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ASU Joins UW, Oregon Out

The 2013 Women's College World Series field is set. No. 5 Arizona State is in, while top Pac-12 team No. 3 Oregon is out.

The complete list is No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 Florida, No. 4 Texas, No. 5 Arizona State, No. 7 Tennessee, No. 8 Michigan, No. 11 Washington and No. 14 Nebraska.


No. 3 OREGON vs. No. 14 NEBRASKA: Nebraska 5-2, Oregon 4-3, Nebraska 4-2

In its fourth straight Super Regional appearance, Oregon (50-10) was hyped after such a stellar season to really make a run at the WCWS. Oregon finished 19-5 in the conference, three games better than UW and ASU, 21-1 at Howe Field, and had phenomenal pitching in senior All-American Jessica Moore and freshman Cheridan Hawkins. But, Oregon fell short to Nebraska (45-14) in the supers.

The Ducks received bids to the WCWS in Oklahoma City in 2012 and 1989, ending last year with a loss to California.

"Nebraska played fantastic the whole series," Oregon head coach Mike White said. "This wasn't the result we wanted, but I'm very proud of our ladies. We had another sellout crowd (1,794), and they will certainly miss an amazing senior class that left a legacy that will never be forgotten."

GAME THREE: Nebraska 4-2

Both Oregon and Nebraska scored two in the first inning, but the Huskers ran away with the win to advance to the WCWS after tallying a run in both the third and sixth innings.

Freshman Alicia Armstrong's RBI single to shortshop scored Courtney Breault from third for a 3-2 game and in the sixth Hailey Decker plated on Mattie Fowler's RBI single to right on an 0-2 count for a 4-2 game.

In the opening frame, Nebraska's Taylor Edwards and Gabby Banda scored when Breault reached on an error by Oregon's second baseman for an RBI. Then Oregon tied it 2-2 in the bottom when Courtney Ceo (3-for-4) and Janie Takeda (2-for-4) scored on Samantha Pappas's single to right center.

Moore (27-6) threw the first three innings, striking out one, walking none, allowing seven hits, and two of her three runs allowed were earned. Hawkins tossed the final four innings, fanning two, walking none, and allowing two hits and one earned run.

"We knew Nebraska was a really good team," senior Jessica Moore said, "I wouldn't say I'm shell shocked, because we were anticipating a great team.

"We had a lot of energy and momentum going into the second game. It went back-and-forth the whole series and we weren't able to grab control. Things just fell their way."

GAME TWO: Oregon 4-3

Takeda (1-for-6) scored the winning run on Pappas's RBI single to left center after singling to right and stealing second.

Nebraska plated first in the bottom of the opening frame on Tatum Edwards's homer to right center on a 2-0 count. Oregon fought back to tie it 1-1 in the top of the second when Janelle Lindvall scored on Takeda's at-bat.

Nebraska's Banda and Brooke Thomason (2-for-4) scored in the bottom of the fourth to up the Husker's edge to 3-1 before Lindvall homered to right center in the sixth and Ceo tied it 3-3 in the top of the seventh on Kaylan Howard's ground out to second base.

Extra innings ensued and three went by before Takeda took Oregon's first at-bat in the 11th and finally scored to end the game.

Moore pitched the first four innings, striking out five, walking none, giving up four hits and one of her three runs allowed were earned. Hawkins tossed the final seven innings, fanning 11 and allowing only two hits.

Tatum Edwards fanned six, walked five and allowed three earned runs on 14 hits.


Moore became Oregon's second-ever Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, finishing her senior year with school records in wins (100), strikeouts (915), appearances (176) and innings (903). Moore also ranks top five in shutouts (fourth, 19) and complete games (fifth, 77).

Howard and Pappas ended their careers tied for record homers with 37. Pappas also holds school records for RBI (155), hits (238) and is top 10 career-wise in doubles (third, 39), walks (fourth, 91), games (fifth, 232) and batting (sixth, .360).

Allie Burger, who started all three games against Nebraska, upped her career batting average to .310, which is 15th-best all time.