EUGENE – The No. 3 University of Oregon softball team (47-9) stayed perfect in NCAA Regional play under fourth-year head coach Mike White with its 5-2 win Thursday evening over BYU (33-24) at Howe Field.
Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year Jessica Moore (26-4) cruised to her 12th complete game of the season and raised her career regional postseason record to 9-0.
The senior from Sutter, Calif., struck out a season-high 12 batters – two better than her previous best vs. SDSU in late February – and tied the ninth-best Duck mark in a game.
She also walked one batter and allowed seven hits en route to her 26th win of the year – still third-best all-time for UO – and a school-record 99th career-wise.
"We played pretty well," Moore said, "but we struggled with executing our game plan a little. It was good to get the win and get the jitters out. I struggled a little in the second inning when I let down a bit.”
Moore also climbed all-time Duck lists career-wise in complete games (fifth, 76) and season-wise in strikeouts (eighth, 175).
In the first inning, junior DP Alexa Peterson put the Ducks ahead with a three-run homer. The shot into the left field bleachers was her 12th of the 2013 and moved her into a tie for eighth all-time in a season for the Ducks.
The All-Region First-Team choice drove in sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda and junior shortstop Courtney Ceo who had walked to open the game.
Moore scored UO’s fourth run in the fourth inning after she singled, advanced on a walk and errant throw by the second baseman, and a sacrifice fly by Ceo to center field.
In the fifth inning, four walks in the span of five batters accounted for UO’s fifth run.
“Getting off to a three run start was great," Oregon head coach Mike White said, "and it got the jitters out early. This time of year we need to capitalize on our opportunities and then use our pitching and defense to win the game.”
For the game, junior shortstop Courtney Ceo (2-for-2) connected on her 19th multi-hit game of the campaign, and three other Ducks hit safely once.
Ceo moved to third all-time for UO for runs in a season (51), and Takeda and senior second baseman Kaylan Howard climbed to fifth and sixth (50 / 49).
The Cougars scored their pair of runs in the second inning on a two-out, bases-loaded single to center field by Carly Duckworth. BYU’s Alexandra Shamo-Hudson led off the inning with a single, and Coco Tauali’i and Mylee Davis reached on a walk and hit by pitch.
In the circle for the Cougars, Tori Almond (12-7) started the game and pitched to the first three batters. After Peterson’s homer, she was replaced two pitches later by Hannah Howell who worked the remaining six innings.
Altogether, Howell gave up three hits, struck out four, walked eight batters, and one of her two runs allowed was earned.
At the plate for the Pacific Coast Softball Conference champions, three players hit safely twice – Duckworth (2-for-4, 2 RBI), right fielder Gordy Bravo (2-for-4) and Shamo-Hudson (2-for-3).
Friday's outcome raised the Ducks' NCAA Regional record to 10-0 under White after it posted perfect 3-0 marks at Georgia Tech (2010), at Penn State (2011) and at home (2012).
Moore has been the pitcher of record in each of those games except the Atlanta finale her freshman season.
Earlier Thursday afternoon at Howe Field, North Carolina (40-19) beat Big Ten Tournament champion and No. 25 Wisconsin (42-12) in 8 innings, 3-2.
Looking ahead to Friday, the Tar Heels will face the Ducks at 11 a.m. in the day’s opener, and the Cougars play the Badgers at 2 p.m. The winner of that second game will face the loser of the Oregon-UNC game at 5 p.m.
“(UNC's Lori) Spingola pitched well against a hot Wisconsin team today, so we will have to be ready for her," White said. "They will come out hard against us, and we to have a game plan for their offense and for Spingola.”
Saturday’s final-day action starts at noon between the remaining teams alive in the double-elimination format, and a second, if-necessary game would follow at 3 p.m.
More NCAA Tournament information is available at the www.NCAAsports.com website.
#3 Oregon 5, Brigham Young 2 (May 16, 2013 at Eugene, Ore.)
Brigham Young 020 000 0 - 2 7 1 (33-24)
#3 Oregon 300 110 X - 5 4 2 (47-9)
Pitchers: Brigham Young - ALMOND; HOWELL(1) and DAVIS. Oregon - Moore, Jessica and Lindvall, Janelle. Win-Moore, Jessica(26-4) Loss-ALMOND(12-7) T-2:22 A-902. HR ORE - Peterson, Alexa (12). Weather: Night, 50 degrees. ALMOND faced 3 batters in the 1st.
Brigham Young vs #3 Oregon
May 16, 2013 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
Brigham Young 2 (33-24)
Oregon 5 (47-9)
|Takeda, Janie lf||3||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||3|
|Ceo, Courtney 3b||2||1||2||1||1||0||1||0||0|
|Peterson, Alexa dp||4||1||1||3||0||1||0||0||3|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b||2||0||0||0||2||1||6||0||0|
|Howard, Kaylan 2b||3||1||0||0||0||1||1||2||0|
|Pappas, Samantha cf||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0|
|Lindvall, Janelle c||2||0||0||0||1||0||12||0||2|
|Moore, Jessica p||1||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||0|
|Gillespie, Alyssa pr||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Costa, Koral rf||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||0|
|Shaver, Karine ss||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||3||0|
Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Brigham Young....... 020 000 0 - 2 7 1 Oregon.............. 300 110 X - 5 4 2 -----------------------------------------
|E - TAUALI'I(11); Ceo, C(12); Cuico, K(5). DP - BYU 1. LOB - BYU 8; ORE 8. HR - Peterson, A(12). HBP - DAVIS. SH - DAVIS(4). SF - Ceo, C(1). SB - Ceo, C(21).|
|Moore, Jessica W,26-4||7.0||7||2||2||1||12||0||0||1||0||28||31||2||7||115|
| Win - Moore, J (26-4). Loss - ALMOND (12-7). Save - None. WP - HOWELL(15). HBP - by Moore, J (DAVIS). BK - ALMOND 2(3). PB - DAVIS(5); Lindvall, J(5). Inherited runners/scored: None. Pitches/strikes: ALMOND 11/2; HOWELL 118/54; Moore, J 115/80.
Umpires - HP: Bob Sells 1B: Tanya Garig 3B: Rob Burkhart
2013 Oregon Softball
Brigham Young vs #3 Oregon
May 16, 2013 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
|Brigham Young starters: 3/lf DUCKWORTH; 1/dp MILLETT; 2/rf BRAVO; 31/1b MANUMA; 5/cf SHAMO; 33/3b ROBB; 25/2b TAUALI'I; 4/ss ROBINSON; 9/c DAVIS; 8/p ALMOND;|
|Oregon starters: 19/lf Takeda, J; 22/3b Ceo, C; 14/dp Peterson, A; 33/1b Cuico, K; 3/2b Howard, K; 0/cf Pappas, S; 26/c Lindvall, J; 12/p Moore, J; 7/rf Costa, K; 8/ss Shaver, K;|
|Brigham Young 1st - DUCKWORTH singled to right field (0-0). MILLETT struck out swinging (2-2 KBFBS). BRAVO reached on a fielder's choice (0-0); DUCKWORTH out at second ss to 2b. MANUMA struck out swinging (1-2 SBFS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 1st - Takeda, J walked (3-1 BBKBB). Takeda, J advanced to second on a balk. Takeda, J advanced to third on a balk. Ceo, C walked (3-0 BBBB). Peterson, A homered to left field, 3 RBI (1-0 B); Ceo, C scored; Takeda, J scored. HOWELL to p for ALMOND. Cuico, K walked (3-0 BBBB). Howard, K reached on a fielder's choice (1-2 KBS); Cuico, K out at second p to ss. Pappas, S flied out to lf (2-0 BB). Lindvall, J popped up to 3b (2-0 BB). 3 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Brigham Young 2nd - SHAMO singled to center field (1-1 KB). ROBB struck out swinging (2-2 KSFBBS). TAUALI'I walked (3-2 BBBKFFB); SHAMO advanced to second. ROBINSON struck out swinging (0-2 SFS). TAUALI'I advanced to second; SHAMO advanced to third on a passed ball. DAVIS hit by pitch (2-2 KBSB). DUCKWORTH singled to center field, 2 RBI (3-2 BBFFFFB); DAVIS advanced to second; TAUALI'I scored; SHAMO scored. MILLETT struck out looking (2-2 KBSBK). 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 2nd - Moore, J walked (3-1 BBKBB). Gillespie, A pinch ran for Moore, J. Costa, K fouled out to 3b (3-2 BKBFB). Takeda, J reached on a fielder's choice (1-2 BFS); Gillespie, A out at second 3b to 2b. Ceo, C singled to right field (1-0 B); Takeda, J advanced to third. Ceo, C stole second. Peterson, A struck out looking (1-2 KBKK). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Brigham Young 3rd - Moore, J to p for Gillespie, A. BRAVO singled, advanced to second on an error by 3b (0-0). MANUMA grounded out to ss (1-1 KB); BRAVO advanced to third. SHAMO grounded out to 1b unassisted (1-0 B). ROBB struck out looking (0-2 FKK). 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 3rd - Cuico, K struck out looking (2-2 SBKBFK). Howard, K struck out swinging (1-2 BKFS). Pappas, S walked (3-1 BBFBB). Pappas, S advanced to second on a passed ball. Lindvall, J flied out to cf (3-2 BFBFBFF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Brigham Young 4th - TAUALI'I struck out swinging (1-2 BKSS). ROBINSON singled, bunt (0-1 S). DAVIS reached on an error by 1b, SAC (0-0); ROBINSON advanced to second. DUCKWORTH struck out swinging (1-2 BFSS). ARNOLD pinch hit for MILLETT. ARNOLD struck out looking (1-2 FBSK). 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 4th - Moore, J singled to shortstop (1-2 KBF). Costa, K walked (3-1 BKBBB); Moore, J advanced to second. Costa, K advanced to second; Moore, J advanced to third on an error by 2b. Takeda, J grounded out to p (2-2 FBFB). Ceo, C flied out to cf, SAC, RBI (3-1 BFBB); Moore, J scored, unearned. Peterson, A lined out to lf (1-0 B). 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Brigham Young 5th - BRAVO fouled out to 3b (0-1 S). MANUMA grounded out to 1b unassisted (1-2 FBFF). SHAMO singled to left field (2-0 BB). ROBB struck out swinging (1-2 SFBFFFS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 5th - Cuico, K walked (3-1 BKBBB). Howard, K reached on a fielder's choice (1-2 BKKF); Cuico, K out at second rf to ss. Pappas, S walked (3-0 BBBB); Howard, K advanced to second. Pappas, S advanced to second on a wild pitch; Howard, K advanced to third. Lindvall, J walked (3-0 BBBB). Moore, J walked, RBI (3-0 BBBB); Lindvall, J advanced to second; Pappas, S advanced to third; Howard, K scored. Costa, K struck out looking (2-2 BBKFK). Takeda, J reached on a fielder's choice (1-0 B); Moore, J out at second 2b unassisted. 1 run, 0 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.|
|Brigham Young 6th - TAUALI'I grounded out to ss (2-0 BB). ROBINSON grounded out to 2b (1-0 B). DAVIS grounded out to 2b (2-2 KKBB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 6th - Ceo, C singled, bunt (1-0 B). Peterson, A grounded into double play p to ss to 1b (1-1 KB); Ceo, C out on the play. Cuico, K lined out to lf (2-1 FBB). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Brigham Young 7th - MILLETT to dp for ARNOLD. DUCKWORTH popped up to ss (2-2 SBFFFB). MILLETT struck out swinging (0-2 SSS). BRAVO singled to shortstop (0-1 S). MANUMA struck out swinging (1-2 SFBS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|