This Week in Pac-10 Softball (5/2/01)

May 2, 2001

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With two weeks left in the regular season, Conference games become more crucial. ARIZONA has opened up a 2.5-game lead in the Pac-10, the largest margin between first and second-place this year. . . This week, the Wildcats and Sun Devils will travel to the Bay Area to take on CALIFORNIA and STANFORD. UCLA and WASHINGTON will meet today for the final time in Seattle, Wash., before both schools play host to OREGON and OREGON STATE over the weekend. . . UCLA's Natasha Watley extended her hitting streak to 32 games last week, tying her for fifth on the NCAA list. . . The final Pac-10 Softball Game of the Week on Fox Sports Net (OREGON at WASHINGTON) will be televised this Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. PST. Seven Conference teams are ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll, including four in the top five. ARIZONA is the new No. 1 team in the country, followed by No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 STANFORD, No. 5 CALIFORNIA, No. 11 ARIZONA STATE, No. 12 WASHINGTON and No. 14 OREGON STATE.

THIS WEEK's SCHEDULE

Wed., May 2Portland St. at OREGON ST., 2 p.m. (DH)Sacramento St. at STANFORD, 2 p.m. (DH)UCLA at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.

Fri., May 4ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.ARIZONA ST. at STANFORD, 2 p.m.OREGON at UCLA, 2 p.m.OREGON ST. at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.

Sat., May 5ARIZONA at STANFORD, 2 p.m.ARIZONA ST. at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.OREGON at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)OREGON ST. at UCLA, 2 p.m.

Sun., May 6ARIZONA at STANFORD, 1 p.m.ARIZONA ST. at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.OREGON at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.OREGON ST. at UCLA, 1 p.m.

LAST WEEK's RESULTS

Tues., Apr. 24OREGON ST. 4, OREGON 3WASHINGTON 6, Portland St. 0 (Game 1)WASHINGTON 12, Portland St. 0 (Game 2)

Wed., Apr. 25ARIZONA 5, ARIZONA ST. 0CALIFORNIA 8, Santa Clara 1 (Game 1)CALIFORNIA 2, Santa Clara 0 (Game 2)STANFORD 8, Saint Mary's 0 (Game 1)STANFORD 10, Saint Mary's 0 (Game 2)UCLA 12, UC Riverside 0 (Game 1)^UCLA 8, UC Riverside 0 (Game 2)

Fri., Apr. 27ARIZONA 1, OREGON ST. 0 (Game 1)ARIZONA 7, OREGON ST. 1 (Game 2)ARIZONA ST. 6, OREGON 0WASHINGTON 3, STANFORD 2UCLA 2, CALIFORNIA 0

Sat., Apr. 28ARIZONA 8, OREGON 0OREGON ST. 2, ARIZONA ST. 0WASHINGTON 5, CALIFORNIA 1UCLA 8, STANFORD 0

Sun., Apr. 29ARIZONA 6, OREGON 1OREGON ST. 4, ARIZONA ST. 3UCLA 2, STANFORD 0

Mon., Apr. 30CALIFORNIA 6, WASHINGTON 3

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USA TODAY/NFCA POLL (May 2) 1. ARIZONA (26) 2. UCLA (1) 3. STANFORD 4. LSU 5. CALIFORNIA 6. Oklahoma 7. Alabama 8. Notre Dame 9. CS Fullerton10. Nebraska11. ARIZONA ST.12. WASHINGTON13. DePaul14. OREGON ST.15. Iowa16. Fresno St.17. Florida St.18. Pacific19. SW Texas St.20. La.-Lafayette21. South Carolina22. Michigan23. Massachusetts24. CS Northridge25. Texas A&M

PAC-10 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK

WASHINGTON shortstop Jaime Clark has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while UCLA's Keira Goerl was named Pitcher of the Week for Apr. 23 - 29, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.

Clark, a sophomore from Tustin, Calif., led the Huskies to a 4-0 mark during the week, including wins over third-ranked Stanford and fourth-ranked California. In that span, Clark hit .615 (8-for-13) with two home runs, three doubles, four runs scored and seven RBI for a .643 on-base percentage and a 1.308 slugging percentage. She is now hitting .364 on the season and .419 in Conference play. In addition to her offense, Clark also showed her defensive prowess by going perfect in the field in 13 chances.

Goerl, a freshman from Moreno Valley, Calif., pitched 19 of a possible 29 innings last week, pitching in four games while recording 12 strikeouts and allowing just four hits. Goerl threw shutouts against fourth-ranked California (Apr. 27) and third-ranked Stanford (Apr. 28). Overall, she held opposing batters to a .063 batting average while running her record to 21-1 on the season with an 0.98 ERA.

It is the second weekly honor for Clark and the 44th for Washington all-time. Goerl earns the first award in her career giving UCLA 57 honors all-time.

Also nominated for Player of the Week were: Lauren Bauer, ARIZ. Phelan Wright, ASU. Natasha Watley, UCLA.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were: Jennie Finch, ARIZ. Crystal Draper, OSU. Tia Bollinger, WASH.

AROUND THE PAC-10

Arizona- UA's home winning streak has now reached 41 games. . . The Wildcats have won 50+ games for the 11th time in school history, all of which have occurred in the 16 years Mike Candrea has been at the helm. . . Arizona has posted 34 shutouts this season. . . Senior Becky Lemke became Arizona's career strikeout leader on April 29 against Oregon. Lemke now has 168 strikeouts on the season and 880 in her career. She is the fourth pitcher in school history and only the sixth in the Pac-10 to win 100 or more games in a career (100-19, 1.12 ERA). Leneah Manuma is one home run away from tying the school freshman home run record of 18 set by Leah Braatz in 1994. . . Senior Toni Mascarenas leads the Wildcats with 17 multiple RBI games.

Arizona State- The Sun Devils are hitting .297 this season (third in the Pac-10). . . ASU has five triples this year compared to none last season. . . Opponents are hitting just .178 against Arizona State pitching. . . Last weekend against Oregon and Oregon State, freshman Phelan Wright hit .455 (5-for-11) with a triple and one RBI. In the conference, Wright is batting .449 with a double, triple, five RBI and seven runs scored. She has also hit safely in 12 of ASU's 15 Pac-10 games. . . Sophomore shortstop Kara Brun is batting .321 with 51 hits, a team-high eight doubles and 29 runs scored. She also has a team-high 34 RBI. . . Junior Missy Hixon needs 11 more doubles for the school's all-time record (40). Junior Kirsten Voak needs 45 strikeouts for the ASU record (807).

California- The Bears are just seven wins away from breaking the school record of 51 victories in a season, set by the 1999 squad. . . Cal is hitting .351 with the bases loaded. . . Righthanded batters hit just .150 against Bears' pitching. Lefties don't fare much better, posting a .183 mark. . . The opponent's leadoff batter gets on base 24 percent of the time (second in the Pac-10). . . Sophomore Veronica Nelson has 18 home runs this season, which is one more than Oregon State as a team. . . Junior Jocelyn Forest ranks fourth in the country in strikeouts (10.9), fifth in ERA (0.49) and is tied for 13th in victories (25). . . Senior Nicole DiSalvio is tied for 36th in the nation with a 1.00 ERA.

Oregon- The Ducks are batting .417 (5-for-12) against lefthanded pitching. . . Oregon is hitting .439 with a runner on third and less than two outs. . . The Ducks have thrown out 15 batters. . . Between senior Triawn Custer and freshman Andrea Vidlund, the two have 16 of UO's 29 home runs. . . Sophomore Lisa Wangler is the only Pac-10 player to be leading her team in batting average (.373) and ERA (2.89). . . Sophomore Alyssa Laux is batting .361 with an .463 on-base percentage. . . Junior Missy Coe's 29 RBI rank second on the team.

Oregon State- OSU pitchers have combined for 321 strikeouts over the first 57 games of the season, an average of nearly six K's per game. Beaver hurlers have walked just 95 batters all season for a 3.4 strikeout-walk ratio. . . With six Pac-10 games left, Oregon State has already tied last year's mark of seven wins in the Conference. . . Sophomore Jessica King hit a solo home run in the 4-3 Beaver win over ninth-ranked Arizona State. The long ball was the first of the season for King and just the second of her career. . . Junior pitcher Crystal Draper has not allowed opposing teams to score in the first inning when she is on the mound. Draper has faced 71 batters in the opening inning, allowing just 10 hits and striking out 16. . . Junior Michelle Chariton leads the Beavers with a perfect 10-for-10 on stolen bases this season. Chariton has now jumped into sole possession of fourth place in the OSU record books with 22 career steals.

Stanford- The Cardinal hit 10 home runs in a four-game span against Arizona State (Apr. 22) and Saint Mary's (Apr. 25), which is roughly 25 percent of its home run output all year. . . Stanford has allowed 57 earned runs in 54 games this season. . . The Cardinal has a .975 fielding percentage, which is third in the Pac-10. . . Last week, sophomore Tori Nyberg went the distance in the first game of a doubleheader against Saint Mary's. She picked up her second shutout of the year, giving up just seven hits and striking out three. Junior Jessica Mendoza and sophomore Kira Ching have combined to go 40-44 (.909) in stolen bases this season. . . Mendoza and junior Sarah Beeson have combined for 232 of Stanford's 562 (41%) total bases this season.

UCLA- The Bruins have a combined 5-1 record against this week's opponents (Washington, Oregon State and Oregon). . . UCLA is 42-0 when it scores first. . . The Bruins did not give up a run in five games last week, outscoring their opponents 32-0. . . Natasha Watley started all five games last week for the Bruins, going 10-for-15 (.667) with a triple, three walks, three RBI and nine runs scored. She had a .722 on-base percentage and an .800 slugging percentage. Watley also swiped three bases on the week, bringing her season total to 43 for the season (leads the Pac-10). . . Freshman Keira Goerl and senior Courtney Dale combined to throw the 14th Pac-10 no-hitter of the season at UC Riverside (Apr. 25). It is the second time Goerl has been a part of a no-hitter against UC Riverside this season. On Mar. 6, she went all the way against the Highlanders, throwing a perfect game.

Washington- UW has come on strong as of late, winning six of its last eight. . . Washington is first in the Conference in triples with 14 and fourth in the Pac-10 with a .285 batting average. . . Senior Kelly Hauxhurst leads the Huskies with a .388 batting average. . . Last week, UW freshman Tia Bollinger went 3-0 with an 0.35 ERA in 20 innings, leading the Huskies to victories over third-ranked Stanford and fourth-ranked California. She posted 19 strikeouts and did not give up an extra base hit. At one time, Bollinger extended her consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to a career-best 33.1 innings before allowing one run against California. Bollinger is now 29-4 with an 0.86 ERA.

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