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No. 1 Bears eliminate Ducks from World Series

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Oregon softball team had its season come to an end on Saturday with a 6-3 loss to California at the Women's College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

The Ducks (45-18), the No. 11 seed, defeated Tennessee 3-1 in an elimination game earlier on Saturday to advance to the night game against the top-seeded Bears.

In their fourth meeting of the season, the Bears (56-8) struck for three runs in the first, two in the second and another run in the fourth, while UO scored one run in the third and two in the sixth.

Junior right fielder Samantha Pappas opened Oregon's scoring with her career-best tying 11th homer of the season in the third inning. She is now tied for 11th all-time for Oregon in a season.

The Mission Viejo, Calif., native also has 30 round-trippers career-wise and still stands seventh all-time for UO.

In the sixth, senior shortstop Kelsey Chambers led off with a single to the shortstop, and after a fielder's choice, senior left fielder Christie Nieto was hit by a pitch and sophomore catcher Alexa Peterson walked to load the bases.

Freshman designated player Sara Goodrum followed with a double to the left-field gap to knock in two runs. Senior third baseman Lindsey Chambers followed with a bloop hit that was hauled in at second.

The Cal infielder then quickly fired home to prevent a run, but the throw went wide of the catcher. Goodrum then tried to score, but the ball caromed back to the catcher who barely beat her back to the plate for the tag (and the inning's final out).

In the circle, All-America junior Jessica Moore (33-15) pitched the first five innings, struck out five, walked two, allowed eight hits, and five of her six runs allowed were earned.

Freshman Karissa Hovinga made her second postseason appearance for the Ducks, striking out two, walking none and allowing no hits over the final two frames.

Pac-12 Conference pitcher of the year Jolene Henderson (38-3) struck out nine, walked two, allowed six hits, and all three runs allowed were earned for the Bears.

At the plate for Cal, Britt Vonk (2-for-4) was the lone batter with multiple hits.

California moves on to play second-seeded Alabama today at 12:30 p.m. If the Bears win, the two teams will play against later today.

Oklahoma matches up against Arizona State at 10 this morning, and will meet again if the Sun Devils win the opener.