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TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 15 University of Oregon softball team (34-12, 11-8) nearly staked its first-ever series sweep of No. 11 Arizona (32-14, 9-9) before the Wildcats rallied Sunday in the eighth inning to win, 5-4.
The Ducks still took satisfaction in edging the eight-time national champions in the season series, 2-1, for the second straight season and third time ever after also taking the series in '89 (4-3).
Sophomore Kailee Cuico opened scoring with her eighth homer of the season - a two-out, two-run shot in the first inning. The first baseman from San Pedro, Calif., is now one shy of the team lead (Kaylan Howard, 9) and paces the squad in multi-RBI games (12).
UA answered with two runs in the bottom of the first after three of the opening batters singled. Duck starter, freshman Karissa Hovinga, forced in a pair of runs on a bases-loaded walk and hit by pitch, but bounced back with a pair of bases-loaded strikeouts to end the inning.
UA responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning on a homer by Lini Koria, double by Jessica Spigner, and singles by Chelsea Goodacre and Nicole Bryan.
In the eighth inning, Arizona scored the deciding run on singles by Goodacre, Alex Lavine and Hallie Wilson.
At game's end, Oregon junior left fielder Allie Burger (3-for-3) posted a season high in hits, and Peterson (2-for-4, 2 RBI) ended with her ninth multi-hit game of 2012 (and seventh in the month of April).
Howard was one of four Ducks that hit safely, and the second baseman from Riverside, Calif., extended her season-high hitting streak to 11 games (two shy of Cuico's team season best).
In the circle for UO, Hovinga pitched the first 6.2 innings, struck out four, walked one, gave up nine hits, and all four runs allowed were earned.
Oregon junior Jessica Moore (24-9) pitched the last inning, recorded no strikeouts or walks, allowed three hits, and one earned run.
Arizona's Kenzie Fowler (14-6) got the win after she pitched the final five innings, struck out five, walked two, and allowed four hits and no runs. Starter Shelby Babcock, pitched the opening three innings, struck out two, walked two, yielded five hits, and all four of her runs allowed were earned.
At the plate for UA, four players connected on multiple hits - Wilson (2-for-5, 1 RBI), Chelsea Suitos (2-for-4), Koria (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB) and Goodacre (2-for-4).
For the weekend, UO combined on a .357 team hitting mark after its 11-7 and 12-7 wins Friday and Saturday night, and raised its record in Tucson the last two years to 4-2.
Individually for the three-game set, Burger topped UO in hitting (.600, 6H), and five other starters topped .300 - Peterson (.455, 5H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB), Cuico (.444, 4H, 1 2B 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB), Howard (.417, 5H, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB), Pappas (.364, 4H, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB) and freshman Jamie Rae Sullivan (.300, 3H, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB).
Moore picked up both Duck wins, struck out six, and walked seven in her 15 innings on the trip.
On UO all-time lists this weekend, Pappas made her debut on the career walks chart (10th, 66) and Moore climbed the career category for appearances (seventh, 119) and season lists for wins (third, 24) and strikeouts (fifth, 182).
Looking ahead, the Ducks return home to Howe Field for another busy week and their final non-conference action. Oregon hosts Seattle in a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday, then welcomes No. 10 Missouri for a three-game weekend set.
Friday's 6 p.m. Duck-Tiger tilt will be re-broadcast regionally by Oregon Sports Network/Comcast, and the two teams return for a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday.
Afterwards, UO caps the season at home the following week against No. 14 UCLA with three single games, Thursday-Saturday, May 10-12.
#11 Arizona 5, #15 Oregon 4 (Apr 29, 2012 at Tucson, Ariz.)
#15 Oregon 202 000 00 - 4 9 1 (34-12, 11-8 Pac-12)
#11 Arizona 202 000 01 - 5 12 0 (32-14, 9-9 Pac-12)
Pitchers: Oregon - Hovinga, Karissa; Moore, Jessica(7) and Peterson, Alexa. Arizona - Babcock;
Fowler(4) and Koria. Win-Fowler(14-6) Loss-Moore, Jessica(24-9) T-2:53 A-2397
HR ORE - Cuico, Kailee. HR ARIZ - Koria. Weather: 79 degrees, clear skies
BOXSCORE & PLAY-BY-PLAY
#15 Oregon at #11 Arizona
Apr 29, 2012 at Tucson, Ariz. (Hillenbrand Stadium)
Oregon 4 (34-12,11-8 Pac-12)
|Howard, Kaylan 2b||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||1||0|
|Takeda, Janie cf||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||3|
|Chambers, Kelsey ss||4||1||0||0||0||1||4||1||1|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b||2||2||1||1||2||0||6||0||0|
|Nieto, Christie dp||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||0||0|
|Goodrum, Sara pr||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Chambers, Lindsey pr||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Pappas, Samantha rf||3||1||1||0||1||2||0||0||0|
|Peterson, Alexa c||4||0||2||2||0||0||4||0||0|
|Sullivan, Jamie Rae 3b||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||4||1|
|Burger, Allie lf||3||0||3||0||0||0||3||0||0|
|Melick, Hannah ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Hovinga, Karissa p||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Moore, Jessica p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Arizona 5 (32-14,9-9 Pac-12)
|Del Ponte 3b||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||1||1|
Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------ Oregon.............. 202 000 00 - 4 9 1 Arizona............. 202 000 01 - 5 12 0 ------------------------------------------
Note: 2 outs, 2 runners LOB when the game ended.
|E - Pappas, S. LOB - ORE 8; Arizona 9. 2B - Howard, K; Peterson, A; Spigner. HR - Cuico, K; Koria. HBP - Spigner. SH - Takeda, J; Sullivan, J. SB - Takeda, J; Suitos. CS - Cuico, K; Burger, A.|
|Moore, Jessica L,24-9||1.0||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||6||1||2||29|
Win - Fowler (14-6). Loss - Moore, J (24-9). Save - None.
WP - Babcock. HBP - by Hovinga, K (Spigner). Pitches/strikes: Hovinga, K 120/87;
Moore, J 29/18; Babcock 75/47; Fowler 81/57.
Umpires - HP: Rick Cowan 1B: Calvin Walker 3B: John Baca
2012 OREGON SOFTBALL
#15 Oregon at #11 Arizona
Apr 29, 2012 at Tucson, Ariz. (Hillenbrand Stadium)
|Oregon starters: 3/2b Howard, K; 19/cf Takeda, J; 8/ss Chambers, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 17/dp Nieto, C; 0/rf Pappas, S; 14/c Peterson, A; 20/3b Sullivan, J; 2/lf Burger, A; 10/p Hovinga, K;|
|Arizona starters: 17/cf Wilson; 3/2b Suitos; 4/3b Del Ponte; 21/ss Pendley; 90/c Koria; 9/1b Spigner; 77/rf Goodacre; 0/dp Bryan; 15/lf Buchanan; 12/p Babcock;|
|Oregon 1st - Goodacre to dp. Bryan to rf. Howard, K doubled to right field (2-2 KBFBK). Takeda, J out at first 1b to 2b, SAC, bunt (0-0); Howard, K advanced to third. Chambers, K reached on a fielder's choice (1-1 FB); Howard, K out at home p to c. Cuico, K homered to left field, RBI (1-1 KB); Chambers, K scored. Nieto, C fouled out to ss (1-1 BF). 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Arizona 1st - Wilson singled to shortstop (3-2 FBBKB). Suitos singled to center field (2-2 BBFK); Wilson advanced to second. Del Ponte flied out to cf (3-2 FKFBBB). Pendley singled to right field (1-2 KBK); Suitos advanced to second; Wilson advanced to third. Koria walked, RBI (3-2 BBBSFB); Pendley advanced to second; Suitos advanced to third; Wilson scored. Spigner hit by pitch, RBI (1-0 B); Koria advanced to second; Pendley advanced to third; Suitos scored. Goodacre struck out swinging (3-2 KBKBFFFFBS). Bryan struck out swinging (0-2 FFS). 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.|
|Oregon 2nd - Pappas, S singled to right center (0-2 KK). Peterson, A flied out to cf (0-0). Sullivan, J reached on a fielder's choice to third base, SAC, bunt (0-0); Pappas, S advanced to second. Burger, A singled to shortstop (3-2 KBKBB); Sullivan, J advanced to second; Pappas, S advanced to third. Howard, K struck out swinging (3-2 SBBBKS). Takeda, J reached on a fielder's choice (1-1 BK); Burger, A out at second ss to 2b. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.|
|Arizona 2nd - Buchanan grounded out to 3b (0-1 K). Wilson popped up to ss (0-2 FK). Suitos singled down the rf line (0-0). Suitos stole second. Del Ponte flied out to cf (2-1 BFB). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 3rd - Chambers, K grounded out to p (3-2 BBFBFFF). Cuico, K walked (3-2 BBFBKB). Nieto, C struck out swinging (3-2 FKBBBFS). Pappas, S walked (3-2 KBBKBB); Cuico, K advanced to second. Peterson, A doubled to right field, 2 RBI (0-0); Pappas, S scored; Cuico, K scored. Peterson, A advanced to third on a wild pitch. Sullivan, J grounded out to 3b (2-2 KBKFFFFBF). 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Arizona 3rd - Pendley lined out to 1b (0-1 K). Koria homered to left field, RBI (1-0 B). Spigner doubled to left field (1-2 KFB). Goodacre singled to pitcher (1-1 BK); Spigner advanced to third. Bryan singled down the lf line, RBI (2-2 KBFBF); Goodacre advanced to second; Spigner scored. Buchanan grounded out to 3b (0-0). Wilson struck out looking (0-2 KKK). 2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 4th - Fowler to p for Babcock. Burger, A singled to third base (2-2 BKBSF). Howard, K popped up to ss (0-0). Takeda, J reached on a fielder's choice (1-1 BK); Burger, A out at second 2b to ss. Takeda, J stole second. Chambers, K struck out swinging (2-2 FKBBFS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Arizona 4th - Suitos grounded out to ss (0-0). Del Ponte struck out looking (1-2 KSFBK). Pendley popped up to 3b (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 5th - Cuico, K walked (3-2 BBKBKB). Nieto, C singled to left field (0-0); Cuico, K advanced to third. Pappas, S struck out swinging (0-2 KSS). Goodrum, S pinch ran for Nieto, C. Peterson, A fouled out to 1b (1-2 BKKF). Cuico, K out at third c to ss to c to 3b, caught stealing. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Arizona 5th - Koria singled to right field, advanced to second on a fielding error by rf (1-2 BFFF). Spigner flied out to lf (1-2 BFFFFF). Goodacre fouled out to ss (1-2 KFFB). Bryan fouled out to lf (0-1 F). 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 6th - Lavine to rf for Bryan. Sullivan, J grounded out to 2b (1-1 FB). Burger, A singled to second base (3-2 KBBKB). Howard, K struck out looking (3-2 FBBBFK). Burger, A out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Arizona 6th - Buchanan lined out to ss (1-0 B). Wilson out at first 3b to 2b (0-0). Suitos popped up to p (2-2 BSKB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 7th - Takeda, J flied out to rf (1-1 KB). Chambers, K popped up to ss (0-2 SK). Cuico, K fouled out to c (1-1 KB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Arizona 7th - Del Ponte fouled out to lf (1-2 FFBF). Pendley fouled out to 3b (1-2 KKFBF). Moore, J to p for Hovinga, K. Koria grounded out to 3b (2-1 FBB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 8th - Nieto, C to dp for Goodrum, S. Nieto, C walked (3-2 BBBKFFFB). Pappas, S struck out looking (1-2 SKBK). Peterson, A singled down the lf line (0-2 FK); Nieto, C advanced to second. Chambers, L pinch ran for Nieto, C. Sullivan, J struck out looking (0-2 FKK). Melick, H pinch hit for Burger, A. Melick, H grounded out to ss (0-1 K). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Arizona 8th - Burger, A to lf for Melick, H. Spigner popped up to 1b (2-2 FBBFFFF). Goodacre singled up the middle (2-2 BSFFB). Lavine singled to shortstop (2-2 FBSB); Goodacre advanced to second. Kirker pinch hit for Buchanan. Kirker reached on a fielder's choice (2-0 BB); Lavine out at second 2b to ss; Goodacre. Buchanan to lf for Kirker. Wilson singled up the middle, RBI (1-1 BF); Buchanan advanced to second; Goodacre scored. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|