Duck Softball: 'Fab Four' freshmen keep playing all the right hits

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The Oregon softball program has found new life under first year head coach Mike White.

Already 13-games better than all of last season, the Ducks (28-6, 5-1) have a share of the lead in the Pac-10 thanks in large part to a vastly talented freshman class.

When most people hear "Fab Four", they usually think about John, Paul, George and Ringo. The Beatles. But what about Oregon's "Fab Four"?

The hits by Samantha, Jessica, Kaylan and Allie keep topping the charts.

"We all knew we could have some kind of impact on the team, but I didn't realize it would be this soon or to this extent," says freshman pitcher Jessica Moore.

Nationally ranked during the conference season for the first time since 2007, the Ducks return to contention has been jump started by the revolution of the freshman class.

Left Fielder Allie Burger states, "we are so diverse and we are all spread through and across the field and we each have a different role on the team. I think that's why we've been so successful."

Ace of the pitching staff, Moore, leads the Ducks in strikeouts and wins. Sam Pappas paces oregon in RBIs and average. Burger is second on the team in average. Kaylan Howard displays pop and range at second base. It just seems like most everything has come together.

The early positive results have came as a surprise to Howard. "I came and just wanted to find a place on the team. Now to be seaying that you're part of this freshman class, it is kind of cool."

Pappas adds, "the freshman class is doing awesome this year and we're making a huge impact but so is our whole team."

The season is a long and winding road but having already nearly doubled all of last season's win total (16), the young Ducks believe they can get back to the postseason.