WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – In return for its historic conference run, the No. 3 University of Oregon softball team (46-9, 19-5) landed a record number of All-Pac-12 honors announced Wednesday.
Jessica Moore[/caption]Senior right-hander Jessica Moore picked up Oregon’s second-ever Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year honor after she logged wins vs. seven of the eight league rivals and nine top-25 opponents overall.
The Sutter, Calif., native was joined by five other Ducks who earned their first All-Pac-12 First Team laurels – senior second baseman Kaylan Howard, junior shortstop Courtney Ceo and catcher Alexa Peterson, sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda and freshman pitcher Hawkins.
On the All-Pac-12 Second Team, senior right fielder Samantha Pappas added her third career all-league selection, and three others were tabbed honorable mentions – junior first baseman Kailee Cuico and freshman utility player Koral Costa and catcher Janelle Lindvall.
Among other honors, Costa, Hawkins and Lindvall were tabbed to the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team, and utility player Danica Mercado was chosen as an honorable mention.
After guiding UO to its first-ever conference title, fourth-year head coach Mike White claimed the Ducks’ second-ever Pac-12 Coach of the Year honor.
Other top 2013 Pac-12 season awards went to Arizona State catcher Amber Freeman (Player of the Year), Washington catcher Shawna Wright (Defensive Player) and Stanford utility player Kayla Bonstrom (Freshman of the Year).
Moore won her third straight first-team nod and was a second-team choice as a frosh, while Pappas was a first-team pick last year and in 2010 when she was the Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year.
Howard was a second-team choice last spring, and other recent honorable mention nods went to senior left fielder Allie Burger (2010), Ceo (2011, ’12), Cuico (’12), Pappas (’11) and Peterson (’12).
In this week’s Pac-12 pitching rankings, Moore ranked second in ERA (1.59) and wins (25), and stood fifth in opposing batting (.211) and innings (171.2), and sixth in strikeouts (163) and appearances (36).
Likweise, Hawkins was easy to spot atop the categories for opposing batting average (.130) and saves (6), and stood third in ERA (1.68).
The Salem, Ore., native Peterson also won this season’s Pac-12 Batting Champion Award (.471), and stood top 10 in slugging (second, .866) and total bases (ninth, 103).
Takeda added top honors this week in hits (84) and stolen bases (27) and ranked top 10 in batting (second, .457), runs (fifth, 49), on-base percentage (sixth, .479) and total bases (seventh, 112)
Three other Ducks stood top 10 this week in Pac-12 offensive categories – Ceo (stolen bases, second, 20; sacrifice bunts, third, 10; hits, fourth, 65; batting, fourth, .394; runs, fourth, 50), Howard (doubles, second, 13; runs, sixth, 48; slugging, 10th, .654) and Cuico (homers, ninth, 14).
All-time, UO has racked up 26 first-team honors and 39 second-team selections in the annual award selected by Pac-12 head coaches. Only once before has a Duck team earned as many honors when UO claimed seven, first- and second-team laurels in 1989 in the then-six-team conference.
Since Oregon’s initial All-Pac-12 honor in 1988, Moore became the first Duck hurler to earn three all-league honors, and only two others have claimed single honors – Ani Nyhus (2004) and fellow Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year Katie Wiese (1989).
This week, No. 3 UO (46-9, 19-5) looks ahead to its 15th NCAA tournament appearance and hosts NCAA Regional games at Howe Field in Eugene for the second straight season.
Tabbed as the #3 seed overall in the 64-team field, the Ducks first face BYU (33-23, PCSC 19-5) on Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m. in the three-day, double-elimination event.
Just before, Big Ten Tournament champion and No. 25 Wisconsin (42-11, 16-7) and North Carolina (39-19, 13-8) open action with a 3 p.m. game Thursday.
Action then continues with three games on Friday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., and the final set for Saturday at noon (and an if-necessary game immediately after at 3 p.m.).
Every game will be broadcast for free online at Oregon’s www.GoDucks.com website via its regional tourney page at the http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=207653161&DB_OEM_ID=500&DB_LANG=C&IN_SUBSCRIBER_CONTENT= URL address.
2013 PAC-12 ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
Name, Position, Year, School
B.B. Bates (2) – OF, Sr., UCLA
Kayla Bonstrom – UTL, Fr., Stanford
Ally Carda – P/UTL, So., UCLA
* Courtney Ceo – SS, Jr., Oregon
Cheyenne Coyle – SS, Jr., Arizona State
Dallas Escobedo (3) – P, Jr., Arizona State
Hooch Fagaly – 1B, Jr., Washington
Amber Freeman -, C, So., Arizona State
Chelsea Goodacre – C, So., Arizona
* Cheridan Hawkins – P, Fr., Oregon
Victoria Hayward – OF, Jr., Washington
* Kaylan Howard – 2B, Sr., Oregon
Jolene Henderson (3) – P, Sr., California
Kaitlin Inglesby (2), P/DP – Jr., Washington
Stephany LaRosa (2) – INF, So., UCLA
* Jessica Moore (3) – P, Sr., Oregon
* Alexa Peterson – DP, Jr., Oregon
Jenna Rich (2) – INF, Sr., Stanford
* Janie Takeda – OF, So., Oregon
Hallie WIlson – OF, So., Arizona
(2) – Two-time All-Conference selection
(3) – Three-time All-Conference selection
Name, Position, Year, School
Lea Cavestany – OF, Sr., Oregon State
Cheyenne Cordes – SS, So., California
Kate Dickman – LF, So., Utah
Natalie Hampton – 1B, Fr., Oregon State
Kylee Lahners – OF, So., Washington
* Samantha Pappas – OF, Sr., Oregon
Mackenzie Popescue – P, Jr., Arizona State
Jackie Sweet – 2B, Sr., Utah
Hanna Winter – INF, So., Stanford
Lindsey ZIegenhirt – C, Sr., California
Honorable Mention: Jenna Becerra, STAN; Desiree Beltran, OSU; Allexis Bennett, UCLA; * Koral Costa, ORE; * Kailee Cuico, ORE; Brigette Del Ponte, ARIZ; Marina Demore, OSU; Chalese Fankhauser, UTAH; Kiara “Ya” Garcia, OSU; Teagan Gerhart, STAN; Dani Gilmore, OSU; Jessica Hall, UCLA; Sarah Hassman, STAN; Danielle Henderson, CAL; Kelsi Hoopiiaina, UTAH; Alix Johnson, ASU; Victoria Jones, CAL; Bethany Kemp, ASU; * Janelle Lindvall, ORE; Kayce Nieto, UTAH; Samantha Parlich, ASU; Mandie Perez, ARIZ; Jessica Plaza, STAN; Kelsey Rodriguez, ARIZ; Cassandra Roulund, STAN; Elizabeth Santana, OSU; Mysha Sataraka, UCLA; Kimberlee Souza, WASH; Haley Steele, ASU; Kelli Suguro, WASH; Bailey Wigness, ASU; Leah White, STAN; Shawn Wright, WASH; Lauren Young, ARIZ.
2013 PAC-12 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Name, Position, School
Allexis Bennett – OF, UCLA
Kayla Bonstrom – UTL, Stanford
* Koral Costa – 3B, Oregon
Nikki Girard – UTL, Arizona State
Natalie Hampton – 1B, Oregon State
* Cheridan Hawkins – P, Oregon
* Janelle Lindvall – C, Oregon
Kayce Nieto – P, Utah
Jessica Plaza – C, Stanford
Mandie Perez – OF/DP, Arizona
Mysha Sataraka – INF, UCLA
Kelsey Stevens – P, Stanford
Khala Taylor – LF, California
Lauren Young – 3B, Arizona
Honorable Mention: Vanessa Alvarez, CAL; Nancy Bowling, ARIZ; Paige McDuffee, UCLA; Jennie McNeil, WASH; * Danica Mercado, ORE; Brittany Moeai, UCLA; Shelby Pacheco, UTAH; Kaitlin Schaberg, STAN; Kristen Stewart, UTAH.
ALL-TIME OREGON ALL-PAC-12 HONOREES
2013 – Courtney Ceo (1st); Cheridan Hawkins (1st); Kaylan Howard (1st); *Jessica Moore (1st); Alexa Peterson (1st); Janie Takeda (1st); Samantha Pappas (2nd)
2012 – Jessica Moore (1st); Samantha Pappas (1st); Kelsey Chambers (2nd); Kaylan Howard (2nd)
2011 – Jessica Moore (1st); Monique Fuiava (2nd)
2010 – Samantha Pappas (1st); Jessica Moore (2nd)
2009 — Neena Bryant (2nd)
2008 — Neena Bryant (2nd)
2007 — Jenn Salling (1st); Sari-Jane Jenkins (2nd); Suzie Barnes (2nd); Ann Marie Topps (2nd)
2006 — Breanne Sabol (2nd)
2005 — Lovena Chaput, OF (2nd); Amy Harris, P (2nd)
2004 — Ani Nyhus, P (1st); Jenn Poore, C (2nd)
2003 — Andrea Vidlund,UT (2nd)
2002 — Andrea Vidlund, (2nd)
2000 — Missy Coe, C (2nd); Triawn Custer, IF (2nd)
1999 — Katie Mackey, IF (1st); Missy Coe, C (1st); Jill Robinson, IF/OF (2nd)
1998 — Jennie Cook, P/IF (2nd); Triawn Custer, IF (2nd); Jill Robinson, IF (2nd)
1997 — Lindsey Welch, OF (1st); Heather Holte, C (2nd)
1996 — Kathy Stahl, SS (1st); Angie LeRoy, 2B (2nd)
1995 — Kathy Stahl, SS (1st)
1994 — Laura Schmidt, C (1st); Kathy Stahl, SS (2nd); Heather Holte, DP (2nd)
1993 — Kathy Stahl, SS (1st); Lisa Preston, OF (2nd); Rachelle Taylor, P (2nd)
1992 — Kim Manning, SS (2nd); Marnie McCall, OF (2nd); Laura Schmidt, OF (2nd)
1991 — Julie Cavanaugh, 1B (1st); Laura Schmidt, DP (1st); Kim Manning, OF (2nd); Tracey Simmons, C (2nd)
1990 — Julie Cavanaugh, 1B (1st); Jeanna King, OF (2nd); Tracey Simmons, UT (2nd); Katie Wiese, P (2nd)
1989 — Julie Cavanaugh, C (1st); Kathy Gray, 1B (1st); Kim Manning, DP (1st); *Katie Wiese, P (1st); Stacey Funderburg, 2B (2nd); Danny Senner, SS (2nd); Tracey Simmons, UTIL (2nd)
1988 — Cheryl Coryell, DP (1st)
* = Pitcher of the Year
ALL-TIME PAC-12 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM HONOREES
2013 – Koral Costa, UT; Cheridan Hawkins, P, Janelle Lindvall, C
2012 – Janie Takeda, OF
2011 – Courtney Ceo, 3B; Alexa Peterson, C
2010 — Allie Burger, OF; Jessica Moore, P; **Samantha Pappas, OF
2009 — Samantha Skillingstad, P
** = Pac-12 Freshman of the Year
ALL-TIME PAC-12 COACH OF THE YEAR HONOREES
2013 – Mike White
1989 – Teresa Wilson
Featured photo courtesy of Gary Breedlove.