This Week in Pac-10 Softball (3/6/01)

March 6, 2001

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The Pac-10 continues to dominate its non-conference foes this season. ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA and UCLA remain unbeaten and have a combined record of 73-0. . . Conference teams will be competing in three tournaments this week. ARIZONA STATE and CALIFORNIA will travel to Sunnyvale, Calif., to play in the National Invitational Softball Tournament. OREGON STATE and UCLA will compete in the Hedrick's Hallowell Chevrolet Classic in Fresno, Calif., where the two play each other on Sat., March 10. STANFORD will battle in the Speedline Invitational in Tampa, Fla. . . Every Pac-10 team has an ERA below 2.25 this season. . . Conference teams continue to hit the long ball as the eight teams have hit a combined 183 home runs. . . All eight Conference teams are currently ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Poll, including five in the top 10. UCLA stands at No. 1, followed by ARIZONA No. 2, CALIFORNIA No. 4, STANFORD No. 6, ARIZONA STATE No. 9, WASHINGTON No. 12, OREGON STATE No. 14 and OREGON No. 22.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tues., Mar. 6New Mexico St. at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m. (DH)UC Riverside at UCLA, 1 p.m. (DH)Indiana St. at ARIZONA ST., 4 p.m. (DH)Creighton at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.

Wed., Mar. 7CS Northridge at ARIZONA

Thurs., Mar. 8STANFORD vs Penn St., 11 a.m. (3)STANFORD vs. Tennessee Tech, 1 p.m. (3)UCLA vs. Colorado St., 3 p.m. (2)

Fri., Mar. 9OREGON ST. vs. Colorado St. (2)ARIZONA ST. vs Santa Clara, 10 a.m. (1)CALIFORNIA vs. Southern Illinois, 10 a.m. (1)UCLA vs. Cal Poly, 11 a.m. (2)ARIZONA ST. vs. Sacramento St., Noon (1)CALIFORNIA vs. UC Santa Barbara, Noon (1)OREGON vs. Virginia Tech, Noon (1)STANFORD vs. Boston U., Noon (3)Cal Poly at OREGON ST., 1 p.m. (2)OREGON vs. Miami-Ohio, 2 p.m. (1)UCLA vs. DePaul, 3 p.m. (2)STANFORD at South Florida, 4 p.m. (3)OREGON vs. Long Beach St., 6 p.m. (1)ARIZONA ST. vs. Purdue, 8 p.m. (1)CALIFORNIA vs. Iowa, 8 p.m. (1)

Sat., Mar. 10STANFORD vs. Georgia Tech, 10 a.m. (3)Texas at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.OREGON ST. at Fresno St., 3 p.m. (2)UCLA vs. New Mexico St., 5 p.m. (2)OREGON ST. vs. UCLA (2)ARIZONA ST. at NIST, TBA (1)CALIFORNIA at NIST, TBA (1)OREGON at NIST, TBA (1)

Sun., Mar. 11OREGON ST. vs. New Mexico St., 9 a.m. (2)OREGON ST. vs. DePaul, 1 p.m. (2)Texas at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.UCLA at Fresno St., 3 p.m. (2)ARIZONA ST. at NIST, TBA (1)CALIFORNIA at NIST, TBA (1)OREGON at NIST, TBA (1)

TOURNAMENT SITES(1) National Invitational Softball Tmnt., Sunnyvale, Calif.(2) Hedrick's Hallowell Chevrolet Classic, Fresno, Calif.(3) Speedline Invitational, Tampa, Fla.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wed., Feb. 28CALIFORNIA 2, Saint Mary's 0 (GM 1)CALIFORNIA 4, Saint Mary's 0 (GM 2)ARIZONA 9, Western Michigan 0

Thurs., Mar. 1OREGON at UC Riverside, Rain Out

Fri., Mar. 2ARIZONA 8, Baylor 0 (1)ARIZONA 9, Creighton 0 (1)Santa Clara 4, ARIZONA ST. 3CALIFORNIA 1, Minnesota 0 (2)CALIFORNIA 3, Long Beach St. 0 (2)OREGON 11, Long Beach St. 7, 8 innings (2)CS Fullerton 6, OREGON 0 (2)CS Northridge 1, OREGON ST. 0 (GM 1) (3)CS Northridge 2, OREGON ST. 1 (GM 2) (3)STANFORD 6, Oklahoma St. 4 (4)STANFORD 2, UC Santa Barbara 0 (4)UCLA 11, Colorado St. 3 (GM 1) (3)UCLA 2, Colorado St. 0 (GM 2) (3)WASHINGTON 8, Utah 0 (4)BYU 7, WASHINGTON 6 (4)

Sat., Mar. 3ARIZONA 12, Indiana St. 0 (1)ARIZONA 12, Western Michigan 0 (1)ARIZONA ST. 4, Santa Clara 0CALIFORNIA 3, New Mexico 1 (2)CALIFORNIA 2, CS Fullerton 0 (2)Pacific 2, OREGON 1 (2)San Jose St. 2, OREGON 1 (2)OREGON ST. 9, Colorado St. 0 (GM 1) (3)OREGON ST. 8, Colorado St. 0 (GM 2) (3)STANFORD 6, Nebraska 4 (4)STANFORD 8, Utah 1 (4)UCLA 10, South Florida 0 (GM 1) (3)UCLA 5, South Florida 3 (GM 2) (3)WASHINGTON 3, Missouri 2 (4)WASHINGTON 8, Southern Utah 2 (4)

Sun., Mar. 4ARIZONA 6, Oklahoma 2 (1)ARIZONA ST. 5, Santa Clara 0CALIFORNIA 7, Harvard 0 (2)CALIFORNIA 7, Portland St. 0 (2)Minnesota 3, OREGON 1 (2)New Mexico 3, OREGON 0 (2)South Florida 3, OREGON ST. 2 (GM 1) (3)OREGON ST. 6, South Florida 0 (GM 2) (3)STANFORD 10, Missouri 0 (4)UCLA 3, UNLV 0 (GM 1) (3)UCLA vs. UNLV (GM 2), Rain Out (3)WASHINGTON 3, Nebraska 0 (4)

TOURNAMENT SITES(1) Hillenbrand Invitational, Tucson, Ariz.(2) Worth Invitational, Fullerton, Calif.(3) Easton Classic, Los Angeles & Northridge, Calif.(4) Red Desert Classic, St. George, Utah

USA TODAY/NFCA POLL (Feb. 28)

1. UCLA (20) 2. ARIZONA (7) 3. Alabama 4. CALIFORNIA 5. Oklahoma 6. STANFORD 7. Fresno State 8. LSU 9. ARIZONA STATE10. CS Fullerton11. DePaul12. WASHINGTON13. Iowa14. OREGON STATE15. Notre Dame16. South Carolina17. Nebraska18. Michigan19. Florida State20. Texas A&M21. S. Mississippi22. OREGON23. Baylor24. Wisconsin25. SW Texas State

PAC-10 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK

ARIZONA first baseman Leneah Manuma has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while UCLA pitcher Amanda Freed was named Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 26 - Mar. 4, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Manuma, a sophomore from San Diego, Calif., posted a batting average of .600 during the week, tallying three home runs, 6 RBI and nine hits for the No. 2 Wildcats (27-0). Against No. 23 Baylor, Manuma went 2-for-2 with 1 RBI and two runs scored. She went on to hit back-to-back home runs while also knocking in four of the Cats' six runs in a win over No. 5 and defending national champion Oklahoma. On the season, Manuma has a .438 batting average along with 11 home runs, 34 RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.000. As a team, Arizona has hit 68 home runs thus far in the season, just 32 shy of the NCAA record of 100 (Arizona, 1995).

Freed, a junior from Cypress, Calif., faced the minimum number of batters in 12 innings pitched throughout the week, pitching a five-inning one-hitter on Saturday (Mar. 3) against South Florida and her first career seven-inning no-hitter against UNLV on Sunday (Mar. 4) for the top-ranked Bruins (26-0). In the win over South Florida, Freed struck out eight, walking just one. She went on to strike out five and walk the leadoff batter in the fourth inning against UNLV, the only blemish on an otherwise perfect game. It was her third career no-hitter and UCLA's 75th all-time.

It is the first weekly honor for Manuma, Arizona's Pac-10 leading 69th honor. Freed garners the fourth award of her career giving UCLA 54 honors all-time.

Also nominated for Player of the Week were: Eryn Manahan, CAL. Shawna Feldt, OSU. Jessica Mendoza, STAN. Stacey Nuveman, UCLA. Kelly Hauxhurst, WASH.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were: Becky Lemke, ARIZ. Jocelyn Forest, CAL. Dana Sorensen, STAN. Tia Bollinger, UCLA.

AROUND THE PAC-10


Arizona (27-0, 0-0)With only 27 games under its belt, Arizona's 68 home runs are the fourth-highest total in Wildcat history. With 12 more, the team moves into the No. 3 spot on the list. The 1995 club's 100 round-trippers set the NCAA standard, followed by the 1994 team, which hit 93. . . Three Wildcats' have reached double-digits in home runs (Toni Mascarenas-13, Leneah Manuma-11, Mackenzi Vandergeest-11). . . UA is on track to set the school's single-season slugging percentage mark. Currently the Cats' own a .777 percentage compared to the school record, .608, set by the 1995 team. . . Becky Lemke's career strikeout total of 809 is No. 2 on the Arizona chart and within reach of Susie Parra's No. 1 figure of 874 from 1991-1994. She is also six wins away from becoming the fourth Wildcat to reach 100 career wins. Currently, Lemke has a career mark of 94-17. Opposing batters are hitting .108 against Arizona. . . The Wildcats have outscored opponents 257-12. . . UA has played 15 five-inning mercy rule games and three six-inning run-rule games.


Arizona State (15-5, 0-0)ASU's Mar. 3 victory over Santa Clara marked Linda Wells' 400th win as Sun Devil head coach. . . Kirsten Voak tallied her first save of the year in a 4-0 win over Santa Clara (Mar. 3). . . Santa Clara's Mar. 2 win (4-3) over the Devils was the first in its history, which at the time, was a span of 10 games. . . ASU has struck out the least of any Pac-10 team, going down just 50 times through its first 20 games. . . The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 with a .356 batting average versus left-handed pitching. . . Junior pitcher Erica Beach is second in the Conference in total appearances with 16, ninth in strikeouts with 65 and tenth in ERA at 1.18. Opposing batters are currently hitting .161 against Beach on the season.


California (19-0, 0-0)With their victory over Portland State on Mar. 4, the Bears matched last season's 19-0 start. . . Cal has 12 shutouts so far this season. . . Currently, junior pitcher Jocelyn Forest has a 48 -game scoreless innings streak, the longest of her career. She is 10-0 on the season with a 0.39 ERA to lead the team. . . Sophomore first baseman Veronica Nelson has 20 walks this season (1.05 per game) and is just off her NCAA record walk pace of 87 (1.18 per game). . . Sophomore second baseman Eryn Manahan has a current eight-game hitting streak. Last week, she went 9-for-23 with her first home run of the year (versus Saint Mary's). . . The Bears own the best fielding percentage (.984) in the Pac-10 thus far in the season, committing just nine errors in 19 games.


Oregon (16-13, 0-0)Duck batters have been hit 17 times, leading the Conference. . . Oregon has not faced a left-handed pitcher through its first 29 games. . . UO leadoff batters have an on-base percentage of .379. . . Sophomore pitcher/outfielder Lisa Wangler is currently eighth in the Conference in hitting with a .444 batting average. She is also seventh in the Pac-10 in runs scored with 25. . . The Ducks played their last two Worth Invitational games against Minnesota and New Mexico without sophomore second baseman Alyssa Laux, who is injured. Laux is hitting .387 and has been hit a Conference-leading eight times.


Oregon State (18-7-1, 0-0)OSU pinch hitters are hitting .556 (5-for-9). . . With runners in scoring position, the Beavers are 73-for-222 (.329). . . With the bases loaded, Oregon State is 16-for-45 (.356). . . The Beavers are 4-2-1 against ranked opponents. In 2000, OSU was 12-17 against nationally ranked opponents. . . Head Coach Kirk Walker needs just 11 wins to reach 200 for his career (189-193-3). . . Oregon State leads the league in sacrafice bunts with 23. . . Freshman pitcher Monica Hoffman ranks in the Conference top 10 in ERA (ninth, 1.09) and strikeouts (10th, 62). . . Junior pitcher Crystal Draper has made a Conference-leading 12 starts.

Stanford (21-1-1, 0-0)Stanford's No. 6 ranking is the highest in school history with the previous high being No. 7 in 1999. . . At 21-1-1, the Cardinal is off to its best start in school history. Last year, Stanford didn't reach its 21st win until Mar. 19 (21-3) . . Stanford leads the league in saves with four. . . The Cardinal has a team ERA of 0.84 and has held opponents to a stifling .133 batting average. . . Sophomore standout Dana Sorensen leads the Pac-10 in strikeouts with 125 and is third in ERA with a mark of 0.30. . . Reigning Pac-10 MVP Jessica Mendoza is hitting .459 to lead the team. She has already hit seven home runs this year, which is on pace to break her school-record of 13 set last season. Mendoza now has 29 career homers. Her 28 hits on the season give her 203 in her career, just 15 hits shy Kellie Wiginton's school-record of 218.


UCLA (26-0, 0-0)The Bruins have a team ERA of 0.75 for the season, and have outscored opponents by a 208-24 margin. . . Two of freshman first baseman Claire Sua's five home runs on the season have been grand slams, both of which were first-inning shots at Easton Stadium. . . Senior designated player/pitcher Courtney Dale played all five games with eight stitches in her lip after fouling a ball off of her face on Monday at Southwest Texas State. After the injury, Dale hit .357 with one home run, three RBI and three runs scored. She also earned a pitching victory on Friday against Colorado State in addition to notching a save on Saturday against South Florida. . . Sophomore catcher/third baseman Toria Auelua tore the meniscus in her right knee in Monday's game at Southwest Texas State. She had successful surgery on Feb. 28, and will be out of the lineup for at least eight weeks. . . Junior catcher Stacey Nuveman has 35 walks (1.35 per game) this season and is on pace to break Veronica Nelson's (CAL) NCAA record of 87 set last year.


Washington (15-7, 0-0)The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in triples with nine. . . UW is currently third in the Conference in runs scored (119), home runs (21), slugging percentage (.450) and stolen bases (29). . . UW feshman pitcher Tia Bollinger continues to impress as she went 3-0 last week at the Red Desert Classic, upping her record to 13-2. For the week, Bollinger pitched two complete game, two-hit shutouts and struck out 21 batters in in 23.0 innings. Currently, her 1.08 ERA ranks eighth in the Pac-10. She has also limited opponents to .148 batting average (ninth in the Pac-10). . . Senior outfielder Kelly Hauxhurst led the Huskies in batting this past week, hitting .467. She had a team-best seven runs scored along with two home runs and eight RBI in Utah. Hauxhurst is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak after recording a 12-game streak earlier in the year.

TELEVISION

Fox Sports Net will be televising three softball games this spring. The games will be aired on a live basis. Occassional time conflicts with other programming in selected Regionals may result in the game telecast being delayed. The three televised games are:

Arizona at UCLA Sat., April 7, 2001 2:00 pm PST Stanford at California Sat., April 14, 2001 1:00 pm PST Oregon at Washington Sat., May 5, 2001 2:00 pm PST

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