This Week in Pac-10 Softball (4/4/01)

April 4, 2001

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The Pac-10 season begins its second week with ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE traveling to UCLA and WASHINGTON while OREGON and OREGON STATE take a road trip to the Bay Area for games against CALIFORNIA and STANFORD. . . Last week, STANFORD put an end to UCLA's 35-game winning streak (Mar. 30), defeating the Bruins 1-0. . . Cardinal pitcher Dana Sorensen was named NFCA Player of the Week for her efforts over the weekend. . . ARIZONA's Jennie Finch threw the 13th no-hitter of the year for the Pac-10 (Mar. 30) as the Wildcats were the only team to make it through the first week of Conference play without a loss. Finch's no-hitter was the first in a Conference game since ARIZONA STATE's Erica Beach threw a no-hitter against CALIFORNIA (5/2/99). . . Seven Conference teams are ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Poll, includig five in the top nine. UCLA stands at No. 1, followed by No. 2 ARIZONA, No. 4 STANFORD, No. 5 CALIFORNIA, No. 9 ARIZONA STATE, No. 14 WASHINGTON and No. 16 OREGON STATE.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Wed., Apr. 4UCLA at CS Northridge, 1:30 (DH)

Thurs., Apr. 5OREGON ST. at Saint Mary's, 4 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 6ARIZONA at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.ARIZONA ST. at UCLA, 2 p.m.OREGON ST. at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.OREGON at STANFORD, 2 p.m.

Sat., Apr. 7ARIZONA at UCLA, 2 p.m.ARIZONA ST. at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.OREGON at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.OREGON ST. at STANFORD, 2 p.m.

Sun., Apr. 8ARIZONA at UCLA, 1 p.m.ARIZONA ST. at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.OREGON at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.OREGON ST. at STANFORD, 1 p.m.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wed., Mar. 28Saint Mary's 6, OREGON 5, 9 innings (GM 1)OREGON 3, Saint Mary's 2 (GM 2)Pacific 4, OREGON ST. 1

Fri., Mar. 30ARIZONA 11, OREGON 1ARIZONA ST. 4, OREGON ST. 2WASHINGTON 2, CALIFORNIA 0STANFORD 1, UCLA 0

Sat., Mar. 31ARIZONA at OREGON ST., rained outARIZONA ST. at OREGON, rained outUCLA 2, CALIFORNIA 1, 9 inningsWASHINGTON 5, STANFORD 1

Sun., Apr. 1ARIZONA 5, OREGON ST. 0^OREGON 4, ARIZONA ST. 0 (GM 1)ARIZONA ST. 10, OREGON 1 (GM 2)UCLA 5, CALIFORNIA 1STANFORD 4, WASHINGTON 1

Tues., Apr. 3Portland St. 4, OREGON 2 (GM 1)Portland St. 8, OREGON 7 (GM 2)

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USA TODAY/NFCA POLL (Apr. 4)

1. UCLA (25) 2. ARIZONA (2) 3. Alabama 4. STANFORD 5. CALIFORNIA 6. LSU 7. Oklahoma 8. DePaul 9. ARIZONA ST.10. CS Fullerton11. Notre Dame12. Iowa13. Fresno St.14. WASHINGTON15. Nebraska16. OREGON ST.17. Florida St.18. Pacific19. South Carolina20. Baylor21. Wisconsin22. SW Texas St.23. Texas A&M24. La.-Lafayette25. CS Northridge

PAC-10 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK

ARIZONA STATE pitcher/designated player Kristen Swetel has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while STANFORD pitcher Dana Sorensen was named Pitcher of the Week for Mar. 26 - Apr. 1, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Swetel, a freshman from Mesa, Ariz., posted a shutout over No. 14 Oregon State (Mar. 30) and produced game-winning hits in both of Arizona State's victories over the weekend. Swetel went 1-0, pitching 6.1 innings and giving up just one run on six hits. She also went 4-for-5 at the plate with a home run and five RBI. Swetel is now batting .375 on the season.

Sorensen, a sophomore from San Diego, Calif., went 2-0 in the opening weekend of Pac-10 play. Sorensen knocked off top-ranked and previously undefeated UCLA 1-0 (Mar. 30), ending the Bruins' 35-game winning streak. She also went on to defeat No. 15 Washington (Apr. 1), striking out 14 Husky batters in the process. On the weekend, Sorensen struck out 21 batters, allowing just two walks and five hits in 14.0 innings of work. Sorensen is now 17-1 on the year, with an 0.24 ERA.

It is the first weekly honor for Swetel, Arizona State's 28th overall. Sorensen garners the third award of her career giving Stanford 15 honors all-time.

Also nominated for Player of the Week were: Lisa Wangler, ORE. Marcel Torres, UCLA.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were: Tia Bollinger, WASH.

NFCA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

March 5 - Leneah Manuma, ARIZONAApril 2 - Dana Sorensen, STANFORD

AROUND THE PAC-10

Arizona- The Wildcat home run total for the season reached 87 over the weekend as Arizona hit two out in each win over Oregon and Oregon State. . . In UA's 11-1 victory over Oregon on Mar. 30, junior Jennie Finch hit a grand slam, a three-run blast and a two-run double to total nine RBI (a single-game school record). In her next game at Oregon State on Apr. 1, Finch followed up her impressive performance with a no-hitter, the fifth of her career. . . The 'Cats have thrown five of the Conference's 13 no-hitter this season (2 - Becky Lemke, 1 - Jennie Finch, Jenny Gladding, Becky Lemke/Teresa Demeter). . . Arizona has the top three hitters (batting average) in the Pac-10 and four of the top nine (1. Lauren Bauer, 2. Nicole Giordano, 3. Toni Mascarenas, 9. Mackenzie Vandergeest). Senior Toni Macarenas leads the Pac-10 in total bases with 111.

Arizona State- The Sun Devils have played 15 of their first 36 games against ranked opponents. . . ASU is just two wins away from reaching 900 in its softball history. . . Junior Kirsten Voak has pitched 15 double-digit strikeout games in her career. Voak added her 10th victory of the season, giving her double-digit victories in each of her three years at ASU. . . The Sun Devils are currently hitting 18 points higher (.303) than last year's .285 batting average. . . Arizona State is hitting .338 against lefthanded pitching. . . Sophomore Kara Brun has 83 assists on the season. . . Reigning Pac-10 Payer of the Week Kristen Swetel has allowed only four earned run this season. . . Over the last 17 games, freshman Phelan Wright has boosted her batting average over 100 points to a team-best .392.

California- The Bears' all-time records against Oregon and Oregon State (this week's opponents) are 48-27 and 51-18, respectively. . . California ranks in the NCAA top five in ERA (fourth- 0.68), fielding percentage (third- .978) and winning percentage (.907). . . Opposing batters hit .156 with runners on base. . . Sophomore Veronica Nelson ranks 11th in the NCAA (Division I) averaging 0.30 home runs per game. Nelson also has 81 total bases on the season. . . Junior Jocelyn Forest ranks fifth in the NCAA in ERA (0.44) and victories (20) as well as seventh in strikeouts per game (10.8).

Oregon- The Ducks went 4-2 against the Bay Area Schools in 2000. . . Oregon is hitting .417 against lefthanded pitching (5-for-12). . . UO has fielded 13 double plays this year. . . Sophomore Lisa Wangler picked up her third shutout of the season with a 4-0 win over Arizona State (Apr. 1). . . Senior Triawn Custer hit two home runs in the second game of a doubleheader yesterday against Portland State, which tied the all-time school record with 33 homers in her career. Custer has gone deep seven times this year.

Oregon State- Stanford is the only Pac-10 Conference team that Oregon State has a winning all-time record against. The Beavers lead the all-time series with the Cardinal, 18-15. . . As a team, the Beavers have recorded 59 two-out RBI while their opponents have knocked in 23 runs with two-down. . . Arizona's no-hitter against OSU was the first since a 4-0 loss at Washington on April 18, 1998. The Beavers had recorded at least one hit in 193 consecutive games before going hitless against the Wildcats' Jennie Finch. . . The Beavers are on a three-game losing streak, which matches their longest skid this season. . . Junior pitcher Crystal Draper is tied for 16th place in NCAA Division I with 16 wins. . . Senior Shawna Feldt has moved into a tie for fourth place in the OSU record books with 21 steals while teammate Michelle Chariton's 19 swipes ranks in a tie for seventh place.

Stanford- The Cardinal is 47 of 59 (80%) on stolen bases this season. . . Stanford catchers have thrown out 11 of 21 (52%) runners trying to steal. . . Cardinal opponents continue to struggle at the plate, hitting just .133. . . Sophomore Dana Sorensen ranks first in NCAA strikeouts per game with 12.1 K's and second in ERA with a mark of 0.24. . . Junior Jessica Mendoza ranks ninth in NCAA home runs per game with 11 and 19th in batting average (.441). Mendoza ranks third in the Conference with 19 steals. . . Sophomore Kara Ching is a perfect 9-9 in steals so far this season.

UCLA- The Bruins 1-0 loss to Stanford on Mar. 30 was their first Pac-10 opening loss since the Cardinal defeated them on Mar. 29, 1998. . . UCLA will play at No. 2 Arizona and No. 9 Arizona State this weekend where it holds career marks of 49-38 and 69-14 , respectively. . . The Bruins have a .978 fielding percentage (third in Pac-10, fifth in NCAA). . . UCLA leads the Conference in turning double plays with 15 and least amount of walks allowed with 47. . . Freshman Marcel Torres went 5-for-8 for a .625 average against No. 3 Cal and No. 5 Stanford this past weekend. Torres was also one of only two Bruins to earn a hit against the Cardinal in their only loss of the season. . . Junior Amanda Freed leads the nation with a 0.21 ERA.

Washington- In defense of their Pac-10 title, the Huskies kicked off the Conference season with a tough Bay Area road trip, where they finished 2-1. . . Ironically, Washington also went 2-1 in the Bay Area last year to begin Pac-10 play. The Huskies lost their first Conference game of 2000 on Apr. 1, just as they did this season. . . Opponents are hitting .202 against Washington pitching. . . Freshman pitcher Tia Bollinger now owns two two Husky freshman pitching records (wins - 22 and shutouts -7). The hurler is just eight shy of breaking Stephanie Burns' freshman mark of 154 strikeouts. Bollinger's 22 wins rank No. 1 in the NCAA.

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