EUGENE – For the second straight season, the University of Oregon softball team picked up a school-record six All-Pacific Region honors in the annual announcement by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Five Ducks received first-team laurels in the vote by region head coaches – senior pitcher Jessica Moore and second baseman Kaylan Howard, junior shortstop Courtney Ceo and DP Alexa Peterson, and sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda. Freshman Cheridan Hawkins added second-team honors to give the Ducks their second pair of All-Region pitchers in the same season (and first duo since 1988).
Overall, Oregon led the nation in most first-team honors (5), and was one of five programs that had six honorees on the two teams combined with No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 4 Arizona State, No. 6 Texas and Hofstra.
Becoming the first Duck to win four All-Region career honors, Moore picked up her third straight first-team nod after a second-team selection as a freshman. Howard and Peterson also repeated on the first team for the second straight season.
Ceo became the fourth Duck to win three honors after her second-team choices in 2011 (3B) and ’12 (UT), as did Peterson with her freshman second-team nod.
Three other current Ducks have picked up honors in prior years – senior right fielder Samantha Pappas (first team 2010, ‘12), senior left fielder Allie Burger (first team 2010) and junior first baseman Kailee Cuico (second team, 2012).