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#3 Ducks to Host #14 Huskers in NCAA Super Regional
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Release Date: 05/21/2013
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THIS WEEK’S DUCK SOFTBALL ACTION

NCAA Softball Super Regional
Location: Howe Field, Eugene, Ore.
Gates Open: 90 minutes prior to game
ESPNU TV Announcers: Jennie Finch, Adam Amin

Sunday, May 25 – TV/Radio (Live)
Game 1 – 5 p.m. PT – ESPNU, KWVA-FM

Sunday, May 26 – TV/Radio (Live)
Game 2 – Noon PT – ESPNU, KWVA-FM
Game 3 - *3 p.m. PT – ESPNU, KWVA-FM
 (*if necessary*)

All-Session Tickets: $24 for Adults, and $19 for Students/Youth (ages 1-18) and Senior Citizens (62 and older); Single-Day Tickets (on sale Saturday): $13 Adults, and $10 Students/Youth/Senior Citizens. UO Students are free for UO games with a valid student ID.    


SETTING THE STAGE
EUGENE – Coming off its fourth straight NCAA Regional title, the #3 NCAA Tournament-seeded University of Oregon softball team (49-9, 19-5) welcomes #14 seed Nebraska (43-13, 16-6) to Howe Field for the Eugene NCAA Super Regional.

The Pac-12 champion Ducks will host the two-day, best-of-three series for the first time in school history, and every game at Howe Field will be televised live by ESPNU.

Last year, Oregon came back to win the Austin Super Regional (2-1) in dramatic fashion over #6 seed Texas. The prior two years, UO fell 2-0 in Super Regionals at eventual runner-up Florida (2011) and Missouri (2010).

Making their 17th postseason appearance under 21st-year head coach Rhonda Revelle, the #14 Huskers are making their first Super Regional appearance in the current three-weekend, 64-team format that debuted in 2005.

The Ducks seek their third WCWS bid after trips in 2012 and ’89, while the Huskers have claimed six prior WCWS invites, with the last two in Revelle’s tenure (1998, 2002).

Coincidentally, Revelle is a Eugene native and was the Ducks' top pitcher her freshman season (133.2 IP, 1.51 ERA, 88 SO, 27 BB, 88 H). She played for Nebraska her final three seasons and helped the Huskers to their first-ever WCWS trip in 1982.

Across the nation this weekend, eight Super Regional sites will host action Thursday-Sunday, May 23-26, with every game televised by ESPN networks. Fourteen of the top-16 seeds advanced through the Regionals, and the only upset advancers were Louisiana-Lafayette at #9 LSU and UAB at #15 Louisville.


THE ROAD TO OKLAHOMA CITY
Next week, the eight Super Regional winners will advance to the ESPN-televised Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, May 30-June 5. More information on the NCAA Tournament and WCWS is available at the www.NCAAsports.com website.


RECENT ACTION
Last weekend in Eugene, the Ducks won their fourth straight (and ever) NCAA Regional title with victories over BYU (5-2), North Carolina (3-0) and No. 25 Wisconsin (3-0).

In the three NCAA Regional games, the Duck pitchers combined on a 0.67 ERA, struck out 28 and walked two in their 21 innings. Offensively, UO held edges in homers (3-0), RBI (10-2), slugging (.325) and stolen bases (4-2), and opponents boasted slight edges in hits (16-13) and batting (.200-.191).

In Lincoln, Neb., last weekend, host and #14 seed Nebraska (43-13) beat Northern Iowa (4-0) and Stanford (7-1, 10-5).  


DUCK-HUSKER SERIES NOTES
UO is 2-0 under fourth-year head coach Mike White vs. Nebraska with its wins in Palm Springs tournaments in 2013 (11-2 (6)) and ’12 (4-2). All-time, Nebraska leads 6-5 in the rivalry dating back to 1998.

 
2013 SEASON REVIEW
Sporting a best-ever #3 NCAA tourney seed and No. 3 rankings in the USA Softball and NFCA polls, Oregon (49-9, 19-5) won seven of its Pac-12 series this season, and claimed its first-ever Pac-12 title by a three-game margin over No. 5 Arizona State (16-8) and No. 12 Washington (16-8).

No. 13 Stanford (13-11) followed in fourth place in the Pac-12 standings, ahead of No. 17 California (fifth, 10-14), No. 15 UCLA (fifth, 10-14), Arizona (seventh, 9-15), Oregon State (eighth, 8-16) and Utah (ninth, 7-17).

The Ducks are one of three Pac-12 teams that advanced to Super Regional play with #5 seed Arizona State and #11 seed Washington, and the Sun Devils and Huskies will host #12 seed Kentucky and play at #6 seed Missouri, respectively.

Overall this season, Oregon sports a 16-8 mark vs. top-25 foes with wins over three WCWS returnees – No. 4 California (twice), No. 5 Arizona State and No. 11 LSU. UO also topped fellow NCAA tourney veterans No. 14 Michigan, No. 15 Stanford (3), No. 15 Washington (2), No. 16 UCLA (2), No. 17 Arizona (3), and Big Ten Tournament champion and No. 25 Wisconsin.

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 road decisions at No. 15 UW (2-1), No. 4 Cal (3-1), No. 5 Arizona State (3-2, 5-3) and No. 16 UCLA (7-5).

Glancing at this year’s NCAA tourney field, UO is 27-8 with added victories over BYU, James Madison, North Carolina, Oregon State (three times), Portland State (twice) and San Diego State (twice) and San Jose State.

Altogether, Oregon's schedule was one of the nation's toughest and featured 35 of its 58 games against 2013 NCAA tourney qualifiers (including six of the other 15 Super Regional qualifiers).


RECENT DUCK STARTERS (2013/2012/Career Starts - All Positions)
C: Alexa Peterson (53/57/158), Janelle Lindvall (48/-/48)
1B: Kailee Cuico (57/61/158)
2B: Kaylan Howard (57/62/227), Danica Mercado (27/-/27)
SS: Courtney Ceo (56/36/147), Karine Shaver (5/-/5)
3B: Koral Costa (38/-/38), Courtney Ceo (56/36/147)
LF: Janie Takeda (58/58/116)
CF: Samantha Pappas (53/60/222)
RF: Koral Costa (38/-/38), Danica Mercado (27/-/27)


RECENT DUCK HEROES
In the NCAA Regional in Eugene last weekend, junior infielder Courtney Ceo led the team in hits (4) and batting (.667), and sophomore left fielder Janie Takeda hit .300 (3H, 2 SB).

Senior center fielder Sam Pappas moved into a tie for the Duck career lead in homers with her game-winning solo shot in the second inning vs. Wisconsin. Freshman catcher Janelle Lindvall added a two-run homer in the seventh inning vs. the Badgers to give her 12 on the season and tie for eighth- most in a season for the Ducks. Junior catcher Alexa Peterson also hit her 12th homer in the opener vs. BYU.

All-American and senior Jessica Moore got wins in the first two games vs. BYU and North Carolina to give her 27 on the season (third-most all-time for the Ducks). She added her second save in the finale after freshman Cheridan Hawkins picked up the win in her first postseason start.


TOPPING THE PAC-12 & NCAA CHARTS
Offensively this week, the Ducks led the ‘Conference of Champions’ in stolen bases (79), and ranked second in batting (.331), hits (512), slugging (.537), RBI (326) and runs (366), and stood third in home runs (79), total bases (830), doubles (75) and on-base percentage (.407).

In pitching categories, the team sported the top marks in the league in opposing batting (.189), ERA (1.58), fewest hits allowed (260), fewest walks allowed (93), saves (8) and strikeouts (431).

The Ducks also own the Pac-12’s single-game high this season for stolen bases best (6) vs. Portland State, and Courtney Ceo’s total in the same contest is the league individual high.

On Monday’s NCAA team charts, UO stood top 13 in six categories – win-loss percentage (fourth, .845), ERA (fifth, 1.58), slugging (sixth, .538), batting (ninth, .332), homers (12th, 1.36 per game) and scoring (13th, 6.31 p/g).

Team Category – Current Pac-12 Ranking (NCAA Ranking (if available))
Batting    2nd, .331 (9th)
Slugging    2nd, .537 (6th)
On-Base Pct.    3rd, .407
Runs    2nd, 366
Hits    2nd, 512
RBI    2nd, 326
Homers    3rd, 79 (12th)
Total Bases     3rd, 830
Stolen Bases     1st, 79 (53rd)
ERA    1st, 1.58 (5th)
Batters Struck Out    1st, 431
Opposing Batting    1st, .189
Saves    1st, 8
Fewest Hits Allowed    1st, 260
Fewest Walks Allowed    1st, 93
Fielding     5th, .967 (49th)
Scoring    (13th, 6.31 p/g)
Win-Loss Pct.    (4th, .845))


PRIDE OF THE PAC-12
Three Ducks topped the Pac-12 individual rankings this week - sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda (hits, 87; stolen bases, 29), junior catcher Alexa Peterson (batting, .453, on-base percentage, .557) and freshman pitcher Cheridan Hawkins (opposing batting, .130; saves, 6).

Hawkins ranked second in the nation in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (3.14 avg.), fourth in strikeouts (10.8 per 7 innings), fourth in saves (6) and 26th in ERA (1.62).

At the plate, junior catcher Alexa Peterson ranked seventh in on-base percentage (.557), 12th nationally in batting (.453) and 14th in slugging (.844).

Others ranked top 100 nationally included Takeda (batting, 14th, .453; stolen bases, 48th, 0.50 p/g; runs, 65th, 0.90 p/g), senior pitcher Jessica Moore (ERA, 18th, 1.52; wins, 20th, 27; strikeouts, 74th, 188; saves, 70th, 2; walks, 80th, 1.17 p/7 innings; hits, 81st, 5.60 p/7  innings), junior shortstop Courtney Ceo (runs, 48th, 0.93 p/g; batting, 59th, .404; stolen bases, 80th, 0.39 p/g), junior first baseman Kailee Cuico (homers, 65th, 14) and senior second baseman Kaylan Howard (sacrifice flies, 76th, 3; runs, 94th, 0.86 p/g).


MORE TEAM NOTES
- Three Duck starters are still hitting +.400 this season – junior catcher Alexa Peterson (.453, 58 H, 12 2B, 12 HR, 39 RBI), sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda (.448, 87 H, 11 2B, 43 RBI, 29 SB) and junior shortstop Courtney Ceo (.404, 69 H, 4 HR, 27 RBI, 22 SB) – and rank 1-2-3 in the Pac-12 in batting this week.

- On the Oregon career batting charts, four current Ducks rank top six all-time – sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda (second, .387), junior shortstop Courtney Ceo (fourth, .379), junior catcher Alexa Peterson (fifth, .370) and senior right fielder Samantha Pappas (sixth, .357). Three Ducks also dot the school career homer list (Kaylan Howard, first, 37-tied; Pappas, first-tie, 37; Kailee Cuico, seventh-tied, 33)

- Sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda has tied the school season record with 87 hits this season. She is also tied for third in runs in a campaign with Ceo (52) and stands sixth in stolen bases (29). Four other Ducks sport top-six season Oregon marks this year - senior pitcher Jessica Moore (wins, third, 27), junior first baseman Kailee Cuico (homers, fourth, 14), freshman Cheridan Hawkins (strikeouts, sixth, 199) and senior Kaylan Howard (runs, sixth, 49).

- Junior first baseman Kailee Cuico 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).

- Junior catcher/DP Alexa Peterson sports the team’s longest reach base steak (22 games) which is still active and started with the final game of the Utah series on April 3

- Duck pitchers are holding opposing hitters to a .190 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).

- UO owns a 33-1 scoring advantage in the seventh inning this season, and a 56-6 mark in the sixth inning. The Oregon-opponent run comparison for other innings follow: 1st (55-10), 2nd (49-25), 3rd (66-21), 4th (60-22), 5th (47-27).

- With game-winning RBI via homers by Alexa Peterson and Sam Pappas last weekend in the NCAA Regional, the Duck offense features 12 different players with game-winning RBI in 2013 – Cuico 7, Howard 6, Pappas 6, Lindvall 5, Takeda 4, Ceo 3, Peterson 3, Mercado 2, Costa 1, Goodrum 1, Moore 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) 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, 12 different players have combined for a school record 79 homers in 2013 – eight more than the previous school record (71, 2011).  Kailee Cuico (14) ranks fourth-best in a UO season, and Kaylan Howard (12), Alexa Peterson (12) and Janelle Lindvall (12) are tied for eighth-best. Others with homers include Samantha Pappas (7), Koral Costa (5), Janie Takeda (5), Courtney Ceo (4), Jessica Moore (3), Stevie Jo Knapp (2), Jamie Rae Sullivan (2) 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 also on record pace for the homers per game category in 2013 (1.36 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 NCAA SUPER REGIONAL FLASHBACK
Last year in Austin, -#11 seed Oregon staked a second-day sweep of #6 seed Texas with its 5-4 (8) and 10-6 decisions, while the Longhorns won the opener the day before, 4-2.

In the circle for UO, Jessica Moore pitched 20 of the team’s 21 innings, struck out 11, and walked seven in 20 innings. She was the pitcher of record in all three games, and Karissa Hovinga pitched the other inning, and struck out one, walked none and allowed one hit and no runs.

At the plate, Kailee Cuico (.750, 3 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB) and Alexa Peterson (.556, 5H, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB) led UO in hitting. Three others topped .300 in the three-game series – Kaylan Howard (.417, 5H, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI), then-senior Kelsey Chambers (.364, 4H, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB) and Janie Takeda (.333, 3H, 2BBB, 3 SB).

In the Ducks’ game-two win, Howard knocked in the winning run in the eighth inning on a one-out sacrifice fly to left field after Takeda beat out a single to third base, then stole second and third base.

Oregon tagged UT starter and All-Big 12 pick Blaire Luna for three runs in the first inning, thanks to a two-out solo homer by Kelsey Chambers, and single by Peterson that scored two runs.

Texas responded with a run in the second and three more in the third to go up, 4-3. UO retied it, 4-4, in the bottom of the fourth inning on a one-out RBI single by Peterson (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB) who led the team in hits for the contest, while five others hit safely once.

In the 10-6 finale, the Ducks racked up six runs in the second inning, then added four more runs in the fourth, while Texas scored three runs in the fourth inning, and three more in the seventh.  Five Ducks had a pair of hits off the All-American Blair Luna – Pappas (2-for-4, homer), Howard (2-for-4), Kelsey Chambers (2-for-4), Peterson (2-for-4, 2B) and Takeda (2-for-3, 2B). Moore got the game-winning RBI on a second-inning, no-out infield fielder’s choice.
 

RECENT HEROES VS. THE HUSKERS
Three months ago in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic (2/23/13) in Cathedral City, Calif., then-No. 9 Oregon won 11-2 in six innings over Nebraska. Senior second baseman Kaylan Howard (3-for-3) paced the Oregon offense and walked in her other at-bat.

In the circle, senior Jessica Moore struck out four in five innings, and gave up three hits and two earned runs and walked one.

Ralston, Neb., native and sophomore Karissa Hovinga worked the final inning, struck out one, walked one, and allowed no hits.

Junior first baseman Kailee Cuico (2-for-3) posted the game-winning RBI with her first-inning, two-run homer. Five others hit safely once, including Janie Takeda who hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning.

In the circle for NU, starter Tatum Edwards struck out two, walked four, allowed six hits, and five of her nine runs allowed were earned. Danica Bishop worked the final two innings, struck out three, walked one, yielded two hits, and both of her runs allowed were earned.

Three Huskers hit safely once for the game, and both of its two runs came on a fourth-inning, two-run homer by right fielder Brooke Thomason.

In the same tourney in 2012, then-No. 19 Oregon won a 4-2 decision over then-No. 22 Nebraska.

All of the Ducks runs came on a first-inning grand slam by Kaylan Howard (1-for-2), and three others hit safely - Courtney Ceo (1-for-2, walk), Janie Takeda (1-for-3) and Alexa Peterson (1-for-2, BB).

In the circle, Jessica Moore struck out two, walked two, allowed four hits, and both of her runs allowed were earned.

Nebraska starter and returning All-Big 12 pick Ashley Hagemann also pitched a complete game (8 SO, 5 BB, 4 H, 4 ER).

Offensively, the Huskers didn't collect their first hit until the fourth inning, then scored twice in the fifth, thanks to a two-run single by Taylor Edwards. The returning third-team All-American knocked in the prior two batters who had reached via a hit by pitch and infield single, and advanced on a wild pitch.

At the plate, two other Huskers hit safely once - Nikki Haget (1-for-3) and Tatum Edwards (1-for-3). Both hits came in fourth inning, but Moore stymied the scoring threat by forcing a pair of infield grounders.


DUCK 2013 TEAM PREVIEW
Boasting arguably its deepest roster ever, the World Series returnee Ducks returned 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 the school career record for wins (100) and strikeouts (906), 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, and Moore was chosen to the national top-25 and top-10 lists since then. A subsequent top-three finalist will be released on May 22, and the winner will be announced on May 28 before the Women’s College World Series.

Seven other Ducks have earned various all-conference and all-region honors - senior outfielders Allie Burger (All-Region Second Team) and infielder Kaylan Howard (All-Pac-12 First Team, All-Region First Team), and junior infielders Courtney Ceo (All-Pac-12 First Team, All-Region First Team), Kailee Cuico (All-Region Second Team) and Alexa Peterson (All-Pac-12 First Team, All-Region First Team), sophomore outfielder Janie Takeda (All-Pac-12 First Team, All-Region First Team) and freshman pitcher Cheridan Hawkins (All-Pac-12 First Team, All-Region Second Team).


NEW TO THE FOLD
The Ducks said farewell to four seniors last season, yet welcomed 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

#14 Nebraska Cornhuskers (43-13)
Last week, NU placed three players on the All-Midwest Region Team – the first-team duo of junior pitcher/UT Tatum Edwards and freshman right hand-hander Emily Lockman, and second-team pick and senior outfielder Brooke Thomason. Edwards was tabbed the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and was a first-team all-conference choice with her sister and junior catcher Taylor, while five others were second-team choices - Lockman, Thomason, senior Courtney Breault, sophomore Jordan Bettiol and freshman Alicia Armstrong. …. In the regular season, the team staked four wins vs. vs. top-25 foes - No. 1 Oklahoma (1-0), No. 23 Florida State (2-0), No. 9 Michigan (6-1, 7-4), and four more victories vs. NCAA tourney qualifiers in Wisconsin (4-0, 11-2 (5)) and Minnesota (3-2, 4-0). … Head Coach Rhonda Revelle is in her 21st year at the helm and sports a 797-420 record. Since her arrival before the 1993 season, she he has guided the team to six conference titles, 17 NCAA tourney appearances and two World Series trips. The NFCA Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Big Eight/Big 12 Coach of the Year has also coached 15 All-Americans.
 
Top Husker Players (Notable 2013 Stats)
Tatum Edwards, Jr., RHP/UT – .298, 36 H, 11 2B, 10 HR, 25 RBI; 1.83 ERA, 222 IP, 206 SO, 126 BB, 146 H, .186 Opp. BA
Alicia Armstrong, Fr., SS - .342, 55 H, 9 2B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 7 SB
Brooke Thomason, Sr., RF - .335, 58 H, 11 2B, 8 HR, 51 RBI, 25 BB
Taylor Edwards, Jr., C  - .333, 53 H, 14 2B, 12 HR, 52 RBI, 31 BB
Jordan Bettiol, So., CF - .301, 25 H, 4 SB
Gabby Banda, Sr., 3B - .282, 42 H, 40 BB, 6 SB
Kiki Stokes, Fr., LF - .270, 33 H, 2 HR, 26 BB, 13 SB
Emily Lockman, Fr., RHP – 1.73, 14-5, 142 IP, 99 SO, 117 H, 57 BB


ALL-TIME DUCK-HUSKER SERIES RESULTS

Nebraska Series Record: NU leads, 6-5
2/23/2013 vs. Nebraska (UO#9) W, 11-2 (6)
2/24/2012 vs #22 Nebraska (UO #19) W, 4-3
2/21/2009 vs. Nebraska L, 1-3
2/10/2001 vs. Nebraska (UO #20) L, 1-2
2/16/2001 vs. Nebraska L, 0-7
2/20/2000 vs. Nebraska L, 2-6
3/19/1999 vs. Nebraska W, 7-2
3/25/1995 vs. Nebraska L, 0-1
2/19/1989 vs. Nebraska W, 2-1
3/23/1989 vs. Nebraska W, 3-1
5/17/1998 vs. Nebraska^ L, 7-9


HOME SWEET HOWE
Owning a perfect 19-0 mark at home in 2013, Oregon swept non-conference doubleheaders vs. New Mexico and Seattle, and three-game series vs. No. 15 Stanford in March, Utah and No. 17 Arizona in early April and Oregon State in May. In the postseason it opened with a 3-0 NCAA Regional  mark with wins over BYU (5-2), North Carolina (3-0) and No. 25 Wisconsin (3-0).

The Ducks posted another 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.


IN THE POLLS
Last week, the No. Ducks stood No. 3 in the USA Softball and NFCA polls, just ahead of No. 4/4 Arizona State.

Overall, Oregon was one of six league members that ranked top 25 nationally in the USA SB/NFCA polls this week with No. 9/11 Washington, No. 12/14 Stanford, No. 13/16 UCLA and No. 22/18 California, and Arizona also picked up votes.

For comparison's sake, a complete list of Pac-12 rankings from the previous USA SB/NFCA edition follows: No. 2/3 Oregon, No. 5/5 Arizona State, No. 11/12 Washington, No. 13/13 Stanford, No. 16/15 UCLA and No. 20/17 California.

Six other Duck non-conference foes in 2013 were also tabbed top 25 this week by USA SB/NFCA – No. 1/1 Oklahoma, No. 2/2 Florida, No. 8/7 Michigan, No. 10/10 LSU, No. 16/17 Nebraska and No. 23/20 Hawai’i.

Altogether, No. 1/1 Oklahoma remained atop the national rankings, and the remaining top-five teams included No. 2/2 Florida, No. 4/4 Tennessee and No. 5/5 Arizona State.

Altogether, Oregon has now been ranked for 58 straight polls by USA Softball and 53 by the NFCA, and its week-by-week USA SB/ NFCA rankings in that stretch follow: 2013 (15 weeks-USA SB / 15 weeks-NFCA) – 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, 4/16 5/7, 4/23 4/6; 4/30 4/5; 5/7 2/3; 5/14 3/3. 2012 (16/16) - 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 (16/16) - 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 (11/6) - 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; 5/10 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 stood #4 overall behind #1 Oklahoma, #2 Florida and #3 Texas. Other Pac-12 teams’ positions follow: #11 Arizona State, #12 Washington, #18 California, #19 UCLA, #23 Stanford, #29 Arizona, #36 Oregon State and #68 Utah.

Complete NCAA RPI ratings are available at the http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/softball/d1/ncaa_womens_softball_rpi URL address.


AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH
Last week, senior right fielder Samantha Pappas climbed all-time career charts in homers (first, 37), RBI (first, 152), hits (second, 232) and runs (third, 146).

Top-10 Oregon season list improvements went to sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda (hits, first, 87; runs, third, 52; total bases, eighth, 115), junior shortstop Courtney Ceo (runs, third, 52; sacrifice hits, ninth, 12) and junior catcher/DP Alexa Peterson (total bases, 10th, 108).

In the circle, senior pitcher Jessica Moore added to her school record totals for wins (100), strikeouts (906), appearances (173) and innings (891). Her 27th win of the campaign ranks third on the Duck season charts.

Altogether, 10 current Ducks stand top 10 in several career/season/game offensive categories, and a complete list follows.

 
UO ALL-TIME HITTING CHARTS

Allie Burger
Season
Triples – 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 – 4th, .379
Runs – 8th, 127
 
Season
Runs – 3rd, 52, 2013 (2nd is 55, 1st is 64)
Sacrifice Hits – 9th, 12, 2013 (6th is 13, 5th is 15)
Stolen Bases – 10th, 22, 2013 (9th is 23, 8th is 24)
Hits – 11th, 69 2013 (8th is 70, 6th is 74)

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

Kailee Cuico
Career
Homers – 7th, 33 (8th is 31, 6th is 33, 5th is 34)
RBI – 8th, 125 (6th is 136, 5th is 138)

Season
RBI – 3rd, 53, 2012 (2nd is 61, 1st is 73)
Homers – 4th, 14, 2013 (3rd is 15); 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 – 2nd, 40 (1st is 41)
Runs – 3rd, 144 (2nd is 149, 1st is 154)
RBI – 5th, 140 (4th is 141, 3rd is 144)

Season
Extra-Base Hits – 3rd-t, 29, 2012; 7th, 25, 2013 (5th is 29)
RBI – 4th, 52, 2012; *8th, 46, 2013 (7th is 47, 5th is 48)
Doubles – 5th, 15, 2012
Total Bases – 5th-t, 116
Home Runs – 7th-t, 12, 2013, ‘12 (6th is 13, 4th is 14)
Runs – 7th, 48, 2013 (5th is 49, 4th is 50)
Slugging – 10th, .641

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


Janelle Lindvall
Season
Homers – 8th, 12, 2013 (7th is 13, 4th is 14)


Samantha Pappas
Career
RBI – 1st, 152 (2nd is 145)
Homers – 1st, 37 (2nd is 36)
Hits – 2nd, 232 (1st is 234)
Doubles – 3rd, 39 (2nd is 40, 1st is 41)
Runs – 3rd, 146 (2nd is 149, 1st is 154)
Walks – 4th, 90 (2nd-tie is 96, 1st is 121)
Batting – 6th, .357
Stolen Bases – 8th, 53 (6th is 58, 5th is 60, 3rd is 71)
Games – 10th, 229 (7th is 230, 6th is 231)
At-Bats – 10th, 650 (9th is 663, 7th is 670)

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 – 5th, .370

Season
Homers – 8th, 12, 2013 (7th is 31, 4th is 14)
Total Bases – 10th, 108, 2013 (9th is 110, 8th is 115)
Extra-Base Hits – 15th, 103, 2013 (13th is 104, 12th is 106)

Game
Doubles – 3rd, 2, New Mexico, 3/13/13
Home Runs – 3rd-t, 2, vs. Nevada, 2/18/11; vs. #17 Arizona, 4/14/13


Janie Takeda
Career
Batting – 2nd, .387 (1st, .389)

Season
Hits – 1st, 87, 2013 (3rd is 82)
Runs – 3rd, 52, 2013 (2nd is 55, 1st is 64)
Stolen Bases – 6th, 29, 2013 (5th is 32, 4th is 33)
Total Bases – 8th, 115, 2013 (7th is 116, 6th is 117)


UO ALL-TIME PITCHING CHARTS

Jessica Moore
Career
Strikeouts – 1st, 906 (2nd is 584)
Wins – 1st, 100 (2nd is 73)
Appearances – 1st, 173 (2nd-t is 142)
Innings – 1st, 891 (2nd is 783.0)
Shutouts – 5th, 19 (4th is 18, 3rd is 21, 2nd is 22, 1st is 31)
Complete Games – 5th, 77 (4th is 80, 3rd is 82)

Season
Strikeouts – 1st, 244, 2012 (2nd is 238); 2nd, 238, 2010; 3rd, 224, 2011; *7th, 188, 2013
Wins – 2nd, 32, 2012; 4th-t, 24, 2011; *3rd, 25, 2013; 15th, 16, 2010 15th, 16, 2010
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
Appearances – 8th-t, 41, 2010, ‘11
Starts – 6th, 36, 2011

Game
Strikeouts – 5th, 14, vs. No. 1 Alabama, 3/13/12
Strikeouts – 5th, 14, vs. Portland State, 5/6/10
Strikeouts – 7th, 13, vs. No. 3 Arizona, 5/7/10
Strikeouts – 9th, 12, vs. Creighton, 2/12/10
Strikeouts – 9th, 12, vs. Cal Poly, 3/6/10
Strikeouts – 9th, 12, vs. No. 16 BYU, 2/10/11
*Strikeouts – 9th, 12, vs. BYU, 5/16/13
Strikeouts – 20th, 11, vs. No. 19 Texas A&M, 2/25/11
Strikeouts – 20th, 11, vs. North Carolina, 3/4/11
Strikeouts – 20th, 11, vs. Fordham, 5/21/11
Strikeouts – 28th, 10, vs. Hawai’i, 2/26/10
Strikeouts – 28th, 10, at PSU, 3/23/10
Strikeouts – 28th, 10, at Oregon State, 4/1/10


Cheridan Hawkins
Season
Strikeouts – 7th, 192, 2013 (6th is 202, 5th is 203)
Wins – 12th, 18, 2013 (11th is 20, 9th is 21)

Game
Strikeouts – 1st, 17, vs. Seattle (7ip), 5/1/13
Strikeouts – 3rd, 15, vs. Boston College (6ip), 3/2/13
Strikeouts – 7th, 13, vs. New Mexico (6.1ip), 3/13/13
Strikeouts – 20th, 11, vs. #17 Arizona (5ip), 3/13/13
Strikeouts – 28th, 10, vs. UL-Monroe (6ip), 2/16/13
 

PICKS OF THE PAC-12 (& NATION)
The past month, senior pitcher Jessica Moore picked up Oregon’s first USA Softball and NFCA Player of the Week honors.

The Sutter, Calif. native reaped USA SB national top honors in early May after she won all three starts vs. Oregon State and Seattle. Also the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week, she posted nine strikeouts in a start vs. both Seattle and Oregon State – one shy of her season high - and also posted five in her other win vs. the returning NCAA Regional finalist Beavers.

She also hit a homer vs. both Seattle (a two-run first-inning blast) and OSU (sixth-inning solo homer) to give her three on the season and six career-wise. That latter round-tripper in the 2-1 win was her first game-winning RBI of the season and helped her hit .500 for the week (3-for-6).

She landed her NFCA national weekly honor in late April after her perfect game vs. then-No. 17 Arizona, and won both of her weekend starts vs. the eight-time national champions.

The week before, Moore won her third career Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honor after she went 4-0 with a pair of wins vs. returning Pac-12 champion California and two wins over Utah. She racked up eight strikeouts in the 9-3 finale vs. the Bears, and she hit her first homer of the season. In the 5-1 opening win in Berkeley, she walked none and logged six strikeouts.

Also in mid-April, junior catcher Alexa Peterson picked up her second Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and second career-wise. In the team’s sweep of then-No. 17 Arizona, she vs. hit a career-best pair of homers to tie the team’s game season high in the finale, and her 4 RBI was a career high and one shy of the team season high.

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 third-highest strikeout tally ever (15) in her six-inning shutout of Boston College. That tally was one shy of the then-school record, and her only hit allowed came with one out remaining (while she only walked one).

In the tourney finale vs. NCAA tourney advancer James Madison, the Anderson, Calif., native struck out six, walked one and allowed only two hits. Against returning NCAA tourney advancer Long Island, she struck out all six batters she faced in her two innings of relief.

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.

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.

She was tabbed a week later after 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.

That same weekend in the three games vs. Washington and finale vs. Stanford, junior first baseman Kailee Cuico won her first Pac-12 Player of the Week laurel after she 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.

Altogether during Mike White’s four years at the helm, UO has staked 15 of its 44 all-time honors since 2010.

Among other players on the current roster, senior outfielders Samantha Pappas (2010, ’12) and Allie Burger (2010) are two- and one-time honorees in prior seasons.



SKED CRED
The Ducks faced 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 faced four other WCWS returnees in national runner-up Oklahoma, Arizona State, California and LSU.

The Ducks took 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 then-best 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.


NATIONAL / REGION / PAC-12 HONOR ROLL
In mid-May, Oregon was one of five teams nationally that received the maximum number of All-Region honors (6), and was the only program with five, first-team nods.

Becoming the first Duck to win four All-Region career honors, senior pitcher Jessica Moore picked up her third straight first-team nod after a second-team selection as a freshman.

She was joined on the first team by second baseman Kaylan Howard, junior shortstop Courtney Ceo and DP Alexa Peterson, and sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda.

Freshman Cheridan Hawkins added second-team honors to give the Ducks their second pair of All-Region pitchers in the same season (and first duo since 1988).

Howard and Peterson also repeated on the first team for the second straight season. Ceo became the fourth Duck to win three honors after her second-team choices in 2011 (3B) and ’12 (UT), as did Peterson with her freshman second-team nod.

Among the Pac-12's regular-season top honors, Duck players piled up 17 honors on various all-league teams.

Moore picked up Oregon’s second-ever Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year honor and was one of six All-Pac-12 First Team picks with Ceo, Hawkins, Howard, Peterson and Takeda.

On the All-Pac-12 Second Team, Pappas added her third career all-league selection, and three others were tabbed honorable mentions – junior first baseman Kailee Cuico and freshman utility player Koral Costa and catcher Janelle Lindvall.

Among other honors, Costa, Hawkins and Lindvall were tabbed to the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team, and utility player Danica Mercado was chosen as an honorable mention.

After guiding UO to its first-ever conference title, fourth-year head coach Mike White claimed the Ducks’ second-ever Pac-12 Coach of the Year honor.

Altogether during White’s tenure, the Ducks have claimed 13 of their 25 first-team all-time selections (and 11 of its 30 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 all-time All-Pac-12 laurels, UO has racked up 27 first-team honors and 38 second-team selections (including 10 and five, respectively in White’s tenure).

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
2013
All-Pac-12 First Team
All-Region First Team

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


Koral Costa, Fr., UT
2013
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

Kailee Cuico, Jr., 1B
2013
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

2012
All-Region Second Team
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

2011
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team H.M.

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

Cheridan Hawkins, Fr., P
2013
All-Pac-12 First Team
All-Region Second Team
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team


Karissa Hovinga, So., RHP
2012
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team H.M.

Kaylan Howard, Sr., 2B
2013
All-Pac-12 First Team
All-Region First Team

2012
All-Region First Team
All-Pac-12 Second Team

2010
All-Pac-12 Freshman Hon. Mention


Janelle Lindvall, Fr., C/DP
2013
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

Danica Mercado, Fr., UT
2013
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team H.M.

Jessica Moore, Sr. RHP
2013
Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year
All-Pac-12 First Team
All-Region First Team

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
2013
All-Pac-12 Second Team

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
2013
All-Pac-12 First Team
All-Region First Team

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
2013
All-Pac-12 First Team
All-Region First Team

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 72.9 winning percentage as its head coach, White has compiled a 172-64 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 welcomed 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 six of the last seven by four different teams. Last year, 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)
at #15 Washington (12-1, 3/28/13) - Howard one-run single to CF, 5th inning (2 outs, 1-2 pitch)
at #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)
at #4 California (5-1, 4/6/13) - Howard solo homer to RCF, 4th inning (1 out,
(at #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))
#17 Arizona (5-3, 4/12/13) - Lindvall 2-run homer to LF, 6th inning (1 out, 1-2 pitch)
#17 Arizona (9-0 (5), 4/13/13) - Cuico bases-loaded HBP, 3rd inning (1 out, 0-2 pitch)
#17 Arizona (8-0 (5), 4/14/14) - Cuico two-run homer to LF, 1st inning (2 outs, 1-0 pitch)
at Portland State (5-0, 4/16/13, game 1) - Howard one-run ground-out to P, 1st inning (1 out, 3-2 count)
(at Portland State (8-0 (5), 4/16/13, game 2) - Takeda scored on a throwing error on Howard's sacrifice bunt, 1st inning (0 out, 0-1 count)
(at #16 UCLA (9-6, 4/26/13) - Takeda scored on a throwing error by the third baseman on Howard's grounder, 6th inning (2 outs, 1-2 count))
at #16 UCLA (7-5, 4/28/13) - Pappas three-run homer, 7th inning (2 outs, 0-0 count)
(Seattle (4-0, Game 1, 5/1/13) - Pappas scored on throwing error by catcher as she stole 3B), 4th inning, 0 outs)
Seattle (6-4, Game 2, 5/1/13) - Pappas two-run double, 1st inning (2 outs, 2-2 count)
Oregon State (2-1, 5/3/13) - Moore solo homer, 6th inning (0 out, 0-0 count)
Oregon State (11-0 (5), 5/4/13) - Lindvall bases-loaded walk, 3rd inning (2 outs, 3-1 count)
Oregon State (8-0 (5), 5/5/13) - Pappas bases-loaded walk, 3rd inning (0 outs, 3-2 count)
at #5 Arizona State (4-2, 5/11/13) – Lindvall 1-run double down LF line, 1st inning (2 outs, 0-1 count)
BYU (5/16/13) - Alexa Peterson three-run homer, 1st inning (0 outs, 1-0 count)
(North Carolina (5/17/13) - Takeda scored on a throwing error by the catcher on a stolen base, 1st inning, (1 out))
#25 Wisconsin (5/18/13) - Sam Pappas solo homer, 2nd inning (1 out, 2-2 count)

BY PLAYER: Cuico 7, Howard 6, Lindvall 5, Pappas 6, Takeda 4, Ceo 3, Peterson 3, Mercado 2, Costa 1, Goodrum 1, Moore 1, Sullivan 1


HOMER RUNDOWN (79 total, 12 players)
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
#17 Arizona (4/12/13) – Kailee Cuico, 6th inning, 2 runs, 0 out
^^#17 Arizona (4/12/13) – Janelle Lindvall, 6th inning, 2 runs, 1 out
#17 Arizona (4/13/13) – Janelle Lindvall, 5th inning, 2 runs, 0 out
^^#17 Arizona (4/14/13) – Kailee Cuico, 1st  inning, 2 runs, 2 outs
#17 Arizona (4/14/13) – Alexa Peterson, 2nd inning, 1 runs, 0 out
#17 Arizona (4/14/13) – Alexa Peterson, 3rd inning, 3 runs, 1 out
Portland State (4/16/13-Game 2) – Samantha Pappas, 4th inning, 2 runs, 2 out
#16 UCLA (4/26/13) – Janelle Lindvall, 4th inning, 1 run, 0 outs
#16 UCLA (4/26/13) – Koral Costa, 6th inning, 2 runs, 1 out
#16 UCLA (4/26/13) – Alexa Peterson, 7th inning, 1 run, 0 outs
#16 UCLA (4/27/13) – Koral Costa, 2nd inning, 2 runs, 1 out
#16 UCLA (4/28/13) – Janie Takeda, 5th inning, 3 runs, 0 outs
^^#16 UCLA (4/28/13) – Sam Pappas, 7th inning, 3 runs, 2 outs
Seattle (5/1/13 – Game 2) – Jessica Moore, 1st inning, 2 runs, 2 outs
^^Oregon State (5/3/13) – Jessica Moore, 6th inning, 1 run, 0 outs
^^^Oregon State (5/4/13) – Koral Costa, 3rd inning, 4 runs, 2 outs
^^^Oregon State (5/4/13) – Janelle Lindvall, 4th inning, 4 runs, 1 out
^^^Oregon State (5/5/13) – Janie Takeda, 3rd inning, 4 runs, 1 out
#5 Arizona State (5/9/13) – Janie Takeda, 3rd inning, 2 run, 1 out
#5 Arizona State (5/11/13) – Koral Costa, 2nd inning, 1 run, 0 outs
#5 Arizona State (5/11/13) – Alexa Peterson, 3rd inning, 2 runs, 0 outs
^^BYU (5/16/13) - Alexa Peterson, 1st inning, 3 runs, 0 outs
^^#25 Wisconsin (5/18/13) - Sam Pappas, 2nd inning, 1 run, 1 out
#25 Wisconsin (5/18/13) - Janelle Lindvall, 7th inning, 2 runs, 2 outs

^ walk-off homer (3)  ^^game-winning RBI (12)  ^^^grand slam (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 (172-64, 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), Samantha Pappas (PAP-us), 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 #14 (5/14)
 
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25
http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=7248

Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
*1.    Oklahoma (20)    47-4    500    1
*2.    Florida    52-7    474    3
>3.    Oregon    46-9    453    2
*4.    Arizona State    45-10    437    5
5.    Tennessee    44-10    412    4
6.    Missouri    35-11    402    7
7.    Texas    44-8    399    6
*8.    Michigan    45-10    349    8
*9.    Washington    38-15    324    11
*T10.    LSU    40-14    309    9
T10.    Alabama    42-13    309    10
12.    Louisville    46-11    242    12
*T13.    Stanford    37-19    221    13
*T13.    UCLA    37-18    221    T16
15.    South Alabama    45-7    212    18
*16.    Nebraska    40-13    210    14
17.    Kentucky    38-18    193    15
18.    Baylor    39-15    173    T16
19.    Florida State    41-16    107    19
20.    Texas A&M    39-15    99    T21
21.    Georgia    38-19    93    23
*22.    California    36-17    91    20
*23.    Hawaii    43-11    72    24
24.    Arkansas    34-18    47    T21
25.    South Florida    43-14    44    RV

Others receiving votes: *Arizona (22), Wisconsin (22), Tulsa (13), Louisiana-Lafayette (12), NC State (12), Notre Dame (7), SC Upstate (7), Hofstra (6), Western Kentucky (4), Houston (2)

New to Poll: South Florida (RV)
Dropped Out: Tulsa (25)

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

* Denotes Duck opponents in 2013

 
USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll  
https://nfca.org/index.php/polls

Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
*1    Oklahoma (31)    47-4    775    1
*2    Florida    52-7    743    2
>3    Oregon    46-9    691    3
*4    Arizona State    45-10    680    5
5    Tennessee    44-10    662    4
6    Texas    44-8    614    7
*7    Michigan    45-10    592    6
8    Missouri    35-11    574    8
9    Alabama    42-13    521    9
*10    LSU    40-14    477    10
*11    Washington    38-15    456    12
12    Louisville    46-11    447    11
13    Texas A&M    39-15    356    14
*14    Stanford    37-19    339    13
15    South Alabama    45-7    333    19
*16    UCLA    37-18    310    15
*17    Nebraska    40-13    296    16
*18    California    36-17    242    17
19    Kentucky    38-18    222    18
*20    Hawai'i    43-11    210    20
21    Louisiana Lafayette    43-13    130    21
22    USF    43-14    117    24
23    Baylor    39-15    89    22
24    Tulsa    42-14-1    66    23
25    Wisconsin    42-11    52    RV
 
Others Receiving Votes:  Hofstra (25), Arkansas (23), Georgia (9), *Arizona (8), Notre Dame (7), Florida State (4), Houston (2), Minnesota (2), N.C. State (1).
 
Dropped Out:  No. 25 Arkansas (34-18)

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

* Denotes Duck opponents in 2013

-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.
 

 
OREGON POSTSEASON APPEARANCES
(Regional Record: 37-21; Super Regional: 2-5; WCWS: 3-4; 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, #8 seed Georgia Tech 2 (5)
Oregon 4, #8 seed Georgia Tech 3 (8)

**2011 (3-0) - University Park, Pa.
#13 seed Oregon 3, Albany 1
#13 seed Oregon 2, Fordham 0
#13 seed 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

**2013 (3-0) – Eugene, Ore.
#3 seed Oregon 5, BYU 2
#3 Oregon 3, North Carolina 0
#3 Oregon 3, Wisconsin 0


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)
 

Key: * Regional Finalist; **Regional Champion, ***Super Regional Champion


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