This Week in Pac-10 Softball (5/22/01)
May 22, 2001
For the third consecutive season, the Pac-10 has sent at least four teams to the College World Series. This season, ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, STANFORD and UCLA will all compete in Oklahoma City, Okla. The four teams have a combined all-time record of 124-48 (.721) in the CWS. . . UCLA will be making its third consecutive appearance in the CWS (NCAA record 17th overall, 72-19 all-time record) while ARIZONA makes its 14th consecutive trip (14th overall, 41-18 all-time record), and CALIFORNIA makes its third straight (sixth overall, 11-11 all-time record). STANFORD will be participating in its first College World Series in school history. . . The Conference has posted an NCAA record 13 national championships with the last one coming in 1999 when UCLA won it all. . . The Bruins have eight national titles while the Wildcats have five of their own. Either UCLA or ARIZONA has won 10 of the last 13 titles. . . The Pac-10 has sent a team to the CWS championship game a remarkable 17 of 19 years. In seven of those years, the Conference has placed both teams in the final game (1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999). . . Most of the CWS games will be televised live on ESPN or ESPN2. . . 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 COLLEGE WORLD SERIESMay 24-28, Double Elimnation Play
Thurs., May 24(1) #1 ARIZONA vs. #8 CALIFORNIA, 10 a.m. @(2) #4 Michigan vs. #5 Oklahoma, 12:30 p.m. @(3) #3 LSU vs. STANFORD, 6 p.m. @(4) #2 UCLA vs. #7 Iowa, 8:30 p.m. @
Fri., May 25(5) Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m. @(6) Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 8:30 p.m.
Sat., May 26(7) Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 11 a.m. %(8) Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1:30 p.m.(9) Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 6, 6 p.m. %(10) Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 6, 8 p.m. @
Sun., May 27(11) Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 9, Noon @(12) Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 10, 2:30 p.m. @(13) Repeat of Game 11 (if necessary), 5 p.m. @(14) Repeat of Game 14 (if necessary), 5/7:30 p.m. @
Mon., May 28 (Championship)(15) Winner Game 11/13 (if necessary) vs. Winner Game 12/14 (if necessary), 12:15 p.m. %
(#) Game No.% Shown live on ESPN@ Shown live on ESPN2
LAST WEEK's RESULTS
Thurs., May 17#1 ARIZONA 4, #6 St. Peter's 2 (1)#1 UCLA 8, #6 Coastal Carolina 0 (2)#2 ARIZONA ST. 4, #5 Penn St. 1 (3)#4 South Florida 2, #3 OREGON ST. 1 (4)#2 WASHINGTON 6, #5 Seton Hall 0 (5)#1 STANFORD 4, #6 Hofstra 0 (6)#2 CALIFORNIA 2, #5 Connecticut 0 (7)
Fri., May 18#1 ARIZONA 8, #5 Texas Tech 0 (1)#1 UCLA 9, #3 CS Northridge 0 (2)#2 ARIZONA ST. 2, #3 La.-Lafayette 1 (3)#3 OREGON ST. 13, #5 Chatanooga 0 (4)#1 Alabama 1, #3 OREGON ST. 0 (4)#2 WASHINGTON 8, #4 Massachusetts 0 (5)#1 STANFORD 6, #4 Central Michigan 0 (6)#2 CALIFORNIA 2, #3 Florida Atlantic 0 (7)
Sat., May 19#1 ARIZONA 5, #2 CS Fullerton 4 (1)#1 UCLA 3, #4 San Diego St. 1 (2)#1 LSU 3, #2 ARIZONA ST. 2 (3)#3 La.-Lafayette 5, #2 ARIZONA ST. 0 (3)#1 Oklahoma 3, #2 WASHINGTON 2 (5)#1 STANFORD 5, #2 Nebraska 1 (6)#2 CALIFORNIA 1, #1 Florida St. 0 (7)
Sun., May 20#1 ARIZONA 6, #4 SW Texas St. 2 (1)#1 UCLA 11, #4 San Diego St. 0 (2)#2 WASHINGTON 7, #4 Massachusetts 1 (5)#1 Oklahoma 10, #2 WASHINGTON 2 (5)#3 Pacific 2, #1 STANFORD 0 (6)#1 STANFORD 9, #3 Pacific 1 (6)#1 Florida St. 2, #2 CALIFORNIA 1 (7)#2 CALIFORNIA 3, #1 Florida St. 2 (10 innings) (7)
(1) Region 1 - Tucson, Ariz.(2) Region 2 - Los Angeles, Calif.(3) Region 3 - Baton Rouge, La.(4) Region 4 - Tuscaloosa, Ala.(5) Region 5 - Norman, Okla.(6) Region 6 - Stanford, Calif.(7) Region 8 - Tallahassee, Fla.
QUICK RECAP OF LAST WEEK's NCAA REGIONALS
For the third consecutive season, the Pac-10 sent at least seven teams to the NCAA Regionals. ARIZONA, UCLA and STANFORD hosted regionals as the three went a combined 12-1 on their way to Oklahoma City. . . CALIFORNIA was the only Pac-10 squad to go on the road and win its regional. The Bears had to endure two hard-fought victories over top-seeded Florida State to get to the CWS. . . ARIZONA STATE won its first two contests in Baton Rouge, La., before dropping games to third-ranked LSU and 19th-ranked Louisisana-Lafayette. . . OREGON STATE was hit with some hard luck, going 1-2 down in Tuscaloosa, Ala., even though it outscored its opponents 14-3. . . Concluding things, WASHINGTON went 3-2 in its regional in Norman, Okla., with both losses coming at the hands of the defending national champion Oklahoma Sooners.
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
FINAL 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.
AROUND THE PAC-10
Arizona Wildcats - Arizona's 14 consecutive regional champinships is currently the longest active streak in the NCAA. . . Arizona was undefeated at home in Hillenbrand Stadium this year, with a 36-0 record. The 'Cats have a 48-game home winning streak. . . Arizona is bringing a 22-game winning streak into the CWS, the longest active streak. . . The Wildcats outscored their regional opponents by a 23-8 margin last week. . . Freshman Jenny Gladding struck out a season-high 15 batters against St. Peter's (May 17). . . Junior Jennie Finch and senior Becky Lemke combined for the 40th shutout of the year against Texas Tech. . . Lemke also struck out a season-high 14 batters against SW Texas St. (May 20). She also received some offensive support as the 'Cats hit four home runs, including two by All-Region Most Outstanding Player Toni Mascarenas. . . Arizona continues to add to its NCAA home run record as it has now hit 121 long balls on the season. . . The Wildcats hit .352 in the four tournament games with 38 hits, including 14 for extra bases.
California Golden Bears - The Bears advanced to the College World Series thanks to the bat of sophomore Kristen Morley. In the regional finale down in Tallahassee, Fla., Morley came to the plate with Cal down 2-1 in the bottom of the 10th inning and runners on second and third. With two outs and two strikes against her, Morley doubled, scoring both runners and giving the Bears a CWS berth. . . Cal has an all-time winning record versus five of its seven CWS opponents. Pac-10 foes Arizona and UCLA are the only teams to own a winning record against the Bears. . . Cal is 47-2 in non-conference games. . . Sophomore Veronica Nelson broke her own NCAA single-season walk record by walking three times in the championship game versus Florida State (May 20). The free passes gave her 88 on the season. . . If Nelson can maintain her .352 batting average, it will be the highest for any Cal player since Gilian Boxx hit a school- record .466 in 1995. . . The Bears have a fielding percentage of .973 this season, .001 better than the previous season-high mark of .972 set in 1980 and again in 2000. . .
Stanford Cardinal - For the first time in its nine-year softball history, Stanford will be making its first College World Series appearance. . . The Cardinal went 4-1 on its way to winning the Stanford Regional, the first time it had been played on 'The Farm'. . . Stanford outscored its opponenets 24-4 last week. . . Junior Jessica Mendoza was named the region's Most Outstanding Player after hitting .471 (8-for-17) with nine RBI. . . The Cardinal has posted a school-record 32 shutouts in 67 games played this season, breaking the 1995 mark of 25. . . Stanford has notched 10 or more hits in a game 17 times this season and scored 10 or more runs on six occassions. . . The Cardinal has outcored its opponents 290-104 on the year, including a 67-15 advantage in the first inning. . . With 100 doubles on the season, Stanford leads the Pac-10. . . The Cardinal's 43 homers on the year is a new school record. Junior Sarah Beeson is hitting .438 with runner in scoring position. She also leads the team with 28 two-out RBI.
UCLA Bruins - The Bruins finished runner-up to the Oklahoma Sooners in last year's CWS championship game, losing 3-1. . . UCLA's 59-5 (.922) is the second-best record in the country. . . The Bruins outscored their regional opponents 31-1 last week. . . UCLA has thrown three no-hitters this season, including one perfect game. . . The Bruins are 37-0 when they score five or more runs. . . They are 30-0 when they go errorless. . . UCLA is a perfect 5-0 in extra innings. . . The team is 40-0 when they hit a home run. . . Freshman Claire Sua has started all 64 of UCLA's games and is third on the team with a .383 batting average. She has nine home runs - including two grand slams - 50 RBI and 25 runs scored. For her efforts, Sua was named to the All-Conference second team. . . On May 18, junior Amanda Freed returned to the circle for the first time since April 14 and pitched five innings of one-hit softball in UCLA's 9-0 victory over CS Northridge, striking out seven without allowing a walk.