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Moore blowing away batters; L.O.'s Sizemore signs
McAllister earns Pitcher of the Week honors at Arizona Western College
College life has been a rather easy adjustment for Sutter's Jessica Moore.
She likes University of Oregon's campus, enjoyed her business 101 class and can even put up with the dorm food. So far, it's been a rather enjoyable freshman year.
"Yeah, very much so," Moore said by phone on Wednesday.
But then again, how could it not be? Especially with the way she's playing for the Ducks softball team.
Of all the adjustments to college life, it looks like one of the easiest has been inside the pitchers' circle.
Moore, who wrapped up her highly decorated prep career with the Huskies in 2009, has been on an absolute roll since hurling her first pitch for the Division I Ducks.
The stats speak for themselves: 6-2, 1.24 ERA, 85 strikeouts in 68 innings pitched.
Of those wins, the most impressive showing came on Feb. 25 against Texas A&M, which was ranked No. 19 in the country at the time. She pitched a complete-game 4-0 victory with 11 strikeouts.
It's enough to even surprise her.
"I actually am," Moore said. "I've put a ton of work in since I've been up here and I didn't expect it to pay off so soon."
L.O's Sizemore Signs
Live Oak High's Lyndsey Sizemore is ready to make a good first-impression. Last week, the Lions' standout signed on to become a key member of the newly formed Bryan College softball team.
"I'm very excited," she said. "Being a first-time shortstop is one of my dreams. This way I get to make a name for myself."
Bryan, an NAIA school in Dayton, Tenn., offered Sizemore a full ride. After visiting the quaint campus, which has under 1,000 undergraduates, she felt "at home" despite being 2,400 miles away from Live Oak.
"A small little town, a good environment," she said of her future alma matter. "They treated me like family even though they didn't know me."
McAllister earns pitching honor
Moore isn't the only former Husky earning accolades for her work in the circle. Arizona Western College's Heidi McAllister was named the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference's Div. I Pitcher of the week.
She earned the honor after pitching back-to-back shutouts, including throwing a no-hitter against GateWay College over the weekend.