LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A pair of impressive performances that included a perfect game during a weekend series sweep of then-No. 17 Arizona have helped Oregon’s Jessica Moore earn the selection as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for April 16.
"It's (winning Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week) a really big honor, and I'm super-excited," Moore said. "It was a huge weekend for the team, and all three pitchers on our staff are doing great. We've worked hard to get to this point, and are excited to raise our level higher."
The Sutter, Calif., native was 2-0 from the circle with a 1.27 ERA, the perfect game (her third career no-hitter) and 10 strikeouts over 11 innings of effort, while allowing just nine total hits and a .214 batting average against. The senior right-hander christened her weekend by permitting just a pair of earned tallies over six frames as UO fought off the ‘Cats, 5-3. Her finest effort came on Sunday in the series finale, however, as Moore struck out six and faced the minimum of 15 batters while tossing a five-inning perfect game to complete the Ducks’ first-ever three-game sweep of Arizona. To this point in 2013, she paces the Oregon pitching staff with a 19-3 overall record to go along with a 1.41 ERA and 117 strikeouts over 129.1 frames of effort.
"Our program is very honored that Jess was selected for the award," Oregon head coach Mike White said. "She has worked hard for four years on and off the field to raise her game to this level. Our catchers and defense also played a big part in last week's and this season's success and should be commended too."
Next up for UO is a mid-week doubleheader at Portland State (April 16) before returning to Pac-12 Conference action at No. 18 UCLA over April 26-28.
Other Selected Top Performances
Arizona State’s Dallas Escobedo was chosen as the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA and 13 K’s in 14.2 innings of work against No. 14 Washington…Ball State’s Jennifer Gilbert was tabbed as the MAC West Player of the Week after batting .588 (10-for-17) with six HR’s and 16 RBIs…Oregon’s Alexa Peterson hit .714 (5-for-7) with two HR’s and five RBIs versus No. 14 Washington on her way to Pac-12 Player of the Week accolades…Idaho State’s Vicky Galasso was chosen as the Big Sky Player of the Week after batting .647 (11-for-17) with two HR’s and eight RBIs…Oregon State’s Lea Cavestany hit .778 (7-for-9) for the Beavers last week versus Utah with six RBIs…MVC Player of the Week Nicole Randel of Drake hit .818 (9-for-11) with two HR’s and six RBIs and was a perfect 8-for-8 during the Illinois State series…UNLV’s Amanda Oliveto was a perfect 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two consecutive four-hit shutouts in 13 innings versus New Mexico…N.C. State’s Caitlin Dent was tabbed as the ACC Player of the Week after registering a .412 average (7-for-17) with six HR’s and 14 RBI in five games versus Campbell and #24 North Carolina…Kentucky’s Kelsey Nunley, the SEC Pitcher of the Week, became the first pitcher in UK history to win 20 games in a season by going 3-0 over 25.2 innings of work, including a win over No. 3 Florida…SEC Freshman of the Week Geri Ann Glasco of Georgia finished the week with a .412 average (7-for-17), four HR’s (including three in a single game versus South Carolina) and 11 RBIs…Houston’s Haley Outon, the Conference USA Hitter of the Week, batted .500 (6-for-12) with two grand slams and 11 RBIs…BIG EAST Player of the Week Maggie Ruckenbrod of Louisville hit .500 (9-for-18) with four doubles, two HR’s and four RBIs with a 1.056 slugging mark…Liberty’s Sammi Shivock earned Big South Player of the Week after posting a .538 mark (7-for-13) with two doubles, a HR and seven RBIs…Nebraska Omaha’s Dana Elsasser was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 16 K’s over 14 innings of effort in earning Summit League Pitcher of the Week accolades…Hofstra’s Becca Bigler hit .667 (4-for-6) with two HR’s and eight RBIs on her way to being chosen CAA Player of the Week...Big Ten Player of the Week Tyler Walker of Minnesota hit .857 (6-for-7) with three HR’s and five RBIs in a weekend sweep of Illinois…MEAC Player of the Week Stephanie Sarris of Delaware State was 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA and 24 K’s, while teammate Sandy Hawthorne batted .538 (14-for-26 with five doubles and 12 RBIs in being tabbed the MEAC Rookie of the Week…Pacific’s Megan Horn, the Big West Player of the Week, hit .706 (12-for-17) and reached safely in 15 of 20 plate appearances…UCSB’s Alex Pingree, the Big West Pitcher of the Week, was 3-0 from the circle with a 0.00 ERA and three complete-game, 1-0 shutouts.
2013 Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week
Feb. 12 – Keilani Ricketts – Oklahoma – Sr. – P – San Jose, Calif.
Feb. 19 – B.B. Bates – UCLA – Sr. – OF – Victorville, Calif.
Feb. 26 – Kelsey Stevens – Stanford – Fr. – P – Albuquerque, N.M.
March 5 – Katie Keller – Louisville – Jr. – 2B – Livermore, Calif.
March 12 – Ivy Renfroe – Tennessee – Sr. – P – Jackson, Tenn.
March 19 – Sara Driesenga – Michigan – So. – P – Hudsonville, Mich.
March 26 – Geri Ann Glasco – Georgia – Fr. – P/IF – Watkinsville, Ga.
April 2 – Amy Letourneau – Northwestern – So. – P/1B – Laguna Niguel, Calif.
April 9 – (Co-) Olivia Galati – Hofstra – Sr. – P/DP – West Babylon, N.Y.
April 9 – (Co-) Stephanie Pasquale – Temple – Jr. – C/1B – Pompton Lakes, N.J.
April 16 – Jessica Moore – Oregon – Sr. – P – Sutter, Calif.