This Week in Pac-10 Softball (4/17/01)

April 17, 2001

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This week's big matchup will take place down in Tucson, Ariz., where second-ranked ARIZONA will play host to No. 3 STANFORD for one game on Fri., Apr. 20. The Wildcats are just one game behind the Cardinal heading into the first meeting between the two schools. Last season, ARIZONA took two of three games from STANFORD. The two will meet again in Palo Alto, Calif., May 5-6. . . In other Pac-10 action, CALIFORNIA will also take on the Arizona schools while UCLA and WASHINGTON make the trip to Oregon over the weekend. . . Seven Conference teams are ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll (four received first-place votes), including five in the top eight. UCLA remains atop at No. 1, followed by No. 2 ARIZONA, No. 3 STANFORD, No. 4 CALIFORNIA, No. 8 ARIZONA STATE, No. 13 WASHINGTON and No. 16 OREGON STATE.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Wed., Apr. 18Fresno St. at ARIZONA, 6 p.m. (DH)

Fri., Apr. 20UCLA at OREGON ST., 2 p.m.WASHINGTON at OREGON, 2 p.m.STANFORD at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA ST., 7 p.m.

Sat., Apr. 21UCLA at OREGON, 2 p.m.WASHINGTON at OREGON ST., 2 p.m.CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.STANFORD at ARIZONA ST., 7 p.m.

Sun., Apr. 22CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA, 1 p.m.STANFORD at ARIZONA ST., 1 p.m.UCLA at OREGON, 1 p.m.WASHINGTON at OREGON, 1 p.m.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., Apr. 10STANFORD 2, Fresno State 0 (GM 1)Fresno State 1, STANFORD 0 (GM 2)

Wed., Apr. 11CALIFORNIA 5, Sacramento St. 1 (GM 1)CALIFORNIA 9, Sacramento St. 1 (GM 2)WASHINGTON 9, Portland St. 0 (GM 1)WASHINGTON 8, Portland St. 0 (GM 2)

Thurs., Apr. 12Portland St. at OREGON ST. (DH), Rain Out

Fri., Apr. 13ARIZONA 3, ARIZONA ST. 0, 11 inningsSTANFORD 5, CALIFORNIA 2UCLA 5, WASHINGTON 4, 14 inningsOREGON 9, San Jose St. 1OREGON 4, San Jose St. 1

Sat., Apr. 14ARIZONA 4, ARIZONA ST. 3, 9 inningsSTANFORD 5, CALIFORNIA 4 (GM 1)CALIFORNIA 1, STANFORD 0 (GM 2)OREGON ST. 8, OREGON 0 (GM 1)OREGON ST. 11, OREGON 2 (GM 2)UCLA 4, WASHINGTON 0

Mon., Apr. 16OREGON ST. 3, Portland St. 0 (GM 1)OREGON ST. at Portland St. (GM 2), PostponedSTANFORD 2, Cal Poly 1 (GM 1)STANFORD 5, Cal Poly 3 (GM 2)

USA TODAY/NFCA POLL (Apr. 11)

1. UCLA (18) 2. ARIZONA (7) 3. STANFORD (1) 4. CALIFORNIA 5. LSU 6. Alabama 7. Oklahoma 8. ARIZONA ST. (1) 9. DePaul10. CS Fullerton11. Notre Dame12. Iowa13. WASHINGTON14. Nebraska15. Fresno St.16. OREGON ST.17. Florida St.18. Pacific19. South Carolina20. SW Texas St.21. Wisconsin22. Texas A&M23. Baylor24. La.-Lafayette25. Massachusetts

PAC-10 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK

UCLA shortstop Natasha Watley was named Pac-10 Player of the Week while Arizona's Jennie Finch was named Pitcher of the Week for Apr. 9 - 15, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.

Watley, a sophomore from Irvine, Calif., extended her consecutive games hitting streak to 24 over the weekend against No. 13 Washington. She went 5-for-10 (.500) with three runs scored, a double, one RBI and one stolen base (36th of the season, which leads the Pac-10 and extends the UCLA single-season record). Watley also posted a .600 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage while hitting second in the lineup. Defensively, she was perfect on eight chances with five putouts and three assists.

Finch, a junior from La Mirada, Calif., played a major role in the `Cats two victories over rival and eighth-ranked Arizona State last week. In the two games against the Sun Devils, she captured both wins, allowing just three hits while striking out 15 batters and posting an 0.00 ERA. On April 13, Finch pitched all 11 innings to grab a 3-0 win, adding the game-winning three-run home run in the process. Finch now owns a 16-0 record with a Conference-leading 0.35 ERA. She is also hitting .339 with 10 home runs on the season.

It is the second weekly honor for Watley, UCLA's 56th overall. Finch garners the fourth award of her career, giving Arizona 70 honors all-time.

Also nominated for Player of the Week were: Kristen Morley, CAL. Shelly Prochaska, OSU. Jenny Shideler, STAN.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were: Jocelyn Forest, CAL. Crystal Draper, OSU. Dana Sorensen, STAN. Amanda Freed, UCLA.

AROUND THE PAC-10

Arizona- Through 45 games, the Wildcats have hit 91 home runs, 10 away from breaking the NCAA record. Since Pac-10 play began on Mar. 30, the 'Cats have hit just eight homers. Arizona is still on pace to break the all-time collegiate record (1.39) of home runs per game as the Wildcats currently average 2.02 bombs per contest. . . UA has outhit its opponents 428-107 on the year. The team is hitting .355 while its opponents hit .115. . . The 'Cats have an on-base percentage of .441. . . After last weekend, junior Jennie Finch has a career record of 69-10 and is tied for No. 6 on the Arizona win chart. Her career total of 506 strikeouts ranks fourth in school history. Opponents hit just .097 against Finch, the lowest in the Conference. . . Arizona's three starters (Finch, Gladding, Lemke) have combined to throw 29 shutouts.

Arizona State- ASU has outscored opponents 186-71 this season. . . Sun Devil pitchers are holding opponents to a .166 batting average. . . Seven of the 11 Arizona State losses have been by one or two runs. . . 14 of 30 ASU wins have been shutouts. . . The Sun Devils will play their first home game since Mar. 6 when they face California this Friday, Apr. 20. . . Freshman Phelan Wright has tallied 14 RBI with two outs this season. Wright is batting .400. . . Junior Erica Beach has walked 20 times (leads the team). . . Senior catcher Stacey Farnworth has thrown out eight batters. . . Junior pitcher Kirsten Voak has finished 10 games this season.

California- The Bears play on the road this week, where they have posted a 4-1 record (.800) this season. . . The California pitching staff has a combined 420 strikeouts and an 0.75 ERA, which is first and second in the Conference, respectively. . . Cal ranks second in the Conference in walks (158). . . The Bears rank third in the Pac-10 in total bases with 501. . . Sophomore Kristen Morley is coming off an impressive week, going 7-for-15 (.467), and raising her batting average 22 points to a mark of .276. In a doubleheader at Sacramento State on Apr. 11, Morley went 4-for-8 with a run scored and three RBI. . . Junior Jocelyn Forest pitched 18.0 innings last week. In that span, she struck out 33, allowing just 2 earned runs and going 2-1. Overall, Forest is 23-4 with a 0.46 ERA in 182.2 innings. She leads the Pac-10 in strikeouts with 291.

Oregon- The Ducks are 18-4 when they score first, 6-18 when the opponent does so. . . Oregon has left 364 runners on base, an average of seven a game. . . UO is 12-5 when it plays on Fridays and 3-1 when it takes the field at night. . . Junior Missy Coe has nine doubles this season, which brings her career total to 41. She is now the all-time leader at Oregon, surpassing Kathy Stahl's (1993-96) record (39). . . Sophomore Alyssa Laux has been hit by a pitch 14 times, giving her the single-season school record. On a brighter note, Luax is second on the team with a .362 batting average and 31 runs scored. . . Junior Connie McMurren is ranked third on the Oregon career strikeout list with 340. McMurren is also sixth in school history with 39 wins.

Oregon State (33-15-1, 2-4)The Beavers will open play at their new softball complex against UCLA this Friday (Apr. 20). . . The second game of the Apr. 16 doubleheader at Portland State was rescheduled for Thursday, May 3, at 4 p.m. . . Sophomore Steph Adams hit an inside the park home run at Portland State on Apr. 16, her fifth home run of the season. . . In Game One of the Apr. 14 doubleheader with Oregon, junior Crystal Draper posted her 18th win of the season, including her eighth shutout with an 8-0 victory over the Ducks. She allowed just 2 hits in the game. In her next start on Apr. 16, Draper combined with freshman Monica Hoffman to shut out Portland State, giving Draper her 19th win (already six more wins than last year).

Stanford- The Cardinal ranks 11th in the NCAA in ERA (0.91), and seventh in the country in fielding (.975) and win percentages (.875). . . Stanford is 1-11 all-time in Tucson, Ariz., with its only win coming on Apr. 9, 2000 (4-3), the last time Arizona lost a home game. . . Senior Jenny Shideler hit .300 last week (3-for-10) with 3 RBI. She hit her second home run of the year in a 5-4 win over Cal on Apr. 14. The two-run shot put the Cardinal up for good and turned out to be the difference in the game. . . Sophomore Dana Sorensen went 2-0 last week with a 2-0 win over No. 13 Fresno State on Apr. 10, and a 5-4 win over No. 4 California on Apr. 14. Overall she had 15 strikeouts in 16.1 innings of workwhile allowing just nine hits and four runs. Sorensen is now 21-1 on the season with a 0.38 ERA.

UCLA- The Bruins' 14-inning win over No. 13 Washington on Apr. 13 matches the longest game (by innings) played by UCLA softball since the NCAA brought women's sports under its umbrella in 1982. . . UCLA's two previous 14-inning games include a May 23, 1997, loss to Arizona at the Women's College World Series (2-0) and a 1984 victory over Creighton (1-0). . . Prior to NCAA play, the Bruins played two games longer than 20 innings, both in the late 1970's. . . Redshirt junior Stacey Nuveman had all four of UCLA's RBI in the Apr. 14 win over the Huskies. She had three RBI on one swing of the bat in the first inning with a three-run home run. In her next plate appeararance, Nuveman swatted an RBI double to left centerfield to give the Bruins a 4-0 lead after three innings. . . UCLA had not had a double-digit strikeout performance in the 2001 season prior to last weekend, when both games saw the Bruins with a pitcher in double-figures K's. On Apr. 13, freshman Keira Goerl notched 14 strikeouts and three walks while on Apr. 14, junior Amanda Freed followed with a 10-K, three-walk performance in a two-hit shutout.

Washington- The Huskies rank third in the Conference in home runs (35) and slugging percentage (.416). . . Washington was shut out for just the second time on Apr. 14, with a 4-0 loss to UCLA. . . UW has turned 12 double plays this season. . . Freshman Tia Bollinger pitched all 14 innings in the 5-4 loss to UCLA on Apr. 13. She gave up five runs on 14 hits while striking out nine. . . Freshman Amanda Oleson leads the team with three triples (tied for second in the Pac-10). . . Sophomore catcher Amy Hanson has thrown out 8 runners this season.

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