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  • Oregon blanks North Carolina

  • EUGENE — The No. 3 University of Oregon softball team advanced to its fourth straight NCAA Regional Final with a 3-0 win over North Carolina Friday afternoon at Howe Field.
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  • EUGENE — The No. 3 University of Oregon softball team advanced to its fourth straight NCAA Regional Final with a 3-0 win over North Carolina Friday afternoon at Howe Field.
    En route to her school-record 100th career victory, senior Jessica Moore (26-4) struck out nine, walked one and scattered five hits.
    The Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year posted her fourth shutout of the season and 19th career-wise — fourth-most all-time for the Ducks — and two shy of Susan Voeller's third-best total (21).
    Moore raised her four-year record in regional action to 10-0, and also improved her school career records for strikeouts (902), innings (888) and appearances (172).
    The Ducks (48-9) scored their opening run in the first inning after sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda led off with a single to shortstop, advanced on a sacrifice bunt, stole third base and scored on a bad throw by the catcher.
    UO's final two runs came in the third inning after Takeda, junior shortstop Courtney Ceo, junior DP Alexa Peterson and senior right fielder Samantha Pappas stroked singles.
    Overall for the game, Takeda (2-for-4) and Ceo (2-for-2) posted their team-leading 29th and 20th multi-hit games of the season.
    In the circle for UNC (40-20), All-ACC pitcher Lori Spingola (30-14) struck out seven, walked one and yielded six hits. Two of her three runs allowed were earned.
    Oregon plays at noon today in the NCAA Regional final. A second if-necessary game would follow at 3 p.m. in the double-elimination format.
    Hofstra 2, Oregon State 0
    At Columbia, Mo., senior pitcher Marina Demore threw seven effective innings and freshman Christie Langlois had her first career multi-hit game, but Hofstra scored the only runs of the game in a two-run fifth inning en route to a win in the opening game of the NCAA Regional.
    The Beavers (33-23) posted hits in each of their first four at-bats but couldn't push a run across against Hofstra starter Olivia Galati. She came in with 37 wins and a 1.39 ERA, but Oregon State showed little fear as center fielder Lea Cavestany led off the game with a single to center. A line-drive double play ended that frame, but the Beavers again threatened in the second and fourth with Langlois playing a central role in each.
    In the second, her one-out single followed a leadoff hit by first baseman Natalie Hampton. With two on and one out, though, the Beavers couldn't scratch out another hit. In the fourth, Langlois followed Desiree Beltran's hit-by-pitch with a lined single to left. With Mollee Schwegler pinch-running for Beltran, the runners were able to move into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Ya Garcia. But a pop to second base ended the inning to leave the game scoreless.
    Demore matched Galati zero-for-zero through the first four innings. But Hofstra (44-11) loaded the bases without hitting a ball terribly hard against Demore to lead off the fifth. After a pop to Santana got the first out, a double to right center broke the tie and turned into the eventual game-winning runs.
    Oregon State will play the loser of a game between Missouri and Stony Brook at 2:30 p.m. today.
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