On Wednesday, The top 25 finalists for the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year were announced, a list that includes the Ducks’ star senior pitcher Jessica Moore. This shouldn’t be too shocking, given that Moore has been ridiculously good all season and the Ducks are 33-6 (ranked #6 nationally). Still, seeing the confirming announcement should make everyone affiliated with Oregon feel a great sense of pride.
The Oregon softball team is experiencing one of its most successful seasons ever in 2013, and it feels like this is Moore’s “team.” Sure, the lineup has been incredible, and Cheridan Hawkins is arguably having a better season than Moore, but every time I think about this team, Moore is the first player that comes to mind. Obviously being in her fourth year accounts for some of that, but whenever she’s set to start a game, I think to myself, “Well, there’s another win for the Ducks.”
Moore’s presence isn’t the only thing that makes her so special. Her on-field production is predictably stellar: 118.1 Innings Pitched, 1.42 ERA, 1.05 WHIP (Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched), and 106 strikeouts. She’s even recorded a save, just ’cause she can. Don’t question Jess Moore!
Anyway, all of my congratulations go out to her. This would be a near-perfect note to end her storied Oregon career on. Hopefully, though, this honor is just the whipped cream, not the cherry. The Softball World Series is getting closer and closer, and a championship is well within reach for this Ducks team.