EUGENE - The No. 3 University of Oregon softball team (48-9) advanced to its fourth straight NCAA Regional Final with a 3-0 win over North Carolina (40-20) Friday afternoon at Howe Field.
En route to her school-record 100th career victory, senior Jessica Moore (26-4) struck out nine, walked one, and scattered five hits.
The Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year posted her fourth shutout of the season and 19th career-wise - fourth-most all-time for the Ducks - and two shy of Susan Voeller's third-best total (21).
"Coach White said that we have to go out and play every game like it’s going to be our last," Moore said. "At any time in the postseason, it could turn really quickly. We need to go out and be aggressive against whomever we play, and be fired up and ready to win.”
Moore raised her four-year record in regional action to 10-0, and also improved her school career records for strikeouts (902), innings (888) and appearances (172).The Ducks scored their opening run in the first inning after sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda led off with a single to shortstop, advanced on a sacrifice bunt, stole third base, and scored on a bad throw by the catcher.
Overall for the game, Takeda (2-for-4, 2 SB) and Ceo (2-for-2, RBI) posted their team-leading 29th and 20th multi-hit games of the season.
The All-Pac-12 and All-Region choice Takeda now has 86 hits on the season - one shy of the school record by Lisa Wangler from 2001 (87).
Takeda and Ceo also raised their season stolen base totals to 29 and 22 - sixth- and 10th-most in a campaign for the Ducks.
“The team has a lot of confidence in each other right now," Takeda said. "We are really pulling for one another, and picking each other up on offense, defense and on the basepaths. We're excited to win today and look forward to tomorrow.”In the circle for UNC, All-ACC pitcher Lori Spingola (30-14) struck out seven, walked one, yielded six hits, and two of her three runs allowed were earned.
Offensively for the Tar Heels, five players hit safely once.
Two of those hits came in the second inning, along with a one-out walk that loaded the bases. Moore, however, answered with a strikeout of pinch-hitter Kati Causey and infield pop-out to end the inning.
"Jess has been our number one for four years," Oregon head coach Mike White said,"so we were excited to see her get another key win, especially at home in front of a great crowd. North Carolina is a quality opponent with a good pitcher who is difficult to score runs off. Fortunately, we were able to lead the game off with our short game."
After the Duck-Cougar contest, No. 25 Wisconsin (44-12) beat BYU, 6-0, and North Carlina, 6-2.
On Saturday, No. 3 UO plays No. 25 Wisconsin at noon in the NCAA Regional Final, and a second if-necessary game would follow at 3 p.m. in the double-elimination format.
#3 Oregon at North Carolina
May 17, 2013 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
Oregon 3 (48-9)
|Takeda, Janie lf||4||2||2||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Ceo, Courtney 3b||2||1||2||1||0||0||0||5||0|
|Peterson, Alexa dp||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||0||0|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b||3||0||0||0||0||2||8||0||1|
|Pappas, Samantha cf||3||0||1||1||0||1||0||0||0|
|Howard, Kaylan 2b||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||1||2|
|Moore, Jessica p||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|Lindvall, Janelle c||3||0||0||0||0||1||9||0||1|
|Burger, Allie rf||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Costa, Koral ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Shaver, Karine ss||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
North Carolina 0 (40-20)
Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Oregon.............. 102 000 0 - 3 6 1 North Carolina...... 000 000 0 - 0 5 2 -----------------------------------------
|E - Cuico, K(6); Parrish 2(7). LOB - ORE 4; NC 8. 2B - Brown(12); Satterfield(7). HBP - Dickey. SH - Ceo, C(11). SB - Takeda, J 2(29); Ceo, C(22).|
|Moore, Jessica W,27-4||7.0||5||0||0||1||9||0||0||1||0||27||29||4||8||98|
| Win - Moore, J (27-4). Loss - Spingola (30-14). Save - None. HBP - by Moore, J (Dickey). Inherited runners/scored: None. Pitches/strikes: Moore, J 98/68; Spingola 122/84.
Umpires - HP: Brandon Bluhm 1B: Tanya Garig 3B: Bob Sells
2013 Oregon Softball
#3 Oregon at North Carolina
May 17, 2013 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
|Oregon starters: 19/lf Takeda, J; 22/3b Ceo, C; 14/dp Peterson, A; 33/1b Cuico, K; 0/cf Pappas, S; 3/2b Howard, K; 12/p Moore, J; 26/c Lindvall, J; 2/rf Burger, A; 8/ss Shaver, K;|
|North Carolina starters: 12/ss Brown; 20/cf Mateen; 24/dp Dickey; 25/c Parrish; 17/3b Orr; 22/1b Kelly; 4/rf Elliott; 3/2b Satterfield; 11/lf Mahon; 10/p Spingola;|
|Oregon 1st - Takeda, J singled to shortstop (0-1 K). Ceo, C grounded out to 3b, SAC, bunt (2-0 BB); Takeda, J advanced to second. Takeda, J stole third, scored on a throwing error by c, unearned. Peterson, A struck out swinging (3-2 BBBFKS). Cuico, K struck out swinging (2-2 KBBFS). 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 0 LOB.|
|North Carolina 1st - Brown doubled to left center (1-2 KBS). Mateen struck out swinging (1-2 KBFS). Dickey grounded out to 2b (0-0); Brown advanced to third. Parrish struck out swinging (0-2 KKS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 2nd - Pappas, S struck out swinging (0-2 FSS). Howard, K popped up to p, bunt (1-1 FB). Moore, J walked (3-2 BBBFKB). Lindvall, J fouled out to c (2-1 BBK). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|North Carolina 2nd - Orr singled to left field (0-0). Kelly struck out looking (3-2 BBBFFK). Elliott singled to pitcher (1-2 FKB); Orr advanced to second. bouncing slap towards 1b but no one covering in time for throw. Krider pinch ran for Orr. Satterfield walked (3-2 KSBBBB); Elliott advanced to second; Krider advanced to third. Causey pinch hit for Mahon. Causey struck out swinging (1-2 KKBS). Brown popped up to 1b. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.|
|Oregon 3rd - Orr to 3b for Krider. Mahon to lf for Causey. Burger, A grounded out to ss (0-0). Takeda, J singled to left field (0-0). Takeda swing-bunts through open hole at 2b on infield rotation for bunt. Takeda, J stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error by c. late throw to 2b goes into cf and runner beats throw to 3b. Ceo, C singled to center field, RBI (3-2 KBBSBF); Takeda, J scored. Peterson, A singled, bunt (1-1 BK); Ceo, C advanced to second. Peterson bunts to vacant spot at ss. Cuico, K struck out swinging (0-2 FKS). Pappas, S singled to second base, RBI (2-2 FBBFFFFFF); Peterson, A advanced to second; Ceo, C scored. Howard, K struck out swinging (1-2 FBSS). 2 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.|
|North Carolina 3rd - Mateen grounded out to 3b (2-2 BFBSFFF). Dickey hit by pitch (1-2 BFS). Williams pinch ran for Buchholz. Parrish reached on a fielder's choice (0-0); Williams out at second 3b to 2b. Orr struck out swinging (2-2 FBBFFS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 4th - Nece to cf for Mateen. Moore, J popped up to ss (0-2 KKF). Lindvall, J flied out to lf (2-2 BFKB). Burger, A popped up to ss (2-1 KBB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|North Carolina 4th - Kelly lined out to ss (1-2 KBF). Elliott struck out looking (0-2 SKK). Satterfield doubled down the lf line (0-0). Mahon reached on an error by 1b (0-1 S); Satterfield advanced to third. Cuico drops rocket throw right to her from Ceo on slap. Brown grounded out to 1b unassisted (1-0 B). 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 5th - Takeda, J grounded out to ss (2-2 SFBFBFFF). Ceo, C singled, bunt (2-2 FBFBF). Ceo drags bunt perfectly to 2b. Peterson, A struck out swinging (2-2 KBFBFFFS); Ceo, C stole second. Cuico, K popped up to ss (0-0). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|North Carolina 5th - Nece struck out swinging (3-2 KSBBBFS). Williams lined out to 2b (1-0 B). Howard with diving catch on liner up middle. Parrish grounded out to p (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 6th - Pappas, S grounded out to 2b (1-1 SB). Howard, K flied out to rf (1-1 BF). RF makes running catch toward RF line. Moore, J flied out to lf (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|North Carolina 6th - Moore hits shot to warning track in LF. Orr struck out swinging (2-2 BBKSS). Kelly singled to right field (0-0). Burger makes sliding one-hop catch in RF (and just misses catch). Elliott struck out swinging (1-2 SFFBS). Satterfield grounded out to 3b (1-1 KB). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 7th - Lindvall, J struck out swinging (2-2 KKFBBS). Costa, K pinch hit for Burger, A. Costa, K popped up to 2b (2-2 BBKF). Takeda, J flied out to lf (1-1 KB). Nece to cf for Mateen. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|North Carolina 7th - Burger, A to rf for Costa, K. Mahon grounded out to 3b (1-0 B). Ceo charges slow bouncer and easily gets runner. Brown flied out to lf (2-2 BBKK). Takeda makes ice cream cone catch on run in shallow LCF. Nece grounded out to 3b (1-0 B). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|