Being the #2 team in the country has it’s perks. The Ducks Softball team has already wrapped up the Pac 12 Title and now two important players have been invited to play at the next level.
Press Release from the U of O:
OKLAHOMA CITY – After helping the No. 2 University of Oregon softball team stake its first-ever Pac-12 title, senior pitcher Jessica Moore and junior catcher Alexa Peterson were offered tryouts for the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp in June.
The duo will compete with +30 athletes for national team positions from June 9-12 at the ASA Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City – held immediately after the Women’s College World Series in OKC (May 30-June 5).
Later this summer, the National Team will play in the World Cup of Softball VIII in Oklahoma City (July 11-14) against squads from Japan, Canada, Australia and Puerto Rico.
The U.S. squad will then travel to the Canadian Open Fastpitch Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada (July 16-22) and Pan American Games / International Softball Federation World Championship Qualifier in Puerto Rico (August 5-18).
This week, the Salem, Ore., native Peterson ranked top 20 nationally in slugging (seventh, .568), batting (eighth, .464) and slugging (19th, .839), and led the Pac-12 in batting and on-base percentage. The returning All-Region choice also picked up her second Pac-12 Player of the Week honor in April, and is a former All-World Series Tournament Team honoree.
Moore also ranked top 25 nationally this week in wins (20th, 24) and ERA (24th, 1.53) and stood second in the Pac-12 in each category. This season, the Sutter, Calif., native and returning All-American has won two Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors, and National Player of the Week awards from both USA Softball and the NFCA.
In collegiate action this weekend, the No. 2 Ducks (45-8, 18-4) cap the regular season at No. 5 Arizona State (44-9, 15-7), with 5 p.m. games on Friday and Saturday, and both will be shown live on the Pac-12 Network.
The next day on Sunday, May 12, the 64-team NCAA Tournament selection show will be aired by ESPNU at 7 p.m. Pacific Time.
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