Ducks Sweep Two in Opening Day of Citrus Classic

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The No. 10 Oregon Ducks Softball team (15-3, 0-0) opened the Citrus Classic on Friday in commanding fashion, beating the No. 11 LSU Tigers ((14-3) by a score of 10-2 and responding just hours later with a 8-1 victory over LIU Brooklyn.

In game one, Oregon only needed five innings to take down LSU with the mercy rule taking effect. Leadoff shortstop Courtney Ceo went 3-4 with two runs scored and cleanup hitter Kailee Cuico drove in a team-high two RBIs on 1-2 hitting.

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Oregon’s Samantha Pappas
(Geoff Thurner/GoDucks.com)

On the mound, Oregon ace pitcher Jessica Moore (8-2) pitched all five innings for the Ducks. She finished the game only allowing six hits, two runs and one walk. She also struck out five. LSU offensively only hit 6-23 (.260) and left six runners on base.

In game two, the Ducks got on top early with a 5-0 lead after three innings and never looked back. Samantha Pappas was the leadoff hitter for the Ducks and produced one of the best outings of her career. The RF went 3-4 with two runs scored and incredible four RBIs. She also recorded her second home run on the season.

And in a bit of a rarity for the Ducks, head coach Mike White went with two pitchers. Karissa Hovinga (3-0) tossed five innings and was given the win. She allowed six hits, one run, and struck out five. Freshman Cheridan Hawkins replaced Hovinga in the sixth, closing out the game with six consecutive strike outs.

Sophomore 3B Jamie Rae Sullivan also had a monster performance. Sullivan recorded the second home run of her career, driving in three RBIs.

The Ducks are off to commanding start to the 2013 season, and are primed for another elite run. Oregon plays four more games over the weekend against Boston College, Temple, Michigan and James Madison.

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