This Week in Pac-10 Softball (4/24/01)

April 24, 2001

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Pac-10 teams have now hit the halfway point and will begin the second round of Conference play this week. OREGON and OREGON STATE will battle before heading down to Arizona. ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE will do likewise in Tempe, Ariz., before its weekend Conference games. CALIFORNIA and STANFORD will travel to UCLA and WASHINGTON. . . On Apr. 20 (vs. STANFORD), ARIZONA broke the NCAA home run record, which stood for nearly six years (1995 - ARIZONA). The 'Cats' 100th home run, which tied the mark, was a three-run homer by freshman Mackenzie Vandergeest. Later in the game, senior Lauren Bauer hit the 101st home run of the season, breaking the mark. . . The Wildcats also extended their home winning steak to 37 this past weekend with wins over STANFORD and CALIFORNIA. The 'Cats' three Conference victories vaulted them into a tie for first-place with the Cardinal. . . The NCAA midseason trends show the Pac-10 is first in the nation in batting average (.296), home runs per game (0.78), strikeouts per seven innings (6.93) and fielding percentage (.967). The Conference is second in scoring (4.98) and earned-run average (1.33). . . Seven Pac-10 teams are ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll, 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. 12 WASHINGTON and No. 16 OREGON STATE.

THIS WEEK's SCHEDULE

Tues., Apr. 24WASHINGTON at Portland St., 2 p.m. (DH)OREGON at OREGON ST., 3 p.m.

Wed., Apr. 25UCLA at UC Riverside, 1 p.m. (DH)Santa Clara at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m. (DH)Saint Mary's at STANFORD, 2 p.m. (DH)ARIZONA at ARIZONA ST., 7 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 27CALIFORNIA at UCLA, 2 p.m.STANFORD at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.OREGON ST. at ARIZONA, 7 p.m. (DH)OREGON at ARIZONA ST., 7 p.m.

Sat., Apr. 28STANFORD at UCLA, 2 p.m.CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.OREGON at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.OREGON ST. at ARIZONA ST., 7 p.m.

Sun., Apr. 29OREGON at ARIZONA, 1 p.m.OREGON ST. at ARIZONA ST., 1 p.m.STANFORD at UCLA, 1 p.m.CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.

LAST WEEK's RESULTS

Wed., Apr. 18ARIZONA 9, Fresno St. 1 (Game 1)ARIZONA 8, Fresno St. 7 (Game 2 - 9 innings)

Fri., Apr. 20ARIZONA 7, STANFORD 0CALIFORNIA 4, ARIZONA ST. 2 (8 innings)OREGON ST. 2, UCLA 1WASHINGTON 10, OREGON 1

Sat., Apr. 21CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA (Rain Out)STANFORD at ARIZONA ST. (Rain Out)UCLA 4, OREGON 3WASHINGTON 2, OREGON ST. 0

Sun., Apr. 22ARIZONA 2, CALIFORNIA 1 (Game 1 - 8 innings)ARIZONA 2, CALIFORNIA 1 (Game 2)STANFORD 6, ARIZONA ST. 0 (Game 1)STANFORD 7, ARIZONA ST. 2 (Game 2)UCLA 6, OREGON 3OREGON ST. 8, WASHINGTON 3

USA TODAY/NFCA POLL (Apr. 18)

1. UCLA (21) 2. ARIZONA (6) 3. STANFORD 4. CALIFORNIA 5. LSU 6. Oklahoma 7. Alabama 8. ARIZONA ST. 9. CS Fullerton10. DePaul11. Notre Dame12. WASHINGTON Nebraska14. Fresno St.15. Iowa16. OREGON ST.17. Florida St.18. Pacific19. SW Texas St.20. South Carolina21. La.-Lafayette22. Texas A&M23. Massachusetts24. Michigan25. CS Northridge

PAC-10 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK

OREGON STATE outfielder/second baseman Brooke Rutschman has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while her teammate, Crystal Draper was named Pitcher of the Week for Apr. 16 - 22, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.

Rutschman, a senior from Camarillo, Calif., led the 16th-ranked Beavers in hitting last weekend, with a batting average of .625 (5-for-8), .750 slugging percentage and three runs scored. Rutschman was the only Oregon State player to record more than one hit in the upset win over top-ranked UCLA (Apr. 20) and scored what proved to be the game-winning run. Later in the weekend, Rutschman went 2-for-3 with a double, stolen base and two runs scored in an 8-3 win over No. 12 Washington (Apr. 22).

Draper, a junior from Parkdale, Ore., pitched 14 innings, giving up just three earned runs while striking out 12 in wins over No. 1 UCLA and No. 12 Washington. She allowed just one run on six hits while striking out six in a complete game victory over the Bruins (Apr. 20). Draper then went on to win her 21st game of the season (which ranks in a tie for third place in the OSU single-season record book for wins) with another complete game, allowing just two hits while striking out six against Washington (Apr. 22). Draper leads the Beavers with 1.23 ERA and a 21-8 record this season.

It is the first weekly honor for Rutschman while Draper garners her third award. Oregon State has now received 17 honors all-time.

AROUND THE PAC-10

Arizona- The Wildcats have outscored opponents 379-42. Arizona's average margin of victory is just below seven runs a game. . . The 'Cats lead the nation in batting average with a .349 mark. . . Last week, junior Jennie Finch pitched in four games (two against No. 15 Fresno St., No. 3 Stanford and No. 4 California) and received victories in each contest, upping her mark to 20-0. Finch struck out 33 batters and walked only four while allowing two runs on just 11 hits. Her season ERA was lowered to 0.28 while her strikeout total has reached 179 in 123 innings pitched. Finch also added some firepower to the Arizona offense by adding three hits, including a home run and three RBI. . . Senior Lauren Bauer hit .444 last week in five games, including three home runs and seven RBI. Bauer also added a stolen base, which put her tied for second in Arizona history with 129.

Arizona State- ASU has walked 114 times this season. . . 11 players have five or more RBI this year with nine players recording in double-digits. . . Seven different Sun Devils have hit home runs. . . In 13 chances, opponents have not scored with the bases loaded. . . Arizona State has claimed four Pac-10 Players' of the Week this year. . . Junior Nichole Thompson is batting .359 with runners in scoring position. . . Freshmen Kristin Farber, Kristen Swetel and Phelan Wright have all made contributions this year. Combined, the three are batting .346 (110-for-318) with one triple, three home runs, seven doubles, 12 stolen bases, 24 walks, 41 RBI and 45 runs scored. Wright leads the team with a .392 batting average while Farber leads the team in stolen bases (11) and Swetel is 4-2 with a 1.53 ERA.

California- The Bears are just four wins away from equaling last year's mark of 49 wins. . . Cal has outscored its opponents 230-60 this season (53 games). Last year, the Bears outscored their opponents 258-162 (74 games). . . California pitchers have struck out 441 batters, 39 more than last year's total of 402. . . The Bears lead the Conference in sacrifice bunts with 47. . . Sophomore Veronica Nelson has walked a Conference-leading 65 times (1.22 per game), which is ahead of her pace from last year when she walked an NCAA-record 87 times (1.18 per game). Nelson also leads the Conference with 16 home runs and a .608 on-base percentage. . . Junior pitcher Jocelyn Forest has recorded 14 double-digit strikeout performances this season, which ties her for the Pac-10 lead. Her strikeout total has now reached 304, which is more than UCLA (299), Oregon (258), Washington (256) and Arizona State (228).

Oregon- The Ducks came close to knocking off top-ranked UCLA on Apr. 21, as Oregon hit two home runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 4-3. In the seventh inning, sophomore Andrea Vidlund hit her seventh home run of the season, which was followed up a couple batters later by a two-run homer courtesy of freshman Kate Peterson. . . Oregon has walked 146 times this season. . . Opponents are hitting .249 against the Ducks. . . UO has 480 assists in the field, which ranks first in the Conference. . . Kate Peterson leads the Conference with 133 assists. . . Sophomore Alyssa Laux has an on-base percentage of .466 to lead the team.

Oregon State- The Beavers got a big lift going 2-1 this weekend against the likes of No. 1 UCLA and No. 12 Washington. . . OSU's Apr. 20 game against the Bruins was the first game played at the new Oregon State Softball Complex. . . Beaver stadium holds 700-plus fans with bleachers and hillside seating available. . . The UCLA win was only the fifth all-time versus the Bruins (5-57). . . The Beavers last beat a No. 1 team last season (May 13) at Washington. That game, much like the UCLA contest this year, was close as OSU pulled out a 1-0 victory in nine innings. . . OSU has won five out of its last six games. . . Oregon State opponents are batting .200. . . Sophomore Clare Burnam and Senior Shawna Feldt have six triples combined. . . Junior Crystal Draper has 153 of the Beavers 305 strikeouts this season. Freshman Monica Hoffman has 127 K's.

Stanford- At 9-3 in the Conference, the Cardinal is off to its best start ever in the Pac-10 after 12 games. . . Stanford has struck out a Conference-high 113 batters looking. . . The Cardinal leads the Pac-10 in saves with six. . . Stanford is batting .268 as a team. . . The Cardinal has an on-base percentage of .341. . . Sophomore Dana Sorensen is tied for the Conference-lead (with Cal's Jocelyn Forest) with 14 double-digit strikeout games. . . Junior Jessica Mendoza is second in the Pac-10 with a .428 batting average. Mendoza leads the team with 13 home runs and 26 stolen bases. . . Junior Sarah Beeson ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 51 RBI. . . Sophomore Jaime Forman-Lau continues to lead the Conference with 4 saves.

UCLA- With two wins over Oregon last weekend, UCLA has now won 6 straight against the Ducks (47-7 all-time). . . Three of UCLA's four losses have been on a Friday. . . The Bruins are 14-0 in doubleheaders and 29-0 on multiple-game days. . . UCLA is also 4-0 in extra innings. . . The Bruins have 16 40-win seasons. Their .917 win percentage (44-4) is the third-best in the nation this year. . . UCLA ranks second in the nation in batting average with a mark of .348, just .001 behind leader, Arizona. . . Four Bruins are currently hitting over .400 this season (junior Stacey Nuveman - .427, sophomore Claire Sua - .419, sophomore Natasha Watley - .412 and Tairia Mims - .401). . . Last week's Pac-10 and Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player of the Week, Natasha Watley, extended her hitting streak to 27 games over the weekend.

Washington- UW continues to rank first in the Conference with 12 triples. . . Washington is batting .276 while opponents are hitting just .214 against them. . . Sophomore Jaime Clark has three triples this season, already surpassing last year's mark of two. . . The Huskies have had three players reach double-digit hitting streaks this season (freshman Amanda Oleson - 15, senior Kelly Hauxhurst - 13, freshman Rita Roach - 11). . . Freshman Tia Bollinger is tied for sixth in the nation with 26 wins.

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