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AUSTIN, Texas - The #11 seeded University of Oregon softball team (43-16) staked its eighth walk-off win of the season with a 5-4, eight-inning decision at #6-seeded Texas (47-12) in Saturday's Super Regional second game.
The Ducks’ victory forced a deciding third and final game immediately after that will be televised nationally by ESPN, and broadcast on the radio in Eugene on KSCR (1320 AM).
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 senior Kelsey Chambers, and single by sophomore Alexa Peterson that scored two runs.
Chambers’ 10th homer of the season moved her into sole position of UO all-time in career homers (36), and broke a tie with former greats Neena Bryant and Triawn Custer.
Texas responded with a run in the second and three more in the third to go up, 4-3.
Courtney Craig accounted for the Longhorns' first run with her seventh homer of the year – a solo shot to left field in the second inning on a 1-2 pitch.
In the third, Kim Bruins and Taylor Hoagland singled and walked to open the inning. Lexy Bennett followed with an RBI double, and Craig added another RBI single. Nadia Taylor stole home for the inning’s final run on a delayed steal after Duck catcher Alexa Peterson threw out a runner attempting to steal second base.
UO retied it, 4-4, in the bottom of the fourth inning on a one-out RBI single by Peterson.
The Ducks appeared ready to score again in the fourth with runners on second and third with only one out. Junior Jessica Moore tried to suicide squeeze bunt the go-ahead run, but the pitcher fielded the ball and got the out at home. UT reliever Rachel Fox then got the next batter on a ground-out to end the inning.
In the sixth, UO put two runners on, and was 10 feet from going ahead on deep fly ball by freshman Hannah Melick that was caught on the left field warning track.
In the seventh inning, UO put its opening two runners on second and third base on a Nieto single and dropped fly ball by the centerfielder. One out later, junior Allie Burger hit a fly ball that was caught in shallow left field, and Nieto was thrown out at home trying to score on the tag.
Oregon finally decided the game in the eighth inning after freshman Janie Takeda beat out a single to third base to start the rally. The Placentia, Calif., native stole second and third base to set her season game high for swipes (2), then scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by junior Kaylan Howard.
The All-Region First Team pick Howard’s game-winning RBI was her team-leading 10th of the season.
Peterson (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB) led the team in hits for the contest, and five others hit safely once.
Winning her first Super Regional game in five tries, Moore (31-13) pitched her 30th complete game of the season, struck out five, walked five, allowed eight hits, and her four runs allowed were earned.
Luna pitched the first 2.2 innings, struck out three, walked five, gave up two hits, and two of her three runs allowed were earned.
In the final five innings, Rachel Fox (14-2) struck out one, walked one, yielded five hits, and one of her two runs allowed were earned.
At the plate for Texas, two players had multiple hits – Lexy Bennett (2-for-3) and Courtney Craig (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB).
#11 Oregon 5, #6 Texas 4 (May 26, 2012 at Austin, Texas)
#6 Texas 013 000 00 - 4 8 4 (47-12)
#11 Oregon 300 010 01 - 5 7 1 (43-16)
Pitchers: Texas - Luna; Fox(3) and Ogle. Oregon - Moore, Jessica and Peterson, Alexa.
Win-Moore, Jessica(31-13) Loss-Fox(14-2) T-3:15 A-0 HR TEXAS - Craig, C. (7). HR ORE - Chambers, Kelsey (10). Weather: 91, partly cloudy - winds: 10
BOXSCORE & PLAY-BY-PLAY
#6 Seed Texas at #11 Seed Oregon
May 26, 2012 at Austin, Texas (McCombs Field)
Texas 4 (47-12)
|Craig, C. cf||3||1||2||2||1||0||0||0||1|
|Smith, G. pr||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Oregon 5 (43-16)
|Pappas, Samantha rf||4||0||0||0||1||1||2||0||0|
|Howard, Kaylan 2b||4||0||1||1||0||2||2||3||2|
|Chambers, Kelsey ss||3||2||1||1||1||0||3||6||0|
|Cuico, Kailee 1b||1||1||1||0||2||0||6||0||0|
|Melick, Hannah dp||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Nieto, Christie dp/1b||2||1||1||0||1||0||5||0||0|
|Peterson, Alexa c||3||0||2||2||1||0||4||3||0|
|Moore, Jessica p||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||3|
|Burger, Allie lf||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1|
|Goodrum, Sara ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Takeda, Janie cf||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Chambers, Lindsey 3b||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0|
|Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------ Texas............... 013 000 00 - 4 8 4 Oregon.............. 300 010 01 - 5 7 1 ------------------------------------------
Note: 2 outs, 0 runners LOB when the game ended.
|E - Bennett; Craig, C.; Schmidt; Thom; Chambers, K. DP - Texas 1; Oregon 1. LOB - Texas 7; Oregon 10. 2B - Bennett; Howard, K. HR - Craig, C.(7); Chambers, K(10). SH - Bennett; Nieto, C. SF - Howard, K. SB - Schmidt 2; Washington; Pappas, S; Peterson, A; Moore, J; Takeda, J 2. CS - Craig, C..|
|Moore, Jessica W,31-13||8.0||8||4||4||5||5||0||0||0||1||29||35||3||13||126|
| Win - Moore, J (31-13). Loss - Fox (14-2). Save - None. Pitches/strikes: Luna 67/32; Fox 79/50; Moore, J 126/70.
Umpires - HP: James Martarona 1B: Larry Nagel 3B: Glenda Bates
2012 OREGON SOFTBALL
#8 Texas at #12 Oregon
May 26, 2012 at Austin, Texas (McCombs Field)
|Texas starters: 6/rf Hoagland; 51/2b Bennett; 88/3b Taylor; 25/cf Craig, C.; 22/1b Scott; 4/lf Schmidt; 11/ss Thom; 5/c Ogle; 2/dp Bruins; 12/p Luna;|
|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;|
|Texas 1st - Hoagland walked (3-0 BBBB). Bennett reached on a fielder's choice (1-0 B); Hoagland out at second ss to 2b. Taylor grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b (0-0); Bennett out on the play. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 1st - Pappas, S struck out looking (3-2 BFBKBK). Howard, K struck out swinging (2-2 BBFSFS). Chambers, K homered to left field, RBI (2-1 BBK). Cuico, K walked (3-2 BKBKBFFB). Nieto, C walked (3-2 BKBFBFB); Cuico, K advanced to second. Peterson, A singled to left field, advanced to second, advanced to third on the throw, RBI (2-2 KBBFF); Nieto, C advanced to third, scored on a throwing error by lf, unearned; Cuico, K scored. Moore, J fouled out to lf (0-0). 3 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Texas 2nd - Craig, C. homered to left field, RBI (1-2 KFB). Scott grounded out to p (0-1 S). Schmidt walked (3-0 BBBB). Schmidt stole second. Thom reached on a fielder's choice (1-2 KFB); Schmidt out at third p to 3b. Ogle grounded out to 2b (0-0). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 2nd - Burger, A popped up to 3b, bunt (0-0). Takeda, J flied out to lf (0-0). Pappas, S walked (3-0 BBBB). Pappas, S stole second. Howard, K struck out swinging (2-2 BSBFS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Texas 3rd - Bruins singled through the left side (1-1 BF). Washington pinch ran for Bruins. Washington stole second. Hoagland walked (3-1 SBBBB). Bennett doubled to right center, RBI (2-1 BKB); Hoagland advanced to third; Washington scored. Taylor reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second on the throw (0-1 K); Bennett advanced to third; Hoagland out at home ss to c. Craig, C. singled to right field, RBI (3-1 BFBB); Taylor advanced to third; Bennett scored. Craig, C. out at second c to ss, caught stealing; Taylor scored on the throw. Scott grounded out to ss (2-1 BBK). 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 3rd - Chambers, K fouled out to lf (1-0 B). Cuico, K walked (3-2 BBBKFB). Nieto, C popped up to ss (3-2 FBBFB). Peterson, A walked (3-0 BBBB); Cuico, K advanced to second. Fox to p for Luna. Moore, J reached on a fielder's choice (1-1 BK); Peterson, A advanced to second; Cuico, K out at third 3b unassisted. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Texas 4th - Schmidt grounded out to ss (2-0 BB). Thom singled to shortstop (2-2 KBSFFB). Ogle singled to shortstop (1-2 FFB); Thom advanced to second, out at third ss to p to 3b. Washington to dp. Washington grounded out to p (0-2 FKF). 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 4th - Burger, A struck out looking (2-2 SBBKK). Takeda, J grounded out to p (0-1 F). Pappas, S reached on a fielding error by 2b (0-0). Howard, K reached on a fielder's choice (2-1 BBF); Pappas, S out at second ss to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Texas 5th - Hoagland fouled out to rf (3-1 BBBK). Bennett singled to third base (1-0 B). Taylor struck out swinging (1-2 KFBS). Craig, C. flied out to rf (1-0 B). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.|
|Oregon 5th - Chambers, K reached on a fielding error by ss (3-2 KBFBFBF). Cuico, K singled to left field (1-1 KB); Chambers, K advanced to second. Nieto, C out at first 3b to 2b, SAC, bunt (1-1 BK); Cuico, K advanced to second; Chambers, K advanced to third. Peterson, A singled up the middle, RBI (0-0); Cuico, K advanced to third; Chambers, K scored, unearned. Peterson, A stole second. Moore, J reached on a fielder's choice, bunt (1-1 BK); Peterson, A advanced to third; Cuico, K out at home p to c. Goodrum, S pinch hit for Burger, A. Moore, J stole second. Goodrum, S grounded out to 2b (0-1 F). 1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.|
|Texas 6th - Melick, H to dp for Cuico, K. Nieto, C to 1b. Burger, A to lf for Goodrum, S. Scott reached on a throwing error by ss (1-1 BS). Smith, G. pinch ran for Scott. Schmidt reached on a fielder's choice (0-0); Smith, G. out at second p to ss. Thom struck out swinging (1-2 SBFFFS); Schmidt stole second. Ogle walked (3-0 BBBB). Bruins to dp for Washington. Bruins grounded out to 1b unassisted (1-2 KKB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 6th - Scott to 1b for Smith, G.. Takeda, J grounded out to ss (0-0). Pappas, S popped up to ss (2-2 BBKF). Howard, K doubled to left field (2-0 BB). Chambers, K walked (3-2 KBFBBFB). Melick, H flied out to lf (3-2 KBFFBFBF). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Texas 7th - Hoagland singled to third base (1-0 B). Bennett grounded out to 1b unassisted, SAC, bunt (1-1 FB); Hoagland advanced to second. Taylor struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b (2-2 BBFSS). Craig, C. intentionally walked (3-0 BBBB). Scott struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b (1-2 KKBK). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.|
|Oregon 7th - Nieto, C singled through the right side (0-1 K). Peterson, A reached on a fielding error by cf (1-0 B); Nieto, C advanced to third. Peterson, A advanced to second. Moore, J reached on a fielder's choice (2-1 BBF); Peterson, A out at second ss unassisted, interference. Moore, J advanced to second. Burger, A flied into double play lf to c (2-2 KBKFB); Nieto, C out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.|
|Texas 8th - Schmidt grounded out to 2b (2-2 KKBB). Thom struck out (1-2 FFBK). Ogle popped up to 2b (3-1 BBFB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|
|Oregon 8th - Takeda, J singled to third base (0-0). Takeda, J stole second. Pappas, S fouled out to c, bunt (1-0 B). Takeda, J stole third. Howard, K flied out to lf, SF, RBI (1-0 B); Takeda, J scored. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.|