Oregon Softball Takes Home Pac-12 Honors

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Jessica Moore, head coach Mike White, and Alexa Peterson were all recognized for their individual contributions to the Oregon softball team during the 2013 season yesterday by the Pac-12, as the all-conference awards and selections were released. Aside from Moore, White, and Peterson, three other Ducks were selected to the 2013 Pac-12 All-Conference First Team, one to the 2013 Pac-12 All-Conference Second Team, and three were apart of the 2013 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.

Oregon Ducks celebrating at home plate on senior day (Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)
Oregon Ducks celebrating at home plate on senior day
(Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

Now in her final year of play for the Ducks, Moore has been more than phenomenal, establishing a 25-4 record while baffling hitters in the process. Her efforts in the season earned her a selection as the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, the first time in Oregon history that a Duck pitcher has received the award. Racking up the second most wins in the conference while starting 5 fewer games, Moore was also second in the Pac-12 in ERA (1.59), fifth in opposing batting average (.211), fifth in innings pitched (171.2), sixth in strikeouts (163), sixth in runs allowed (55), tied for third in earned runs allowed (39), and sixth in walks allowed (44).

Aside from her statistics, Moore is a finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year and has been the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week twice, the USA Softball National Player of the Week, the NFCA Division I Player of the Week, and threw a perfect game. She, along with teammate Peterson, were invited to tryout for the USA Softball National Team after their softball season finished.

Also taking home honors from the Pac-12 was White, who was selected as the Pac-12 Coach of the Year. The first time an Oregon coach has won the award, White led his Ducks to a 46-9 overall record while helping them to a 19-5 Pac-12 record and Pac-12 title. Just in his fourth year with the program, he took Oregon as high as No. 2 in the rankings and will see them as the No. 3 seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament. His career record with the program stands at 169-64.

Oregon senior pitcher Jessica Moore (Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)
Oregon senior pitcher Jessica Moore
(Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

The Ducks also saw Peterson crowned the Pac-12 Batting Champion, as her batting average of .471 trumped the rest of the Pac-12, with Janie Takeda –also of Oregon– finishing second with a .457 average at the plate. Aside from the batting title, Peterson was second in the league in slugging (.866), first in on-base percentage (.574), and her batting average ranks fourth in the nation. She was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week once this year and will join Moore at the USA Softball National Team tryouts after college play is over.

Besides the individual awards that Oregon pulled in this year, many other Oregon softball players found themselves on the Pac-12 All-Conference Teams.

First Team selections for the Ducks included junior shortstop Courtney Ceo, freshman pitcher Cheridan Hawkins, senior second baseman Kaylan Howard, Moore, Peterson, and  Takeda. This marked the third time Moore has been an All-Conference selection.

Just one Oregon player made it onto the Pac-12 All-Conference Second Team, with senior outfielder Sammantha Pappas recognized for her efforts in her final season with the Ducks. Given Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention honors were Koral Costa, Kailee Cuico, and Janelle Lindvall.

Hawkins, Costa, and Lindvall were all selected to the 2013 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team as well, with Danica Mercado earning Honorable Mention honors. Oregon will begin regional play later today at Howe Field when they take on the BYU Cougars at 6pm.

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