EUGENE - The No. 9 University of Oregon softball team (31-5, 8-1) capped its series with Utah (14-19, 1-8) with a 5-2 win Wednesday afternoon at Howe Field.

The Utes struck for two runs in the third inning, thanks to back-to-back solo homers by Chalese Fankhauser and Jackie Sweet.

The Ducks battled back with three runs in the fourth inning and two more in the sixth to move into first place in the Pac-12.

Junior shortstop Courtney Ceo and senior second baseman Kaylan Howard ignited the Oregon comeback in the fourth inning by reaching on an error and single - both to shortstop.

Ceo came around to score on a pair of bad throws by the catcher and center fielder on a failed pick-off at second base.

Howard narrowly stole third base the next at-bat, then scored on a single by senior right fielder Samantha Pappas to right field.

The latter player added the go-ahead run on junior catcher Alexa Peterson's double to center field - her team-leading ninth two-bagger of the season.

In the sixth inning, Howard and Peterson added solo homers to right field - their 11th and sixth round-trippers of the campaign, respectively.

The senior from Riverside, Calif., Howard also moved into a tie for second all-time on the Duck career home run list with former teammate Kelsey Chambers (36) - one behind Andrea Vidlund's school record (37).

"I didn't know I was that close to the record, but it's always nice to leave something behind when you're graduated," Howard said. "We didn't get as many hits as we wanted, but we didn't have any doubt we would come back and support our pitchers eventually."

Howard also improved to sixth on the Duck career list for runs (131) and passed Suzie Barnes (130).

Howard and Peterson ended with 2-for-3 days, and freshman third baseman Koral Costa also went 2-for-2.

"I approached today like a normal day, stay calm and collected every time (at the plate)," Peterson said. "I got out the first at-bat, but used the experience the next two at-bats to know what to look for, and adjusted accordingly."

The Temecula, Calif., native Costa collected UO's first hit of the day in the third inning - a double to center field and her fifth of the campaign.

She also singled in the fourth inning and nearly knocked in Peterson (who was thrown out by the center fielder at home trying to score from second base).

In her seventh start of the season, sophomore Karissa Hovinga pitched the first two innings, struck out one, walked none and allowed two hits and no runs.

Freshman Cheridan Hawkins pitched one inning, struck out one, walked one, allowed three hits and both of the Utes' homers in the third inning.

Senior Jessica Moore (15-3) got the win in relief, struck out four, allowed two hits and no runs in her four innings.

The returning All-American Moore prevented the Utes from additional runs in the fourth inning after she inherited a runner on first base with no outs.  After a fielder's choice moved the runner to second base, she got a strikeout and caught stealing to end the inning.

The Utes challenged again in the sixth after the lead-off runner reached on an error. Moore answered by forcing a 6-3 ground-out and struck out the next two batters.

 "I wanted to use all three pitchers if I could," Oregon head coach Mike White said. "It's nice to get them all some work, and we were able to mix up our looks. Jess is a warrior, and knows how to step up when we need her. (Offensively,) we used our speed to try and make things happen, and we'll take opportunities any way we can get it them. Our batters didn't get a lot of good pitches the first half of the game, but had better patience later and were able to drive some balls into the gaps."

Utah starter Kayce Nieto (3-5) pitched a complete game, struck out one, walked none, yielded seven hits, and three of her five runs allowed were earned.

Three Utah batters hit safely twice - Fankhauser (2-for-4, HR, RBI), Sweet (2-for-4, HR, RBI) and Kelsi Hoopiiaina (2-for-3).

Wednesday's outcome raised UO's series win streak to 10 games after it won both of Tuesday's doubleheader games in six innings by 11-3 and 11-1 counts.

For the three contests, this week's Pac-12 leader in batting and on-base percentage Peterson led Oregon starters in hitting (.500, 5 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI).

Five other Ducks also topped .400 in the series - sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda (.455, 5 H, 2B, 3 RBI, SB), Howard (.455, 5 H, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI), Ceo (.444, 4 H, 2 RBI, SB), freshman catcher Janelle Lindvall (.429, 3 H, HR, 3 RBI) and Costa (.400, 2 H).

In the circle, Moore got two wins, struck out six, walked none, and allowed nine hits in her 10 innings. Hawkins picked up the other victory, and struck out nine, walked one, and gave up seven hits in six innings.

The recent NPF pro draft pick (and #6 overall) also added to her school records for wins (88), strikeouts (810), innings (808.2) and appearances (158).

Looking ahead, No. 9 Oregon (31-5, Pac-12: 8-1) next travels to returning Pac-12  champion and No. 4 California (29-4, Pac-12: 5-1 (2nd)). The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m., and the series finale Sunday at noon.

The Bears lost at No. 19 Arizona Wednesday (7-3) after winning both games Tuesday (6-2, 5-1).


 

LINESCORE

#9 Oregon 5, Utah 2 (Apr 03, 2013 at Eugene, Ore.)
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Utah..... 002 000 0 -  2  7  3      (14-19, 1-8 Pac-12)
#9 Oregon 000 302 X -  5  7  2      (31-5, 8-1 Pac-12)
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Pitchers: Utah - Nieto, Kayce and Pacheco, Shelby. Oregon - Hovinga, Karissa; Hawkins, Cheridan(3); Moore, Jessica(4) and Peterson, Alexa. Win-Moore, Jessica(15-3)  Loss-Nieto, Kayce(3-5)  T-1:50  A-647. HR UTAH - Fankhauser, Chalese; Sweet, Jackie. HR ORE - Howard, Kaylan; Peterson, Alexa. Weather: 55, partly sunny, wind 1-3mph. Hawkins, C faced 1 batter in the 4th.


BOXSCORE
Utah at #9 Oregon
Apr 03, 2013 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)

Utah 2 (14-19,1-8 Pac-12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Fankhauser, Chalese cf 
Sweet, Jackie 2b 
Dickman, Kate rf 
Hoopiiaina, Kelsi ss 
Mendenhall, Marissa lf/dp 
   Gomez, Trina pr 
Pacheco, Shelby c 
Stewart, Kristen 3b 
Eilliott, Katelyn 1b 
Fawson, Sandi dp/lf 
   Bergman, Kendall ph 
Nieto, Kayce p 
Totals  27  18  11 
  

Oregon 5 (31-5,8-1 Pac-12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Takeda, Janie cf 
Ceo, Courtney ss 
Howard, Kaylan 2b 
Cuico, Kailee 1b 
Pappas, Samantha rf 
Peterson, Alexa
Lindvall, Janelle dp 
   Knapp, Stevie Jo ph 
Costa, Koral 3b 
Burger, Allie lf 
Hovinga, Karissa
   Hawkins, Cheridan
   Moore, Jessica
Totals  24  21 
Score by Innings                  R  H  E
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Utah................ 002 000 0 -  2  7  3
Oregon.............. 000 302 X -  5  7  2
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E - Fankhauser; Hoopiiaina; Pacheco; Howard, K; Peterson, A. DP - Oregon 1. LOB - Utah 7; Oregon 2. 2B - Peterson, A; Costa, K. HR - Fankhauser; Sweet; Howard, K; Peterson, A. HBP - Dickman. SH - Burger, A. SB - Howard, K. CS - Elliott. Reached on CI - Stewart.
Utah   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Nieto, Kayce L,3-5  6.0  24  25  11  82 
  
Oregon   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Hovinga, Karissa   2.0  24 
Hawkins, Cheridan   1.0  28 
Moore, Jessica W,15-3  4.0  14  14  49 
Win - Moore, J (15-3). Loss - Nieto (3-5). Save - None. HBP - by Hawkins, C (Dickman). CI - Peterson, A. Inherited runners/scored: Moore, J 1/0. Pitches/strikes: Nieto 82/58; Hovinga, K 24/16; Hawkins, C 28/18; Moore, J 49/32.

Umpires - HP: James Bertuzzi III 1B: Steve Arnold 3B: Brandon Bluhm
Start: 11:30 am Time: 1:50 Attendance: 647
Weather: 55, partly sunny, wind 1-3mph
Hawkins, C faced 1 batter in the 4th.

 
Play-by-Play
 

2013 Oregon Softball
Utah at #9 Oregon
Apr 03, 2013 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)

Utah starters: 25/cf Fankhauser; 1/2b Sweet; 2/rf Dickman; 24/ss Hoopiiaina; 33/lf Mendenhall; 12/c Pacheco; 7/3b Stewart; 8/1b Elliott; 6/dp Fawson; 26/p Nieto;
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/dp Lindvall, J; 7/3b Costa, K; 2/lf Burger, A; 10/p Hovinga, K;
Utah 1st - Mendenhall to dp. Fawson to lf. Fankhauser grounded out to 2b (2-1 BBK). Sweet singled to left field (0-2 KKF). Burger tracks flyball near warning track and gets runner who rounded 2b. Burgers catches ball near running track, and gets runner who rounded 2b. Dickman hit into double play lf to 2b to 1b; Sweet out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Oregon 1st - Takeda, J grounded out to ss (1-1 KB). Ceo, C out at first 1b to 2b, bunt (0-0). Howard, K flied out to cf (0-1 K). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Utah 2nd - Hoopiiaina singled, bunt (0-0). Mendenhall struck out swinging (3-2 BBFBFS). Pacheco flied out to cf (1-1 BF). Hoopiiaina advanced to second. runner awarded 2b by illegal pitch. Stewart reached on catcher's interference. Elliott flied out to cf (2-2 BBKFF). 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.
Oregon 2nd - Cuico, K grounded out to ss (1-1 BK). Pappas, S lined out to rf (0-0). Peterson, A grounded out to ss (1-1 BF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Utah 3rd - Hawkins, C to p for Hovinga, K. Fawson struck out swinging (1-2 BSSS). Fankhauser homered to left field, RBI (0-0). Sweet homered to left field, RBI (1-2 BKK). Dickman hit by pitch (2-2 FKBFB). Hoopiiaina singled to center field (1-1 SB); Dickman advanced to second. Mendenhall flied out to cf (0-1 S). Pacheco flied out to lf (1-2 BKS). 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.
Oregon 3rd - Lindvall, J grounded out to 3b (2-2 KFBBFFF). Costa, K doubled to center field (1-1 BF). Burger, A out at first 3b to 2b, SAC, bunt (2-1 BBF); Costa, K advanced to third. Takeda, J grounded out to ss (1-0 B). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Utah 4th - Stewart walked (3-0 BBBB). Moore, J to p for Hawkins, C. Elliott reached on a fielder's choice (2-2 FBBF); Stewart out at second p to ss. Fawson struck out swinging (2-2 SFBB); Elliott out at second c to ss, caught stealing. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Oregon 4th - Ceo, C reached on an error by ss (2-1 BFB). Howard, K singled to shortstop (1-1 FB); Ceo, C advanced to second. ss dives on edge of grass near 3b but can't get in time to make throw. Howard, K advanced to second; Ceo, C advanced to third on a throwing error by c, scored on a throwing error by cf, unearned. Cuico, K flied out to rf (1-2 KKFB). amazingly strong and accurate throw by rf prevents Howard from adv to 3b. Howard, K stole third. Pappas, S singled to right field, RBI (0-1 K); Howard, K scored, unearned. Peterson, A doubled to center field, RBI (1-2 KKB); Pappas, S scored. Lindvall, J flied out to rf (1-2 BKF). Costa, K singled to center field; Peterson, A out at third cf to c. 3 runs, 4 hits, 3 errors, 1 LOB.
Utah 5th - Fankhauser grounded out to ss (1-0 B). Sweet grounded out to ss (0-1 K). Dickman singled to center field (1-1 BK). Hoopiiaina fouled out to 1b (1-1 KB). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Oregon 5th - Burger, A grounded out to p (1-0 B). Takeda, J grounded out to 1b unassisted (0-2 KK). Ceo, C grounded out to 2b (2-2 FBKBF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Utah 6th - Mendenhall reached on an error by 2b (0-0). Gomez pinch ran for Mendenhall. Pacheco grounded out to ss (2-0 BB); Gomez advanced to second. Stewart struck out swinging (1-2 BKSFS). Elliott struck out swinging (2-2 BBKFS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.
Oregon 6th - Howard, K homered to right field, RBI (0-0). Howard now tied for #2 all-time for UO in homers (36), 1 from school record. Howard's 11th homer of year ties for #11 most in a season for UO all-time. Cuico, K grounded out to 3b (1-1 KB). Pappas, S flied out to cf (2-1 BFB). Pappas' drive is caught on warning track in RCF. Peterson, A homered to right field, RBI (3-2 KBBBF). Peterson has six homers on season now. Knapp, S pinch hit for Lindvall, J. Knapp, S struck out swinging (0-2 KFS). 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Utah 7th - Bergman pinch hit for Fawson. Bergman struck out swinging (2-2 BSKBS). Fankhauser singled to right field (1-1 KB). Sweet popped up to ss (1-1 KB). Dickman grounded out to 2b (1-0 B). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

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