EUGENE -The No. 6 University of Oregon softball team (36-6, 13-2) capped a historic weekend against eight-time national champion and No. 17 Arizona (27-17, 4-8) with a five-inning, 9-0 victory Sunday at Howe Field.
In front of a Pac-12 Network TV audience, senior Jessica Moore (19-3) pitched a perfect game to cap the Ducks' first-ever sweep of the Wildcats.
"That's the best I've seen Jess pitch," Oregon head coach Mike White said. "She was in control of every one of her pitches against a very good hitting team, and she deserved it. At the plate, we're seeing the ball well, and our short game set our hitters up well, too."
Retiring all 15 batters in order, she posted the third no-hitter of her career after a seven-inning effort vs. Weber State in 2011 and combined five-inning perfect game with former teammate Samantha Skillingstad vs. Idaho State in 2010.
"I knew I had a chance going into the last inning so I tried to bear down and do my best," Moore said. "Coach White and I re-watched my game Friday night and that really helped prepare us today, as well as watching Cheridan yesterday and seeing what pitches they struggled on."
The returning All-American struck out six Sunday to up her school career record to 835, and also hiked her Duck all-time bests for wins (92), appearances (162) and innings (831.2).
The USA Softball Player of the Year Top-25 Finalist improved her marks in other career categories for shutouts (fifth, 17) and complete games (sixth, 71), and climbed its all-time list for wins in a season (11th, 19).
At the plate, junior catcher Alexa Peterson (2-for-2, 4 RBI) drilled a pair of homers with her second-inning solo shot and three-run blast in the third.
"Alexa is seeing the ball really well," White said, "and established herself defensively early with a nice play on a bunt. She and Janelle (Lindvall) are really pushing each other and are calling great games."
The Salem, Ore., native tied her career high for RBI, and her 10th homer of the season raised her career tally to 20.
"I didn't know Jess was throwing a perfect game until the end," Peterson said, "and for me it was better that way, or I would have been really nervous. I had never caught one before, so I almost jumped in her arms. She was on fire, and hitting all her spots everywhere in the strike zone."
Junior first baseman Kailee Cuico also cleared the fences with her team-best 14th homer of the season. The two-run, first-inning shot move her up all-time Oregon lists for round-trippers in a season (fourth) and career (seventh, 33).
Arizona starter Estela Pinon (9-6) struck out one, walked two, allowed three hits, and three of her four runs allowed were earned.
Shelby Babcock pitched the next 1.1 innings, struck out none, walked three, yielded four hits, and all five of her runs allowed were earned.
Nancy Bowling retired the final two outs on plays by the infielders.
Adding in Oregon's 5-3 win Friday and 8-0 five-inning victory Saturday, Peterson led the Ducks for the three games in hitting (.714), homers (2-tied), RBI (5-tied) and slugging (1.714).
Eight other starters topped .300 - sophomore third baseman Jamie Rae Sullivan (.500, 2B), senior left fielder Allie Burger (.500, 2 BB), Howard (.429, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB), Takeda (.400, 4 H, 2B), freshman catcher Janelle Lindvall (.333, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB), Cuico (.333, 2 HR, 5 RBI), Pappas (.333, 2B, 2 BB) and freshman left fielder Danica Mercado (.333, BB).
Moore also got the win Friday night, while freshman Cheridan Hawkins notched her fifth save of the campaign
The latter pitcher (14-3 on the season) added another of UO's all-time 20 no-hitters on Saturday with her five-inning, 8-0 victory. The three-time Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week struck out 11 batters - her fifth double-digit tally of the season - walked one and hit two batters.
Prior to his arrival, UA owned a 76-13 edge in the team's meetings between 1984-2009.After claiming its fifth Pac-12 series this season, Oregon stands alone atop the conference standings with a 13-2 league mark.
No. 2 Arizona State (9-3) follows in second place, ahead of No. 13 Washington (third, 10-5), No. 8 California (fourth, 7-5), No. 15 Stanford (fifth, 5-7), No. 19 UCLA (sixth, 5-10), No. 17 Arizona (seventh, 4-8), Utah (eighth, 4-11) and Oregon State (ninth, 3-9).
"We have a lot of games left this year, so we have to take it one game at a time," Moore said. "Our team is hitting all cylinders. We're scoring lots of runs and the defense is doing a great job - they're making it easy for the pitchers to succeed."
Looking ahead, UO travels to returning Pacific Coast Softball Conference champion Portland State (15-21) for a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 16 that starts at 4 p.m.
#6 Oregon 9, #17 Arizona 0 (Apr 14, 2013 at Eugene, Ore.)
#17 Arizona 000 00 - 0 0 1 (27-17, 4-8 Pac-12)
#6 Oregon 223 2X - 9 7 0 (36-6, 13-2 Pac-12)
Pitchers: Arizona - Pinon, Estela; Babcock, Shelby(3); Bowling, Nancy(4) and Goodacre, Chelsea. Oregon - Moore, Jessica and Peterson, Alexa. Win-Moore, Jessica(19-3) Loss-Pinon, Estela(9-6) T-1:30 A-341. HR ORE - Cuico, Kailee; Peterson, Alexa 2. Weather: 54, cloudy/drizzly, wind0-2mph
#17 Arizona at #6 Oregon
Apr 14, 2013 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
Arizona 0 (27-17,4-8 Pac-12)
|Wilson, Hallie 1b||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||0||0|
|Suitos, Chelsea 2b||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||0|
|Rodriguez, Kelsey rf/dp||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|Goodacre, Chelsea c||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||1||0|
|Del Ponte, Brigette ss||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Young, Lauren 3b||2||0||0||0||0||1||4||0||0|
|Perez, Mandie lf||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Rodriguez, Courtney dp/rf||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|Lavine, Alex cf||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Pinon, Estela p||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Babcock, Shelby p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Bowling, Nancy p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
Oregon 9 (36-6,13-2 Pac-12)
|Takeda, Janie cf||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Ceo, Courtney ss||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||1|
|Howard, Kaylan 2b||3||0||1||2||0||1||2||1||0|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b||1||1||1||2||2||0||4||0||0|
|Gillespie, Alyssa pr||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Pappas, Samantha rf||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mercado, Danica ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Peterson, Alexa c||2||2||2||4||0||0||6||1||0|
|Knapp, Stevie Jo ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Lindvall, Janelle 3b/dp||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Costa, Koral dp/3b||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||0||0|
|Burger, Allie lf||0||1||0||0||2||0||1||0||0|
|Moore, Jessica p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
Score by Innings R H E -------------------------------------- Arizona............. 000 00 - 0 0 1 Oregon.............. 223 2X - 9 7 0 --------------------------------------
|E - Suitos. LOB - Oregon 3. 2B - Howard, K; Pappas, S. HR - Cuico, K; Peterson, A 2. CS - Takeda, J.|
|Pinon, Estela L,9-6||2.0||3||4||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||9||11||4||0||51|
|Moore, Jessica W,19-3||5.0||0||0||0||0||6||0||0||0||0||15||15||4||5||61|
| Win - Moore, J (19-3). Loss - Pinon (9-6). Save - None. PB - Goodacre. Inherited runners/scored: Bowling 2/0. Pitches/strikes: Pinon 51/29; Babcock 38/17; Bowling 7/5; Moore, J 61/43.
Umpires - HP: Tracy Hart 1B: Katrina Kershaw 3B: Mike Bartling
2013 Oregon Softball
#17 Arizona at #6 Oregon
Apr 14, 2013 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
|Arizona starters: 5/1b Wilson; 3/2b Suitos; 24/rf Rodriguez, K; 77/c Goodacre; 4/ss Del Ponte; 9/3b Young; 55/lf Perez; 18/dp Rodriguez, C; 7/cf Lavine; 32/p Pinon;|
|Oregon starters: 19/cf Takeda, J; 22/ss Ceo, C; 3/2b Howard, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 0/rf Pappas, S; 14/c Peterson, A; 26/3b Lindvall, J; 7/dp Costa, K; 2/lf Burger, A; 12/p Moore, J;|
|Arizona 1st - Rodriguez, K to dp. Rodriguez, C to rf. Lindvall, J to dp. Costa, K to 3b. Wilson grounded out to 1b unassisted (2-1 KBB). Suitos out at first c to 2b, bunt (1-1 BK). Rodriguez, K flied out to lf (2-2 KBSFB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 1st - Takeda, J lined out to 3b (1-1 KB). Ceo, C singled to left field (2-2 BFBF). Howard, K struck out swinging (1-2 BKFS). Cuico, K homered to left field, 2 RBI (1-0 B); Ceo, C scored. Cuico hits 14th homer of year (#4 in a season) and 33rd career-wise (#7). Pappas, S lined out to p. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Arizona 2nd - Goodacre fouled out to ss (1-1 BK). Del Ponte grounded out to p (3-2 KBSFBBF). Young popped up to 2b (1-2 KBK). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 2nd - Peterson, A homered to right center, RBI (3-2 FBBBS). Peterson hits her 8th homer of year and 19th of career. Lindvall, J flied out to cf (2-1 BKB). CF makes catch on warning track and bumps into wall. Costa, K walked (3-2 BFBBKB). Burger, A walked (3-2 KFBFFBBFB); Costa, K advanced to second. Burger, A advanced to second; Costa, K advanced to third on a passed ball. Takeda, J reached on an error by 2b, RBI (1-2 BFS); Burger, A advanced to third; Costa, K scored, unearned. 2b has problems getting ball out of glove, double clutches & throws late. Takeda, J out at second c to ss, caught stealing. Ceo, C lined out to 3b (3-2 BKBSFB). 2 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Arizona 3rd - Perez popped up to 3b (0-1 K). Rodriguez, C struck out swinging (1-2 SSBS). Lavine grounded out to 1b unassisted (1-1 SB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 3rd - Babcock to p for Pinon. Howard, K flied out to lf (0-0). Cuico, K walked (3-0 BBBB). Pappas, S doubled down the lf line (2-2 BKBK); Cuico, K advanced to third. Pappas check-swings ball down LL for 37th career double - #t for UO alltime. Gillespie, A pinch ran for Cuico, K. Peterson, A homered to left field, 3 RBI (1-0 B); Pappas, S scored; Gillespie, A scored. Lindvall, J grounded out to p (2-0 BB). Costa, K popped up to 2b (2-1 BKB). 3 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Arizona 4th - Cuico, K to 1b for Gillespie, A. Wilson struck out swinging (0-2 KFS). Suitos struck out swinging (2-2 KBSBS). Rodriguez, K struck out swinging (2-2 KSBBS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 4th - Burger, A walked (3-1 BBFBB). Takeda, J singled to center field (0-2 KSF); Burger, A advanced to second. CF made head first diving attempt but ball squirted out of glove. Ceo, C grounded out to p (0-0); Takeda, J advanced to second; Burger, A advanced to third. Howard, K doubled down the lf line, 2 RBI (2-2 KKBB); Takeda, J scored; Burger, A scored. shot down 3b line deflected off 3b man's glove on tricky hopper. Cuico, K walked (3-0 BBBB). Bowling to p for Babcock. Mercado, D pinch hit for Pappas, S. Mercado, D reached on a fielder's choice (1-2 BFK); Cuico, K advanced to second; Howard, K out at third p to 3b. Knapp, S pinch hit for Peterson, A. Knapp, S lined out to 3b (1-1 BS). 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Arizona 5th - Pappas, S to rf for Mercado, D. Peterson, A to c for Knapp, S. Goodacre struck out swinging (0-2 KFS). Del Ponte grounded out to 2b (1-1 KB). Moore pitches perfect game, 2nd career no-hitter, and 3rd incl. a comb PG. Also Oregon's 20th no-hitter in school history. Young struck out swinging (1-2 SFBS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|