Duck softball splits pair in Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 8 University of Oregon softball team (21-4) capped play in the Fresno State Classic with a 4-2 win over St. Mary's and 2-1 loss to Iowa State Saturday at Bulldog Stadium.


In the tourney finale, the Ducks staked their 20th win all-time vs. the Gaels (4-13), thanks to their single runs in the first, second, fourth and sixth innings.

St. Mary staked an early lead with a run in the top of the first inning, and scored once more in the fifth inning.

The Ducks' opening three hitters all rapped multiple hits - junior shortstop Courtney Ceo (2-for-4), sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda (3-for-4, 1 RBI) and senior second baseman Kaylan Howard (2-for-3, 2 RBI).

In the first inning, freshman third baseman Koral Costa knocked in her second game-winning RBI of the season, thanks to her bases-loaded walk.

Takeda knocked in the next run in the second inning on a single, as did Howard in both the fourth and sixth innings.

Four other Ducks hit safely once.

In her sixth start of the campaign, sophomore Karissa Hovinga pitched 3.1 innings, struck out one, walked none, gave up six hits, and her run allowed was earned.

Freshman Cheridan Hawkins (7-1) relieved her in the fourth inning, and in her 3.2 innings, logged five strikeouts, no walks, two hits, and her run allowed was earned.

For St. Mary's, Sarah Lira (0-5) pitched all six innings, struck out one, walked two, allowed 11 hits, and two of her four runs allowed were earned.

Three Gaels had multi-hits - Brittany Sabatini (2-for-4), Megan Smith (2-for-3, RBI) and Andrea Hazel (2-for-3).

Earlier in the weekend, UO beat returning Mountain West champion San Diego State (3-2) on Friday, and lost to Iowa State (2-1) on Saturday.

Oregon was also slated to play host Fresno State Friday night, but after taking a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the second, an hour rain delay led to the contest being cancelled.


In UO's first meeting with Iowa State since 2004 (and third ever), the Ducks saw their 13-game win streak come to an end in the 2-1 decision.

The two teams were scoreless through the fifth inning, before UO scored its lone run in the sixth.

Junior shortstop Courtney Ceo led off with a single up the middle, and after a fly ball to right field marked the second out, she tagged and beat the throw to second base. Three pitches later, she easily scored on a single up the middle by sophomore Janie Takeda.

UO nearly tied the game in the seventh, when after two outs, freshman left fielder Danica Mercado and senior right fielder Samantha Pappas walked to put runners on first and second base.

Ceo drilled a hard grounder down the first base line that the first baseman lunged and barely nabbed, then touched the bag to end the game.

For the game, Ceo (3-for-4) led UO in hits with her 11th multi-hit game of the season and tied her career high for hits in a game.

Takeda (2-for-3) also collected multiple hits, and Pappas (1-for-4) also singled safely once.

Junior first Kailee Cuico saw her team-high 18-game hitting streak come to an end with her 0-for-3 day after she grounded out once and flew out twice.

Takeda now owns the team's longest current hitting streak - a 10-game streak - and Ceo is one behind her (9).

Senior Jessica Moore (11-3) pitched the first 5.2 innings, struck out three, walked two, allowed eight hits, and both of her runs allowed were earned.

Iowa State scored both of its runs in the sixth inning, and still had the bases loaded with two outs. Freshman Cheridan Hawkins was called in and notched a strikeout of the Cyclone's #2 hitter Brittany Gomez to end the inning.

Earlier in the inning, the Cyclones laced pair of singles among the first three at-bats, and a hit by pitch loaded the bases. The next batter, Lexi Slater singled home the first run, and a fielder's choice grounder by Maddie Reese to the shortstop scored the next run.

Iowa State starter Tori Torrescano (5-3) pitched the complete game, struck out four, walked two, allowed six hits, and her run allowed was earned.


Overall for the three completed games, Takeda led UO in batting (.636), hits (7) and stolen bases (2).

Ceo also eclipsed .500 for the trip (.545, 6H, RBI, SB), and three others also topped .300 - Howard (.375, 3H, 2 BB, 3 RBI), Lindvall (.333, 2H) and junior catcher Alexa Peterson (.333, 2H).

Howard also made her debut on the Duck all-time career RBI list (10th, 117), and tied former great Kathy Stahl.

In the circle, senior Jessica Moore (1-1) led the team in ERA (1.40), innings (10) and strikeouts (7).

UO's other pitching stats follow: Hovinga (2.10, 0-0, 3.1 IP, 1 SO, 6H, 1 ER), Hawkins (3.15, 1-0, 6.2 IP, 6 SO, 3 BB, 4H, 3 ER).

Looking ahead, UO returns to Eugene for its home opener Wednesday vs. New Mexico. The doubleheader starts at 2 p.m. at Howe Field, and various St. Patrick's Day promotions will take place.

Like all Duck softball doubleheaders, fans only have to pay a single-game ticket price to enjoy both games.


#9 Oregon 4, St. Marys 2 (Mar 09, 2013 at Fresno, Calif.)
St. Marys 100 010 0 - 2 8 1 (4-13)
#9 Oregon 110 101 X - 4 11 0 (21-4)
Pitchers: St. Marys - LIRA, S. and HAZEL, A.. Oregon - Hovinga, Karissa; Hawkins, Cheridan(4) and Lindvall, Janelle. Win-Hawkins, Cheridan(7-1) Loss-LIRA, S.(0-5) T-1:35 A-300. Weather: 57 cloudy wind 5-10 MPH

Iowa State 2, #8 Oregon 1 (Mar 09, 2013 at Fresno, Calif.)
#8 Oregon 000 001 0 - 1 6 1 (20-4)
Iowa State 000 002 X - 2 8 1 (10-9)
Pitchers: Oregon - Moore, Jessica; Hawkins, Cheridan(6) and Peterson, Alexa. Iowa State - Torrescano and Davison. Win-Torrescano(5-3) Loss-Moore, Jessica(11-3) T-1:55 A-250. Weather: 50 Mostly Cloudy, Wind 5-10MPH