EUGENE - Continuing its best-ever run of postseason success, the #11-seeded University of Oregon softball team (42-15) won its third straight NCAA Regional with a 4-1 win over Western Athletic Conference Tourney Champion BYU (45-15) Saturday afternoon at Howe Field.
"It feels really good to be advancing," Oregon head coach Mike White said, "and now we can sit back and watch the other games around the country. Their pitcher (Almond) kept us off stride. Fortunately Sam (Pappas) took advantage of a hittable pitch, and some aggressive ball-running got us a key second run. BYU has a great coaching staff and is tough opponent that is always pressing you."
After a scoreless first four innings, the Ducks scored all four of their runs in the fifth inning, after juniors Samantha Pappas and Kaylan Howard each knocked in a pair of runs with their double and homer, respectively.
In the circle for UO, NCAA Regional MVP and junior Jessica Moore (30-12) struck out seven, walked two, scattered six hits, and her run allowed was earned.
Only the second Duck to ever post 30 wins in a season, the two-time All-Pac-12 pick also moved up the team’s career list in complete games (sixth, 60), and season charts in for appearances (third, 46), complete games (fifth, 29-tie) and innings (third, 265.2),
Sophomore Alexa Peterson opened the deciding fifth inning with a walk, and junior Allie Burger narrowly beat out a bunt to the pitcher with one out. Pappas followed with her team-leading 16th double of the year to right center field, and moved into a tie for second all-time for UO for two-baggers in a season.
The All-Pac-12 First-Team pick Pappas also climbed to sixth for UO all-time in a season for extra-base hits (26) and seventh in total bases (
The next pitch, Howard drilled her team-high 12th homer of the campaign to center field - seventh-most season-wise for Oregon. The Riverside, Calif., also now has 50 RBI in 2012 - fourth-most ever in the Duck record books.
BYU answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth when J.C. Clayton lined an RBI single to right field after a pair of one-out walks.
At the plate for BYU, six batters hit safely once.
Earlier in the tourney, UO defeated Portland State, 7-3, on Thursday, and the Cougars, 6-4, on Friday.
For the three games, Pappas led UO in hitting (.500, 6H, 2 2B, 2 RBI, SB), and three others topped .300 - Howard (.444, 4H, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB), Takeda (.444, 4H, 2 RBI, 1 SB) and Nieto (.333, 2H, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB).
On the weekend, Howard also moved to fifth-best for UO in a season for doubles (14), and senior Kelsey Chambers now stands third for runs scored (49).
Moore received all three wins after she pitched all 21 innings, struck out 24, walked eight, gave up 17 hits, and six earned runs for a 2.00 ERA.
At the tourney's conclusion, media on hand tabbed four other Ducks to the all-tourney team besides Moore - Howard, Nieto, Pappas and Takeda (and a complete list follows below).
The Ducks are now 9-0 in regional play under third-year head coach Mike White, and look forward to their third-ever Super Regional bid.
This weekend's tilts also stood as Oregon's first-ever home postseason games.
"Our crowd was great," White said, "and it felt like we had an 11th player out there. It made a huge difference, and I was really impressed with their support. The fans really gave Jess a boost, especially in the two-strike situations, and she really responded to their cheering."
UO will next face the winner of the Austin Regional that concludes on Sunday. The host and #6 seed Longhorns dropped their opener to Northwestern, 2-0, on Friday, but won twice Saturday with 6-1 and 10-1 decisions over Auburn and Houston to earn a rematch Sunday at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. If UT wins again, a seventh and final regional game will be held immediately after.
"We have a veteran team that is ready to go out and play hard next week," Moore said. "We're playing well right now, and it was really fun to be able to play in front of our fans this weekend. I took it inning by inning, and tried to keep my focus and give my team the best shot to win."
The winner of the Ducks' two-day, three-game Super Regional next weekend will advance to the double-elimination Women's College World Series, held in Oklahoma City, May 31-June 6.
More NCAA Tournament information is available at the www.NCAA.com website.
2012 Eugene NCAA All-Regional Team
C - Kaili Smith, Mississippi State
C - Shelbi Everett, BYU
1B - Karmen Holladay, Portland State
2B - Kaylan Howard, Oregon
3B - Ashlee Brawley, BYU
OF - Jessica Dugas, BYU
OF - Samantha Pappas, Oregon
OF - Janie Takeda, Oregon
UT/DP - Christie Nieto
P - Jessica Moore*, Oregon
P - Tori Almond, BYU
*Most Outstanding Player
#11 seed Oregon 4, BYU 1 (May 19, 2012 at Eugene, Ore.)
#11 Oregon 000 040 0 - 4 5 1 (42-15)
BYU....... 000 010 0 - 1 6 2 (45-15)
Pitchers: Oregon - Moore, Jessica and Peterson, Alexa. BYU - Almond, Tori and Everett, Shelbi.
Win-Moore, Jessica(30-12) Loss-Almond, Tori(20-4) T-2:03 A-928. HR ORE - Howard, Kaylan (12). Weather: Cloudy, High 50's.
BOXSCORE & PLAY-BY-PLAY
#11 Oregon at BYU
May 19, 2012 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
Oregon 4 (42-15)
|Pappas, Samantha rf||4||1||1||2||0||1||0||0||0|
|Howard, Kaylan 2b||3||1||1||2||1||0||0||2||2|
|Chambers, Kelsey ss||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||6||0|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b||4||0||0||0||0||1||12||0||2|
|Nieto, Christie dp||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||0||0|
|Peterson, Alexa c||2||0||0||0||1||0||7||0||0|
|Goodrum, Sara pr||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Moore, Jessica p||3||1||0||0||0||2||0||2||0|
|Burger, Allie lf||2||1||1||0||1||0||1||0||2|
|Takeda, Janie cf||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Chambers, Lindsey 3b||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
BYU 1 (45-15)
|Dugas, Jessica cf||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||0||0|
|Messerschmidt, Tiffa rf||3||0||0||0||1||2||0||0||0|
|Clayton, JC ss||4||0||1||1||0||0||4||0||1|
|Manuma, Katie 1b||3||0||1||0||0||1||3||1||2|
|Toney, Stacie 2b||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||0||2|
|Hicks, Krista dp||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0|
|Hudson, Alexandra lf||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||0||1|
|Brawley, Ashlee 3b||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||1||1|
|Everett, Shelbi c||2||0||0||0||0||1||8||1||1|
|Hicken, Bailie ph||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|Almond, Tori p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Oregon.............. 000 040 0 - 4 5 1 BYU................. 000 010 0 - 1 6 2 -----------------------------------------
|E - Cuico, K(4); Clayton(8); Manuma(8). DP - BYU 1. LOB - ORE 6; BYU 8. 2B - Pappas, S(16); Nieto, C(8); Dugas(6). HR - Howard, K(12). SB - Takeda, J(13). CS - Howard, K(3).|
|Moore, Jessica W,30-12||7.0||6||1||1||2||7||0||0||0||0||28||30||2||12||113|
|Almond, Tori L,20-4||7.0||5||4||4||4||8||2||0||0||0||27||31||8||4||117|
Win - Moore, J (30-12). Loss - Almond (20-4). Save - None.
WP - Almond 2(29). Pitches/strikes: Moore, J 113/75; Almond 117/74.
Umpires - HP: Christina Drumm 1B: Laura Head 3B: Bob Selz
2012 OREGON SOFTBALL
#11 Oregon at BYU
May 19, 2012 at Eugene, Ore. (Howe Field)
|Oregon starters: 0/rf Pappas, S; 3/2b Howard, K; 8/ss Chambers, K; 33/1b Cuico, K; 17/dp Nieto, C; 14/c Peterson, A; 12/p Moore, J; 2/lf Burger, A; 19/cf Takeda, J; 5/3b Chambers, L;|
|BYU starters: 19/cf Dugas; 20/rf Messerschmid; 16/ss Clayton; 31/1b Manuma; 21/2b Toney; 22/dp Hicks; 5/lf Hudson, Al.; 4/3b Brawley; 2/c Everett; 8/p Almond;|
|Oregon 1st - Pappas, S grounded out to 1b unassisted (2-1 BKB). Howard, K walked (3-0 BBBB). Chambers, K struck out swinging, hit into double play c to ss (2-2 BBKKS); Howard, K out on the play, caught stealing. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|BYU 1st - Dugas grounded out to ss (1-2 KSB). Messerschmid struck out swinging (3-2 BBBKSS). Clayton reached on an error by 1b (1-1 KB). Manuma singled to pitcher (0-0); Clayton advanced to second. Toney grounded out to 3b (2-0 BB). 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 2nd - Cuico, K flied out to lf to left center (1-0 B). Nieto, C struck out swinging (1-2 BKKS). Peterson, A grounded out to 3b (2-2 BSKFB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|BYU 2nd - Hicks grounded out to ss (1-2 FKBFF). Hudson, Al. grounded out to p (3-2 FBFBB). Brawley singled up the middle (1-2 BKS). Everett struck out swinging (1-2 KBKS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 3rd - Moore, J struck out looking (0-2 KKK). Burger, A walked (3-2 BSFFFBFBB). Takeda, J singled to left field (0-2 FKF); Burger, A advanced to second. Pappas, S struck out looking (1-2 BFSFFK). Howard, K flied out to cf to right center (1-2 FSFB). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|BYU 3rd - Dugas grounded out to 2b (0-0). Messerschmid struck out swinging (2-2 BBKFFS). Clayton popped up to ss (0-2 KKF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 4th - Chambers, K struck out swinging (1-2 BFFS). Cuico, K popped up to 1b (0-0). Nieto, C struck out swinging (1-2 BSSS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|BYU 4th - Manuma struck out swinging (1-2 SKBS). Toney singled to pitcher (2-2 BSKB). Hicks struck out swinging (0-2 FFS). Hudson, Al. grounded out to ss (1-2 BFF). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 5th - Peterson, A walked (3-2 BBBKFFFB). Goodrum, S pinch ran for Peterson, A. Moore, J reached on a fielder's choice to first base, bunt (0-1 K); Goodrum, S out at second 1b to 2b. Moore, J advanced to second on a wild pitch. Burger, A singled to pitcher, bunt (2-1 FBB); Moore, J advanced to third. Takeda, J popped up to ss (1-0 B). Pappas, S doubled to right center, 2 RBI, advanced to third on the throw (2-0 BB); Burger, A scored; Moore, J scored. Howard, K homered to center field, 2 RBI (0-0); Pappas, S scored. Chambers, K popped up to ss (2-2 BKFB). 4 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|BYU 5th - Peterson, A to c for Goodrum, S. Brawley out at first 3b to ss to 1b (0-0). Everett grounded out to ss (2-2 BSFFB). Dugas walked (3-2 BFBKFFBB). Messerschmid walked (3-2 BBSKBB); Dugas advanced to second. Clayton singled through the left side, RBI (0-0); Messerschmid advanced to second; Dugas scored. Manuma grounded out to 2b (0-0). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 6th - Cuico, K struck out swinging (3-2 BKBFBS). Nieto, C doubled down the rf line (1-0 B). Peterson, A reached on an error by 1b (1-0 B); Nieto, C advanced to third. Moore, J struck out swinging (1-2 SBFS). Burger, A out at first p to 2b, bunt (0-1 S). 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.|
|BYU 6th - Toney flied out to lf to left field (1-0 B). Hicks struck out swinging (0-2 KFS). Hudson, Al. singled through the right side (1-0 B). Brawley grounded out to ss (2-0 BB). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 7th - Takeda, J reached on an error by ss (0-2 KF). Pappas, S flied out to lf down the lf line (0-0). Takeda, J stole second. Howard, K popped up to ss (2-0 BB). Chambers, K walked (3-0 BBBB); Takeda, J advanced to third on a wild pitch. Cuico, K popped up to 3b (0-2 KKF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.|
|BYU 7th - Hicken pinch hit for Everett. Hicken struck out looking (1-2 BKFFK). Dugas doubled down the lf line (0-0). Messerschmid grounded out to p (3-2 BBKBFF). Clayton grounded out to 1b unassisted (1-1 BS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|