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

April 10, 2001

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Pac-10 rivals will compete this weekend as ARIZONA STATE takes on ARIZONA, STANFORD plays CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE travels to OREGON, and UCLA hosts WASHINGTON. . . The visiting team is 12-10 (.546) in Pac-10 play this season. Last year, teams posted a 44-41 (.518) record on the road during the Pac-10 campaign. . . ARIZONA STATE and STANFORD are currently tied for the top spot in the Pac-10, which shows the parity in the Conference. The Sun Devils were picked to finish third in the Pac-10 by the coaches while the Cardinal was chosen fifth. . . Seven Conference teams are ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll, including 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

Tues., Apr. 10STANFORD at Fresno St., 6 p.m. (DH)

Wed., Apr. 11CALIFORNIA at Sacramento St., 2 p.m. (DH)Portland St. at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m. (DH)

Thurs., Apr. 12OREGON ST. at Portland St., 4 p.m. (DH)

Fri., Apr. 13CALIFORNIA at STANFORD, 2 p.m.WASHINGTON at UCLA, 2 p.m.ARIZONA ST. at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.

Sat., Apr. 14OREGON ST. at OREGON, Noon (DH)STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m. (DH), FSNWASHINGTON at UCLA, 2 p.m.ARIZONA ST. at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.

Mon., Apr. 16STANFORD at Cal Poly, 5 p.m. (DH)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wed., Mar. 28UCLA 8, CS Northridge 0 (GM 1)UCLA 12, CS Northridge 1 (GM 2)

Thurs., Apr. 5OREGON ST. 6, Saint Mary's 0

Fri., Apr. 6WASHINGTON 1, ARIZONA 0ARIZONA ST. 6, UCLA 1OREGON ST. at CALIFORNIA, Rained OutSTANFORD 8, OREGON 0

Sat., Apr. 7ARIZONA 4, UCLA 0ARIZONA ST. 5, WASHINGTON 1CALIFORNIA 4, OREGON 0STANFORD 9, OREGON ST. 4

Sun., Apr. 8UCLA 3, ARIZONA 0ARIZONA ST. 6, WASHINGTON 1CALIFORNIA 9, OREGON 4STANFORD 4, OREGON ST. 0

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/utility player Erica Beach has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while her teammate, Kirsten Voak was named Pitcher of the Week for Apr. 2 - 8, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Beach, a junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., helped the Sun Devils grab a share of the Pac-10 lead after the second week of Conference play. Over the weekend, Beach batted .700 (7-for-10) with two doubles, two home runs, two runs scored, two walks and seven RBI in a win at No. 1 UCLA and two victories at No. 14 Washington. She also picked up her 14th win of the season on Apr. 7, in a 5-1 victory over the Huskies. In that game, Beach pitched six and two-thirds' innings, allowing just one run and striking out six. For her efforts, Beach saw her batting average rise 36 points to .369. She now leads the team with seven home runs and is tied for the lead with 31 RBI.

Voak, a junior from Fremont, Calif., picked up two of ASU's three wins as the Sun Devils swept the UCLA/Washington road swing for the first time in school history. Over the weekend, Voak went 2-0, pitching 12 and two-thirds' innings, allowing two runs on five hits and fanning 20 batters. In the Apr. 8 victory over Washington, she struck out a season-high 12 batters (16th career double-digit strikeout game). Voak is now 12-3 overall with a 0.82 ERA, and is holding opponents to a .118 batting average while striking out 93 batters in 77 innings.

It is the third weekly honor for Beach while Voak garners the eighth award (fifth in Pac-10 all-time) of her career. Arizona State has now received 30 honors all-time.

Also nominated for Player of the Week were: Mackenzie Vandergeest, ARIZ. Candace Harper, CAL. Clare Burnam, OSU. Sarah Beeson, STAN. Natasha Watley, UCLA.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were: Jennie Finch, ARIZ. Crystal Draper, OSU. Dana Sorensen, STAN.

AROUND THE PAC-10

Arizona- The Wildcats boast the nation's best fielding percentage at .981. . . Arizona also leads the NCAA in batting average (.366), ERA (0.60) and runs per game (8.00). . . Junior Jennie Finch struck out 11 and walked one in Arizona's 4-0 win over No. 1 UCLA on Apr. 7. She allowed only two hits in the process, and is now 14-0 on the the season with an 0.40 ERA. Her ERA ranks second in both the Pac-10 and NCAA. Finch also ranks fifth in the Conference in total strikeouts (131) and ninth in the NCAA in strikeouts per game (10.4). . . Freshman Mackenzie Vandergeest hit her 14th home run on Apr. 7 in Arizona's shutout of UCLA. Vandergeest ranks fourth in the NCAA, averaging 0.35 home runs per game. Teammates Toni Mascarenas and Leneah Manuma rank second (0.38) and sixth (0.33), respectively, in that same category.

Arizona State- Through the first six games in the Conference this year, ASU is 5-1. Last year, the Sun Devils had a mark of 4-2 through its first six Conference games. . . Last weekend, ASU swept the UCLA/Washington road trip for the first time in school history. In 2000, Arizona State went 1-2 on the UCLA/Washington road swing. ASU also swept both games in Seattle for the first time since 1993 (UW's first season). . . Freshman Phelan Wright ranks in the top 50 in NCAA batting average (31st, .407). . . Junior Kirsten Voak is the only Pac-10 Player this season to be ranked in the NCAA top 25 in both ERA (24th, 0.82) and saves (T11th, 3). . . Junior Erica Beach needs two home runs to break the school's single-season home run record (8), which she and Kara Brun set last season. In ASU's 6-1 win over No. 14 Washington, Beach set the Arizona State career record for RBI with 116 in her career.

California- Cal's Saturday contest against the Cardinal will be televised by Fox Sports Net at 1 p.m. PST . The game will be tape delayed in the Bay Area and won't be shown until 4 p.m. PST. . . The Bears are currently second in the Pac-10 in batting average (.285) and fielding percentage (.979). . . Junior Jocelyn Forest's career high in single-season wins is 23. In 2001, Forest has already posted 21 victories. She has also has a Pac-10-high 258 strikeouts, already surpassing her mark of 234 last year. . . Sophomore Veronica Nelson is tied for the Cal career home run record (28) with Melania McCart, and holds the career walk record with 136. . . Sophomore Courtney Scott has thrown out a Pac-10 leading 13 baserunners. . . Since joining the Bears after competing on the Cal basketball team, junior Jennifer Deering is 3-0 from the circle with a 1.24 ERA in 22.2 innings of work.

Oregon- The Ducks have picked off a Conference-leading five runners this season. . . Oregon has made 948 putouts this season (leads Pac-10). . . Opponents are hitting .244 against UO pitchers. . . Senior Triawn Custer hit her 34th career home run in the fourth inning at Cal on Apr. 8, breaking the school record. . . Sophomores Lisa Wangler and Alyssa Laux lead the team in hitting with a .378 and .373 batting averages, respectively. . . Laux has been hit by a pitch 14 times this year, which leads the Conference.

Oregon State- Two of the Beavers' six Conference games have been rained out. There is still no word on if or when the games will be made up. . . The Beavers are 28-12-1 (.700) when facing righthanded pitchers this season. Oregon State is just 2-3 (.400) against lefties. . . OSU has an 11-3 (.786) record in games decided by five runs or more. The Beavers are 6-7 (.462) in one run contests. . . Junior Crystal Draper leads the Pac-10 in games started this season with 24. Draper leads the Beavers with 17 wins and is currently tied for third on the school's career win list with 49. . . Freshman pitcher Monica Hoffman has worked in 128.0 innings, which ranks sixth in the Pac-10. . . Senior Shawna Feldt has moved into a tie for fourth place in the OSU record books with 21 steals.

Stanford- Stanford's .910 (35-3-1) winning percentage ranks fourth in the nation, just behind this weekend's opponent and rival California (.911, 41-4). . . Cardinal pitching has only allowed five home runs and and 51 walks, both of which are tops in the Conference. . . Junior Sarah Beeson hit .556 last weekend (5-for-9) including a home run, two doubles, five runs scored, six RBI and a 1.111 slugging percentage. Beeson is hitting .441 on the year (.500 in Pac-10 play) and leads the Cardinal with 47 RBI. . . Sophomore Dana Sorensen continues to dominate hitters as she went 2-0 over the weekend with an 0.00 ERA. She had 12 strikeouts and just two walks in 11 innings pitched. Sorensen is now 19-1 on the year with the nation's best ERA at 0.22. She also continues to lead the NCAA with an 11.7 strikeouts per game average.

UCLA- With Sunday's win over No. 2 Arizona, the Bruins have a season record of 40-3. Last year, UCLA did not win its 40th game until May 18, the team's postseason debut against Canisius. It is the 16th 40-win season in program history. . . After heavy overnight rains on Friday night/Saturday morning, the UCLA grounds crew used nearly two tons (65 bags) of Turface over a four-hour span in order to get the Easton Stadium surface ready for play on Saturday afternoon. The start of the Fox Sports Net Game of the Week was delayed by one hour, but did make it on the air. . . This week, sophomore shortstop Natasha Watley went 7-for-16 (.438) with five runs scored, a triple, two RBI and two stolen bases, upping her school-record season total to 35 swipes. In Saturday's loss to No. 2 Arizona, Watley handled three putouts and five assists without an error and added four more errorless chances in Sunday's win over the 'Cats. Watley has hit safely in 22 consecutive games, the longest streak by any Bruin this season.

Washington- The Huskies have only grounded into two double plays all year. . . Washington batters have been hit 27 times this season, which is first in the Pac-10. . . UW freshman hurler Tia Bollinger has already broken three Husky freshman pitching records, including one this past weekend. Bollinger's 23 wins, nine solo shutouts and 160 strikeouts are the most ever by a true freshman Husky pitcher. . . Washington senior Kelly Hauxhurst, who leads the team in batting average with a mark of .376, played a part in all three Washington scoring efforts this weekend. A team co-captain, Hauxhurst scored the team's only run in the upset of No. 2 Arizona and then scored the Huskies' only run in a 5-1 loss to ASU. Hauxhurst then added an RBI-single on Sunday versus Arizona State.

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