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Moore Tapped as NFCA National Player of the Week
Release Date: 04/16/2013
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STARKVILLE, Miss. - After the No. 5 University of Oregon softball team's weekend sweep of eight-time national champion Arizona, senior Jessica Moore was honored Tuesday as the NFCA National Softball Player of the Week.

The senior pitcher from Sutter, Calif., logged her third career no-hitter Sunday with her five-inning perfect game in the 9-0 finale. She logged six strikeouts among the then-No. 17 Wildcats' 15 outs, and 43 of her 61 pitches were for strikes.

In Friday's 5-3 opener against the returning Super Regional advancers, she earned the win in her six-inning start - one of seven wins this year vs. top-20 foes.

"It's a really big honor and I'm super-excited," Moore said, "It was a huge weekend for the team, and all three pitchers on our staff are doing great. We've worked hard to get to this point, and are excited to raise our level higher."

The USA Softball Player of the Year Top-25 Finalist upped her school career records last weekend in strikeouts (835), wins (92), appearances (162) and innings (831.2).

The returning All-American also improved her marks in Duck career categories for shutouts (fifth, 17) and complete games (sixth, 71), and climbed its all-time list for wins in a season (11th, 19).

Overall in 2013, the three-time All-Pac-12 pick paces the team in wins (19), starts (22) and innings (129.1), and this week ranked 18th nationally in wins and ERA, and third and fourth in the Pac-12, respectively.

Two weeks ago, she was also chosen with the sixth overall pick in the National Professional Fastpitch draft by the New York / New Jersey Comets.

"Our program is very honored that Jess was selected for the award," fourth-year head coach Mike White said. "She has worked hard for four years on and off the field to raise her game to this level. Our catchers and defense also played a big part in last week's and this season's success, and should be commended, too."

Team-wise last weekend, the then-No. 6 Ducks (36-6, 13-2) swept then-No. 17 Arizona (27-17, 4-8) for the first time in school history.

Oregon posted its first +8-run victories in the 101-game series and 19th and 20th no-hitters in school history, thanks to the five-inning victories by freshman Cheridan Hawkins and Moore.

After claiming its fifth Pac-12 series this season, the Ducks stand alone atop the conference standings with their best-ever 13-2 league start.

On Tuesday, No. 5 Oregon (36-6, 13-2) opens the final month of the regular season with a non-conference doubleheader vs. Portland State (15-21, Big Sky 8-1).
The twin bill is set for a 4 p.m. start at Erv Lind Stadium in Portland.

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