4 California and the returning Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year.

Sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda continues to lead the Pac-12 this week in hits (60) and stolen bases (20). The returning All-Pac-12 Freshman Team choice also stood second in the league in batting (.451), seventh in runs (34), and ninth in on-base percentage (.460). Nationally, she stands top 65 in three categories – batting (17th, .451), stolen bases (48th, 0.51 p/g), and toughest to strike out (65th, 8:133 at-bats). She has hit safely in 31 of the team’s 39 contests this season (and has a team-high 21 multi-hit games on the season).

Batting in the top two positions every game this year, junior shortstop Courtney Ceo ranked top 85 nationally this week in runs (32nd, 1.03 per game), batting (75th, .405) and stolen bases (81st, 0.39 p/g). The All-Region returnee stood top 10 in the Pac-12 in hits (third, 51), stolen bases (third, 15), runs (third, 39), batting (fourth, .405) and sacrifice bunts (fifth, 5). Her .376 career batting average leads active players and ranks third all-time for UO.

After each hit three homers last week vs. Utah and then-No. 4 California, senior second baseman Kaylan Howard and junior first baseman Kailee Cuico are tied for the season lead in homers (12) – and stand sixth in the Pac-12, 32nd nationally and seventh-best in a season for the Ducks. Howard is also tied for the school career homer record (37) with Andrea Vidlund, while Cuico ranks ninth (30). On other UO career lists, Howard stood top-10 in runs (fifth, 134), RBI (seventh, 128) and doubles (eighth, 35). The pair also ranked 96th and 74th nationally in RBI this week (0.90 / 0.95 per game) and 10th and ninth in the Pac-12.

Hitting safely in 18 of her last 22 games, senior right fielder Samantha Pappas crushed her first four homers of the season in the span of four games in Orlando in early March and is now sixth all-time for the Ducks career-wise (34). The returning second-team All-American also stands top 10 all-time for UO in RBI (fourth, 138), batting (fifth, .356), doubles (fifth, 36), walks (fifth, 82), runs (sixth, 133), hits (sixth, 213) and stolen bases (eighth, 52).

USA Softball Player of the Year Top-25 Finalist and senior Jessica Moore has claimed five of UO’s victories vs. top-25 foes this year vs. then-No. 4 California (twice), No. 11 LSU, then-No. 14 Michigan and then-No. 15 Washington, and also made starts in the first two wins of the No. 15 Stanford series. Ranked 15th nationally in wins (17) and 22nd in ERA (1.42) this week, she also stood third in the conference in both categories. The returning third-team All-American is the Duck career record holder in strikeouts (824), wins (90), appearances (160) and innings (820.2). She picked up her third Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honor in early April for her 4-0 week and pair of wins at both then-No. 4 California and vs. Utah.

Picking up her third Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honor in early April, freshman Cheridan Hawkins claimed two of the team’s three wins that week - a 10-3 victory over No. 15 Stanford (4 SO, 0 BB, 4H, 5 IP) and a 4-2 decision over No. 15 Washington (7 SO, 2 H, 2 BB, CG). She earned her second league honor the week before after she pitched eight scoreless innings en route to victories the first two games vs. No. 15 Stanford. In those tilts, she retired 14 of her 18 outs via strikeouts, and allowed only two infield hits and no walks. The week before, she struck out 13 batters in her 6.1 innings in the finale vs. New Mexico. That ‘K’ total was the sixth-best in school history and three off her personal-high in six innings vs. Boston College (15) in early March that is second-best all-time for UO. This week’s conference leader in opposing batting (.133) and saves (4), she also stood second in fewest hits allowed (44), third in strikeouts (142) and fourth in ERA (1.46). Ranked second nationally in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (3.22 avg.), she also stood top 25 nationally in strikeouts per seven innings (fifth, 10.4 avg.), saves (ninth. 4) and ERA (24th, 1.46).

Senior left fielder Allie Burger has hit safely in seven of her last 11 games, including three recent multi-hit tilts in wins over New Mexico (2-for-3), Utah (2-for-2) and No. 4 California (2-for-3). With 176 career starts, she leads the team’s starting rotation in left field this season with her 18 opening nods, and nine of the last 14 games. Freshman Danica Mercado has 12 starts in left field, and showed her versatility with five starts early in the year at third base and twice in right field. In late March, she was named with Cheridan Hawkins to the U.S. Junior National Team that will play in the 2013 ISF Jr. World Championships in Ontario in July.

With seven starts the last 10 games at third base, freshman Koral Costa claimed her first multi-RBI game vs. No. 15 Stanford (2 RBI) thanks to her two-out, two-run single in the sixth inning. Last week, she posted her fourth multi-hit contest of the year vs. Utah (2-for-2). The versatile utility player also has six starts in left field, and is tied for the lead among Duck freshman in doubles (5) and walks (7) with Lindvall. Sophomore Jamie Rae Sullivan also has 17 starts at the hot corner in 2013, and her .250 season batting average includes career highs in hits earlier this year vs. Stephen F. Austin (3-for-3, 3 RBI) and Temple (3-for-5).

Enjoying an impressive March at the plate, redshirt freshman outfielder Alyssa Gillespie collected her first collegiate hits in a 9-for-15 stretch. She stroked her first collegiate hit on March 1 vs. NCAA tourney returnee Long Island, then stroked a team season high in hits vs. James Madison (4-for-4) two days later for her first multi-hit game. In between those outings, she collected her first extra-base hit vs. Boston College – a double in her 2-for-2 day.

 

MORE TEAM NOTES
- Three Duck starters are hitting +.400 this season – junior catcher Alexa Peterson (.466, 41 H, 7 HR, 26 RBI), sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda (.451, 60 H, 30 RBI, 20 SB) and junior shortstop Courtney Ceo (.405, 49 H, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 15 SB).

- On the Duck career batting charts, three current Ducks rank top five all-time - junior shortstop Courtney Ceo (third, .376), junior catcher Alexa Peterson (fourth, .364) and senior right fielder Samantha Pappas (fourth, .359). Three Ducks also dot the school career homer list (Kaylan Howard, first, 37-tied; Pappas, sixth, 34; Kailee Cuico, ninth, 30).

- Junior first baseman Kailee Cuico (18) owns the team’s longest hitting streak of the season (18 games), followed by sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda (13) and junior shortstop Courtney Ceo (11). Senior second baseman Kaylan Howard owned the longest last season (15), and Samantha Pappas rattled off the longest streaks in ’11 (12 games) and ’10 (15).

- Duck pitchers are holding opposing hitters to a .192 hitting mark – the team’s third-best since the start of Pac-12 play, and not far from its best marks from 1985 and ’87 (.176 / .179).

- With freshman Janelle Lindvall’s pair of game-winning RBI vs. No. 15 Stanford in late April, the Duck offense features 11 different players with similar honors this year – Cuico 5, Howard 5, Takeda 4, Ceo 3, Lindvall 2, Pappas 2, Mercado 2, Peterson 2, Costa 1, Goodrum 1, Sullivan 1.  

- In early March, the Ducks smacked +4 homers in four of their six games in the Citrus Classic en route to a 19-1 advantage on the trip. The Ducks tied their school record (6) with a Pac-12 season high vs. No. 14 Michigan, and also hit four against both No. 11 LSU and James Madison in five and seven innings, and three vs. Boston College in six innings.

- Season-wise, thanks to their hat tricks of homers last week, Kailee Cuico (12) and Kaylan Howard (12) are tied for seventh for most Duck homers in a season (12). Altogether, 12 different players have combined for 55 homers this year after Jessica Moore hit her first round-tripper of the season vs. No. 4 California in early April. Others with round-trippers in 2013 include Alexa Peterson (7), Janelle Lindvall (7), Courtney Ceo (4), Samantha Pappas (4), Stevie Jo Knapp (2), Jamie Rae Sullivan (2), Janie Takeda (2), Koral Costa (1) and Karine Shaver (1).

- Four of those Ducks with round-trippers this season are frosh – Lindvall, Costa, Knapp and Shaver - and Knapp’s came in her first collegiate at-bat.

- UO is on record pace for homers per game in 2012 (1.41 avg.) as a team. The Ducks are still ahead of their school-record mark from two years ago (1.22, 2011), while last year’s mark ranks third-best (1.05).

 


 

2012 DUCK-WILDCAT REWIND
Last year in Tucson, then-No. 15 Oregon took the season series at then-No. 11 Arizona with its 11-7 and 12-7 opening wins, then narrowly missed its first-ever sweep with a 5-4, eight-inning loss in the finale.

Team-wise, the Ducks outslugged one of the nation’s top offensive attacks, and owned edges in hitting (.357-.347), hits (35-33), homers (35-33), doubles (6-4) and walks (15-8).

Six Oregon starters posted +.300 batting averages on the trip – Allie Burger (.600, 6H), Alexa Peterson (.455, 2B, HR, 5 RBI) and Kailee Cuico (.444, 2B 2 HR, 5 RBI), Kaylan Howard (.417, 5H, HR, 4 RBI) and Samantha Pappas (.364, 4H, 2 2B, 2 RBI) and Jamie Rae Sullivan (.300, 2B, 2 RBI).

Among offensive heroes, Cuico and then-senior Christie Nieto hit grand slams in the first game’s first and third innings. In the second game, six Ducks had two hits a piece, and Howard and Peterson hit three-run and solo homers.

In the circle, Jessica Moore picked up both Duck wins, struck out six, and walked seven in her 15 innings.

 

DUCK 2013 TEAM PREVIEW
Boasting arguably its deepest roster ever, the World Series returnee Ducks return 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 (90) and strikeouts (824), 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 - No. 17 Arizona (26-13, 4-5)
UA returns three starters, two pitchers and seven letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 38-19 overall, tied for fourth place in the Pac-12 (12-12) and advanced to the Oklahoma Super Regional. … This week, the Wildcats owned six top-60 national team rankings in batting (29th, .313), homers (30th, 1.05 p/g), slugging (34th, .488), fielding (49th, .967), win-loss percentage (52nd, .667) and scoring (56th, 5.33 runs per game). … Five Arizona individuals stood top 70 nationally this week – Chelsea Goodacre (RBI, 14th, 1.23 per game; homers, 15th, 13; slugging 53rd, .771), Lauren Young (homers, 54th, 10), Kelsey Rodriguez (sacrifice flies, 21st, 3), Brigette Del Ponte (sacrifice flies, 21st, 3), and Shelby Babcock (wins, 68th, 13). … The team returns two of its All-Pac-12 Second-Team selections from last year – junior third baseman Brigette Del Ponte and sophomore outfielder Hallie Wilson. … Key wins for the team this year have come vs. No. 4 California (7-3) and No. 17 Washington (7-4), Long Beach State (4-3), Nebraska (1-0), Northwestern (4-3), Notre Dame (2-0) and Portland State (12-3 (5), 8-1). … 28th-year head coach Mike Candrea has guided UA to a 144-44 postseason mark that includes 21 World Series trips and eight national titles (1991, ‘93, ‘94, ‘96, ‘97, 2001, ’06, ‘07).

Top Wildcat Players (Notable 2013 Stats)
Hallie Wilson, So., 1B - .410, 50 H, 8 2B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 23 BB

Chelsea Goodacre, So., C - .381, 45 H, 7 2B, 13 HR, 48 RBI
Kelsey Rodriguez, Fr., UT - .343, 37 H, 6 2B
Chelsea Suitos, So., 2B - .339, 39 H, 18 BB, 12 SB
Lauren Young, Fr., 3B - .330, 36 H, 5 2B, 10 HR, 30 RBI
Alex Lavine, Jr., CF - .304, 24 H, 6 SB
Mandie Perez, Fr., LF - .301, 28 H, 4 HR, 21 RBI
Shelby Babcock, Jr., RHP – 13-5, 110 IP, 85 SO, 52 BB, .257 OppBA
Estela Pinon, Jr., RHP – 3.75, 9-4, 93.1 IP, 76 SO, 45 BB, .242 OppBA

 

ALL-TIME DUCK-WILDCAT SERIES RESULTS

Series Record: Arizona leads, 80-18

4/27/2012 at #11 Arizona (UO #15) W, 11-7
4/28/2012 at #11 Arizona (UO #15) W, 12-7
4/29/2012 at #11 Arizona (UO #15) L, 4-5
4/29/2011 at #9 Arizona (UO #16) W, 2-0
4/30/2011 at #9 Arizona (UO #16) W, 12-6
5/1/2011 at #9 at Arizona (UO #16) L, 6-7
5/7/2010 #3 Arizona (UO #19) L, 3-8
5/8/2010 #3 Arizona (UO #19) W, 2-1 (11)
5/9/2010 #3 Arizona (UO #19) L, 0-11 (5)
3/28/2009 at #11 Arizona L, 3-11
3/29/2009 at #11 Arizona L, 6-7
5/7/2009 #6 Arizona W, 2-1 (10
4/5/2008 #8 Arizona L, 1-5
4/6/2008 #8 Arizona W, 3-2
4/25/2008 at #8 Arizona W, 2-1
4/21/2007 at #3 Arizona (UO #14) L, 1-4
4/22/2007 at #3 Arizona (UO #14) L, 1-9
5/4/2007 #4 Arizona (UO #18) L, 2-6
4/1/2006 Arizona L, 1-4
5/11/2006 at Arizona L, 1-3
5/11/2006 at Arizona L, 5-9
4/9/2005 at #2 Arizona (UO #25) L, 1-8
4/10/2005 at #2 Arizona (UO #25) L, 1-8
4/29/2005 #2 Arizona W, 3-0
4/24/2004 #1 Arizona (UO #12) L, 1-6
4/25/2004 #1 Arizona (UO #12) W, 1-0
5/7/2004 at #1 Arizona (UO #10 L, 0-5
3/29/2003 at #2 Arizona (UO #19) L, 1-4
3/30/2003 at #2 Arizona (UO #19) L, 0-8
4/25/2003 Arizona (UO #20) L, 0-8
4/13/2002 Arizona L, 0-2
4/13/2002 Arizona L, 1-8
4/26/2002 at Arizona L, 3-11
3/30/2001 #2 Arizona L, 1-11
4/28/2001 at #1 Arizona L, 0-8
4/29/2001 at #1 Arizona L, 1-6
3/31/2000 at Arizona L, 2-3
4/29/2000 Arizona L, 0-2
4/30/2000 Arizona W, 1-0
3/26/1999 at Arizona L, 1-9
3/26/1999 at Arizona L, 6-11
4/24/1999 Arizona W, 2-1
4/24/1999 Arizona L, 5-6
3/28/1998 Arizona L, 0-2
3/28/1998 Arizona L, 11-18
4/24/1998 at Arizona L, 0-8
4/24/1998 at Arizona L, 1-13
4/12/1997 Arizona L, 0-5
4/12/1997 Arizona L, 1-12
5/2/1997 at Arizona L, 3-5
5/2/1997 at Arizona L, 1-9
5/4/1996 at Arizona L, 3-10
5/4/1996 at Arizona L, 0-7
5/11/1996 Arizona L, 1-6
5/11/1996 Arizona L, 0-11
3/18/1995 at Arizona L, 1-17
3/18/1995 at Arizona L, 0-14
5/7/1995 Arizona L, 0-10
5/7/1995 Arizona L, 1-5
4/24/1994 Arizona L, 2-11
4/24/1994 Arizona L, 7-10
5/7/1994 at Arizona L, 1-7
5/7/1994 at Arizona L, 3-13
5/1/1993 at Arizona L, 0-3
5/1/1993 at Arizona L, 0-9
4/12/1992 at Arizona L, 0-6
4/12/1992 at Arizona L, 2-3
4/25/1992 Arizona L, 0-6
4/25/1992 Arizona L, 0-1
4/13/1991 Arizona L, 2-3
4/13/1991 Arizona L, 0-5
4/27/1991 at Arizona L, 0-9
4/27/1991 at Arizona L, 2-8
2/18/1990 Arizona W, 2-1
2/13/1990 at Arizona L, 1-4
2/13/1990 at Arizona L, 5-10
4/14/1990 Arizona L, 0-3
4/14/1990 Arizona L, 0-3
2/14/1989 at Arizona W, 5-3
2/14/1989 at Arizona W, 2-1
2/19/1989 Arizona W, 5-3
3/24/1989 Arizona L, 2-3
5/27/1989 Arizona L, 0-4
4/15/1989 Arizona W, 4-3
4/15/1989 Arizona L, 0-3
3/11/1988 Arizona L, 0-4
3/11/1988 Arizona W, 3-0
4/15/1988 at Arizona L, 4-5
4/15/1988 at Arizona L, 0-1
2/21/1988 at Arizona L, 0-6
2/21/1988 at Arizona L, 3-6
3/26/1988 Arizona L, 0-6
3/24/1987 at Arizona L, 0-4
3/24/1987 at Arizona L, 0-8
4/16/1987 Arizona L, 1-4
4/17/1986 Arizona L, 0-6
1984 Arizona L, 0-9

 

AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH

With their hat trick of homers last week, senior Kaylan Howard and junior Kailee Cuico moved into first and ninth place on the school career homer list (37-tied / 30). Those round-trippers also gave them both 12 in 2013 – seventh-most in a season for Oregon.

Other career list improvements came from Howard (runs, fifth, 134) and senior Samantha Pappas (RBI, fourth, 138), and Cuico and Howard moved into a tie for seventh all-time for homers in a season (12)

In the circle, senior pitcher Jessica Moore added to her school record totals for wins (86), strikeouts (804), appearances (156) and innings (798.2).

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
SeasonTriples – 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, .376

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

 

Kailee Cuico
Career
Homers – 8th, 31 (8th is 31, 6th is 33, 5th is 34)

Season
RBI – 3rd, 53, 2012 (2nd is 61, 1st is 73)
Homers – 7th, 12, 2013; 7th, 12, 2012
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 – 1st-tie, 37 (3rd is 36)
Doubles – 5th, 36(4th is 38, 2nd is 39)
Runs – 5th, 134 (4th is 135, 3rd is 144)
RBI – 7th, 128 (6th is 136, 4th is 138)

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 – 5th, .356
Runs – 5th, 130 (5th is 130, 4th is 135, 3rd is 144)
Homers – 5th, 34 (3rd is 36, 2nd is 36, 1st is 37)
Walks – 5th, 82 (4th is 86, 2nd-tie is 96)
Hits – 6th, 213 (5th is 217, 4th is 224)
RBI – 4th, 138 (3rd is 141, 2nd is 144, 1st is 145)
Stolen Bases – 8th, 52 (6th is 58, 5th is 60, 3rd is 71)

Season
Doubles – 2nd, 17-tied, 2012
Total Bases – 3rd, 124, 2012; 9th-t, 107, 2010
RBI – 5th, 48, 2010
Slugging – 5th, .697, 2012; 9th, .641, 2010
Extra-Base Hits – 6th, 27, 2012
Hits – 7th, 70
Batting – 9th, .393, 2012
Stolen Bases – 9th-t, 22, 2012
Home Runs – 13th-t, 11; 2010, 11

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
Career
Batting – 4th, .364

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

 

UO ALL-TIME PITCHING CHARTS

Jessica Moore
Career
Strikeouts – 1st, 824 (2nd is 584)
Wins – 1st, 90 (2nd is 73)
Shutouts – 5th, 15 (4th is 18, 3rd is 21, 2nd is 22, 1st is 31)
Appearances – 1st, 160 (2nd-t is 142)
Innings – 1st, 820.2 (2nd is 783.0)
Complete Games – 6th, 70 (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 – 2nd, 15, vs. Boston College, 3/2/13
Strikeouts – 6th, 13, vs. New Mexico, 3/13/13
Strikeouts – 20th, 10, vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 2/16/13

 

IN THE POLLS
This week the Ducks staked the biggest improvement among the top 10 after it jumped three positions in both national polls.

Tabbed No. 6 by USA Softball and No. 7 by the NFCA, Oregon enjoyed its highest rankings of the regular season and its 11th straight top-10 national ranking.

In Tuesday’s ninth editions of the regular season, No. 6/7 UO was one of three top-10 ranked teams in the Pac-12 with a pair of fellow WCWS returnees - No. 2/2 Arizona State and No. 8/9 California.

Overall, Oregon was one of seven league members that ranked top 25 nationally in the USA SB/NFCA polls this week with No. 13/14 Washington, No. 15/16 Stanford, No. 21/19 UCLA and No. 22/17 Arizona.

For comparison's sake, a complete list of Pac-12 rankings from the previous USA SB/NFCA edition follows: No. 2/2 Arizona State, No. 4/5 California, No. 9/10 Oregon, No. 14/14 Stanford, No. 15/15 UCLA, No. 15/17 Washington, No. 22/19 Arizona and No. -/24 Oregon State.

Six other Duck non-conference foes in 2013 were also tabbed top 25 this week by USA SB/NFCA – No. 1/1 Oklahoma, No. 4/3 Florida, No. 12/12 Michigan, No. 14/13 LSU, No. 18/22 Nebraska and No. 20/15 Hawai’i.

The top two teams in the USA SB/NFCA polls stayed steady from last week - No. 1/1 Oklahoma and No. 2/2 Arizona State.

The remaining teams in the NFCA top five remained the same, while the same USA Softball slots changed.  No. 3 Tennessee climbed two spots after it swept Georgia in Athens; No. 5 Alabama improved two positions after it went 2-1 vs. Missouri at home; No. 4 Florida dropped a spot after it went 3-1 last week vs. Central Florida and Mississippi State.

Altogether, Oregon has now been ranked for 50 straight polls by USA Softball and 45 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, 2/26 12/10, 3/5 8/9, 3/12 9/10, 3/19 10/10, 3/26 10/10, 4/2 9/10, 4/9 6/7. 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.teamusa.org/USA-Softball/College-Corner/2013-College-Corner.aspx URL addresses.

In this week’s NCAA RPI rankings, UO also moved up one spot to fourth overall. Oregon stood tops in the Pac-12, ahead of #6 California, #7 Washington, #8 Arizona State, #17 Stanford, #22 UCLA, #26 Arizona, #36 Oregon State and #71 Utah. Complete NCAA RPI ratings are available at the http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/softball/d1/ncaa_womens_softball_rpi URL address.

 

PICKS OF THE PAC-12
Earlier this week, senior Jessica Moore won her third career Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honor to tie the Duck record for pitchers.

En route to a 4-0 record last week, the Sutter, Calif., logged her fourth and fifth wins of the season vs. top 15-ranked foes with both of the team’s victories vs. the returning Pac-12 champion Bears and two wins over the Utes.

Her eight strikeouts in the 9-3 finale vs. Cal was two off her season high vs. SDSU (10), and she hit her first homer of the season. In the 5-1 opening win in Berkeley, she walked none and logged six strikeouts en route to her sixth complete game of the year.

For the weekend, she led the squad in ERA (1.59), starts (3), appearances (4), innings (22) and fewest walks (3).

In March and early April, freshman pitcher Cheridan Hawkins was honored with three Pac-12 Softball Pitcher of the Week honors.

The first came after she helped lead the Ducks to a 6-0 run in the Citrus Classic in Orlando to open March. Among her four appearances, she logged UO’s second-highest strikeout tally ever (15) in her six-inning shutout of Boston College. That tally was one shy of the school record, and her only hit allowed came with one out remaining (while she only walked one).

In the tourney finale vs. James Madison, the Anderson, Calif., native struck out six, walked one and allowed only two hits vs. the Dukes who picked up votes in last week’s national poll. Against returning NCAA tourney advancer Long Island, she struck out all six batters she faced in her two innings of relief.

She allowed only one earned run on the weekend, which ended a 39.0 streak of innings without allowing an earned run. Among the team’s six games combined, she led in ERA (0.45), wins (2), innings (15.2), strikeouts (29) and opposing batting average (.078).

Three weeks later, she was honored for her eight scoreless innings in relief in the Pac-12-opening 4-3 and 3-2 victories over No. 15 Stanford. In those games, she retired 14 of her 18 combined outs via strikeouts and allowed only two infield hits and no walks or runs. She also bettered her season strikeout-per-seven-innings average (10.80) that ranked sixth nationally the week before with a 16.33 weekend average.

Factoring in her win in her start and 10-3 decision in the finale, she struck out 18 batters in her 11 innings for the three games, walked none, and allowed six hits and three runs for a 1.91 ERA.

The final week of March she claimed two of the team’s three league wins over the Cardinal (10-3) and No. 15 Huskies (4-2).

In the finale over Stanford, she struck out four, walked none and allowed four hits in her five innings. She logged seven strikeouts vs. UW in her second-game win, and allowed only two hits and two walks in her second complete game of the campaign.

Overall for her three appearances, she led the team in wins (2), innings (14.0), strikeouts (11) and fewest walks (2).

That same weekend in the three games vs. Washington and finale vs. Stanford, junior first baseman Kailee Cuico led the Ducks in home runs (3), RBI (6) and slugging (1.077) for the week's four games.

The Carson, Calif., native tallied 3 RBI in the 10-3 finale over No. 15 Stanford - her second-highest total of the year. She logged a pair of two-hit games vs. No. 15 Washington, and multi-RBI games vs. both foes.

Those awards marked the 40th and 41st pitcher/player selections in school history, and 11 in the tenure of head coach Mike White.

Among the current roster, junior outfielder Samantha Pappas and pitcher Jessica Moore are two-time recipients, and sophomore catcher Alexa Peterson and junior outfielder Allie Burger received similar nods in 2011 and ’10, respectively.

 

SKED CRED
The Ducks face another grueling regular season slate in 2013 with 32 of their 55 games this spring against 16 returning tournament qualifiers from last year’s NCAA tournament field.

Among the Ducks’ 35 opponents, UO will face four other WCWS returnees in national runner-up Oklahoma, Arizona State, California and LSU.

The Ducks will take on 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 18 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).

 

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
After an 8-0 start at home in 2013, Oregon points towards another impressive home schedule this season after it swept its home-opening doubleheader vs. New Mexico and three-game series vs. No. 15 Stanford in March and Utah in early April.

Later this spring, UO points towards another three-game home league series vs. 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:

 

Allie Burger, Sr., OF
2010
All-Region Second Team
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

 

Courtney Ceo, Jr., SS
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, Jr., 1B
2012
All-Region Second Team
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

2011
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team Honorable Mention

 

Sara Goodrum, So., OF
2012
All-Pac-12 Freshman Hon. Mention

 

Karissa Hovinga, So., RHP
2012
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team Honorable Mention

 

Kaylan Howard, Sr., 2B
2012
All-Region First Team
All-Pac-12 Second Team

2010
All-Pac-12 Freshman Hon. Mention

 

Jessica Moore, Sr. RHP
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

 

Samantha Pappas, Sr., RF
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

 

Alexa Peterson, Jr., C
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

 

Janie Takeda, So., CF
2012
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team

 

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 71.9 winning percentage as its head coach, White has compiled a 156-61 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.

The multiple Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) MVP pitcher and All-American also 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-12 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 three of the eight World Series qualifiers were from the Pac-12 (#1 seed California, #3 seed Arizona State and #11 seed Oregon); two more teams advanced to the Super Regional (#13 Arizona, #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 Arizona
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)
(#11 LSU (10-2 (5), 3/1/13) - no GW RBI (Ceo scored on error on grounder by Howard, 1st inning (0 out, 2-2 pitch))
Long Island ((8-1, 3/1/13) - Pappas 3-run homer to LCF 2nd inning, 0-0 pitch)
Boston College (8-0 (6), 3/2/13) - Howard sacrifice fly to CF, 3rd inning (1 out, 0-2 pitch)
Temple (11-4, 3/2/13) - Takeda bases-loaded walk, 1st inning (1 out, 3-1 pitch)
#14 Michigan (13-4 (6), 3/3/13) - Cuico one-run single to CF, 1st inning (1 out, 0-1 pitch)
(James Madison (12-1, 3/3/13) - Gillespie scored from second base on error by pitcher on grounder by Howard, 3rd inning (1 out, 0-0 pitch))
San Diego State (3-2, 3/8/13) - Ceo one-run suicide squeeze bunt, 7th inning (2 outs, 1-1 pitch)
St. Mary's (4-2, 3/9/13) - Takeda one-run single to LF, 2nd inning (1 out, 3-0 pitch)
(New Mexico (10-0 (6), 3/13/13) - Takeda groundout to 3b, 1st inning (1 out, 0-2 pitch) Ceo scored on errant throw that sailed over 3b's head.)
New Mexico (4-0, 3/13/13) - Cuico two-run single to CF, 4th inning (1 out, 2-2 pitch)
#15 Stanford (4-3, 3/23/13) - Pappas one-run double down RF line, 7th inning (2 outs, 0-0 pitch)
#15 Stanford (3-2, 3/24/13) - Lindvall two-run double to RCF, 6th inning (2 outs, 0-0 pitch)
#15 Stanford (10-3, 3/25/13) - Lindvall two-run single to RF (2 outs, 1-2 count pitch)
#15 Washington (12-1, 3/28/13) - Howard one-run single to CF, 5th inning (2 outs, 1-2 pitch)
#15 Washington (4-2, 3-29/13) - Howard two-run homer to LCF, 6th inning (0 outs, 3-2 pitch)
Utah (11-3, 4/2/13) - Howard solo homer, 1st inning (2 outs, 3-2 pitch)
Utah (11-1 - 4/2/13) - Mercado RBI single up middle past SS, 2nd inning (1 out, 1-2 pitch)
Utah (5-2, 4/3/13) - Peterson one-run double to CF, 4th inning (1 out, 1-2 pitch)
#4 California (5-1, 4/6/13) - Howard solo homer to RCF, 4th inning (1 out,
(#4 California (9-3, 4/7/13) – no game-winning RBI (Ceo hit single and scored on an error by CF, 5th inning (0 outs, 2-2 pitch))

 

BY PLAYER: Cuico 5, Howard 5, Takeda 4, Ceo 3, Lindvall 2, Mercado 2, Pappas 2, Peterson 2, Costa 1, Goodrum 1, Sullivan 1

 

 

HOMER RUNDOWN
Western Michigan (2/7) – Stevie Jo Knapp, 4th inning, 2 runs, LF, 1 out
San Jose State (2/9) – Koral Costa, 2nd inning, LF, 0 out
San Jose State (2/9) – Alexa Peterson – 2nd inning, 1 run, RCF, 2 out
Boise State (2/10) – Janelle Lindvall – 2nd inning, 1 run, CF, 0 out
Boise State (2/10) – Kaylan Howard – 2nd inning, 2 run, LF, 2 out
Boise State (2/10) – Alexa Peterson – 3rd inning, 1 run, CF, 1 out
Boise State (2/10) – Karine Shaver, 6th inning, 2 runs, CF, 1 out
Long Beach State (2/15) – Courtney Ceo, 3rd inning, 2 runs, CF, 1 out
Long Beach State (2/15) – Kailee Cuico, 7th inning, 3 runs, 2 out
Long Beach State (2/15) – Janelle Lindvall, 7th inning, 3 runs, 2 out
Utah Valley (2/15) – Kailee Cuico, 3rd inning, 2 runs, CF, 2 out
Hawai’i (2/16) – Kaylan Howard, 1st inning, 2 runs, LCF, 1 out
Cal State Fullerton (2/17) – Alexa Peterson, 3 runs, LCF, 2 out
Viriginia (2/22/13) – Kailee Cuico – 1st inning, 2 runs, LCF, 0 outs
Nebraska (2/23/13) – Kailee Cuio – 1st inning, 2 runs, RCF, 2 out
Nebraska (2/23/13) – Janie Takeda – 6st inning, 2 runs, RF, 1 out
San Diego St. (2/24/13) – Kaylan Howard – 5th inning, 2 runs, RF, 2 outs,
#11 LSU (3/1/13) – Kailee Cuico – 4th inning, 2 runs, LF, 1 out
Long Island (3/1/13) – Samantha Pappas – 2nd inning, 3 runs, 2 outs
Long Island (3/1/13) –Kaylan Howard – 3rd inning, 1 run, 0 outs
Long Island (3/1/13) – Jamie Rae Sullivan – 5th inning, 2 runs, 0 outs.
Long Island (3/1/13) –.Samantha Pappas – 5th inning, 1 run, 2 outs
Boston College (3/2/13) – Stevie Jo Knapp – 4th inning, 2 runs, 0 outs
Boston College (3/2/13) – Samantha Pappas – 4th inning, 1 run, 1 out
Boston College (3/2/13) – Courtney Ceo – 4th inning, 1 run, 1 out
Temple (3/2/13) – Kailee Cuico – 4th inning, 2 runs, 1 out
#14 Michigan (3/3/13) – Kaylan Howard – 3rd inning, 1 run, 0 out
#14 Michigan (3/3/13) – Kaylan Howard – 4th ining, 1 run, 2 outs
#14 Michigan (3/3/13) – Kailee Cuico – 4th inning, 1 run, 2 outs
#14 Michigan (3/3/13) – Janelle Lindvall – 5th inning, 1 run, 0 outs
#14 Michigan (3/3/13) – Samantha Pappas – 5th inning, 1 run, 1 out
#14 Michigan (3/3/13) – Courtney Ceo – 6th inning, 2 runs, 1 out
James Madison (3/3/13) – Kaylan Howard – 6th inning, 2 runs, 2 outs
James Madison (3/3/13) – Alexa Peterson – 7th inning, 1 run, 1 out
James Madison (3/3/13) – Janelle Lindvall, 7th inning, 1 run, 2 outs
James Madison (3/3/13) – Jamie Rae Sullivan, 7th inning, 2 runs, 2 outs
^ New Mexico (3/13/13) – Janie Takeda, 7th inning, 3 runs, 0 outs
#15 Stanford (3/23/13) - Kaylan Howard, 4th inning, 1 run, 1 out
#15 Stanford (3/25/13) - Kailee Cuico, 4th inning, 3 runs, 2 outs
#15 Washington (3/28/13) – Janelle Lindvall, 2nd inning, 1 run, 2 outs
#15 Washington (3/28/13) – Kailee Cuico, 5th inning, 2 runs, 2 outs
#15 Washington (3/28/13) – Courtney Ceo, 7th inning, 3 runs, 2 outs
#15 Washington (3/29/13) – Kaylan Howard, 6th inning, 2 runs, 0 outs
#15 Washington (3/30/13) – Kailee Cuico, 2nd inning, 1 run, 0 outs
Utah (4/2/13 – Game 1) – Kaylan Howard, 1st inning, 1 run, 2 outs
Utah (4/2/13 – Game 1) – Kailee Cuico, 3rd inning, 1 run, 0 outs
^ Utah (4/2/13 – Game 1) – Alexa Peterson, 6th inning, 2 runs, 1 out
^ Utah (4/2/13 – Game 2) – Janelle Lindvall, 6th inning, 3 runs, 2 out
Utah (4/3/13) – Kaylan Howard, 6th inning, 1 run, 0 out
Utah (4/3/13) – Alexa Peterson, 6th inning, 1 run, 2 outs
#4 California (4/6/13 – Game 1) – Kaylan Howard, 4th inning, 1 run, 1 out
#4 California (4/7/13) – Alexa Peterson, 2nd inning, 1 run, 2 outs
#4 California (4/7/13) – Jessica Moore, 3rd inning, 1 run, 0 out
#4 California (4/7/13) – Kailee Cuico, 7th inning, 1 run, 0 out
#4 California (4/7/13) – Janelle Lindvall, 7th inning, 2 runs, 1 out

 

^ walk-off homer (3)

 


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 (156-61, 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)
00 Samantha Pappas OF L/R 5-10 Sr. Mission Viejo, Calif. (Tesoro)
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), Cheridan Hawkins (SHARE-a-dan), 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)
00 Samantha Pappas OF L/R 5-10 Sr. Mission Viejo, Calif. (Tesoro)
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 #9 (4/9)

USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll

https://nfca.org/index.php/polls

Rk Team Record Totals Prev
*1 Oklahoma (31) 34-2 775 1
*2 Arizona State 36-4 735 2
*3 Florida 38-4 699 3
4 Alabama 35-6 673 4
5 Tennessee 34-6 655 6
6 Texas 35-4 588 8
>7 Oregon 33-6 574 10
8 Missouri 23-4 566 7
*9 California 30-6 542 5
10 Texas A&M 31-7 525 9
11 Louisville 32-6 475 11
*12 Michigan 31-7 440 12
*13 LSU 33-8 393 13
*14 Washington 31-10 352 17
*15 Hawai'i 31-7 336 16
*16 Stanford 27-12 326 14
*17 Arizona 26-13 228 19
18 Kentucky 27-10 211 21
*19 UCLA 26-13 193 15
20 Baylor 29-10 184 18
21 Tulsa 31-9-1 161 20
*22 Nebraska 28-8 145 22
23 South Alabama 34-7 128 23
24 USC Upstate 32-3 40 RV
25 North Carolina 31-13 33 RV

Others Receiving Votes: USF (22), *Oregon State (19), Wisconsin (16), Florida State (13), Louisiana-Lafayette (11), Virginia Tech (8), Notre Dame (4), Georgia (2), Minnesota (2), Iowa (1).

Dropped Out: No. 24 Oregon State (24-14), No. 25 Wisconsin (28-6)

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 (20) 34-2 500 1
*2. Arizona State 36-4 476 2
3. Tennessee 34-6 451 5
*4. Florida 38-4 438 3
5. Alabama 35-6 405 7
>6. Oregon 33-6 388 9
7. Texas 35-4 374 8
*8. California 30-6 361 4
9. Missouri 23-4 359 6
10. Louisville 32-6 310 11
11. Texas A&M 31-7 303 10
*12. Michigan 31-7 293 12
*13. Washington 31-10 253 T15
*14. LSU 33-8 245 13
*15. Stanford 27-12 214 14
16. Baylor 29-10 165 17
17. Tulsa 31-9-1 158 18
*18. Nebraska 28-8 150 19
19. Kentucky 27-10 143 20
*20. Hawaii 31-7 129 21
*21. UCLA 26-13 93 T15
*22. Arizona 26-13 80 22
23. South Alabama 34-7 63 24
24. North Carolina 31-13 46 25
25. Florida State 31-13 29 RV

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin (19), SC Upstate (16), South Florida (10), Iowa (6), UAB (5), Minnesota (5), Georgia (4), Virginia Tech (3), Louisiana-Lafayette (3), *San Diego State (1), Ball State (1), Arkansas (1)

New to Poll: Florida State; Dropped Out: Wisconsin
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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