This Week in Pac-10 Softball (5/16/01)

May 16, 2001

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With its 4-0 shutout over UCLA on May 11, ARIZONA won the Pac-10 Title for the sixth time in school history. . . Seven Conference squads made the 48-team NCAA Tournament field. It marks the first time in three years that the Pac-10 has not sent all eight teams to NCAA Regionals. ARIZONA, UCLA and STANFORD will be hosting regionals, while ARIZONA STATE travels to Baton Rouge, La., OREGON STATE to Tuscaloosa, Ala., WASHINGTON to Norman, Okla., and CALIFORNIA to Tallahassee, Fla. . . The Conference has done well in NCAA Regional play as the Pac-10 has sent at least two members to the College World Series every year since 1987. Last year, four teams made it to the series (ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, UCLA, WASHINGTON) while the Conference had a combined record of 24-9 at regionals. . . UCLA's Stacey Nuveman was named Pac-10 Player of the Year. ARIZONA's Jennie Finch took home Pitcher of the year honors and WASHINGTON's Tia Bollinger was named Newcomer of the Year. Rounding out the awards, ARIZONA head coach Mike Candrea and STANFORD head coach John Rittman were named Co-Coaches of the Year, the third consecutive season and fifth all-time that two coaches shared the honor. . . Seven teams are ranked in the final regular season USA Today/NFCA Poll. ARIZONA is the top-ranked team in the country, followed by No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 STANFORD, No. 6 CALIFORNIA, No. 9 ARIZONA STATE, No. 12 WASHINGTON and No. 14 OREGON STATE.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS BRACKETMay 17-20, Double Elimnation Play

REGION 1 - Tucson, Aiz. (PT)#1 ARIZONA vs. #6 St. Peter's, 5 p.m.#2 CS Fullerton vs. #5 Texas Tech#3 Hawai'i vs. #4 SW Texas St.

REGION 2 - Los Angeles, Calif. (PT)#1 UCLA vs. #6 Coastal Carolina, 2 p.m.#2 Fresno St. vs. #5 Wisconsin#3 CS Northridge vs. #4 San Diego St.

REGION 3 - Baton Rouge, La. (ET)#1 LSU vs. #6 Cornell#2 ARIZONA ST. vs. #5 Penn St., 10:30 a.m.#3 La. Lafayette vs. #4 Southern Mississippi

REGION 4 - Tuscaloosa, Ala. (ET)#1 Alabama vs. #6 Illinois-Chicago#2 Michigan vs. #5 Chatanooga#3 OREGON ST. vs. #4 South Florida, 5 p.m.

REGION 5 - Norman, Okla. (CT)#1 Oklahoma vs. #6 Lehigh#2 WASHINGTON vs. #5 Seton Hall, 2:30 p.m.#3 North Carolina vs. #4 Massachusetts

REGION 6 - Stanford, Calif. (PT)#1 STANFORD vs. #6 Hofstra, 2 p.m.#2 Nebraska vs. #5 BYU#3 Pacific (Calif.) vs. #4 Central Michigan

REGION 8 - Tallahassee, Fla. (ET)#1 Florida St. vs. #6 Bethune-Cookman#2 CALIFORNIA vs. #5 Connecticut, 12:30 p.m.#3 Florida Atlantic vs. #4 Florida

LAST WEEK's RESULTS

Wed., May 9Portland St. 4, OREGON 2 (Game 1)OREGON 7, Portland St. 0 (Game 2)

Fri., May 11ARIZONA 4, UCLA 0CALIFORNIA 7, OREGON 4OREGON ST. 1, STANFORD 0WASHINGTON 7, ARIZONA ST. 1

Sat., May 12ARIZONA 5, WASHINGTON 1 (Game 1)ARIZONA 9, WASHINGTON 0 (Game 2)UCLA 1, ARIZONA ST. 0 (Game 1)UCLA 8, ARIZONA ST. 6 (Game 2)OREGON ST. 1, CALIFORNIA 0 (Game 1)OREGON ST. 1, CALIFORNIA 0 (Game 2 - 9 innings)STANFORD 6, OREGON 0 (Game 1)STANFORD 5, OREGON 1 (Game 2)

USA TODAY/NFCA POLL (Final Reg. Season/May 9)

1. ARIZONA (25) 2. UCLA (2) 3. LSU 4. STANFORD 5. Oklahoma 6. CALIFORNIA 7. Alabama 8. Notre Dame 9. ARIZONA ST.10. CS Fullerton11. Nebraska12. WASHINGTON13. DePaul14. OREGON ST.15. Iowa16. Florida St.17. Fresno St.18. Pacific19. La.-Lafayette SW Texas St.21. Michigan22. South Carolina23. CS Northridge Massachusetts25. Kansas

PAC-10 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK

UCLA catcher Stacey Nuveman has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while OREGON STATE's Crystal Draper was named Pitcher of the Week for May 7 - May 13, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.

Nuveman, a junior from La Verne, Calif., led the second-ranked Bruins with a .556 batting average (5-for-9), .600 on-base percentage and .889 slugging percentage while hitting a home run and knocking in three runners. She was also perfect in the field in nine chances. Nuveman led the Pac-10 in hitting during the regular season with a .450 batting average.

Draper, a junior from Parkdale, Ore., picked up wins over fourth-ranked Stanford and sixth-ranked California. In both games, Draper pitched complete-game shutouts. She faced 53 batters in that span, allowing just six hits while striking out nine. Draper's 28 victories have tied the OSU all-time mark for wins in a season.

It is the seventh weekly honor for Nuveman, UCLA's 58th award overall. Draper garners the fourth award of her career, giving Oregon State 18 honors all-time.

Also nominated for Player of the Week were: Shawna Feldt, OSU.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were: None.

AROUND THE PAC-10

Arizona - The Wildcats will be making their 15th consecutive NCAA regional playoff appearance, all of which have been under coach Mike Candrea. . . Arizona is undefeated at home this year (34-0). The 'Cats currently have a 44-game home winning streak dating back to a loss to Stanford on April 9, 2000. UA holds the longest home game winning streak at 45 games set by the 1997 and 1998 teams. In NCAA regional games at Hillenbrand Stadium, Arizona is 23-1 with the lone loss coming to Maryland (7-3) back in 1999. . . In 61 games this season, the 'Cats have hit an NCAA record 115 home runs this season. . . The Wildcats had seven members named either First- or Second-Team All-Conference, the most in the Pac-10. . . Arizona leads the country in team batting average at .363, in team fielding percentage at .976, and team ERA at 0.64. . . Senior Toni Mascarenas' 20 home runs are tied for No. 8 on the Arizona season Top 10 chart. Senior Nicole Giordano's 349 career hits are third all-time and she is only the fourth Wildcat to collect over 300 hits in her Arizona career. Her .409 batting average is sixth all-time. . . Senior Becky Lemke is UA's all-time strikeouts leader with 894 career K's. Lemke's 93 career victories is the No. 4 total in Arizona history. . . 18 of Jennie Finch's 27 wins have been shutouts. She also hit three grand slams this season.

Arizona State - The Sun Devils will be appearing in their fifth straight NCAA Tournament. . . Arizona State has made three trips to the College World Series in its history (1982, 1987, 1999). . . The Sun Devils went 3-2 in the regionals last year, losing in the championship game. . . ASU has garnered six Pac-10 Player of the Week awards this year (tied for the most in the Conference with UCLA). . . ASU is hitting .319 with runners in scoring postion. . . The Sun Devils are also hitting .338 versus lefthanded pitching. . . Freshman Phelan Wright is hitting .395 with four home runs and 26 RBI. With her efforts, Wright earned Second-Team All-Conference. . . Junior Erica Beach has pitched in 204.2 innings (fourth most in the Pac-10). She has made 42 appearances (28 starts, 14 in relief). . . Junior Kirsten Voak is tied for the Conference lead in saves with four.

California - The Bears are making their 16th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament - the longest ongoing streak in the Pac-10. . . Cal is 27-25 all-time in regionals. . . Thursday's game in Tallahassee will be the first time the Bears have played a regional in Florida. . . Cal is 43-1 in non-conference play with 36 of those games played on the road or at a neutral site. The Bears started the year 32-0 - a school record. Cal has been ranked in the top 10 of the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 every week this season. . . Sophomore Veronica Nelson is quickly making a name for herself as one of the best hitters in school history. Earlier this year, she broke the her own single-season home run record by slugging 18 during the regular season, topping the previous mark of 14 she set as a freshman. Her 32 career homers rank first in the Cal record books as well. Additionally, Nelson needs just six more walks to break her NCAA record of 87 free passes in a season. . . Second baseman Eryn Manahan and catcher Courtney Scott have started every game this season at their respective positions.

Oregon - The Ducks did not make the NCAA Tournament field for the first time in four years. . . Duck batters were hit 36 times (currently, the most in the Pac-10). . . UO finished with a .417 batting average against lefthanded pitching. . . Sophomore transfer Lisa Wangler was voted as the team's MVP and Rookie of the Year. She was also named Honorable Mention All-Conference. Wangler, who transferred from Mesa Community College, set a new Oregon record for hits in a season (87) and led the Ducks with a .367 batting average while scoring 37 runs. She also led the team in stolen bases (16) and total bases (93). Additionally, Wangler had some success in the circle, pitching four shutouts during the year. Freshman pitcher Anissa Meashintubby was recognized as the team's Most Inspirational Player. She led all Oregon pitchers with a 3.75 ERA.

Oregon State - The Beavers will be making their third NCAA Tournament appearance as they head to Tuscaloosa, Ala. OSU has a shot at posting its best record in school history. Currently, the Beavers are 21 games above .500. In 1999, the team went 22 games above the mark (47-25). . . Oregon State has gone 3-2 in the regionals each of the last two years, losing in the regional championship each time. . . OSU won all three games last weekend by a 1-0 score (one - Stanford, two - California). . . The Beavers honored four-time OSU All-American Tarrah Beyster before the second game of a doubleheader on May 12. . . Last week, senior Shawna Feldt led the Beavers with a .444 batting average (4-for-9) with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI in OSU's wins over fourth-ranked Stanford and sixth-ranked California. Not only did Feldt produce offensively in her final weekend at the OSU Softball Complex, but made several stellar plays on the defensive end at shortstop. Feldt knocked in the game-winning run with a double against Cal in OSU's 1-0 series opener (May 12), then proceeded to score the game-winning run in the second game after pounding a double off the wall in centerfield to open the ninth inning. Feldt's run was the 100th of her career, setting a new all-time record for runs scored at OSU.

Stanford - The Cardinal will be making its fourth straight NCAA regional appearance on Thursday. . . This, however, will be the first time it has hosted. . . Stanford won a school-record 48 games this season. . . Head Coach John Rittman won his first Pac-10 Coach of the Year award this season. . . Since his arrival on 'The Farm,' the Cardinal has posted a winning record every year. Before his arrival, Stanford's best season was 24-29. . . The Cardinal ranks nationally in fielding percentage (16th, .971), ERA (18th, 1.21), win percentage (18th, .782) and batting average (19th, .292). . . Stanford posted 30 shutouts this year. . . The Cardinal reached as high as No. 3 this season in the polls - its highest ranking in school history. . . In the past few weeks, junior Sarah Beeson has been moving up the national doubles list. She now ranks fourth in the country, averaging 0.35 doubles per game. Beeson is also hitting .409 (21st nationally) and averages 1.02 RBI per games (11th nationally). . . Junior Jessica Mendoza already owns the school record for hits, stolen bases, home runs and runs scored. . . Sophomore Dana Sorensen has returned from a sore back earlier this season, and continues to rank third nationally in ERA (0.42) and strikeouts per seven innings (10.9).

UCLA - With its selection to the 2001 NCAA Tournament, UCLA has now been invited to 18 of a possible 20 Regional Tournaments. . . The Bruins have won eight NCAA Titles and have been to the NCAA Championship game a 14 times - both records. . . UCLA was a perfect 39-0 in non-conference play this year. . . The Bruins posted the longest winning streak of the year in the NCAA with 35 straight wins to start the season (tied for fifth longest streak in NCAA Division I history). . . Junior Stacey Nuveman is just the fourth Pac-10 player to be named Player of the Year multiple times. . . Sophomore Natasha Watley posted a 32-game hitting streak earlier in the year (tied for fifth longest streak in NCAA Division I history). She is currently hitting .425 (third in the Pac-10). . . Freshman Keira Goerl has struck out 146 batters (ninth in the Pac-10). Opponents hit just .181 against Goerl.

Washington - For the first time in four years, the Huskies will travel to NCAA regional action after playing each of the last three seasons in Seattle. The last time Washington traveled for regionals was in 1997, when the Huskies went a perfect 3-0 in Norman, Okla., en route to their second world series appearance. . . Entering the team's game against Seton Hall on Thursday, Washington will bring a 17-game regional win streak to Oklahoma. The Huskies have not lost a regional game since 1995, when they fell to Southwest Louisiana, 3-1. . . UW will be making its eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament in the nine-year history of the program. . . Washington is 20-4 all-time in NCAA regional action, including a 6-4 mark on the road. . . The Huskies have finished in the top four in the Conference eight straight years. . . Sophomore Jaime Clark hit her first career grand slam last weekend (May 11) in a 7-1 win over Arizona State. . . With 58 games completed in its 2001 campaign, just two Washington players, seniors Kelly Hauxhurst and Christie Rosenblad, have started in the same defensive position in all 58 games. In contrast, Amanda Oleson has started at four different positions. . . Freshman Tia Bollinger ranks second in the nation with 33 victories.

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