Oregon 2012 Softball World Series Capsule

Oregon Ducks
Pac-12 (39-15, 13-9)

The Oregon Ducks are led in the circle by the power pitching of junior Jessica Moore who posted a 2.43 ERA and 209 strike outs in 244 innings.  Leading the way at the plate for the Ducks are junior outfielder Samantha Pappas, hitting .407 with eight homeruns and sophomore utility player Kailee Cuico, who is hitting .308 with 11 homeruns and 51 RBI’s. The 2012 season has been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride for Oregon as they beat some of the top ranked teams in the country and lost to unranked opponents. The Ducks are looking to stabilize their defense and stun the competition in this postseason.

Big Wins: 3/31 vs Arizona State (3-0), 4/10 vs Washington (5-3), 4/21 vs California (1-0)
Bad Losses: 2/10 vs New Mexico (6-7), 3/25 vs Oregon State (4-5), 3/26 vs Oregon State (1-7)
Coach: Mike White (3 seasons at Oregon)

Why They Can Surprise:
When Jessica Moore (27-12) is in the circle and on her game she is nearly unhittable with her swing and miss stuff. Offensively, the Ducks are scrappy and have only been shutout in two games this entire season (4/22 California 0-10, 5/10 UCLA 0-10). They are adept at finding ways to take extra bases and scoring runs. The offense is one of Oregon’s best weapons, led by sophomores Kailee Cuico, Courtney Ceo (hitting .378) and junior Samantha Pappas.

Why They Can Disappoint:
In order for the Ducks to compete in the postseason their defense will need to work out the kinks. Oregon is leading the Pac 12 with 80 errors on the season. Oregon will also need to find a way to get off the rollercoaster and become consistent this postseason if they want to find their way to Oklahoma.  

Key Field Players:
Samantha Pappas, Junior, OF, .407 BA, 8 HR, 34 RBI, 18 SB
Courtney Ceo, Sophomore, IF, .378 BA, 7 RBI
Christie Nieto, Senior, UTL, .344 BA, 8 HR, 29 RBI
Janie Takeda, Freshman, OF, .319 BA, 15 RBI
Kylan Howard, Junior, 2B, .325 BA, 11 HR, 47 RBI
Kailee Cuico, Sophomore, UTL, .308 BA, 11 HR, 51 RBI
Kelsey Chambers, Senior, IF, .309 BA, 9 HR, 45 RBI

Key Pitchers:
Jessica Moore, Junior, Pitcher, 2.43 ERA, 27-12 W/L, 26 CG, 244.2 IP, 209 SO
Karissa Hovinga, Freshman, Pitcher, 3.17 ERA, 12-3 W/L, 10 CG, 117.0 IP, 68 SO

By the Numbers:
Batting Average: .316 (15th in nation, 5th in conference)
Earned Run Average:  2.66 (78, 3)
Fielding Percentage: .952 (210, 9)
Scoring Offense: 6.10 (12, 4)
Home Runs per Game: 1.10 (20, 5)
Doubles per Game: 1.33 (40, 4)
Triples per Game: 014 (118, 7)
Stolen Bases per Game: 1.16 (72, 3)
Slugging Percentage: .498 (13, 5)
Double Plays per Game: 0.29 (110, 8)

Recent Postseason Appearances:

2011Regionaldefeated Albany, defeated Fordham, defeated Penn State
2011Super Regionaleliminated by Florida
2010Regionaldefeated Auburn, defeated Georgia Tech, defeated Georgia Tech
2010Super Regionaleliminated by Missouri
2008Regionallost to Oklahoma, defeated Tulsa, defeated Arkansas, eliminated by Oklahoma
2007Regionaldefeated Penn State, defeated South Carolina, lost to South Carolina, eliminated by South Carolina
2005Regionallost to Louisiana, defeated Wichita State, defeated Louisiana, eliminated by Oklahoma

*all team stats through 5/6

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